Modern Love‘s masters of darkness Demdike Stare seem to have forgone releasing anything resembling a traditional album for the last two years. After 2012’s gargantuan Elemental collection, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker seemed to subside activity. Then, the mixtapes started streaming out, accompanied by a series of Testpressings that seemingly contained their most untethered genre deteriorations. The fifth disc in that series arrives a full seven months after number four and demands serious attention from the rhythmic noise-heads amongst us.
Testpressing#005 starts with a colossal, machine-gun stutter, that only barely prepares listeners for the circular bass pulses that enter into the subconscious. Like the grime-ridden experiments of Logos that wowed us last year, “Procrastination” leaves plenty of zero gravity room for listeners to float freely in.
B-side “Past Majesty” operates in a tech/no-wave territory recently displayed by Powell, but still ripe with fruits to harvest. This kraut-punk banger is a no-brainer – slays at every corner with deep, metal feedback, dirty, wobbly drums, and monophonic synth blips that tie it all together. Soundtrack for the summer.