Greater Than One – “G-Force”

greaterthanonegforceG-Force was the last full-length album by the electro-industrial duo known as Greater Than One (aka GTO).  Husband and wife Michael Wells and Lee Newman were quite prolific, putting out six albums between 1985 and 1989, followed by a smattering of singles in early 1990s.  I’ve seen their brand of IDM compared to KMFDM, though I find G-Force to be less dark than the music of Greater Than One’s German industrial dance counterparts. Tracks like “Learn With Pleasure, Knowledge Is Power” try to get a bit edgy by taking on a more classically gothic sound, but they never reach the sometimes creepy or unsettling sounds one generally associates with industrial.  If anything GTO more resembles some of Gary Clail‘s early works.

On thing that’s for certain about G-Force is that it’s catchy – I could listen to “Black Magic” on a continuous loop for hours.

Lord Pusswhip – “Lord Pusswhip Is Dead” Cassette

Lord Pusswhip is dead.  Long live Lord Pusswhip.

TransmissionReceived02.10.17
OriginBerlin-ReykjavikAxis
StatusSecure
VerifiedAuthentic
StartObituary
Lord Pusswhip is dead.  He was 22 standard years old.  This information was communicated today to FALK world headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland, first through telepathic communication with a cat named Stalin and later validated via electronic communication, using the overload oppressors’ own thought-controlling medium, also known as the internet, against them.  The uncoded transmission was a shot across the bow of those in power, communicating out in the open and letting the entire world know that Lord Pusswhip has moved beyond the real and into the realm where magic and digital meet, where he will continue to wage his war against the false construct that we have all be bred and numbed to believe is reality.  Lord Pusswhip is dead.  Long live Lord Pusswhip.
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I first encountered Lord Pusswhip via his masterful 2015 release Lord Pusswhip Is Wack, 18 tracks of downtempo hip hop featuring a host of other artists, a sometimes poppy, sometimes groovy, and always modulated album that feels custom made for chilling and imbibing.  Little did I realize at the time, however, that this was a feint to convince those in power that his Lordship wasn’t subversive, an artist outside the mainstream certainly but not dangerously so.  It was the slow fuse Pusswhip lit to exposure himself to a wider audience while at the same time hiding himself in plain sight.

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The fuse hit Pusswhip’s combustable core on Lord Pusswhip Is Dead.  And things will never be the same.

His birth name is Þórður Ingi Jónsson, the name his parents gave him to help him blend in undetected.  Because you see they too were subversives, infiltrating society’s power structures to learn and corrupt, skills they imparted to their son, recognizing that the future lay within him.  Pusswhip’s transmission to FALK included a manifesto aimed at opening the eyes of the sheep, awakening them from the television-and-YouTubecat-video-induced haze created to control them.

 

If you are reading this then LORD PUSSWHIP is dead. Of rather I have decided to draw a closing line between this period of my life in order to protect the ones that I love and hold dear to me, so that I may prepare for the next stage in what is an interdimensional war against what Burroughs calls ‘The One God Universe’ and its brutal regime of order that harks the slow death of love and freedom.

People may not realise but my whole life has been one of time sorcery and reality hacking. My parents, unbeknownst to even their closest friends, were occultic anarcho communists who were waging a low level but persistent war against the archons who preside over the global security deep state. Taking on the bourgeois cloaks of holding positions in art and televisual media, they hid in plain sight while conducting various guerrilla sorties against the capitalist deploying all manner of esoteric weaponry: Enochian Hexes; Lemurian Deep Time IEDs: Psychic Assassinations; Lovecraftian Sorcery to induce ‘paranoid-chronomaniac hallucinations’ with targeted businessmen and politicians.

My Parents trained my brother and I to carry on their good work when age and circumstance made it unable for them to do so. And since 2010, I have been using the powers inherent in the occultic sample, splicing it with abnormal sonics and the corrupted nature of the time manipulating software to generate abnormal cultural velocities, personal magic that can break past the walls of unknowing and generate weaponised hyperstitions. Against what I call the “Black Order”, those mysterious cloaked and diseased entities of the One God Universe who use regimes of capital boosted by tectonic stack AI systems, I have been building my own subjectivity engine, spinning a different web of music designed to disrupt and disturb those who have been blinded or numbed by the overstimulation of capital and machine generated affect that rules our lives. The tracks I have given you are a systems map, a concept of technics to achieve perceptual freedom from the darkness that envelops us 24/7.

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Lord Pusswhip is dead.  Long live Lord Pusswhip.

