Timely masterclass in sub/urban voidcraft from LST: seven (?) lunatic zoaners and rusted bio-mech dreamweapons “made in isolation from 2009 to the present day”. S'a buzz, more than ever, to behold muzik so attuned to the provisional and pliable nature of normality…as I listen now its impossible hallucinated geometries are fair ELECTRIFYING the stale air around me. Showing equal aptitude and appetite for spaceway-croozing kling klang and dirtbag DIY grind, Hard Drive Vinegar feels like haughty dub-burnished Irdial iso-electronics masticated to all fuck and coughed back up by some sorta Siltbreeze/Xpressway-ish black-hole-basement-mind/chaos-god... the whole thing rendered with both supreme slakka steez and an architextural sophistication that beggars belief. Its tracks are compact, to-the-point, effortlessly transporting, and, even at their most unhinged, strangely melodious.
It demands to be listened to as a whole, but look out for ‘open after minimal pealing’, its uptight, Germanic art-decade pomp pummelled to dust by hypnagogic stresswaves; the whiplashing wavetable synths and demonic plainchant of ‘churchsun’, which kinda chimes with the ascetic medieval futurism of Gewissen and Werkbund'; and ‘thurspite’, a red-eyed, low-riding breakbeat brawler seemingly custom-built for nanged-up mekboyz n tankgurlz cruising the kinda brutal, lawless, resource-depleted Rover-style dirtscape that is just a tiny bit easier to imagine now than it was a few weeks ago.
I know there’s a lot of projection going on at the moment (see: Businesslunch!) but Hard Drive Vinegar Vol. 1 is the kind of work which so absolutely seems to evoke, and be tooled-up for, OUR CURRENT PREDICAMENT, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t travelled back in time armed with forbidden knowledge of where we're all gonna end up, clues coded into its brittle beatz n glyphz…. Gonna take some more deciphering but we'd bet our last scrap of bogroll that the message is THE WORST IS YET TO COME.
Absolute melter...highest possible recommendation!
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