We're putting on a show down the road at Oto on Thursday 20th September, with live performances from three perennial 'n inscrutable shop favourites: Tropa Macaca, Blod, and Acolytes. Tickets are £10 and available here.
"We read someone somewhere recently (can't remember who, sorry) casually referring to Tropa Macaca as the best band in the world and you know what? It's not an outrageous statement. There's certainly an argument for it, at any rate. Active since 2006, the Portuguese duo's lived-in, vegetative (in the sense of organic and of-the-earth not, er, braindead), skunk-drunk electronics are the missing link between Siltbreeze and The Trilogy Tapes (mean that quite literally: they've released on both, 2016's TTT effort Vida being a particular shop favourite). Caçador do Futuro, their new one for DUNNO, found them harnessing more bass-weight and rhythm-gristle than ever before, into two shape-shifting, shut-in tekno sculptures to mess you up proper.
"Blod aka Gustaf Dicksson is part of the Forlag För Fri Musik orbit that also includes Neutral, Enhet För Fri Musik, Leda et al. His most recent release, Knutna Nävar, was a Strange, bittersweet concoction of woolly but frost-bitten psychedelic folk (with some carefully calibrated prog flourishes), Flying Nun-ish evergreen-dazed jangle-pop and at least seven other shades of DIY/art-rock abstraction… one minute you feel like you could be listening to a Felt or David Kilgour instrumental, elsewhere passages of woozy pastoral ambience trade blows with Lynchian organ drift and post-punk ice-sculptures cut from the same block as Martin Hannett’s Scandinavian Wastes...culminating in a kind of pseudo-medieval, flute-driven loner jazz that sounds like Third Ear Band if they’d made a record for Vanity.
"In a world which tends to reward the prolific, give it to the man who leaves it fully four years between albums. Acolytes’ (self-titled, camo-concealed, highly recommended) 2014 debut was a brilliant side of gnomic DIY, and we would’ve happily settled for more of the same; instead, on new LP Rupture, London-based D. Shan has overhauled his solo project, steering it into the realm of rhythm-based computer music.. an utterly fresh and forcefully idiosyncratic offering that ignores all the rules of the game (OK easy) and basically comes up with better ones (nigh-on impossible, WHAT'S GOING ON). One of the tracks is called 'Autocannibalising Loop' and that pretty perfectly describes Shan's M.O. The opening 1-2 sounds like Danny Weed got abducted by mardy aliens and only escaped an unceremonious probing by agreeing to conduct said Martians’ military marching band, while elsewhere there are echoes of Gabor Lazar’s hyperreal electro and Off World’s ectoplasmic tone-float, drums hanging off the grid like goo, but also, somehow, Twice Is Not Enough-era Whitehouse and The Shadow Ring, while ‘Aneurysm’ could be scrapings from Marc Trauner’s studio floor : darkside tekno reduced to its beatless venomous essence and then spun out into droning, dub-crazed infinit-E. Fearless! Exciting! But also understated, unassuming! And in a room dark and forgiving enough - even if that's just your troubled mind - you will DANCE to it."