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AKATOMBO - Sometime, never

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Hand-Held Recordings HHR 05
Release Year: 2015
Note: fourth album by the "Industrial dub" project from Scotland/Japan with their doomy version of hypnotic bass driven beat electronica, so slow & heavy, this really sucks you in .. if you like SCORN or dubby MUSLIMGAUZE, ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO or TECHNO ANIMAL this is a must to check out !! .. ."A sort of dubbed out downtempo dance music thats not so much for dancing, but lurking, hanging out in the shadows, in empty clubs in empty cities.." [Aquarius Rec.]
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Following on from his critically acclaimed False Positives and Editions Mego collaborations with E.G. Lewis of Wire / Dome, ex-pat Scotsman and long-time resident of Hiroshima Paul Thomsen Kirk delivers his fourth albumten tracks full of atmospheric, powerful, beat-driven, electronic-based compositions. From the persuasively percussive-led to dark ambient soundscapes to sleazy, wide-screen, full-on, bass-bin rumblings, Sometime, Never has it all just because. [A] meld of post-punk toxic ambient angst ( la Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire) with contemporary rhythmic models. Akatombo is big on alienation and generally conveys a feeling of being close-up to events and places while at the same time feeling disconnected and uncomprehending of them. [A] brilliantly compelling, adrenalin-soaked antidote to the tranquil hedonism into which electronica has been too apt to lapse in recent years. David Stubbs, Resident Advisor [Paul Kirks] beatscapes hearken back to the industrial pioneers of the mid-80s, but his sound is decidedly contemporary, a mix of drums, bass, bleached tones and samples that veer from dub to club. The best tracks display more than mood; they reverberate with sass. Richard Allen, A Closer Listen A killer collection of programmed beats, layered samples, dark atmospheres, thick guitars, and droney-ambience, sounding at times like Muslimgauze, or like a more chill Necro Deathmort, or one of those bands who might have shared a compilation with Techno Animal or Sidewinder back in the day. The vibe is definitely on the isolationist tip, murky and claustrophobic, the beats are crunchy and caustic, more often lurching and lumbering than skittering or shuffling, and those beats are set amidst thick swells of grim sinister ambience, and blackened late-night atmospheres.. A sort of dubbed out downtempo dance music thats not so much for dancing, but lurking, hanging out in the shadows, in empty clubs in empty cities, everything crumbling and decayed, a seriously dystopic soundtrack for some wasted scorched earth future. Aquarius