Boomkat Product Review:
Two This Heat masterworks surface on vinyl for 1st time in 20 years, pairing the funky, cut-up noise of ‘Repeat’  a reworking of their seminal ’24 Track Loop’, with the haunting, extended gamelan workout ‘Metal’ , which effectively made up their 3d album, and were last found together on vinyl in the ‘Health And Efficiency’  2LP
Still sounding like little else before or since, ‘Repeat’ and ‘Metal’ are held in almost cultish regard by myriad avant-garde and experimental music observers and lovers. Both pieces stand at a crossroads of ideas, twisting traces of krautrock and Afrobeat with production techniques borrowed from concrète cut-ups and dub reggae to open up a new space in the fabric of musical space-time that best reflected the world around their studios in Brixton, London.
The A-side is given to ‘Repeat’ in its 20 minute entirety, offering a remarkable, reticulated edit of their early masterpiece, ’24 Track Loop’ stripped down to dubbed-out drum breaks and burning organ drones that effectively bridges the difference between Gruppo D’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza and Raime. On the B-side, they effectively invert that sound, recording a carillon of gamelan-inpsired metallic clangs outside their Cold Storage studios, resulting a windswept sort of electro-acoustic hypnosis that still patently works its magic nearly 40 years later.