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  • Release Date 2013-03-11
  • Label Broken20
  • Catalog B6025
Warning: Infection This press release that contains the Word Virus, as indeed do they all. The word doesn't die. It shouldn't and can't. It festers and occupies and colonises, and you can't help it. So look grateful. It's the least you can do. From Arcadia to Libertatia... and thence to Alpha Centauri... Following the withered sicknote techno of B60_02, 'Red Night', Ruaridh Law aka TVO presents an album of mutations by himself and the artist Covered In Sand, aka Shifted, 'Red Night Variations'. Tamaghis... Ba'Dan... Yass-Waddah... Waghdas... Naufana... Ghaddis... Building a seventh city. Drawing again from the source material's inspiration, William S. Burroughs' 'Cities Of The Red Night', the reworks inhabit an ambivalent eigenstate, placed somewhere between drone texture, techno meter, industrial clatter and noise palette. TVO's five reworks open with 'Outside The Brighton Church', a slowed- up 4/4 workout that swiftly introduces elements of ethereal presence and epic chord washes. Driving and yet restrained, it sets the tone. 'Super 8 In Glasgow Tenement' ups the pace and withholds detail, stripping back tonality and pushing glassy sound design to the fore. 'Albert Hall Chess Boxing' takes the ultra-minimal moves of labelmate Production Unit's 'ICU Tracks' and distills them into Reichian raindrop pulses, while 'Concrete And Steel, Peckham' evokes classic Detroit strings at something of a remove, punctuated by the tapdance of a locust swarm over 11 glorious minutes. Digital bonus 'The Male Is In Room 2, Stranraer' ends matters on a visceral, pounding high, showcasing Law's avowed techno chops. 'Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.' As Shifted, the remixer of side B should need little introduction. Gracing labels such as Mote Evolver, Our Circula Sound and his own Avian imprint, he's an acclaimed and hugely successful member of techno's new breed. Covered In Sand depicts his experimental work. Opener 'Ba'Dan' is morbidly threatening, like a whispered incantation. It's clear that a keen understanding of classic industrial music informs his interpretations, particularly in the dry, monolithic percussion that marches to a funereal beat and the steadfast refusal to submit to change, each piece stating its case then remaining impa...

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Red Night Variations