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Oliver Ho’s Broken English Club chases their trilogy of L.I.E.S. albums with an icily industrial new set for their Death & Leisure label
‘The Artificial Animal’ sees Ho tweak the nuts and bolts of his sound to colder, clangorous settings that give a frosted crispness and tone to his ideas at the meeting place of industrial, techno, and synth experiments. Moving beyond grubbier early industrial and post-punk inspirations, he appears to look the back end of the ‘80s industrial vernacular, when synths met samplers and computer trackers to forge more precise and artificially spacious productions.
Kicking off with the epic detonations of ‘Ersatz’, the album takes in a mean sort of sampler cut-up in the fractious title tune, and cracks out a very Teutonic EBM-sounding drum kit for the hard-nosed drive of ’Snub’ and the offbeat prowl of ‘The Slwo BVleed’. In key with that cusp of the decade aesthetic, ‘Concrete’ weaves nasty acid licks in a frozen echo of PCP styles, and ‘Neck’ takes Liaisons Dangereuses to the warehouse, where ‘Collapse’ veers off to the darkroom and the fetishistic ace ‘Blood & Wire’, with the ricocheting negative space of ‘Pervert’ best bridging then and now, before the album’s ultimate immolation by textured noise in ‘World on Fire’.