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Boomkat Product Review:
A stone-cold post-punk classic, 'World of Rubber' was the sole LP produced by Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey as 2nd Layer. They would also make music alongside others in other cultishly appreciated units, The Outsiders and subsequently The Sound.
Like a sullen Suicide or skrawnier, stripped down Dome, they made the most of basic set-ups, recording ten tracks including some sheer highlights in 'Distortion', which sounds like Muslimgauze recording with Martin Hannett; with the low-slung, grubbing swagger of 'Underneath The Glass'; in the scowling, gothic cruiser, 'Zero' - which could almost be a Joy Division outtake; the bass-saturated gloom of 'Black Flowers'; and no doubt the stentorian proto-techno bark of 'Japanese Headset', which, if we're not mistaken, has been deployed in a DJ set by Joe Raime, who's also apparently an avowed fan of the group. Bit of a no-brainer, this.