Speakers Push Air

December 10, 2010, 10:09 am
Filed under: 2010 Top 25

Download Salem – King Night

Ignore the hipster hype, this album is genuinely original, unsettling and brilliant. Like some eldritch blend of dubstep, DJ Screw-style cough linctus hip hop and Coil (there’s a lot of music in this rundown that to me seems to carry a Coil imprint),  it’s eerie as hell and the production is disgusting. Perhaps not as strong overall as the key tracks – such as Redlights, Sick, Asia and the title track – make you hope, but still one of the freshest releases I’ve heard in a long time ((if “fresh” can mean “capable of making me feel so woozy it’s almost nauseating”). Sorry to be obvious and include the lead, title track here but it absolutely nails what they’re doing: a disorientating, opiated sludge.

Buy it

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