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MONOTRACT - Pagu LP

A full-length platter from the ever-changing Monotract. The earliest recording I heard by them, a cassette on White Tapes, made them sound like a pedal-intensive Sonic Youth-oriented jam band. The "Blaggout" CD jettisoned their rocknotions in favor of an oozing electronic pus-scape, the gooey sons n’ daughters of the ‘60s MIT Electronics Lab refugees. "Pagu" is once again something completely different, an intricate blueprint of more "conventional" IDM/breakbeat/drum & bass sounds sharing space with the kind of circuit-bent at-home overload you’d associate with the sputz-mongers of Michigan (Viki, Mammal, Wolf Eyes). The chassis is built like an Autechre drum line, but the body is all sex. Latino raps and chants, acidic squiggles, blankity-blank bleeps and bloops, this is five-legged dance music (you get to bring a date!). "Pagu" has its cake and eats it too…each track is enough of a song that it’s instantly memorable next time you put it on ("Oh yeah, I like this one!"), but is so out of control, it couldn’t possibly make it in any club that wouldn’t have YOU for a dancer. Electroclash, house, IDM, etc. aren’t so much destroyed here as subsumed into the gelatinous body…you occasionally see glimpses of them oozing along the surface, crying out in pain to anyone that could help them, while the mass moves on. Contains enough damage AND listenability to qualify for instant classic status. If I had come upon this record last year, it would have easily made my ten best.

FUKKTRON/HAIR & NAILS - s/t

HAIR & NAILS - III
KANGAROO NOTE - Soundness
360 SOUND - A Scratch On The Surface
SHLOMO ARTZI ORCHESTRA - Pizza Little Party
MATT SILCOCK - s/t
JORGE CASTRO/CARLOS GIFFONI - Guitarras del Olvido y Pensamientos Dimensionales
BRIAN NORING & BRYAN DAY - s/t
LUV ROKAMBO - s/t
SHIGEHIKO MATSUI - d-less-car,d-en (in between +&-)