DUST OFF: Brian Aneurysm, Leo Anibaldi, Cheap Knob Gags
An overview of recent Discogs buys.
In mid-noughties I had some interest in Iron Box, a minimal label of better kind, which was run by Vienna-born US resident Bernhard Pucher aka Brian Aneurysm. Although being silent since 2008, the label had a few decent releases prior to that. “Propaganda” is a four-tracker where the main theme is expressed both in the sleeve design and voice samples by bloody dictators and wartime broadcasts. Dry funk of the outstanding title cut reminds of the output once heard on superb minimal label Boogizm and musically the entire EP is really worth checking.
The cult status of the Rome label ACV is largely due to the Italian techno pioneer Leo Anibaldi who created a true classic album “Cannibald” in addition to numerous EPs. The A-side of “The Riders Of The Future” is filled with acid-dripping hardware jams, hitting with bleepy and robust title track and “Ice Man”, a no-strings-attached stomper for adventures in the strobe light. Surprisingly, the B2 track “Fanta Guitar” goes rocking.
Joshua Brent and Allen Saei are firstly associated with their main techno (house) projects, Schatrax and Aubrey respectively, but in the nineties they came together as Cheap Knob Gags, an act asking “Is There A Littlehampton On Your Map?” on the “Underground UK” compilation. As CKG they released six EPs and the second one seems to be very much in demand but I grabbed the “#3”, where the vigorous tech house “Off The Top Of Your Head” has something common with Hood’s “Minimal Nation”. On the flip, “Rub It Off” offers a solid batch of pumping funk, subtle tribal and festive chords.