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Scum F.C - Compensation Culture [ Narcolepsia - 2018]

Compensation Culture is a haphazard 'n' ramshackled sonic spew-up of cluttering & roasting junk noise, offensive & aggressive dialogue samples, random pop culture/advert snippets and sudden gabbling vocal rants- all mainly centred on angered & dissatisfied side of British culture.

The release comes in the form of a C20 tape on Portuguese label Narcolepsia- who of course has a long history of releasing nasty, unwell, and uncompromising sonic fare with-in the noise/experimental genres. The red shelled & screen printed cassettes are pro- duplicated, with the  double-sided 300gram couchť paper sleeve taking in on its front side a crude & corrupted black & white picture of couple kissing on a street, and on itís reverse is a colour photo of a shelved collection of famous wax heads- which Iím guessing is from Madame Tussauds. The tape came  out in April of this year in an edition of 50 copies, so Iím guessing youíll still be able to pick up a copy.

Each side of tape features a single track- and first up on side A we have "Criminals Get No Respect These Days"- this begins with this sped-up & higher pitch  recordings of a couple  of British thugs swearing, using violent language & been treating- these sound both bizarre, uncomfortable & a little surreal- fairly  soon we roughshod move into & through muffled & amped-up blend of searing gallops, cluttering junk textures, bayed & unintelligible male vocals, with towards the end of the track manic & blunt cut-ups between samples of talent shows & political chat show debates.

Flipping over the tape we have the track "Advert"- this starts off with a muffled & muddled selection of sound clips from TV ad dialogue & jingles. As we move on we get a blended pile-up of rapid low-to-mid ranged noise matter, looped male screams, and sudden clamouring swarms of dialogue samples & advert snippets.


Compensation Culture is a wonderful crude-yet-often brutally accentuating experience- which still shocks, jerks & attacks one's sonic sensors even after multiple plays- as I mentioned early this came in an edition of 50 copies- so all been well you should be able to hook a copy of this up.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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