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Hard-edged sound design and brutalist soundscapes are what characterize this new one on LIES. ADMX-71 - the industrial side project of Adam X - contributing a fierce and uncompromising collection of tracks of the Ron Morelli's cult label.

With a career that dates right back to 1990, you'd expect ADMX, real name Adam Mitchell, to know his way around the noise boxes. Exemplified brilliantly here is a real control of aggression - these tracks kick like a mule but the focus and intricacies are rich and rife. Tech heads are gonna be in awe of some of the sounds and textures conjured up, but jaws will drop further when witnessing the level of manipulation and control the producer inflicts onto the elements.

Demonstrating poise when needed, destructive tendencies are nurtured throughout "The Aging Process" which shifts tectonically through a variety of dystopian moods and cataclysmic flavours. Nothing is left disregarded though, every movement, every sounds is there to do a purpose. Like a highly efficient demolition team who only bring the right tools for the job.

It's a quintessentially brilliant addition to the LIES catalogue and another highly credible project from this long serving US veteran. 


TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Speaking Via Telepathy (4:47)
2. Sensor-Tised (5:57)
3. Walking Through Walls (5:39)
Side 2
1. They've Instilled Fear In Us (6:15)
2. Catch Me If You Can (5:14)
Side 3
1. Atlantis Rising (5:23)
2. Leading The Way (6:10)
Side 4
1. Dormant DNA Activation (6:39)
2. The Code Decipher (6:26)

Originally released as a limited run cassette on Low Jack's Editons Gravats label in 2017, we now get an official vinyl pressing via L.I.E.S.

Krikor Kouchian serves this killer soundtrack to the documentary 'Arabie Saoudite: Les Liaisons Dangerousness' Where the French TV program focuses on the Saudi royal family’s support of Wahhabism and the West’s appeasement of Saudi foreign policy, Kouchian underlines and accentuates the content with a brooding blend of mirage-like electronics and minimalist drum machine geometries. A deviation from his previous works and one in which he moves into appropriately darker synth territory.

Running the anything goes travelling warehouse rave "Fusion mes Couilles" Emma DJ and Ishaq have created a unique situation with their party series in Paris. The two have been able to do what not many have, which is create a party environment strictly on their own terms, with no outside influence, no pandering to agents or the trends of the day and no outside money rearing its head trying to influence. This endeavor is no small feat considering the oversaturated and bland nitelife climate over the last years in the city. The result of their hard work, has been a large scale dedicated fanbase that trust them, hands down.

Over these years both Emma DJ and Ishaq had been working independently on their own productions as well, with Emma DJ recently releasing a slew of tapes in a hyperactive, machine gun manner, while Ishaq makes his first appearance on wax here.
On the "Fusion" split lp we get four tracks from Emma DJ on the a-side and four tracks from Ishaq on the b-side...both artists bring their unique takes on modern dance music on each side of the record from gnarled acid, to tweaked IDM, to broken techno, or ADD chopped guitar loop beats, this is a truly unique release documenting the sound of the top crew in the Paris underground.
Artwork licensed from NYC street photographer Richard Sandler

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Always a ballsy move putting such an iconic image on your sleeve but this split LP earns its stripes within the first minute of the opener. Growling sequences, fractured drum machines and industrial idents are presented in fresh and original ways, switching up the techno blueprint for 2020.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Emma DJ - More Is More Euphoric
A2. Emma DJ - Fuzmec
A3. Emma DJ - Stratocaster
A4. Emma DJ - Vector
B1. Ishaq - Mantis Ale
B2. Ishaq - Shutdown Spitface
B3. Ishaq - Forest Manned Wolf
B4. Ishaq - Snowtop

Ron Morelli's "Laughter Taker" is taken off the "Disappear" LP from 2018. Now the label owner enlists a crack squad of remixers for a super limited, highly collectable LIES outing!

Noise makers Mick Harris (Scorn, Fret), Parrish Smith and Overlook are called in to demolish and demonize the track starting with Mick Harris cataclysmic hurricane on side B, Parrish Smith's fast paced hi-tech-booty jam on side B and Overlook concluding proceedings with a pitch black event horizon populated with ghostly choirs and sinister energy.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Hold onto your underpants pop pickers! Big Ron's poised waiting to rip 'em clean off yer buttcheeks the cheeky scoundral! A rip-roaring noize fest for the muscular dancefloor inhabitants. Scared me shitless.

TRACK LISTING

A. Mick Harris
B1. Parrish Smith Remix
B2. Overlook Remix

Daryl Cura aka DeeCoy has been an integral part of the Chicago underground house scene for many long years, producing numerous records and running the prestigious @eargasmicrec as well as being part of the legendary supergroup Dirty Criminals alongside Traxx and Jamal Moss. LIES present two seperate, previously unreleased archival 12"s recorded during the Criminals era in the early 2000's. This is a testament to an understated artist from the vast Chicago scene who in many ways was very much way ahead of his time...

Second part of the Deecoy excavation sees more pioneering primitive-electronix from this groudbreaking artist. "The Chase" introduces the record through bolt cutter drums railroaded at a high speed. Alien discourse decoded by human interfaces seem to characterize "Tunnel Vision" as a mixed message of bleeps and bangs peppers our inputs. "Chrome" sees tuff body music veer off slightly into more cerebral states, the perfect contradiction of body and mind working in conjecture. "Eights" concludes with some freebase acid, just in case the fiends were starting to get all scratchy. Mega stuff from this Chi-town luminary whose output seems tailor made for Ron Morelli's LIES label... Recommended! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: The spoils of a second dig around Deecoy's scorched studio reveals more black magic studio trickery in the same vein as Jamal Moss, Steve Poindextor, Adornis etc. There's something in the punch I tell thee!

