Boomkat Product Review:
NWW’s dark humour and psychoactive urges bleed thru in their standout collage of easy listening cut-ups, a real landmark/oddity in their netherworld catalogue.
Noted by David Keenan in his tome ‘England’s Hidden Reverse’ as “some light relief in the early Nurse catalogue,” the 1985 recordings are an early example of plunderphonic sampling tekkers that became a vital part of post-industrial art forms, as inspired by the likes of Burroughs. The credits list alone is worthy of attention, counting some 40 of the scene’s prime operators, and apocryphally one John Balance, who requested a credit after the LP was done, despite contributing nowt towards it. LOL.
In irrelevant footieball parlance it’s very much a game of two halves, contrasting one side of mind-bending cut-ups with sleazier grooves and more noirish samples smeared across the other. It’s been compared to NWW’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’ and clearly shares similarities with JG Thirlwell’s sampledelia, so no surprise that he’s on the credits. but rather the aforementioned’s more crazed US/Antipodean sensibilities - which to be fair do appear in the piece’s samples of classic American culture like the Dragnet soundtrack - there’s a dafter, piss-taking UK sense of humour at play that should draw a wry chuckle or two from those that detect it.