Pin Pin Sugar

Latex Duellos

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Sometimes you land on an album that makes you want to scream in pure pleasure. Pin Pin Sugar is a trio of Italian mad rockers. Call it math rock, jazzcore, avant-something, these guys can rock your socks off and puzzle you in no time. Their full-length debut, Latex Duellos, features 36 tracks in as many minutes -- a trick, as there are only nine songs ludicrously split into tiny parts. A guitar/bass/drums power trio, Pin Pin Sugar stole the Ruins' speed and complexity, but eschewed the theatrical vocals of Tatsuya Yoshida, preferring instead to infuse the music with a dose of Italian nuttiness one could trace back to avant jazzman Pino Minafra, although Bz Bz Ueu hits closer to home. Ne Zhdali, Forever Einstein, and early Primus also offer good if incomplete comparisons. Supporting drummer Franz Scardamaglia, bassist Chet Martino, and guitarist Nicola Ratti (who also makes a couple of inconclusive vocal attempts) on a few tracks is Bz Bz Ueu's sax player and all-around crazy man Jacopo Andreini. The group's favorite modus operandi consists of throwing at your face a fast, angular riff, then turning it inside out, opening it to free improvisation or sonic experiments (electronics in "Elisir"), and finally recapping in double speed. It's exhausting, irresistible, and strongly reminiscent of the music avant-prog labels like Cuneiform and Rec Rec used to put out in the '90s. This co-release from two Italian labels (Bar La Muerte and Megaplomb) may prove difficult to find, but it comes highly recommended nonetheless.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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0:59 Spotify
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0:34 Spotify
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2:09 Spotify
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0:21 Spotify
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0:39 Spotify
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0:15 Spotify
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0:38 Spotify
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0:14 Spotify
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0:30 Spotify
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0:06 Spotify
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0:23 Spotify
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1:21 Spotify
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0:22 Spotify
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3:00 Spotify
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0:55 Spotify
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1:32 Spotify
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0:14 Spotify
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0:41 Spotify
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2:20 Spotify
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0:06 Spotify
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2:09 Spotify
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2:16 Spotify
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0:29 Spotify
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0:49 Spotify
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0:50 Spotify
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1:12 Spotify
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1:27 Spotify
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1:56 Spotify
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0:07 Spotify
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2:42 Spotify
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