TRACK LISTING

The Chase
Tunnel Vision
Chrome
Eights

LIES' experimental noize merchant and high concept artist, Torn Hawk, is back with another slurry of mechanized freakouts, electro-static discharge and industrialized chaos. A producer who manages to impart his own sense of impending collapse onto whatever style or genre he's working in there's also a fragile sense of personality he oft manages to convey through dark electronic ballads and avant-garde soundscapes.

Across eleven tracks for LIES we see further into the mind and soul of this exploratory and fearless producer. At times painfully bleak, at others aurally arresting, it takes no prisoners and compromises on nothing. A truly personalized rendition of environment, mood and feeling from a unique and out there artist of the 21st century. 


TRACK LISTING

1. Come To Be
2. I Took What You Did To Me And Made A Sword Out Of It
3. Jade City
4. Books Smell Good
5. Lenny Dykstra
6. The Dreams Hurt
7. I Hate Weed
8. Weaponized Loss
9. Breaking Down The Gates
10. Crows Everywhere
11. Find Me In The Rain 

New York City by way of Miami, Alex Suarez delivers his debut lp the eight track "Autogolpe" for L.I.E.S. Autogolpe, is a term for military coup initiated by a dictator to take control of an existing government and Suarez uses this loose idea to create the range of emotions associated with said act. Musically he expands on his prior releases for Bank and Primitive Languages as heavy industrialized sonic beatings sit next to somber passages; oil drum slow beat tribal clangers provide a back drop for screams shooting out of the dark. Musically it paints a distorted picture of world in decline, an exile from another land and arrivial to anothers in chaos or the clinging hope of something better on the other side.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Gloomy and dystopic, Alex Suarez' debut LP muses on military coups, offering hissing ambient pieces, abrasive industrial workouts and polyrhythmic techno snarlers over the course of eight impactful tracks.

TRACK LISTING

1. American Motels 
2. Encantada 
3. Opened Cell 
4. The Mountains Are Crying 
5. The Seventh Sister 
6. Simbiotico 
7. False Prophets 
8. Disgust 

Following up his self titled 12" earlier this year; Austin, Texas-based Shane English continues in his path exploring the deep and bizarre edges of the American DIY electronic world. Over these eight tracks we get English's dissonant take on collapsing industries, the ever growing immunity to antibiotics and the failing nature of human consciousness. Inspired by the failing American Dream and society's great demise, it highlights an era dominated by micro-species - insects, bacteria; and cybernetic implants. A land devoid of human experience, novelty and warmth; haunting, slightly menacing and heavily impacting. If you lack optimism about the progression of our species on this planet, then this is the record for you! 

Eric Copeland

Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect

Copeland brings the (schizoid, neon, frenetic) noise for his newest LP on L.I.E.S. Kicking things off with the juddering lo-fi stomp of 'Convoy', pushing hi-passed snares and delayed synth squeals through the mincer and ending up with some mechanically recovered heat, slavered liberally atop a solid foundation of mealy kicks and shuffled hats. 'Qualified' continues where we left off where vox are concerned, taking the mean voice of a hundred robots and gating them with some brutal sample & hold abstractions. In case this wasn't enough of thematic giveaway, bit-crushed synths fire off like lasers into the neon-lit heavens, turning the casual romp through the dystopian wilderness into a climactic white-knuckle boss-fight. 
Moving further along, and 'Doggy' presents the first indication of rhythmic convention, with lithe bass fragents flickering over a classic four-to-the-floor percussive backdrop before pulling out the flicker-machine once again to heavily treat the melodic overtones into a brittle amalgam of crystalline pulses and terse filter cuts. 
'Ultimo' veers into lite grime territory with sqelchy digital synths weaving their way around the cut-up vocal snippets and tinny flanged cymbals (it would sound great blaring out of a nokia speaker on the back of the 168). Brilliantly futuristic but with nods to everything that has secured its passage up to this point. Copeland has always pushed the boundaries, and this is no different, it just so happens that his boundary pushing has veered squarely into the wonky lo-fi house/techno/misc zone I find so appealing. RIYL Opal Tapes / Cloudface / SNES.  

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Brilliantly eccentric soundtrack to futuristic mishaps, last-life white-knuckle gaming and dusty sampler glitches. Superb.

TRACK LISTING

1. Convoy
2. Qualified
3. Chinatown
4. Doggy
5. Oopsy Dazee
6. Following The Man
7. Ultimo
8. From The Hip
9. Flipper
10. Copacabana
11. Big Wheel
12. Larry Of Acadia 

New York by way of Miami, Nick Klein has strung together an impressive discography over the last couple years releasing music for Alter, Ascetic House, and Bank among others, while at the same time handling his own Primitive Languages imprint bringing to life music by a wide range of cellar dwelling freaks. Some time in the making, we now see Klein with his debut on L.I.E.S. displaying, over four tracks, a wide range of production styles, each effective in their own right. From side-chained jack to peak red drum work outs to computer based minimalist bit destruction this EP proves to be a crushing statement from an artist coming into his own. Forays into wormholes, mainframes and plasma swamps for rave goblins, techno zombies and dancefloor mutants throughout the cosmos. Recommended! 

TRACK LISTING

1. Tourism Industry
2. The Party Has Been Over
3. Correspondance With An Actress
4. Every Body 


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