Aphex Twin/DMX Crew/Russell Haswell : London Astoria
The latest NME Carling Show sees drunken bodypopping, the 'Blankety Blank' theme tune and ear-splitting obscenities...
Still, DMX Krew make a pretty good fist of reviving the spirit of electro-pop for the modern Rephlex raver. Fusing Super Mario game effects and the tune of 'Camptown Races' into his robotic mainframe, he unites the crowd with a very endearing display of drunken bodypopping.
But come 10pm, everyone's thirsty for- Aphex Twin. He does not disappoint. Over towards the far right of the stage, a shock of ginger hair looms out of the gloom - and there he is, shunning the spotlight, but triggering huge waves of lunatic breakbeat that easily fill the room. A ripped-up and re-stapled take on the 'Blankety Blank' theme tune heralds a 45-minute barrage of pure, stoopid - Aphex Twingenius. If these tunes ever make it onto plastic, they'll shift a million.
Perverting the very concept of wind-down is Young British Artist and sometime Merzbow collaborator Russell Haswell. Basically, extreme noise is Haswell's canvas. And believe it or not, picking up a microphone and screaming ear-splitting obscenities over the likes of So Solid Crew
's '21 Seconds' is Haswell in accessible mode. Phew.
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