Boomkat Product Review:
Deadly strong debut album of darkside, technoid turbulence from UVB-76 co-founder Karim Maas and US stalwart Stave (Talker)
One for the atheist ‘ardcore kru, ‘Godless’ pits the duo in heavyweight, pugilist style around a shared love of Brummie techno and warehouse pressure, rudely imagining something like a collision of Regis with Scorn and JK Flesh. Originally rooted in a one-off collaboration for a label night in Bristol, the project takes its beastly form as an 8-track album showcase for their combined muscle and gristle, exchanging loops that grew up into a forceful collection of bombed out bass destruction and foundry percussion, all rendered with the kind of bilious noise that has come to define Karim Mass’ best work.
It’s arguably some of the strongest stuff in its field of recent years, keeping everything shark-eyed and sharply disciplined, and crucially without recourse to the swelling post-rock dynamics favoured by too many “industrial” experimenters. This stuff is built for locked in intensity that plays out superbly on headphones or in the club, holding it down from the Mick Harris-like crusher ‘Loop 002’ thru to a pummelling noise workout recalling Vereker in the title tune, with unmissable highlights in the cloven hoofed trample of ‘Project 1’ and the shoulder barging swagger of ‘Plan’, plus more squashed and CUB-like rolige in ‘D_A_T.’