Category Archives: Reviews

Maurice McIntyre-humility in the light of the creator CD:

A rare stray from AACM member Muarice McIntyre from 69. Maurice is a weltering saxophonist who crops up on a few sessions (I forget which ones exactly) here & there, but scorched the steeple black on Richard Abrams superb ‘Levels and Degrees of Light’ debut. This is his first LP as a band leader, & he has conjured a considerable entourage that extols the likes of Malachi Favors, Claudine Myers, Thurman Barker & more from the AACM quorum. Continue reading Maurice McIntyre-humility in the light of the creator CD:

Animal Machine-Napalmed (collaboration)-vegetable music for carnivorous people-split cassette

Ouch! Very’ very fine, ripping, fast-free-flow aggressive harsh noise from dual heavy-weights Animal Machine & Napalmed. This is straight-forward, furious & preemptive Stridor. Fast, energetic harsh, quality. It’s not as spasmodically labile as say, Sewage or Hinyouki, but it is rapid & continually surging, with a strong propellant & sense of plummeting. Continue reading Animal Machine-Napalmed (collaboration)-vegetable music for carnivorous people-split cassette

African Scream Contest 1 & 2 (Analog Africa) LP/CD’s:

Sami Ben Redjeb & Analog Africa have been knocking-out some absurdly-gorgeous, vintage composites of lost/forgotten/obscure 60’’s/70’s/80’s African recordings for over a decade now, retrieving some utterly superlative gems that had long been lost to the topsoil of time. Such recordings may entail magnificent, hypaethral sessions (a lot of this stuff was recorded outdoors), of black American Funk & sometimes Rock-themed modus, dipped in local traditional forms of bush or orisha antics & raw African interpretations jumbled with homegrown mediums. Continue reading African Scream Contest 1 & 2 (Analog Africa) LP/CD’s:

Pataphysics-tip of the spear LP:

So there’s this rapper in Australia right.. Sri-Lankan Australian in origin, going under the nom de guerre Pataphysics. He is a composer, accomplished trumpet player, MPC player & what are we going to call this guy? – ‘activist’? He makes some of the most politically fervent Rap you will ever hear, period. Long’ long since the current trend (very much forced by recent events), this guy has been ploughing into subjects that are deigned too sensitive or controversial for sustained debate. Continue reading Pataphysics-tip of the spear LP:

886VG + Armenia + Nego – orgullo, ruido y tradicion cdr:

A big rip through the craniums soft-contents here. It’s a three-pronged fusillade, with all three defendants discharging simultaneously. Thus massive dynamism & extreme scope. It’s terrifically harsh as well, – grating, serrated free-fall & hyper expressive short-circuiting, ear-scouring high-pitched strangling. Softer static distortion, modulated air-borne pitch-paroxysm & burnt-out waste-scapes littered with extreme electronics & random sounds/compressed samples from atypical quarters of estranged refuse dispensary. Continue reading 886VG + Armenia + Nego – orgullo, ruido y tradicion cdr:

Robochanman-remote control militia/strugglediver CDR & CD:

Robochanman, aka Yasushi Tahara, a lesser known early-bird of Japanoise with a keener following among the washed-out & less-sophisticated harsh anti-aestheticians. He made the kind of deracinating, skin-shredding analogue horrisonance stuffed with over-the-edge high-pitch shouting & fitting from a man losing (or long lost)) control. Junky samples through clammed-up distortion & over-ridden Sour Milk levin basting harsh loops & low-tech extreme electronics. Continue reading Robochanman-remote control militia/strugglediver CDR & CD:

Miracle Power Combination-the world’s a death match cassette:

A delicacy of dereliction. Multivalent dude n’ doll junk noise from Texas (nobody does it like Texas trick!). Bedraggled, garbage-strewn, rusted-out lo-fi harsh trash, power electronics prone, MPC and drum-machine riddled, roughed-up by distorted trap-kit noisecore and shitnoise blasts, dumpster feed-back, peaking female screams, random sampling, digital looping, and an eroded decline of tangential decomposition. Dumped and battered. Lots of real time physicality from ‘objects’ being bashed and scraped. Continue reading Miracle Power Combination-the world’s a death match cassette:

The Verboden Boys (Belfast Chapter)-band from reality & Unseens

So this group have a badly bent/majorly skewed/acutely kinked set-up/member ratio that stages them apart from the first foot through the stain-glass…I forget it off-the-cuff but will retrieve it from the label notes by the end of the review. Continue reading The Verboden Boys (Belfast Chapter)-band from reality & Unseens