Boomkat Product Review
Downwards continue to split the crowd with their riveting 10" series, presenting this astonishing slab of motorik depression from The KVB. Klaus Von Barrel, as they're also known, have had a couple releases on FLA Records & Tapes and BEKO DSL, like their Downwrds label mates Pink Playground, but unlike them there's something darker, sexily narcotic and thrusting to their sound. 'Into The Night' is a case in point, with couldn't-give-a-fu*k, glazed-eye vocals heard from behind a wall of Joy Div synths and a bruisingly muscular, meth-fuelled bassline. 'Lost' is perhaps more spacious, mixing everything tantalisingly out-of-reach, but with just enough abrasive guitar to gnash on. Again on 'Hide & Wait' the flanging, fire-and-ice-breathing guitar is upfront, while vocals are half-heard in the murk next to unrelenting drums Stephen Morris would be proud of. Includes 10" x 10" insert. Recommended!