1/ Internal Revolt (Gluck,Laswell) 5.34 2/ Holiday in Guantanamo (Gluck,Laswell) 5.54 3/ Let Your Body Take Control (Gluck,Laswell) 6.11 4/ Resculpted Flesh (Gluck,Laswell) 5.21 5/ The Only Way To Go Is Down (Gluck,Laswell) 7.39 6/ The Unfathomable Depths Where Dreams Lie (Gluck,Laswell) 6.14 7/ Torture Photos (Gluck,Laswell) 6.45 8/ Unforgiven (Gluck,Laswell) 5.28 9/ Real Recognise Real (Gluck,Laswell) 5.34 Recorded and mixed at Orange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, New Jersey Engineered by Robert Musso Assistant: James Dellatacoma Additional editing: Mark Filip Produced by Bill Laswell and Submerged Mastering: Michael Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios, NYC Herself: Noelle Reifel Pizza Trophy: Grandmixer DXT Robo Swarez: Robert SoaresBill Laswell: bass, sounds; Submerged: sounds, beats; Guy Licata (3,5,7): drums; Toshinori Kondo (4,6): trumpet; Enduser (9): sounds.
2006 - Sublight Records (Canada), SLR1301 (CD)
Luca Miani (courtesy of the Igloo Mag website)
In contrast to Brutal Calling, which featured no other input than that of the duo itself, frequent Laswell collaborator Toshinori Kondo adds trumpet to two tracks, while lesser-known soundsquisher Enduser makes the most of his one-track cameo (I´d guess his are those backward-sounding bongos on the final track).
[As an aside, pre-release press claimed that vocalist Dr. Israel, Bob Belden, and guitarist Buckethead would also feature, but with the exception of a "thanks" to Belden, none of them are mentioned in the liner notes. ´Tis a puzzlement.]
This is very much an in-your-face drum´n´bass mutation, challenging in its incessant drive, its provocative titles ("Holiday in Guantanamo", "Torture Photos"), and the ugliest cover art of the new millennium.
Submerged has nothing to prove in this genre, having issued countless tracks on darkhop/broken beat compilations and his own premium label Ohm Resistance. It is in fact Laswell who is out on a limb here, the one with the reputation to protect, but he acquits himself admirably in the genre, keeping the bass running fast and low and performing his usual masterful "mix translation" of the whole thing. Kondo takes centre stage as he appears to rip at the fabric of his very inner being and press it through the bell of his trumpet on "Resculpted Flesh" accompanied by gruesomely attractive bass and a quasi-cowbell beat. Not entirely dissimilar to what Kondo, Laswell and Eraldo Bernocchi cook up as Charged, but different enough to sound fresh. On his second showcase "The Unfathomable Depths Where Dreams Lie", Kondo is in a bubblier mood, while Laswell is in a fuzzier one.
A strong debut for the latest Laswell supergroup.
Stephen Fruitman (courtesy of the Sonomu website)