Ostia ‎– Clamp EP

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Seico Corp Recordings ‎– seico corp 3
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Vinyl, 12", EP, 45 RPM, 33 ⅓ RPM
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  • Mastered ByCGB*

Notes

Side A plays at 45 RPM, side B plays at 33 ⅓ RPM.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MPO Seico corp. 3 A CGB@D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MPO Seico corp. 3 B CGB@D&M

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
seico corp 3 Ostia Clamp EP(12", EP, W/Lbl) Seico Corp Recordings seico corp 3 Germany 1997 Sell This Version

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K-unik21

K-unik21

December 22, 2012

rare records very very good
maroko

maroko

July 2, 2011

If I had to chose between the one off releases of the Obscurum duo (Shallow, Tungston, Succion, AErosol, and hell let's include Mugon for the fun of it even if they did churn out two releases under that moniker), my money would go on Ostia's "Clamp" time after time after time after time.
Together with the Untitled EP released on E Com in '97 as Mugon, the "People Drift" and "Tuljahn" vinyls recorded as Iesope Drift, this is quite probably their greatest achievement not made under their most known alias, Obscurum.

Whatever you may be ready to cash out for this one, it is (well, almost) justified in Idioms alone. The B side tracks are very much along the lines of tracks like Korot off the "Selby EP", Kokomo Ttelu from the "Sulkek EP" or the 1997 "Sohdoligo EP" - all of which are were made under the Iesope Drift guise.
But the A side tune is off the chains of Babylon and burning Samson's hair in his sleep with Zippo lighters. It's one of those tracks which makes the remainder of your collection make a downswing of a cycle. The salient features of this tune are raw rusty, retrocedent and ricocheting horns blaring, didgeridoo meets bag pipes on Subutex sequences laid over lethal piercing stabs so thick and stroboscopicly smoke drenched you'll think the smoker dude from X-Files was living inside your sub woofer. Think of Aphex Twin's monumental Didgeridoo remixed by Einsturzende Neubauten, and then given a re-touched version by Regis, or something like that...

Let me give it to you in a nut shell: if you like it hard and thought you've just about heard it all, let me disappoint you there - you haven't. If you want it skull shattering, blood splattering, physical frame battering (I love west coast thug rhymes, can't help it...), industrial techno sound, even if you don't believe me - and God knows I could care less - you're missing out on a whole lot more than you can grasp. Sense some snotty nose arrogance? You should. More often than not, it's the only way you can convince people to really start paying attention. Remember how Kevin Spacey said in that movie Seven how if you merely tap people on the shoulder they will most likely just stare at you like another idiot out on the street, but if you hit them with a heavy hammer blow, you leave them no other option but dedicating their full attention to you... Well, that about sums Idioms up. The dexterity applied to combine harsh minimal percussion and thudding industrial overtones is baffling, especially for a 1997 records. There were active artists around 2004 trying to emulate this aesthetic, not much success though, no harm intended to anyone...

Not to end things on an overly positive note, this particular piece of vinyl will most probably cost you as much as any other five Obscurum etc. releases combined. But, if you've already made an adequate introduction to their output, and have a few euro left on the side, maybe you shouldn't be drowning yourself in those six packs but looking for a way to get "Clamp" delivered to my place. Oops, your place, sorry about that ;-)
Damn, I ended up dropping another essay. Final conclusion: if you have an extra copy, please send it over. Pretty please, no cherry on top. The cherries are mine, all mine!