Boomkat Product Review:
The wonderfully disorienting ’What A Mess’ is the first album in 21 years from deep and psychedelic house maestro Pépé Bradock
There will be a lot of house heads who won’t even read past that first line and already be clicking buy right now, but for everyone else you need to know this is some of the freakiest, freeform house music you’ll hear this decade.
Constructed as a seamless work split in two over one LP, Bradock leaves all the details such as track titles and background info purposefully open ended and possibly apocryphal, to reflect the music’s serendipitous construction and psychedelic-realist feel and leave it open to interpretation.
The result is a mind-bending flux of styles that sounds like he recorded in the GRM studios, traversing chaotic swells of acephalic voices, super dank ethers, concrète shrapnel, spiralling disco licks and pockets of hyper electro-dub in its alternately brittle, lucid, and viscous, gauzy flow.
It’s not really a DJ record, unless you’re prepared with sticky tape markers denoting the parts where the groove resolves. It’s much better received in altered states, after the club, when logic is frayed and you’re almost bound to have to remind yourself 10 times “what the fuck is this record, again?”