A bit of a red herring start to the show, bright and pretty and joyous, because tonight we’re mostly in doomy, disturbing territories. You’ll love it.
Setec – Loose Leaves [Feral Media]
Second single from Joshua Gibb’s forthcoming album, which is going to be a corker – as you can tell from this joyous, sparkling single with its layered acoustic instruments (including, yes, my cello in there somewhere) and vocals.
The Black Hundred & Craig M. – Burning The Yule Goat (Grandpa’s Killing Joke Remix) [The Black Hundred Bandcamp]
No, not a remix by Killing Joke, but a self-remix by ex-pat Melburnian James McGauran of this, er slow-burning festive collaboration with Manga Bros‘ Craig M, referencing some recent events to do with a pagan tradition in McGauran’s adopted home of Sweden.
Marcus Whale – Mariah Carey’s Butterfly (20th Anniversary Poltergeist Mix) [Download from Dropbox]
A true tribute the mangles the original so much that it’s both stunning and hellish – yet done from a place of utter love.
Fake – den [Fake Bandcamp]Fake – blame! [Fake Bandcamp]
One of Marcus’ partners in the iconic BV, Lavurn Lee, released an EP under his slo-hop alias Fake a month or two ago and I managed to miss it. Making up with two tracks tonight, complete with alien vocals and sparse, fucked beats.
Tomaga – Memory in Vivo Exposure Part 1 [Hands in the Dark Records]
I raved about this duo last week, and hadn’t realised that the percussionist half, Valentina Magaletti, has worked a lot with Blackest Ever Black luminaries Raime, and is now in the psych rock supergroup UUUU released by Editions Mego, featuring members of Wire and Coil. In any case, Tomaga remains a wonderfully odd & beguiling prospect, highly recommended.
Prurient – Barefoot God [Profound Lore Records]Prurient – Subject [No Fun]Vatican Shadow – Luxor Necropolitics [Hospital Productions]Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Jungle Is A Shapeshifter (with Silent Servant) [Hospital Productions]Prurient – Buddha Strangled In Vines Part 1 [Profound Lore Records]
No question it’s a big end to 2017 for Dominick Fernow. On the massive 4xCD set from his noise project Prurient he’s joined by Matt Folden and Jim Mroz to bring some noisome spontaneity back to the freeform power electronics. It’s relatively free of his overdriven black metal-inspired vocals (cf the one older selection tonight, from the blistering And Still, Wanting CD+5″-vinyl release from 2008), going more for the subterranean hellscapes. Meanwhile his Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement alias explores a gentler side to this art, especially on this new album of ’90s-style ambient techno, complete with bubbling rainforest sounds and a lovely, slowly-repeating refrain and ebbs and flows.
Earlier this year Fernow also released a new EP from his Vatican Shadow alias, various dancefloor forms including the fairly ambient techno of the title track.
The new Prurient album certainly has its fair share of noisy goings-on, including on the latter selection tonight, and there’s some distorted vocals rising up out of the murk. The pretty, repetitive synth lines sometimes swamped by rising ugliness are pretty rad anyway.
JK Flesh Merges Prurient 1 [Hydra Head/Daymare]Godflesh – Pre Self [Godflesh Bandcamp]Godflesh – The Cyclic End (Dub) [Godflesh Bandcamp]JK Flesh – Bullied By Love [Downwards Records]
When Aaron Turner et al’s beloved Hydra Head Records closed up shop semi-permanently in 2013, it was only fitting that their last release was a teaming up of Justin K Broadrick’s electronic, bass-heavy JK Flesh (as Justin’s Godflesh was such a huge influence on Turner’s band ISIS) and relative newcomer, metal-influenced extreme noise-maker Prurient. Turner turned in a remix under his House of Low Culture solo alias, and for the Japanese CD release on Daymare (and also digital at least on Bandcamp), there were two incredible reworkings of the Prurient tracks by JK Flesh.
One of my favourite things about Justin’s various releases are the reworkings which appear – sometimes under his various other aliases like Jesu, Pale Sketcher and JK Flesh, and sometimes as “dubs” and “versions” and suchlike. Although often we’ve had to wait for the special CD releases on Japanese label Daymare, they now tend to appear on his Bandcamp editions as well – hence the Dub of The Cyclic End from the new Godflesh album. These two tracks have clean vocals, which is perhaps a bonus for those who find the post-hardcore throat-rending a bit harder to take.
Two brilliant EPs from JK Flesh, originally released on tiny cassette editions by none other than Fernow’s Hospital Productions last year, appeared together as one of my favourite albums of this year. For the end of the year he’s now put out another set of 4 tracks for Regis’s Downwards Records. Joyfully chaotic breakbeat techno like none other.
Shit and Shine – I Like You Betty [Rocket Recordings]
Craig Clouse’s ex-noise act Shit and Shine have had a huge year, with 4 or 5 release, all brilliant, not least the latest mangled beats from the perhaps aptly titled That’s Enough – although there’s another vinyl-only release since this? In fact Shit & Shine were last heard only last week remixing our starters from tonight, Tomaga. Busy, busy! And always so great.
the body & Full Of Hell – Fleshworks [Neurot]the body & Full Of Hell – The King Laid Bare [Thrill Jockey]
It’s some kind of undeserved blessing for the world to be gifted a second collaoration between the brilliant the body & Maryland/Pennsylvania-based grindcore band Full Of Hell. With the body’s regular female vocalist Chrissy Wolpert involved again, there’s still plenty of harsh noises and a lot of inventive and always surprising electronic production trickery going on in there too. If you have a stomach for the more extreme end of the spectrum, you’ll find this exciting and as usual also surprisingly beautiful and touching listening.
This is an Australian track.
This is a local artist.