(Soft Pink Truth, Matmos): Etant Donnes, "Bleu" [from the EP Royaume, available on the U.K.
Like all adolescents, gay or straight, Drew Daniel
spent his teens establishing his identity.
Surgery sounds like music to Drew Daniel
and Martin Schmidt, two lovers who create the electronic tunes of Matmos.
Schmidt and Drew Daniel
describe it, samples the sounds of cosmetic surgery as its subject matter.
Terre Thaemlitz uses sampled jazz vocals and LP surface noise to lend texture to the seductive deep house of "Hush Now," while Soft Pink Truth (alias Drew Daniel
of Matmos) juggles effervescent percussion between stereo channels to create the feather-light industrial romp "The Boy Who Cried Silence Equals Death." The lesser-known participants are just as noteworthy, and you can't beat the sticker price: A Silence Broken is available as a free download at Public Record's Web site, www.ultrared.org/ publicrecord/directory.html.
"Steam and Sequins for Larry Levan" stitches hissing high hats, bursts of brass, and mechanized hand claps into a moody disco-house workout, while furtive rustling and strangulated funk guitar coagulate into instrumental '70s soul on "Public Sex for Boyd McDonald." Joining partners Drew Daniel
Brothers Vishall Thomas McCloskey, 30, and Drew Daniel
McCloskey, 24, died when their car hit a tree on the Corrick Road, near Dungiven, Co Derry, just before 7pm on Friday.
Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel
are responsible for Matmos's third album, A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure, on the surface an accomplished slab of electronica coming from the same direction as Britain's revered Warp label.