Aphasiacs: Debtor’s Paradise tape (Crash Symbols, 2015)

April 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Aphasiacs: Debtor's Paradise tape

Aphasiacs: Debtor’s Paradise tape

Raw, messy analog techno from Detroit. Seems less concerned with igniting dancefloors than with convincing piles of electronic junk to create rhythmic patterns that resemble music. I saw them play with Container once, and it’s definitely in that same ballpark, but this seems more deconstructed and blown-out. “Phaser” starts out with strange concentric circle beat patterns, then ends up with some seemingly random drums and melodies plunked out over the loose 4/4 beats. And then it gets faster and punkier towards the end. Extremely seat-of-the-pants lo-fi but it works. The B-side has 3 remixes by other artists, with Rawaat and Coyote Clean Up emphasizing the techno side and A Sacred Cloud going for more of a noise assault. Coyote Clean Up contributes the most dancefloor-friendly, melodic mix, throwing in that loon sound made famous by 808 State’s “Pacific”, which I guess apparently making some sort of comeback now. I never stopped listening to 808 State so it’s hard for me to notice that it ever went away. Available on tape and digitally from Bandcamp.

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