PURE + VARIOUS ARTISTS: No End of Vinyl CD Crónica
Strangely ironic that this latest album by Pure is titled ‘No End of Vinyl’, yet is released on Compact Disc; however, I do love the embossed triple-folded slipcase that feels like the well-loved grooves of an actual record, which is a nice touch.
As the album states, this is a collection of collaborative works, where Pure has entertained input from various other artists such as Cindytalk, JSX and Goner, to name a few. Some 14 years after ‘The.End.Of.Vinyl.’ released by the mighty Mego label, Pure is paying homage to the label and its interpretation of what they felt the future held for us musically, with tracks that were to be conceived as a set of discs that would fix onto the wax itself.
Opening up with a resonating hum, bursts of sound steadily punch their way into prominence, folding into a wash of industrial machine crunches and noisy ambience. Christian De Babylon remixes ‘The End of Vinyl’ next, with an altogether more electronically charged, almost analogue chopped up programming feast of stuttered beats, guttural IDM and airy pads. Side by side the opposing forces of these first two tracks work well together and provide variation.
The thumping frenetic beat of JSX assists in providing a necessary tension, whilst Cindytalk follow with blistering, yet tempered noise; the former outshining the latter but once again giving the listener a more open installation to view aurally and epitomising what makes this album so listenable as a whole.
Broken up rave, torn apart Dark Ambient, staggered electronica and shattered noises blended in a pot of Industrial glue, ‘No End of Vinyl’ crosses genres whilst still remaining to paint a picture of sounds dripped in black tar. Admittedly there will be parts of this release that won’t sit well with some people, but those who have a wider appreciation of the Industrial umbrella with be thoroughly satiated as the throbbing soundtrack of the collective input of Current 909 and Pure fades into the distance.