To commemorate a wondrous record that remains as fresh in the mind as Ice Cream-scented vinyl reeks of the overwhelmingly saccharine, our preferred time signature-spurners Battles are to release a limited four-part vinyl series which is to feature the ingredients of said LP mashed and mangled by the best known to men, women, and Devo. Cunningly, the four-legged beast goes by the name of Dross Glop and its first issue, released February 6th, includes a comprehensive rethinking of Wall Street courtesy of ex-Sect man Gui Boratto: the Brazilian lowers the track’s initially incongruous racy pace to a lethargic yet compelling clatter, baleful twangs of guitar ringing out ominously atop brawny throbs of original material. As with the perilous palpitations of a lifelong gorger, each forbidding pulse evokes a sincere sense of fear, the overriding result one of indulgence as if Boratto digested the raw materials in a frenzy only to wind up feeling bloated and nauseous. Consider this a breather, and by God does it resuscitate Gloss Drop’s weakest moment.
The flip-side meanwhile sees Axel Willner (aka The Field) take on the once-frenetic, Kazu Makino-featuring Sweetie & Shag, reconstituting it into a blissed-out and pissed-up number that smoulders over nine glorious minutes, each one a slab in a monumental wall of extraordinary moment. Tinged with quintessentially Scandinavian quiet hopefulness, like a slowly motioned sunrise that gradually dawns and subsequently splinters into myriad specks of luminous spectacular persistent drone meets the sound of finely ground, exquisitely processed kinetics.