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For me this album was ground zero in electronic music terms – it’s my ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’. Hard to believe, but so conservative were the times when this came out (1996) that it was a breath of fresh air. Compared to the smooth, digital, clinical lines of house music, which had been steadily going into decline since 1992, and the then current fashion of retro-centric guitar sound of Brit-Pop this really was a shot in the arm.
Recorded on a shoestring budget in Sheffield, this is searing 70s analogue electronics at it’s most intense, you cannot do anything else but play it loud and soak it up. Rhythmically veering somewhere between ‘Baader Meinhof/Silent Command’ era Cabaret Voltaire and The Human League’s ‘Dignity of Labour’. To be honest, even trying to give you some idea of where this album fits (it really is in a league of its own) I’m doing it an injustice.
You’ll also see the name Kraftwerk bandied about in almost every ANTX review, but the lineage to this album is along much more oblique lines. If you love this (and you’ll either love it or hate it, there is no inbetween) then try finding the following – Gil Melle’s ‘Andromeda Strain’ OST, ‘Forbidden Planet’ OST, Walter Carlos ‘A Clockwork Orange’ OST and ‘Poeme Electronique’ by Edgar Varese
This is a very beautiful thing – I go back and listen to this time and time again – it’s honest, brutal, sparse, breathtaking and dirty and I know that I’ll never hear anything quite like it again.
This disc is not as strong as the others but is an important buy for fans. I like it!