noiseam adn88 / Jarring Effects fx067
CD - adn88cd - October 2007
2x12" - adn88lp - November 2007
-Stripped Back Hinge
To Hold Bottom (excerpt)
15 years since his début and 5 since his last studio album:
breaks the silence and delivers with "Stealth" one of
his most massive works so far. Staying faithful to his trademark
sound, this corner-stone of a musician, constantly redefining the
boundaries of electronic music, delivers here 8 salvoes of monumental
bass, sparse dry beats and deep drones. Let it be heard: Scorn
1. Stripped Back
4. Running Rig
6. The Palomar
To Hold Bottom
8. 1.75 TC
Few musician can boast such a prolific and influential catalog
as Mick Harris.
Not only has his main project, Scorn,
been re-defining and expanding the scope of electronic music and
dub, but Harris's discography, featuring literally hundreds of releases,
spawns from his début as the original drummer of Napalm Death
to a founding member of Painkiller (with Bill Laswell and John Zorn)
as well as such seminal projects as the ambient Lull, the drum'n'bass
of Quoit or his participation to Extreme Noise Terror. To cut a
long story short, (electronic) music wouldn't be the same if this
Birmingham-based musician wasn't there.
Fifteen years after Scorn's
début, and five whole years after his latest studio album,
it is a transformed Mick
Harris (noticeably by his come-back to his drum set) that deliver
13th full length studio album. And while music has evolved a lot
since 1992's "Vae Solis", Scorn has stayed true to his
trademark sound. Downtempo, illbient, dubstep have come and gone,
but Scorn remains the epitome of minimal, dry beats, wall-of-sound
unequalled basses and deep, mesmerizing drones.
Not only a massive, bodily experience, Scorn's
monumental tracks (which have proved over the years to provide for
unforgettable live sets) impress by their focus and efficiency.
Keeping only the bare minimum of what defines dub, Scorn
drives these few elements (sparse beats, echoes, and most of all,
bass) to their extreme. A godfather of the current come-back of
slow, heavy basses in club music, Scorn's
method still stand out with its towering, dark and minimal approach.
"Stealth" is no exception. Spacious in its execution,
oppressive, humongous in its outcome; let it be heard: Scorn
Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.