Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from releases from the likes of Powell, Mark Leckey and Merzbow, The Death Of Rave is buzzed to present the exceptional debut album from L.A.-based upstart Delroy Edwards. Combining combustible little noise sessions made with guitar pedals and reel-to-reel tape at Art school, together with shocking recent productions, 'Teenage Tapes' showcases a lesser-heard aspect of Delroy's highly aware and divergent tastes owing more to Minimal Wave, Noise, EBM and Black Metal than the Chicago Ghetto-House sound of his releases for L.I.E.S. and his own L.A. Club Resource label. For anyone familiar with his banging, tracky DJ tools, this sound may come as a surprise. However, if you've been paying close attention to his DJ sets and mixes, it's clearly apparent that Delroy's tastes rove well beyond the scene he's part of. Of eight trax, there's four noise pieces ranging from vicious vocal assaults to nuclear drones nodding to Prurient and The Haters, whilst the rhythm-driven pieces cover scorched ground ranging from Terminator II-style cues to a fusion of Lynchian atmosphere and rampant drum machine patterns coming off like Badalamenti meets Wold. Committed to worn-out tape over a number of years, it's all testament to the spirit of febrile spontaneity and disciplined dexterity consistent to Delroy's art, an aesthetic acutely at odds with so much anodyne dance music and manicured noise.