1/ Dahlia (Fujiwara) 4.22 Hiroshi Fujiwara 2/ Circling (Bernocchi) 6.30 Eraldo Bernocchi 3/ Dreadnot (Laswell) 6.31 Praxis 4/ Cult Leader (Solo) 5.55 Solo 5/ Kill Him (Showard) 7.42 DXT 6/ The Flie Generation (Bernocchi) 7.21 Eraldo Bernocchi 7/ Downward (Laswell) 4.40 Material 8/ Angels With Savage Weapons (Showard) 6.46 DXT 9/ Tithoninia (Fujiwara) 5.04 Hiroshi Fujiwara 10/ Suite Pour Machines en 58 BPM et 65 Mesures (Chan) 4.23 Mami Chan 11/ Full Pull (Harris) 5.46 Mick Harris 12/ Having (Harris) 4.23 Mick Harris Tracks 2 and 6 created at Verba Corrige Prod. Studio, Milan, Italy Tracks 3,5,7 and 8 created at Orange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, New Jersey Tracks 11 and 12 created and mixed in the Black Box Tracks 3 and 7 engineered by Robert Musso Track 4 engineered by JP Sluys Each track produced by it's respective writer(3,7) Bill Laswell: beats, bass, keyboards, sounds.
1999 - A.P.C. (France), A.P.C. 011/CDA 019 (CD)
Having heard just about all of the CDs released by APC, the Parisian fashion house with excellent musical taste to boot, I feel confident in venturing that _Abstract Depressionism_ ranks among the best they've put out, a strong contender alongside the jazzy dub offerings on _APC Tracks_ Vols. 1 & 2. Produced by Bill Laswell and Jean Touitou, Abstract Depressionism has a fine cast: 2 tracks each by Hiroshi Fujiwara, Eraldo Bernocchi (whose trademark "sound" I would say informs the whole of this compilation), Mick Harris, DXT and Laswell (under the guises of Praxis and Material, respectively); and one each by Mami Chan and Solo (who may or may not be APC boss Touitou himself). An essential CD for those who enjoy illbient-type soundscapes and the world of dark dub and rhythms Bernocchi has been exploring as SIMM and into which he has successfully drawn Laswell and Harris on the Equations of Eternity releases. There's not a single uninteresting cut on this 70 minute CD, and in stating that I even include the sweet little opening number by Fujiwara, which provides an interesting contrast to the heavier material to follow. The Laswell contributions are stalwart efforts, the first of which ranks alongside the best in the genre. Praxis' "Dreadnot" pits eerily swirling strings against a solid beat, with Laswell taking the piano sample from "Red Night" on _Oscillation_ and tweaking it very nicely indeed, while Materialīs shorter "Downward" has shades of spaghetti Westernisms in its guitar pluckings. But I wonder if Solo's, DXT's and Bernocchi's stuff aren't at least as strong as "Dreadnot". A handsome package featuring twelve excellent variations on a theme, so to speak.