Boomkat Product Review:
Mannequin on their best game here, dusting down Flo & Andrew’s Take Suicide (1981), barely-hinged experimental minimal masterwork - some may say a Holy Grail - for a remastered 25th anniversary reissue.
Effectively a new record to us and anyone else who has never heard it before, Takesuicide stands as one of the most spannered, compelling slabs we’ve yet heard from the business end of post-punk and Italian New Wave.
That title tune, what the fucking fuck? Imagine Maurizio Bianchi speeding to the eyeballs while mashing mad test pressings off a pair of decks, haphazardly invaded by stray vocals and all manner of oblique tape FX; you’ve almost got its measure. Then again…
To Committ Suicide is no less wild, wielding skonky sax over careening drum machines and a bed of bombed-out, stereo-strafing distortion, again joined by those bugging vocals - you’d well expect this to appear in a Light Sounds Dark grimoir - before Japanese Girls heads the other way entirely to sound like a skinnier, mind-gone Devo in heat.