Skymall: Fooled By Randomness (Beta Bodega Coalition, 2020)

June 21, 2020 at 1:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Skymall: Fooled By Randomness

I saw Skymall several times during the basement breakcore 2000s (I still have a mousepad he tossed into the crowd) and his sets were always riotous and exciting. He barely released any material (an EP on Doormouse’s Distort, remixes for Otto Von Schirach and Mochipet, this infamous Slayer/Cypress Hill-sampling rager) but now he’s finally released a lost album produced between 2001 and 2008, which means that he’s officially outlived his namesake. Making no attempt at any sort of linear progression, his tracks are stop-start bursts of gabber terror, sharpened hip-hop snippets, dissolving musique concrete interludes, and the odd ambient bit (“Floaters”). “Rubber Cement” sounds absolutely vicious and pulverizing for a few minutes until it turns into a cheery (but still quite lethal) chiptune jaunt… only to be torn down by gunfire. Two tracks with Dino Felipe add some cracked melodic textures to the sandpaper glitches. Any sense of tranquility induced by “Don’t Move” is immediately nullified by the flesh-scorching “Blank Stare”. Fooled By Randomness is a long-overdue document of one of extreme glitch music’s underappreciated artists.

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