Boomkat Product Review:
A pivotal piece of the early Industrial musick jigsaw, 1983’s ’Viral Shedding’ is an arch example of weirdo machine music finding its feet on the ‘floor
Remastered and dished up on vinyl for first time in 36 years, Nocturnal Emissions’ 5th release knits the sensual swerve of disco and electro with the cruddy textures and slompy lean of early industrial music in 11 parts recorded mostly at their Emission Control centre in London,as well as one live recording made in Bonn, Germany.
Revolving mainman Nigel Ayers and Caroline K in this iteration of Nocturnal Emissions (only shortly before it became a one-man vehicle for Ayers), their sound is firmly lodged between what were then the arguably, mutually exclusive stylistic bedfellows of grotty electronics and swaggering grooves. Nowadays you can’t shake a shitty stick for fear of hitting this kind of music, but back then this sound was uncommon and offroad, and shared by a small pool of artists including SPK, Cabaret Voltaire, 23 Skidoo, Tackhead and Hula.
It’s perhaps testament to the tenacity and prescience of Nocturnal Emissions’ vision that these trax still sound so fresh, as it took the mainstream and everyone else a few years to catch up, but they’ve evidently still never quite gotten over it, as a large section of contemporary dancefloors still can’t shake the styles of highlights such as the fudge funk of ‘Suffering Stinks’, the alien budge of ‘Going Under’, and the salty swagger of ‘No Separation’.