Dzyan Blood

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Two quotes from the press materials should be enough to tell you whether you're interested or not: the first compares this band's sound to "a clash between King Tubby and Cabaret Voltaire on the abandoned space station Mir." The second describes this album as "the sound of an ancient dreadnought dreaming in dub of its ancient homeworld." Alrighty then. Any questions? Yes? Well, frankly, those descriptions are pretty much spot-on. The tracks that form the basis of this album were originally recorded live, but have been folded, spindled and mutilated for release as Dzyan Blood, and it's impossible to say which musical elements were part of the original arrangements and which have been added on or tweaked beyond recognizability since. It's also impossible to say for sure who Bucolic is, since -- aside from the fact that he/she/they are based in San Francisco -- neither the liner notes nor the press materials are forthcoming on that particular point. But we can report that "Souljacker" combines creepy spoken-word samples with a subtly drum'n'bassy rhythm and distant shreds of white noise, and that "Mo' Style" is a surprisingly pretty amalgam of guitar vamp, dubbed-up percussion and blippy analog synth. To say that those two tracks are typical is not to say that other tracks on the program sound the same, but rather that they obviously partake of the same anarchic but groove-oriented spirit. Recommended.

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