Clay Wilson: BASH002 12″ – single review

3217665244-1Clay Wilson: BASH002 (Styles Upon Styles records)
12″ Vinyl with DL code
Out 28th Jan 2013

The Bangers and Ash (or BASH) series gets artists to create experimental sounds for the A side and more traditional dance orientated music for the B side of a specially designed 12″ record. Adrian Bloxham has been listening to the latest release

The Bangers and Ash (or BASH) series gets artists to create experimental sounds for the A side and more traditional dance orientated music for the B side of a specially designed 12″ record. This is the second release in the series from Styles Upon Styles records. Clay Wilson has given us six tracks across the Ash and Bangers sides of this 12”. The Ash side is paranoid and claustrophobic while the Bangers are slices of opened up techno.

Ash begins with ‘Tab’ which is a heavy bass drone punctuated by single drum beats which expand into your head. ‘Reset’ carries on the gentle beat and adds a synth wash over the top. However the darkness is ramped up with what starts off sounding like ball bearings rattling around a tin tray but then morphs into gunfire getting closer and then fading back again. The mixture of calm and menace is disconcerting and confusing. ‘Pfizing’ has a distorted chime effect repeating with a dubby bass line. But underneath are repetitive squelchy beats, as if there is a party going on just next door but you can’t quite find it, tribal drums join in but they are still just out of reach so the feeling of paranoia and helplessness flood over you, the beats get louder and softer as you try to find the source but never reveal themselves completely. ‘Wythe’, the last track on the Ash side is crackly and organic techno, simple, funky and repetitive and the sound feels like it’s covered in cotton wool.

 

The Bangers side has two tracks, ‘End Gap’ and ‘Toe the line’ both excellent slices of minimal techno. Not much happens but that is the point. They repeat over and over and make your feet move to the rhythm.

This is only released on vinyl with a download code included in the purchase and trust me, its well worth it.

The Bangers and Ash website can be found here. They are also on Facebook & are on Twitter as @susrecords

All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work on Louder Than War by Adrian can be found here.

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