For 15 years Black Dice have moved from jarring noise to sprawling experimentation to convulsive lo-fi funk. While an abrasive, uncompromising quality to their sound has always been in evidence, on new release Mr. Impossible it’s starting to grate. Lead single ‘Pigs’ is a case in point, combining a squealing, sickly-sounding groove with unintelligible vocals somewhere between shamanistic and robotic. It sets the tone for the record: the overall impression is one of a band indulging their most primeval impulses: relentlessly sludgy and compressed, it frequently sounds like a malfunctioning computer game (‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Shithouse Drifter’). Knowing Black Dice, that’s probably what was intended, but where once their spontaneity was a strength it’s now slightly amateurish – and very hard work. Daniel Harrison
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KEY TRACKS: ‘CARNITAS’, ‘SPY VS. SPY’, ‘PINBALL WIZARD’.
FOR FANS OF: EXCEPTER, LIGHTNING BOLT, BOREDOMS.