album review::Look Directly Into the Sun: China Pop 2007/ Martin Atkins China Dub Soundsystem: Made In China

These two albums came out a couple of months ago, as the result of Martin Atkins'(NIN, Pigface, Pil, Ministry) 2006 trip to China. In Beijing, Atkins found a crazy scene, that was a parallel universe to the worlds of late 70’s London, and late 70’s/early 80’s New York City. At this point I’ve played both these albums many times, and think they almost sound cooler the more you listen to them. Look Directly Into The Sun: China Pop 2007 is a collection of bands, with strangely familiar, but not really, sounds that will penetrate and awaken the senses, as if you’ve been given this amazing luxury of peering into an alternate music universe. Blending manic noise sprees, which cross the spectrum, reminiscing with classic era CBGB’s, and sometimes mated with early British new wave, are just a few of what can be expected from this one. Dig the metal vibe of Honey Gun’s “Light,” the shamanistic slow sludge of Voodoo Kung Fu’s “Chian,” and the icy dissonance, and dark, reverbed out vocals on Car Sick Cars “Panda,” which with a little Martin Zero twist, might pass for an early Factory release. Martin Atkins China Dub Soundsystem: Made In China, is where modernity and exotica collide, mixing traditional Chinese instruments with DJ’s, freaked out pulses, over psycho dub beats, which range from thin to gigantic in complexion and decibel. No doubt, a treasure trove of music throughout, my favorite track is by yellow cab, who incorporate trebley and scratchy guitars, with Fall like vocals, which work well with the erratic intensity of their sound. Finally, there is so much more here to discover, with what are two of the best records I’ve had the pleasure of listening to for a while. Martin Atkins also has a China documentary coming out. Watch the trailer and videos of Carsick Cars & Snapline below.

trailer for China Documentary: 16 Days In China

Snapline: Porno Star

Carsick Cars: He Sheng

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