ALBUM MUTE, PLAYGROUND RELEASE: MARCH 5,
2001 REVIEW: APRIL 30, 2001
is my homebrewn stylistic label for the music of Wajid Yaseen. His barren
beatscapes are covered in hazardous industrial waste and neatly packaged
in grey and black. If "Irony is" somewhere on this album, it has been
well hidden indeed. Perhaps in the somewhat cheesy, romantically depressed
poetry cited on "Slowburn".
The harsh hip hop sound of the single "And/or" is kind of funky, in a
style reminiscent of Autechre. But at some point the monstrous battering-ram
beats and static noise assaults start bogging the music down, smothering
its vitality. "Black Spring" brings it back to life again, using Gallon
Drunk guitarist James Johnston and liberal doses of harmonica for a nice
Clearly, 2nd Gen has many different sides to it. I hope I'll get to hear
more of them, rather than just the kind of high powered warhead stuff
I already heard on the previous EP "Against Nature".