Unknown band/project from an unknown label, I always look forward to popping one of those discs in. Next to no information on the two either, except that Unverified Recordings hails from Edinburg, Scotland and has a tagline reading ?Strange sounds?, on their site. A pretty broad term in this publication. By that standard, about 90 percent of what?s described on these pages would fit in that category, 5 percent would count as even stranger sounds and the remaining 5 percent would probably qualify as sounds not that strange.
Dead Labour Process bring the strangeness with a lo-fi approach, but unlike labelmates Fossils (who are labelmates with a LOT of people these days, not hatin?) who rock the dead-in-a-gutter style, Dead Labour Process seem to be doing their thing in a cleaner, more structured manner. There?s a lot of cut up samples, tape looping and flexidisc flexing and it?s a mixture that works well enough to keep it interesting although there is something failing that keeps it from being intriguing. It gets close during ?Go to Church?, starting off with a wash of static that gets punctured by a variety of junkyard sounds and a sampled voice that seems to have been recorded on a 1960?s tv set inside a metal workers shed. The whole thing, the collision of junkyard anti-harmonies, the voice and what sounds like treated samples of church bells is layered in such a way that it proves to be ?Examinations? stand out track.
?Bells (for aw cunt)? obviously consists of a number of bells doing what they do but it?s due to the way Dead Labour Process knows how to structure such ordinary sounds that makes it work. ?Jail Time? feels like a drone piece played on a slowed down tape recorder while the entire 4 minutes of ?Spanew? features voice samples, supported by a backdrop of soft, mushy noise. ?Examinations? does feel like a complete album, they didn?t just throw anything on this cd-r and it shows. Here?s a project I?d like to hear more from in the future. 7/10 -- Joris Heemskerk (10 September, 2008)