The second of two quick releases for the Diagonal label, A Waif's Rent sees the project of Factory Floor's Dominic Butler and L/F/D/M producer Richard Smith deliver three more productions crouching in the crawlspace between techno, industrial and noise. Like the material on the O Unilateralis record, these three tracks pull no punches in terms of their sonic impact; the 13-minute "Albion Pressure" sees a gritty, pulsating synth line driven forward on a wave of insistent metallic clutter, while "Cut Bronze" employs a more subtle approach, with sub-bass frequencies placed underneath modular gurgles and a hypnotic rhythm that could be described as minimal. "Tephra" is the real killer, taking its central synth line to giddy eardrum-splitting frequencies.
For the seventh release on their ever-impressive label, the Den Haag "militia" behind BAKK has turned to Bronze Teeth, the Diagonal-affiliated collaboration between L/F/D/M and former Factory Floor man Dominic Butler. While firmly rooted in pulsating techno, the latter man's industrial influences can be heard throughout. "Accidental Myiasis" delivers wonky vocal snippets, raw electronics and a relentlessly stuttering analogue rhythm, while "Cold Meets" sees the duo combining live percussion and metronomic drum machine hits with distorted, Cabaret Voltaire style electronics. A fine EP closes with "Marmalade", a thrillingly dark and intense fusion of wild acid lines, thumping techno drums and wayward modular electronics.
Diagonal Records continues its unstoppable run of form with the debut release of Bronze Teeth, a duo comprised of Factory Floor's Dominic Butler and Richard Smith, whose music under the L/F/D/M banner on Optimo Music and Clan Destine Trax seems similarly indebted to the heritage of Throbbing Gristle. Far from being a simple exercise in analogue fetishism however, the three-track O Unilateralis contains some of the most uncompromising tracks the label have put out to date, with the 12-minute centrepiece "Tapeworm" proving a punishing exercise in arcane synth improvisation that finds itself forming into a shambling piece of zombie techno. Both "Acetone" and "Glass Tooth" are more conventional in their attention to rhythm, but are no less likely to bend minds on the dancefloor, employing the kind of rhythms that bring Ike Yard to mind.
London clubbing institution KAOS now presents its label arm, Khemia Records, with this debut featuring the legendary French coldwave icon Laurent Prot aka In Aeternam Vale. Since Minimal Wave revived Prot's career, the guy has been unstoppable and "La Grille" is testament to this. A pounding techno cut with the kind of well perfected cyclical precision that makes the very best of DJ tools. Speaking of functional techno, Richard 'LFDM' Smith and Dominic Butler return as Bronze Teeth. Mind you, "Rude Movements" starts off sounding like Cabaret Voltaire with its rusty and vintage flair before evolving into a harsh and bass driven modern industrial cut: serious attitude on this one.
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