Boomkat Product Review:
Russell Haswell presents a KILLER double disc of new studio productions for No Fun. It follows from his most recent effort, a set of field recordings for Mego, with a challenging set of sounds he himself terms as "... a kind of combination between a stereo test CD..." and "... kind of free live acid noise improvisation, recorded in one take with no over-dubbing or anything like that...". On the first disc this takes the form of sublimely dark drones like 'Room Voice Freeze Tone', the gusty environments of the humourously titled 'Multicultural nO!se at -17.5 Db RMS (Black, Brown, Pink And White n0!se + Mix).' through to ecstatically harsh digital punishments like 'None' and longer freeform experimentation versioning digitised extreme metal, like "Jimmy Hendrix multiplied" according to a stray voice captured in the mix. The second disc 'Bonus' consists of two tracks, one an exquisite artificial environment populated with chirping digital fauna, and the next an '...Unedited Radio Scan Solo' clocking in at over an hour and sounding almost exactly as the title suggests. If you've witnessed his recent live shows and HDJ sets supporting Autechre, you'll know to take this material with an open mind, but it works even better on a recorded format. He opens a portal to extreme escapism that will raise many ontological and Cageian questions in the process, making a lot of recorded music seem plain and backward in comparison and should be investigated by those seeking something radically different to the norm. Very highly recommended!