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One of the great, often overlooked albums in Warp's catalogue, Clean Pit & Lid was the work of Seefeel's Mark Clifford, the second of only two LPs he released under his Disjecta alias. Like Seefeel, Clean Pit and Lid is suffused with drones and metallic shimmer and underpinned with aching dub bass, but the mood here is often heavier and harsher. "Kracht" hammers away at headsplitting distortion until, as if by necessity, the white-noise spray becomes strangely soothing; the slower "Gammi" uses its midrange as a kind of balm to calm the effects of its shrieking, squealing high end.
It's not all so pummeling, though. "Conviction Hic" weaves a meditative spell with metallic, Gamelan-inspired timbres; "Cheekchops" employs stuttering hip-hop breaks and eerie steel-drum melodies that anticipate the Knife's Silent Shout. Throughout it all, a muted quality maintains, as though all the sounds had been sourced from Nth-generation tape dubs and run through banks of spring reverb, shrouding everything in cavernous, charcoal atmosphere. It's even possible to hear the rumblings of what will come to be known as dubstep, a decade later, particularly in the tribal lunge of "Smokehead" and the bloody lurch of "Gammi," both of which sound like blueprints… read more »