• innercity A Lion's Baptism (LP, £14.25)

    label: further

    Even if you pride yourself on your boundless appetite for weird music, Innercity’s ‘A Lion’s Baptism’ will ruffle the cilia in your ears in novel ways. On his debut for Further Records, Innercity (hyper-prolific Belgian producer Hans Dens) shoves typical notions of rhythms into the abyss and conjures a murky mystique. Endlessly fascinating bafflement ensues. ‘A Lion’s Baptism’ starts with deceptive conventionality, as ‘The Essence Of The Earth As Arch As Arc’ fades in with muted orchestral grandiosity and cascades of warped wind chimes. But soon things veer into stranger territory with ‘Bodycells Fortress’, whose delayed cowbell hits, enigmatic whirrs, gear-ratcheting and moans create an alienating aura not unlike that heard on Black Dice’s ‘Beaches & Canyons’. Further into the record, ‘Blind Guide Killing A Lioness’ sounds like a gabber anthem compressed into a tin can, with its spluttering explosion of spastic 808s going off like a humming bird’s heart attack. It’s a serious woofer violator of a track. By contrast, ‘Her Prints Will Light The Path’ could be a dream-logic version of a Cocteau Twins song funhouse-mirrored into abstraction, while ‘Birthnight’ is an undulating 14-minute fever dream of ambient exotica that out-haunts the hauntologists. At once hypnotic and disorienting, ‘A Lion’s Baptism’ is the product of a refreshingly disturbed mind. Mastered by James Plotkin and cut at Dubplates & Mastering. 300 copies only in screenprinted cover. TRACK LIST : 01. The Essence Of The Earth As Arch As Arc 02. Bodycells Fortress 03. There With The Boxer The Fog And Pale Queens In White Panties Dance 04. Blind Guide Killing A Lioness 05. On The Roads A Message Of Home 06. Her Prints Will Light The Path 07. Birthnight 08. Prince Of The Immortal Woods

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