Things That Were
[Vinyl on Demand, VOD117]
The first self-titled Lustmord LP appeared originally on Nocturnal Emissions’ Sterile Records in 1981. It is one of the classic releases of a particular phase in British industrial music whose sound is defined by outfits such as S.P.K., Nocturnal Emissions, Bourbonese Qualk and others. It could be said that these and other bands/projects represented a “second wave” after the trailblazers of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire, continuing a grim sound, reflective of the hostile environment of Britain in the late 70s and early 80s.
In 1983 the Sounds-journalist Dave Henderson compiled a nice overview of this scene in the form of The Elephant Table Album, creating a snapshot of that scene as it was already drifting in different directions, be it more dance-oriented strategies or a more dark, ambient noise vein.
Things That Were, released in 2013 by Vinyl on Demand as triple LP box set, collects Lustmord’s material from before that date. The first of the three LPs is a remastered version of the aforementioned first LP, the other two records collect bits from various compilations (including the Elephant Table) as well as several live- or studio-versions and unreleased tracks. This is long before he became well known for his soundtrack-like dark ambient style, with the one exception of the last track of the third record, which anticipates his departure from the rawer and harsher sound of the early years.
The Burial/Jah Jah Dub
A two-tracker on a stamped white label 10” shows FFF with Champa B in a more quiet, reggae-influenced mode somewhere between Jungle and early Drum’n’Bass. On both sides the beat remains rather steady and there are no surprises or ravetastic elements as you might expect, but it’s not too cheesy either.
Stage Invader/Tek Hater
Deathchant reaches number 75 with the man Hellfish battling it out on two 45rpm tracks in his familiar style combining some breaks, start-and-stop techniques and EQ-tweaking with the trademark fierce 4 to the floor pounding. Since number 70 all Deathchant releases have been by Hellfish. Perhaps he figured he might as well just put out his own tunes if he can churn them out at this speed to keep the pressing plants busy (and still find time to make releases for PRSPCT). Now none of them provide new revelations, but I don’t think that’s what they’re made for, they seem to be happy to be just solid kicking Deathchant releases.
Liza N’Eliaz/Laurent Hô
S.O.D.O.M. stands for Slaves Of Devil Our Master and was a label run by Armaguet Nad in the late 90s. It never completely stopped, and after some long gaps there were two releases again in recent years, most recently – January 2016 – the number 001. [Read more →]
Best new music released between Datacide 14 and 15 (November 2014-February 2016).
These are some of the tracks and releases of 2015 played out frequently by Datacide contributors!
JoeFarr: Longanimity EP (Leisure System 014)
Ripit: Lvnar Xtorxion (Thirdtypetapes 16)
Room 506: Drop Out/Red Embers
M.E.S.H.: Piteous Gate (Pan 66)
The Sprawl: E.P.1 (The Death Of Rave 13)
Shapednoise: Different Selves (Type 127)
Abelcain & Alexandra von Bolz’n: Heart Blood Steel (self-release)
In the Mouth of the Wolf: Need of Angels (Diagonal 028)
Mumdance & Logos: Proto (Tectonic 82)
Savier_BFC: Porks Is Porks (Bloody Funny Clown 02)
Ascion and D.Carbone: Substructures (3TH005)
GRMMSK: One World – Nowhere To Hide (Sozialistischer Plattenbau 12026)
Ansome & Ossian: PLS.UK001 (PLS.UK001)
Umwelt: When Past and Future Collapse (New Flesh 16)
8Cylinder: Pour The Poison Out And Let Them Play Until The End (Unmapped North 03)
Also check out Diskore’s mixes Best of 2015 Part 1 and Best of 2015 Part 2 where some of these tracks are played.
Noize Creator – The Future is Cancelled – Praxis 51
Crucial breakcore release from veteran producer Noize Creator who we haven’t seen a release from in a while, but who has been consistently mashing up the dance with his intense live sets. NC lays down a spacious sound across four tracks, pinning sliced breaks to solid broken rhythms, adding refined noise and details to tense atmospheres. Following Lifeform, Noize Creator’s 2012 smasher for the
Sub/Version digital division, that took it’s references from late 90s techstep, there is here also a reintroduction of ideas at a crucial time: a harsh functional sound. [Read more →]
Raime: Quarter turns over a living line – Blackest Ever Black LP01
This great 2×12” gatefold record is an intense body experience, so listen as loud as possible! London duo Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead make beautiful, deadly done/ambient/noise soundscapes. The 40+ minutes open with the excellent grating track ‘passed over trail’, and most of the tracks demonstrate a powerful intermixing of machine noise elements and live instrumentals of walls of distortion and guitar and cello acoustics like on ‘your cast will tire’. ‘Exist in the repeat of practice’ offers hypnotic loops and soft drum patterns that create an extremely paranoid landscape. Definitely recommended! [Read more →]
Noistruct – Front Toward Enemy (Chase Records)
One of the Older Netlabels in hard electronic music is Chase records from france. Number 49 here is from the australian producer Boris Otterham aka Noistruct. A compilation of unreleased tracks,remixes and tracks previously released on labels like 8-bit recordings and Night Terror Recordings. 26 files of various styles like oldschool(amiga-?)”breakcore”, hardcore & drum&bass. Lots of movie samples,dirty breaks and a good flow in most of the tracks makes it an interesting web release, one of the few good ones you can find now and then in the big pile of boring copycat stuff. [Read more →]