For anyone that finds the warped breakbeat assault of Squarepusher a little too docile, we bring you Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972-2006, the second album from drum'n'bass auteur Venetian Snares. Taking it queasy, Canadian laptop vandal Aaron Funk constructs super-dense sheets of savage breakbeat noise, thundering from idea to idea with the laissez-faire attitude of a child prodigy stuck in remedial class.
Beyond the high-octane explosions, there's an intriguing subtlety at work here. The opening "Dance Like You're Selling Nails" fires its baroque melody through a number of different mediums--the somersaulting vocals of an opera singer, rolling classical piano, digital woodwind--as mammoth barrages of distorted drums stop-start like shunting juggernauts. Sure, in spirit, it's all totally punk-rock: "Suckin' that corporate cock!" sneers a disgusted voice on "Vokeheads", as circuit boards reach tempo overload in the background. But like his closest peers--Kid 606 and Aphex Twin--there's a complexity to Venetian Snares' gleefully extreme assault that points way beyond the pursuit of noise for noise's sake. --Louis Pattison
Mad, Angry and Intense
I was delighted when I first heard about Venetian Snares, he had been described as "Like Squarepusher but faster and harder." However, this is not a good description for VS's music. A better description would be "Like Squarepusher but sliced to peices and thrown in a grinder." Venetian Snares pulls of a furious blend of intense noises very sucessfully, sometimes however, you can get lost in the Subject Matter. Tracks one and four are my favourites on this particular album, however I feel VS has done better on previous albums. This is the easiest to listen to though, so if you're new to the world of VS, or the world of intense drill 'n' bass i'd recommend you to start with this one. My personal favourite albums by VS are "Find Candice" and "Winter in the Belly of a Snake" simply because they are even more furious than this one! ~Geek
Best electronic album of 2002
I remember the first time i heard Venetian Snares... it reminded me of the first time i heard aphex twin or autechre right back when IDM was fairly new to me. His work is revolutionary, i can't remember being moved by music this way before... the rhythms so astounding, beats so voilent its easy to get lost in it all. This album basically takes the pee out of the british jungle scene, tracks like "dance like your selling nails" will make you laugh - with the opera vocals singing "rudeboy" and "jungle is massif" over baroque lute playing, which suddenly bursts into a rainbow of beats faster than you can keep track. Tracks like ronnie rocket are particularly noteworthy but all the tracks on this album are amazing. This is one of his more accessable albums and is a good place to start, if youve already heard of venetian snares then no doubt you will be buying this no matter what i say. GO BUY NOW!!
- Various - The Cosmic Forces Of Mu
- Venetian Snares - Defluxion
- Venetian Snares & Speedranch - Making Orange Things
- Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations
- Hrvatski - Swarm & Dither
- Mu Allstars - Criminal
- Hellfish & Producer - Constant Mutation (Mixed)
- Leafcutter John - Microcontact
- Nicole Elmer - Beef Bouilion
- Tim Tetlow - Beauty Walks A Razor's Edge
- Phthalocyanine - 25 Tracks Fer 1 Track
- Leafcutter John - Concourse E.E.P.
- Luke Vibert - '95-'99
- Jega - Geometry
- Capitol K - Roadeater E.P.
- Kid Spatula - Full Sunken Breaks
- Jega & Kid Spatula - Unity Gain / Hard Love
- Capitol K - Sounds Of The Empire
- Slag Boom Van Loon - So Soon
- Tusken Raiders - The Motorbike Track
- Slag Boom Van Loon - Slag Boom Van Loon
- Jega - Spectrum
- Horse Opera - 3 Cornered Room
- Capitol K - Island Row