Boomkat Product Review:
Not a cover of R. Kelly, unfortunately, but a really dynamic and varied long-form synthesizer piece on Touch-affiliated Ash International from Joachim Nordwall, a member of noise heroes Skull Defekts. There’s a real butchness and bite to this work that’s just completely blowing us away: Nordwall’s sticky, tactile analogue interventions range from monkishly reserved ambience to jutting techno pulsation, and all the while the sense of dread is unrelenting. It’s rare to hear this much presence and authority in this kind of work; fans of Lustmord, John Carpenter, Senking’s List, Eduard Artemiev, Oneohtrix Point Never, Prurient and other darkling synth wizards should pay close attention. Minimal, menacing, and highly recommended.