Boomkat Product Review:
One of the pieces here, 'Engineer Strepetov's Curve' is featured on this month's Wire Tapper CD, but otherwise Live At Belly is an exclusively download-only release. This duo declares its roots to be in the underground musics of the 1980s, with Borisov having grown up in the Soviet Union and Nikkila in Helsinki, Finland, and that statement really forces you to wonder what sort of madness must have been in the air back then that would influence something like 'The Spectre Of Muzak', a hellish vision of elevator dross put through various timestretching treatments, prolonging the agony. It's a bumpy, bumpy ride but your perseverance shall be rewarded with noisy sound pieces like 'Voimakassuolaista Voita' and 'Mission To Moscow', whose scrappy radiophonic structure sounds like electronic music from the very distant past. Don't let this duo's penchant for MOR swill fool you, there's a disruptive avant-garde impulse driving their material, and certainly by the time you've immersed yourself in the contoured beats of 'Viva Rock & Roll' you'll find yourself well and truly sold on their messy experiments. Recommended.
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