MSBR / Die Lebensmittelvergiftung - _Collaboration_
(Flenix Records, 1999)
by: Gabriel Sanchez (8.5 out of 10)
Well, this isn't harsh noise, but you know what? IT'S BETTER THAN POWER ELECTRONICS! (Yes, the theme continues...) If you are a wise human being and decide to purchase this fine slab of vinyl, what you will have is a rather odd, but at the same time highly entertaining, release from Japanese deity of noise Koji Tano (MSBR) and a fellow Japanoise artist who I am at this time unfamiliar with, Die Lebensmittelvergiftung. This is a bit off beat for MSBR, as it is less of a drawn out harsh tonal work as much as it is a more abrasive ambient piece, though with a shitload more innovation on the sounds and editing than just about any ambient you will find out there these days. The first side is pure MSBR with supplied sounds by DL and really isn't that much of a stretch for a lot of what you hear from MSBR these days, only a tad bit lighter. The second side is a very strange remixing of sounds which resembles nothing of what I am used to from MSBR. The sounds are there, but the style is all wrong (well, not wrong, just different). Perhaps this is the style that DL incorporates on their solo works (I wouldn't know, unfortunately), but either way you won't get any complaints out of me, as I found myself knocking the needle back on my turn table to experience a number of moments in this composition which I found as nothing short of magical in a way that only a surrealistic poet dropping acid could explain. In other words, it has something so much noise and power electronics is lacking and that is... INNOVATION! Got that? So this is where I give you readers the choice... you can either drop your time with some repetitious slop that seems to infest the lovely noise scene today or you can check out something that is time tested good like MSBR and this newbie he tag teams with. It's your choice, of course... I'm just giving you my goddamn opinion to guide you.

Contact: Flenix Records, 1-108 Anjoji Matsuyama,

(article published 19/5/1999)


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