Shit And Shine may be best known for noisy, post-industrial rock but guided by the curatorial hand of Diagonal Records owner Powell, Craig Clouse proves that he can do dance music that's just as tough. The same rich vein of funk that gives Powell's releases their sensuous throb courses through Shit And Shine's self-titled debut for Diagonal. It's present in the relentless bassline of "Blowhannon"; it's in the syncopated backbone of "Value"; and it simmers under a cluster of textured rhythms on "Shower Curtain."
The signature tangles of noise are as present as ever, but they're more restrained than on previous Shit And Shine records. "Blowhannon"'s snatches of vocal and piano, sustained high tones and light-touch distortion make for something throbbing rather than explosive, while "Value"'s drum-machine thumps and wiry synths are reined in by the inexorable groove. "Shower Curtain" is the highlight, a scuffed, post-punky track with a lumbering drum-led groove and compacted vocal samples. Its synths sound charred and the drums are brittle, but it's all anchored by a meaty bassline. "Dixie Peach" is the biggest curveball, channeling strands of house, noise and post-punk into something both alien and utterly compelling.
Friday, 24 Oct
01:30 - 02:30 - live
Rock Is Hell