Music Reviews

Siege Column – “Darkside Legions” – [Nuclear War Now! Productions]

whngr   4/30/2021   12-inch, A Library

Insane barrage of War Metal/Thrash from this knuckle bleeding two-piece. 

Trem bar abuseGuttural assault is relentless

Chaos, Bombast, Crushing

Guitar smolders

Threshold for pain is high

Great song titles that appear, to this miserable volunteer, to be chapters in a heretical Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Grab your purple D20’s you fucking nerds and make your saving throw against Paralyzation, Poison, and Death Magic.
New Jersey, 2020

Outlandish – "Walou (Rishi Rich Remix)" – [Outcaste Records]

aarbor   4/28/2021   12-inch, International

Outlandish is a Danish Hip-hop trio, established 1997. The three members come from various ethnic backgrounds, each bringing elements of his musical culture to the music to the trio, Isam Bachiri from Morocco, Lenny Martinez from Honduras and Cuba, and Waqas Qadri from Pakistan. Rishi Rich, the remixer is from England and produces R&B fused with Bhangra. AArbor

Conte, Nicola – "La Coda Del Diavolo/Missione a Bombay" – [Schema Records]

aarbor   4/28/2021   12-inch, A Library

Remixes of 2 tracks on Nicola Conte’s first album JET SOUNDS : La Coda Del Diavolo (the Devil’s Tail) by the Karminsky Esperience, and Missione a Bombay (Mission to Bombay) by Ursula 1000. The Karminsky Experience is James Munns and Martin Dingle (from England). Ursula 1000 is New York’s Alex Gimeno. Missione a Bombay fits beautifully into an Asian Underground set. AArbor

Balanco – "Theme From Cocktail Nova / Mrs. Beat" – [Schema Records]

aarbor   4/28/2021   12-inch, A Library

Balanco at the time of this recording in 2001 was the duo of Davide Penta and Mariella Carbonara. They produced 2 full length recordings: Bossa & Balanco and More. These two songs originally appeared on the More album and are reworks by Nicola Conte and Le Hammond Inferno. Discogs describes them as Soul Jazz/Latin Jazz. Nicola Conte is an Italian producer, DJ, Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger. Marcus Liesenfeld and Holger Beier (of Berlin) are Le Hammond Inferno their work was at first described as “futurist kitsch” by 2001 was taken much more seriously following some very successful releases. AArbor

Alsarah and The Nubatones – "Silt Remixes" – [Wonderwheel]

aarbor   4/28/2021   12-inch, A Library

Alsarah and the Nubatones are based in Brooklyn. They are an East-African, retro-pop group was born out of conversations about Nubian “songs of return,“ modern migration patterns, and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. The ensemble features singer, songwriter and bandleader Alsarah, tabla player Rami El Aasser, oud player Haig Manouki, and bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. Alsarah & The Nubatones have proven that soul crosses all cultures, languages, and people. The remixes here are by Boddi Satva (Armani Kombot-Naguemon from the Central African Republic now based in Brussels), Zeb a/k/a the Spy from Cairo, and Wonderwheel label boss Nicodemus. AArbor

No Statik – “What Did You Give Away When You Gave In?” – [25 Diamonds]

whngr   4/27/2021   7-inch, A Library

Two charged female-fronted hardcore punk rock PXV(?) tracks on side a while side b is more of a electronically augmented instrumental breakdown/loop noise/rockploration groove. One should note, however, that each song on this 7″ is progressively chill with the caveat that the first track is the antithesis of restraint and decorum. 

 Fucking great cover art. 10/10

No Statik were extremely active, feverishly chucking out 13 releases during their 8 year stab at severity until their apparent conclusion in Los Angeles, 2018.

Sondheim, Alan – "Future Speed Sound" – [Public Eyesore]

Hemroid The Leader   4/27/2021   A Library, CD

Churning, shattering, rupturing, stuttering string improvisation as fast as possible with no repetition from Alan Sondheim on Public Eyesore. “I am riding the contour of what I am hearing And my fingers flailing about As if I wear(sic) under control.” He plays a diverse assortment of guitars, Arabic and Central Asian lutes and a viola. This is Sondheim’s 4th full-length in our library. Feat. vocal chants from Azure Carter on 4, 8, 12: “This is a prelude to a song/ Or is it an accompaniment to a song/ Or a prelude to …”

Love of The Farthest – “Destratification” – [Utech]

mickeyslim   4/27/2021   A Library, CD

This project, formerly The Human Quena Orchestra, is the duo of Nathan Berlinguette and Ryan Unks, who are well represented in our library in various other projects. It may also be good to know that destratification is the process by which air or water is methodically mixed in order to normalize temperature. 

This 44-minute long excursion buzzes and hums its way across a barren night sky. A lush wind’s murmur and metallic sandpaper scratching, haunted nightmare drones and inner-ear itches. Everything, all at once, coalescing into a final, subtle sound that you’ll find already has you hypnotized.

Crucifix – “Dehumanization” – [Kustomized]

whngr   4/23/2021   A Library, CD

Seminal Berzerkly Hardcore

Palm mutes, velocity, anger, squealing guitars, sneering optimism cloaked in nihilism, counting, D-beat, Oooogh
West coast icons of heaviness spray out fourteen tracks of thrash/proto-war metal in the vein of Crass Records, Profane Existence, and Discharge.

Sonic dissidence, disorder, and destruction that calls for an end to empiric violence, war, and classism on this, their only full-length. Crucifix was heard by thousands of aspiring crust lords on the 1982 compilations, “Not So Quiet On The Western Front” and “Rat Music for Rat People” inspiring thousands of disenfranchised middle-class youth to leave suburbia and hit the gutters of Amerikkka to beg. Beer, drugs, leftovers, food for their dogs, and anything that might help them to focus their one true passion, the collection and sewing of patches on their filthy stinking clothing. However, many other fans would form bands and engage in humanitarian efforts like feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and fighting oppression and inequity for a little while anyway before being consumed by their addictions or quietly martyring themselves on the altar of capitalisms before Our Blessed Mother of Patriotic Perversion, drunk with power, greed, and mad beyond reason.
Dehumanization was an integral album that included, Sothira Proudflesh né Pheng (vocs) a refugee of Cambodia, Jake Smith (guitar), Matt Borusso (bass), Christopher Douglas (drums), and is finally being added to our library in 2021 38 years after being released and just prior to America’s prophesied adoption of Thoughtcrime as part of our JurisPrudence.

Pairs well with 1984 (the year and the novel), skateboards, and empty swimming pools.

Sshe Retina Stimulants – “Kusa’i” – [Influencing Machine]

whngr   4/23/2021   12-inch, A Library

Walls of harsh ambience from Paola Bandera of Milan, Italy. Released originally in 1994 on cassette by G.R.O.S.S.

Peels of feedback beneath swells of white noise spacy and uncomfortable pedal tweaking
knob fingeringmodule modulating

Abstract and unsettling but not quite face melting. An early release for Bandera that represents an interesting meeting of East and West Noise circles. G.R.O.S.S. was run by Nakajima Akifumi (Aube) until his passing in 2013 and is memorialized on the reverse of this rather galling LP.

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