Label: Upset The Rhythm Release date: 09/08/10 Link: Myspace Buy: Amazon I first knew DJ Scotch Egg, the genius whose side project this is, from a friend that was massively into his gabba scene. I think the exact words he used to describe the sound were “Y’know, it’s gabba but inspired by KFC and Nintendo”. Yeah, my thoughts exactly. But sure enough, checking out his biography, I found out he had released an album called “KFC core” which included a track that was him talking to some KFC employees and the album itself was made almost entirely with gameboys and effects pedals. Needless to say, I was intrigued. The solo music itself is hard to get into for someone who doesn’t often venture into the difficult world of gabba, chiptune and other such niche electronic genres. It’s intelligent, but, as with all chiptune, it’s virtually unlistenable to me. So when I learned that this guy was behind Drum Eyes, this guy that famously conducted his live shows by smashing up Nintendo products, shouting “Fuck you” into a megaphone and throwing scotch eggs at the audience, I was sceptical at the outcome. I needn’t have been. This is one hell of a brilliant album that takes post-rock and goes beyond it. It launches through 6 tracks in just over 35 minutes, all of them running through the next to make an album that ebbs and flows, that uses electronic and rock instrumentation to create an unholy mix of the two. In the album itself influences unrelated to DJ Scotch Egg’s norm come out. There’s krautrock in there, there’s bass driven rock in there (see 13 magicians), there’s some heavy rock/borderline metal (think Godflesh, but a bit lighter, or Twinkranes but a bit heavier), there’s the sonic feel of Fuck Buttons’ Street Horsing (especially in ‘Future Yazuka‘+), there’s a bit for everything for people that like it loud. The combination of all of the aforementioned influences makes for one brilliantly loud and progressive album that can easily weave its way through the genres to make an entity that, despite being only 6 tracks long, feels perfectly refined, like a soundtrack. It’s together with its influences and makes them all work in exactly the right proportions. It feels complete. Just as a taste of what’s to come, album opener ‘50 – 50’ works its way through the intricacies of Holy Fuck, into space age stuff that is reminiscent of a sci-fi soundtrack that progresses into a space age jam that sounds like a sped up funky Lindstrom mix before launching into a climactic crescendo. That’s not it, that’s just 2/3 of the song. The next part breaks down into Battles soundtracking an Isaac Asimov novel and backed by Animal from the Muppets. And I’m sure I heard a gameboy turning on in there. It’s like the most epic soundtrack to a video game ever. I can’t go through all of the tracks because each goes through numerous movements and progressions and through brilliant landscapes of sound. If I did, this review would be 5000 words and still wouldn’t be able to get to the sound. Post-rock or nu-prog or whatever you want to call it, it’s epic, it’s loud and it’s big. And best of all it’s unpretentious. An excellent album. Photobucket