Cruel Nature

Mirrored Lips – ‘Сексуальность неуместна (Sexuality Is Inappropriate)’ £5
Recorded in Gateshead, whilst touring the UK earlier this year, “Сексуальность неуместна” (Sexuality Is Inappropriate) is rumoured to be Mirrored Lips final album and (for me) their best to date. Across 8 tracks, Mark Wood has managed to harness the blistering intensity of the Russian noise punk’s live experience, with their genre-defying sturm und drang rattling through flat-out Pop Group style funk workouts to advant-rock improvs ala early Sonic Youth; all with a bit of pop-sensibility thrown in. Limited edition of 100 pro-produced tapes (+ download).

Workin’ Man Noise Unit – ‘It’s Not Nothin” £5
Reading noise-punks, Workin’ Man Noise Unit finally return with their second album, the eagerly awaited follow up to ‘Play Loud’ which was released in 2015 to great acclaim. “It’s Not Nothin'” is an agitated blistercore of pounding drums, mind-bending noise, thundering bass, full-on beaming riffs and vocal anthems. This is sound, energy, bad jokes and the smell of stale beer on sticky floors. Like Fugazi, Karp, Torche, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Henry Blacker, The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, in one big Buckfast-fuelled gang-bang. Limited edition of 100 pro-produced tapes (+ download).

Leo Lobrev & Jelena Glazova – ‘Die Ursprünge’ £5
“Die Ursprünge” is a collaborative semi-improvisational album for electronics and prepared piano created by composer-pianist Leonids Lobrevs and sound-artist Jelena Glzova. The concept of the album is referring to an essay written by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. In “The Origin of the Work of Art” (German: “Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes”) Heidegger is trying to find an answer to the question on the origin of creative impulse, while eventually coming up with a round definition, a sort of “Möbius strip” answer, hence the origin of creativity still remains unidentified. Unapprehensiveness of the topic makes it especially attractive, so both authors envisaged this subject with a special vigor. “Die Ursprünge” is a story about the tension between the premeditated idea and a realised one. Creative impulse is envisaged as a premonition while facing that difference which is stated when the work of art is finished. The whole piece is a journey of creative impulse, its confrontation with the intuition and collision with the abyss of the unknown and the final realisation. Limited edition of 50 pro-produced tapes (+ download).

Territorial Gobbing – ‘Gubbins’ £5
Once again failing at any attempt at consistency here’s another radically different chunder-soaked document of improvisational daft ambience from Territorial Gobbing (the “most disappointing” member of both Thank and Gloomy Planets). Gnawed and nibbled contact mics, ancient hip hop tapes and misbehaving wave generators abound as weedy industrial beats eventually succumb to atonal waves of trash. FFO: Aaron Dilloway, John Weise, Black Dice and all that mid-2000s US noise stuff. Limited edition of 50 pro-produced tapes (+ download).

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