Boomkat Product Review:
Neo-no wave agitator $hit & $hine dumps a killer funk load on Powell's Diagonal Records, hard on the heels of 2014 madness from the label boss, plus Russell Haswell and Bronze Teeth.
'Powder Horn''s wiry, banjoed skronk marks Craig Clouse aka $&$'s 1st new album since 'Jream Baby Jream' and that split slab with Gnod back in 2012. Poised between rambunctious clatter and clipped, in-the-pocket groove, nine tracks fling-a-body from the virile strut of 'Astro's Hat' to the burned-out Pump styles of 'Spray Bottle', taking in the rollicking jag of 'Bingo' and the nitrous-fuelled breakbeat torsion of killer highlight, 'Pearl Drop' beside sick(ly), mutant boogie in 'Who's Your Waitress' or 'You Can't', and the throttled disco-not-fxxking-disco of 'PG13' and 'Acid Minor'.
It all sounds like the deviant dancefloor ramblings of a Texan madman - which is precisely what it is - cocking a wry, skewed look at disco standards from a knowingly punk perspective; imagine the Starck Club circa '84 programmed by a Sherm Stick-smoking noise shaman and you've almost got a grip on its oily, prickling chassis, riddled with hooks and and seatbelt-testing swerve. Whatever it is, it's bags of sleazy, rotten fun. Highly recommended.