Editions Mego's latest amalgamation of organised noise comes from none other than Russell Haswell, a man whose been globetrotting the world of leftfield labels - from Downwards to Warp, his unique style of detached arrangements and organic sounds is becoming less obscure with each release albeit his dark and moody aesthetic. The apocalyptic "Black Metal" kicks off the LP and we're immersed in a war zone of crackling oscillations and detonating sonics, forming a thick layer of menacing drones. The first sight of a regular kick drum comes on "Killer Snakehead", a frenzied workout of white noise, stripped-naked beats and flickering synth stabs; but his mastery of the noise elements comes on "Record Shop Day", where Haswell creates only a fuzzy and frenetic distortion of a techno track, no beats or recognisable sounds, just the bare outline of what techno would sound like played through a distorted set of speakers. Brilliant.
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