Boomkat Product Review:
Demdike Stare finally snag a release from their idol Cherrystones for their limited DDS tape series; a hyper-inventive and rinsable session joining dots between avant-garde and pop dimensions, full of the sickest subterranean steez.
Practically a brother from a different mother in terms of his mutuality with DDS’s interests in all-ends of the DIY spectrum, Cherrystones has long been a DJ envied for the depth and obscurity of his record collection and his ability to put it all together in compelling and beguiling ways. Often associated with Andy Votel’s cosmos of labels, as well as the likes of David Holmes and Trevor Jackson, Cherrystones is a rare hyper-connector between chthonic scenes whose regular sets for NTS and London clubs (and beyond) are prized for bridging disparate styles and patterns and highlighting the mutual energy that underpins them. Trust ‘Peregrinations in SHQ’ is a masterfully meta joyride stuffed with nuggets, stitched together with the alliterative, collaged context and swag of an OG hip hop DJ.
Ducking and weaving between styles like a drunken master pugilist, Cherrystones elides vibes with storytelling flair, arcing from spangled radiophonic electro-jazz to pealing Anatolian pipes and psych fuzz, free jazz, and no-wave all in just the first 10 minutes, setting up a persistently guess-again logic that leads by the nose to howling deathrock, grinding hiphop and Memphis rap by the end of the first side, with circular breathing sax spilling into gnarled sludge, ritualist post-punk and possessed industrial swagger on the flip, before faithfully returning to the source in gully rap and WTFisms by the end.
A proper reel one for the nuts.