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K.K. NULL  Galactic Tornado  CD   (Quasi Pop)   11.98
Galactic Tornado IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE FOR ORDER

Another new album of sci-fi electronics from the legendary Zeni Geva frontman KK Null, this new disc follows in the wake of the recent Oxygen Flash disc that Neurot just released earlier this year, and for the most part continues that same vein of intense, crushing phaser-chaos. Galactic Tornado comes to us from the Ukrainian noise label Quasi Pop, who also brought us the Merzbow Peace For Animals cd and Lasse Marhaug soplo disc that are also listed in this week's new arrivals, and like those albums, this comes in a luxurious six-panel digipack with high quality printing and spot-varnish inks on the front. Null delivers five untitled tracks that comes close to an hour of deep, dynamic cosmic troniks, and at first, this sounds like the sort of stuff we've been hearing from KK Null pretty consistently over the past decade, his signature brand of abstract cosmic noise comprised of chirping, glitchy electronics, stretches of buzzing insectile drone, deep space ambience, pulsating glitches that sometimes form into skittering rhythmic loops, a form of super minimal electronica layered with metallic shimmer and malfunctioning computer noises. Once you start to get deeper into Galactic Tornado though, we are greeted by increasingly lush levels of synthetic ambience and kosmiche tones that suggests that Null is exploring the sounds of classic 70's space/krautrock music here, and the computerized space-war fx take a backseat for the most part to vast expanses of black cosmic drift and trancey ambience. Then he pulls an amazing left-turn on us about three minutes into the second track, when a ferocious drum n' bass loop suddenly comes out of nowhere, and we're sucked into a nearly ten minute vortex of super aggro junglist spasms and distant sax-like horn blasts blowing in the distance, clouded by delay and other fx, later replaced by an evil industrial synth groove. This track is fucking awesome, just like the tracks on Oxygen Flash where Null performed similiar experiments with fast jungle-influenced rhythms and sinister free jazz ambience. That's followed by another track of hypnotic 70's synth throb that combines a burbling synthriff with abstract space noise, and sounds like a fragment of a Zombi song looped over Null's trademark spaceship electronics. If you know Null, then it should be obvious by now that this isn't business as usual, and suggests a fascinating new direction for his space-tronix to explore. The rest of the album engages with other strange technoid rhythms, vintage analogue pulses, black kosmiche drones, shuffling, almost dubstep like parts, seriously crushing blats of distorted synthgrind, walls of processed tribal-like drumwalls, and even some full-on violent chopped-up NOISE. But it's really all about the old school krauty synth sounds and mutant electronic rhythms here, making this a unique album in the KK Null catalog, and hopefully an indicator of things to come. Highly recommended to Null fans!!!


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