Weird Weather turn loose the ‘Succulents EP’, the grimier sequel to 2020’s ‘Tongue Drum’ 12” on their LASH00 label (formerly Whip+Lash). Finding overlap with the contemporary sounds of YOUTH, Hessle, Bokeh-and-related, and with a nod to leftfield 90’s grindcore experimentalists Scorn and James Plotkin, the London-based duo return on energising form with four surging tracks of heavy-duty dub industrial and off-kilter bass.
First featured on The Wire magazine’s Below the Radar series, the outsized 808 pressure and gurgling anti-melodies of ‘Succulents’ lead the charge. Next up: ‘Axle 2 Grind’s streamlined rhythms and percolating distortion occasionally give way to rising, alarm-like tones. Side two serves up ‘Devil’s Dinner Plate’, a smudgy platter of greasy breakbeat and degraded noise, before ‘Heavy Metal Bathtub’ brings things to a close with a wash of crackling static and tense drums. Here be Dragons.
LASH00 is a London-based label on the borders of industrial, dub, wave and bass.