Avant-garde yet listenable - even pop - Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland's sound reminds me variously of Throbbing Gristle, PIL and Factory Records' artists like Section 25, Miaow, Kalima and even, "Circuses and Bread"-era Durutti Column (check the drum programming). Melodic (in places), sonically innovative (in places), lyrically intriguing (in places), is it entertaining? Well, yes - in places. It's certainly interesting. I've had this album on regular rotation for the last four days in a thus far futile attempt to suss it out, but I'm still not entirely certain what to make of it - maybe it's one of those records that I will suddenly realise is a classic in about 5 years' time, or maybe it's not. The LP does seem to beg to be played as one continuous piece: possibly due to its erratic track timings, tracks within tracks and relatively short overall running time. Could this be some sort of statement against the iPod, short attention-span generation? Or just coincidence?
This CD is also curiously packaged - in a cartridge-style box with no booklet and, other than the word "Ebony" and the Hyperdub logo, no other writing whatsoever (although the album title, artist and catalogue number are divulged by means of a sticker on the top right of the cover).
Certainly the wackiest Hyperdub album releases to date and yet (oddly) far less likely to empty your living room of your in-laws than a Kode 9 LP. Dubstep it ain't. Try it for yourself. Or ask me again in 5 years.