It doesn’t take long for you to realize that Lord Pusswhip Is Dead is different, coated in a thick, gooey layer of codeine cough syrup, sticky and slow.  You move through the tracks like they were a physical purple haze hindering your movements and making you feel like you’re both stuck and floating at the same time.  It reminds me of the sensations I felt when jacked up on pain meds after hand surgery many years ago, like having a warm, heavy blanket draped over you, feeling both enlightened and stupid at the same time.

The beats are slow and intoxicating, the vocals run through every kind of electronic apparatus imaginable to distort and conceal them from the overlords.  If you told me there were subliminal communications from the newly evolved Lord Pusswhip hidden within the competing beats and sometimes slurred rapping on “Á Nornasveim” I wouldn’t doubt you, the sonics cutting through the brain’s defense mechanisms and right into the medulla oblongata in an effort to free you.

Lord Pusswhip Is Dead is a compilation of material, some of dating back as far as 2012, so there are a handful of songs like “Siggi Sýra Ft. Svarti Laxness” that harken back to the approachable vibe of Lord Pusswhip Is Wack.  The earlier material is the most syrup-coated, and it’s almost hard to believe that there were only a couple of years between the recording of the sludgy “Seljandi Krakk Sleitulaust” (2013) and the aforementioned “Siggi Sýra Ft. Svarti Laxness” (2015), which is certainly mainstream enough to warrant radio play.

The limited edition (of 44) cassette release consists of 20 tracks, while the digital version offers an extra half dozen.  Both are still available on FALK’s website HERE, where you can also sample Pusswhip’s transmissions for free.  And maybe, just maybe, Lord Pusswhip paying the ultimate sacrifice will open your perceptions just a little so that you too can forward the aims of his underground subversive resistance.  Will you heed the call?

Beatmakin Troopa – “Surprise Visit”

I don’t write about CDs often on Life in the Vinyl Lane because, you know, it’s called Life in the Vinyl Lane and all.  But much as a lot of stuff that only came out on vinyl, so too is it true that a lot of stuff only came out on CD.  And I’m no format snob (♠), and I’ve got plenty of CDs.  Plus when Gestur over at Reykjavik’s Lucky Records sends me something, chances are it’s going to be good.

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I’ve written before about encountering Beatmakin Troopa during our first Iceland Airwaves back in ought-nine, so I won’t bore you with rehashing the story here, since it’s probably only interesting to me and Holly.  Though the one odd thing about that night, down in the basement of a club, was that another of the performers went by the questionable name DJ Rabbi Bananas, a nom-d’electronica made even the more uncomfortable by the fake beard and baseball hat with the Star of David he wore.  It was an unusual night, to say the least.

Surprise Visit came out back in 2006, the rare limited-edition CD, hand-numbered in a run of 100 copies.  In true Troopa fashion his influences run deep, though ultimately these electronic tracks have jazz at their core.  Horns and snares, unusual timing… it sort of reminds me of President Bongo’s Serengeti, only nine years earlier, an electronic version of a jazz club field recording, smoky and dark and smelling of old leather but with just a slight hint of electric ozone and flickering neon.

To me Troopa is an acquired taste, one I’ve been fortunate enough to start to acquire over the last year or so.  I only wish I’d gotten there sooner.

(♠)  Though I kind of draw the line at cassettes.  No 8-tracks in my house.  Yet…

King Chubby – “Demo” Cassette

kingchubbydemoGang, I can’t tell you much about Iceland’s King Chubby.  I got this tape in the mail the other day and checked out his Bandcamp page HERE, but that’s about all I could find in my cursory use of The Googles.  What’s on Demo, however, is some pretty decent lo-fi hardcore, pure trash rock in the best possible sense of the term.  There’s no mention on the Bandcamp or label pages that this tape is even out, so I’m not entirely sure what the story is, but it does indeed exist and it looks like the tracks themselves were released into the wild for the first time last month.

While Demo is only comprised of two songs and less than seven minutes of music, what’s interesting is that the same two songs are repeated over and over again on the tape, on both sides – so it’s not a super-short tape per se as I think both tracks repeat a total of three times (maybe four) per side.  Which is kind of a good thing – the first song I played had bit of a warbley sound that made me think there was a problem with he cassette itself, but versions later in the tape sounded good.  Musically King Chubby reminds me quite a bit of one of my favorite all-time cassette unknown’s, Brooklyn’s Imaginary Friends.  Not for everyone, but some pretty good high-energy stuff.