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Proper head-crushing Concrète tackle from Teeside’s Opal Tapes behemoth, the mighty Bish.
Arriving just ahead of a new Basic House album on Helm’s Alter label, Stephen Bishop’s late 2016 ‘Government’ album for Vanilla makes its way to the digital realm. In stark contrast to the previous Basic House album, 2014’s ‘Visa Prick’ which was described with typical self-effacement as a “bunch of shitty dance tracks,” Bish digs deep on this abstracted six-track collection of sound collage and metallurgist voodoo.
Creeping out with Headstalking, Basic House conjures a swelling mass of metallic textures that evokes imagery of Tomorô Taguchi mid-rage metamorphosis into the Iron Man in Shinya Tsukamoto’s classic Tetsuo franchise. From here, both AAOA and the title track occupy the strata of post-dub techno, delivering a sense of rhythmic negative space that will thrill the more adventurous DJs out there, whilst Encase (Junked Edit) and C-Skin (Rupt Edit) align with the reduced sound design installations from Actress witnessed at Tate Modern. To round things off, Bish indulges his love of pop music with a haunting, dirt-crusted remulcification of Berlin’s Top Gun classic, Take My Breath Away.