Various ‎– Valis l - Destruction Of Syntax

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Automaton, Bill Laswell, DXT Ex Machina 10:18
DXT Bullit In The Head 4:16
DJ Olive, Loop*, Once11, We™ Quark Soup 7:27
JB's Af* Peace Akhi 1:46
Spectre Backstab (Night Of The Long Knives) 7:16
Corporal Blossom Senseless Humor (Elimination) 4:34
DXT Twisted Tables 4:55
Spectre Nightstalkers / Mayday 5:10
Corporal Blossom Conveyor 4:45
DJ Spooky Journey (Paraspace Mix) 4:14
Corporal Blossom Prime Order 1:53
From The Jungle Approach, Torture Play To Win 3:23
DJ Spooky Nasty Data Burst (Why Ask Why?) 7:20

Versions (3)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VCD 4400-2 Various Valis l - Destruction Of Syntax(CD, Comp) Subharmonic VCD 4400-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Various Valis l - Destruction Of Syntax(13xFile, MP3, Comp, RE, 128) Subharmonic none 2000
none Various Valis l - Destruction Of Syntax(13xFile, ALAC, Comp, RE) Not On Label (Bill Laswell Self-Released) none US 2016

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serpico009

serpico009

November 21, 2008
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Valis l - Destruction Of Syntax, CD, Comp, VCD 4400-2

A collection of dark, sinister illbient and ambient cuts from most of the big pushers of the sound circa 1995. First two tracs are ace and there's some great dialog snippets from Carlito's Way in there. "Ex Machina" takes awhile to get going but it's a solid contribution from the Laswell camp.

The highlight here for me is "Quark Soup", which is one of the strongest tracks in WE's catalog and, criminally, was never pressed up on wax. Far as I know the only other place it appears is on DJ Spooky's Necropolis mix CD. A sample of someone sneezing and bass drops deeper than the Grand Canyon for the win!

The DJ Spooky stuff here is kind of weak; "Nasty Data Burst" in particular is some pretty aimless, academic, musique concrete wankery. It reminds of the time I saw him live in Philly, where he got drunk on red wine and kept triggering his trademark "dropping bomb" sound every 15 seconds regardless of context.

This CD and the Asphodel collection "Incursions In Illbient" are highly recommended if this is a sound you're into.