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¥018 somatic responses . revula 12" . september 1999 [deleted]

tracklist:

ucircumflex
*.ra
open window
*.ra
revula
*.ra
metalert
*.ra
ekranoplan
*.ra

 

john and paul healy, collectively known throughout the world as somatic responses, are native residents of a small industrial mining community snugly located in the southwest region of wales. amongst the 20,000 inhabitants of the city of ammanford, a sometimes-overbearing intimacy exists, where everyone knows everyone else, and where traditional welsh lifestyle is still the common trend.this is all quite an interesting backdrop indeed, when considering it has been the environment in which the somatic responses have consistently produced some of the world's most abrasive and original electronic music for the past 8 years. as john healy states, "our lives are completely external to this environment and lifestyle... our sound has no deep connection to our surroundings. i think we care more about where we are mentally than where we are physically, with reference to our music." this contrast becomes immediately apparent upon hearing the somatics' actual material. while maintaining a consistent balance of the aggressive and the introspective over the years, their sounds have been shown to be extremely diverse. the somatic responses intend to push their own experimentation in electronic music further with every passing day. somatic responses are into dislocated & broken beats that still retain rhythm. another consistent theme in the somatics' music is their tendency to design, construct, and decimate complex structures of sound, while ranging the level of architecture from the most intricate manipulation to complete fluctuation of mood and theme.

the sounds could be labeled as industrial with complex dislocated rhythms and associated structures filled with pure plasic and atari cookies.

 

black 17.
wesentlich euphorischer begrüße ich die lp-version der wallisischen somatic responses zu ihrer phantastischen cd "circumflex", welche neben drei album-tracks noch zwei neue killer bietet. hackende breakbeats überrollen dich, den rest der noch übrig ist wirft die knallende bassline um und wer dann noch steht, bekommt von den gespenstisch-melodiösen flächensounds eine gänsehaut! die cd und die lp sind im wahrsten sinne des wortes knochenbrechend, was an hand des artworks auch noch optisch verdeutlicht wird. (m.f.)

xipharg. www.centreimage.ch/blue/xipharg

autant le dire tout de suite, ce vinyle 12" est avant tout à réserver aux inconditionnels et aux collectionneurs. en effet, les trois meilleurs morceaux sont déjà contenus sur l'excellent circumflex, tandis que les deux inédits (metalert et ekranoplan) manquent singulièrement de mordant. revula ne parvient donc pas à donner une dimension supplémentaire à son album-source, comme c'était le cas avec le north d'imminent starvation ou le coma de converter. dommage...

seven. www.nezzwerk.com/seven

this vinyl record with curious title contains 3 more tracks that did not make it to full-length "circumflex", the album that easily made my top 5 last year. i will not repeat myself describing the music of the band, refer to my rather detailed review of "circumflex". driving force, bursts of controlled feedback, harsh and rich drum loops, twisted powerful tunes that combine dislocated torn synth lines with heavy drum'n'bass percussion. the beats create a perfect collage of heavy soundscapes that constantly bombard the listener, occasionally pause for a short moment of tranquility. layers of unique noises create dark and rich atmosphere. tracks absent from the full-length include "metalert" that is built around slowly advancing saturated beat and very recognizable and quite addictive clean twisted synth. brooding darkness, surreal landscapes, crushing rhythmic melody. "ekranoplan" continues with dislocated beats and wide variety of drilling, scratching noises overlaid with contrasting pummeling beats and delicate keys. get your hands on this as well as any other work by the band. no questions asked.

@resistant media

autant le dire tout de suite, ce vinyle 12" est avant tout a réserver aux inconditionnels et aux collectionneurs. en effet, les trois meilleurs morceaux sont déja contenus sur l'excellent circumflex, tandis que les deux inédits (metalert et ekranoplan) manquent singulierement de mordant. revula ne parvient donc pas a donner une dimension supplémentaire a son album-source, comme c'était le cas avec le north d'imminent starvation ou le coma de converter. dommage... (xph)

bodystyler # 31 oktober/november 1999

die engländer liefern neben ihrem debütalbum circumflex auch noch eine 12" hinterher, 3 albumtracks und zwei bonusstücke enthaltend, die es dann aber in sich haben und den kauf voll rechtfertigen. ihre ganz eigene variante eines kranken industrial drum n bass irgendwas wummert, das einem die knie schlottern. das ist der richtige soundtrack für verfolgungsjagden in unterirdischen hochsicherheitskomplexen und entwicklungszentren für biologische kampfstoffe, für ballerorgien in animestreifen oder zum zeitvertreib beim wäsche zusammenlegen. universelles hörfutter also, das seinen futureappeal wahrscheinlich auch noch in 20 jahren halten kann. wer panacea zu eintönig findet, sollte hier zugreifen. (till)


somatic webpage

other releases of somatic responses on hymen:
¥705 somatic responses. circumflex . cd . september 1999

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