“Lady Boy Records 009″ Compilation

Those guys from Reykjavik’s Lady Boy Records are at it again, putting out their third limited edition comp tape in the last couple of years (I’ve also written about the 001 and 004 comps). I continue to be intrigued by the artists they support – sometimes performers who are on the very outskirts of more traditional genres, but more often the more out there experimental and, for lack of a better word, avant garde musicians.

And the latter is the best description of the dozen tracks on Lady Boy Records 009. The bulk of the music can be broadly defined as “electronic,” but don’t confuse this with anything you’d hear in a club – you’re not going to be dancing to tracks like “Voodoo Drug Lord Snake Spirit Through Cemetery Trees” by Dental Work, which actually sounds more like actual dental work than it does anything resembling EDM. Which is, of course, the point, because this is exactly the kind of music that interests the label – stuff that won’t ever find a mainstream niche. We saw a lot of evidence of this last year at Iceland Airwaves, with at least one showcase event devoted to electro-noise. I was only in that venue for a few minutes, but I can tell you it was intense.

My three favorite tracks are grouped together at the front of the cassette. Weekend Eagle’s “Twin Blade Bay Blade” is like a Warsaw song with grating electronic noise added to it, the bass line and vocals giving it a familiar feel while the electro portion adds a layer of mildly grating discomfort. Jóhann Eiríksson’s “Inject” opens with a killer slow beat before slowly adding somewhat industrial layers, from lightly clanging metal to buzzing electrical current. It holds a steady pace throughout its four minutes, utilizing nothing but the four or five sound elements interspersed at different times to move it forward, with the beat holding it together as the one consistent element. My selection for my favorite track may be sort of a cop out on my part in a way, since it’s probably also the closest thing to being something you could conceivably hear on a more mainstream radio station. Dr. Gunni revisits his psych phase in a big way with “Læðist læðist,” a trippy-ass song with a cool bass line and some super modulated vocals.

Lady Boy Records 009 isn’t for the faint of heart, but I encourage you to check it out, because it’s good to get out of your musical comfort zone sometimes. It looks like the cassette version is sold out, but you can listen to the whole thing for free HERE, and it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time to check it out.

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