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Gang of Ducks only came into existence in 2012, but at their 10th release they’re the most stylistically cohesive label around, championing rough-hewn, sinister takes on dance music from the likes of Shape Worship, Vaghe Stelle and My Panda Shall Fly. Their latest release, the debut LP from Milan producer Haf Haf, is their stongest yet; more than any other, it lives up to the label’s promise of being “primitive”, presenting “bad painting challenging the definition of good painting”, as Haf Haf’s synth lines and distorted vocal samples writhe like mutant bodies on a bed of scratchy techno and hip hop beats. Mashing glitchy rap samples with basement pulses to create the overall effect of the party heard drunkenly from the smoking area, the album breaks every rule of form to present a messy, outrageous “bad painting” – and yet it sucks you into its world like a masterpiece.
Notch is out on Jan 20 (cassette or digital) on Gang of Ducks
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