Inaugurating the From the Depths label, a new venture from Boiler Room’s Charles Drakeford, Polish producer Lutto Lento spins a pretty bizarre and occasionally wondrous yarn over the five tracks on offer here. Drawing saturated melodies out of his sample material (check ‘Sirena’ and ’Gipsi Sam’), his cut and paste aesthetic and straight to tape rawness cloaks everything in a sort of exploratory mode, as if he’s trying these approaches out for the very first time.
Previously popping up on Livity Sounds sister label, Dnuos Ytivil, Bruce drops his second piece on Pearson Sound, Ben UFO and Pangaea’s flagship label. Here you’ll find stretched and cyclical techno abstractions alongside introverted tribal meanderings. But it’s all about the title track, ‘Not Stochastic’, an echo trip of tightly apreggiated synth waves that traps you in an intensely hypnotic whirlwind. As usual on Hessle, understated but excellent.
Holy hell is this the sound of Strange U/Boot Records percolating its sick way across the Atlantic and affecting our US bredren, or merely the sound of the US underground recovering the dark, dank depths of Show & AG's 'Goodfellas' all on their own reconnaissance? Either way — who cares! This is astonishing! Maniac laces together a truly dungeonesque mix of harsh neck-snapping snare and truly spooky sounds, blood-dripping on the dulcimer, strings and woodwind culled from the strangest lost Shaw Bros horror movie that actually doesn't exist but damn well should do. Superb stuff and making me want to hear way more from these (to me anyhoo) as yet unknown sonic perverts and degenerates. SICK BRUV.
Written before Ferguson but souding sharper ever since, a living reclamation of soul away from technique/internal commitment and back to its outward-facing political roots. "What are these police on?/Theme song must be 'Who Shot Ya'?/Playing victim, what you want an Oscar?/Grant me a pass Mr. Officer/I’m face down in the mainstream while you pull the trigger to my back/The problem is that, the problem ain’t rap/Can you help me articulate that?" Gensu Dean's amazing, echo-chamber production only adds to the sense of impending doom and present terror. Utterly superb.