Y Dull Duckworth-Lewis
"I'r Gad Dros Y Mannau Du" CDR
Genres: electronic, lo-fi
PO Box 88
Mold, CH5 4ZQ
Feb 23 - 29 2004
Y Dull Duckworth-Lewis is the resident electronica outfit of
Welsh DIY label Catchpenny Records. Their tracks are usually heavily
rhythmic, beat-based numbers featuring cut-up samples and soundclips. I'r
Gad Dros Y Mannau Du is no exception.
These seven tracks often make me wonder why this 'band' isn't more
well-known (although their last album did warrant some airplay on John
Peel's BBC radio show.)
The opener "Beth Yw'r Cam Nesaf?" is striking in its
beat-packed dissection of a short vocal sample. "Gwreiddiau,"
meanwhile, features some incredibly dense and complex beats, while
"Neider" is a step away from power noise, and "Un, Dau,
Tri/Perfect English/Gwagle" is a minor epic, toying around with a
bunch of different vocal samples culled from a variety of sources.
Though this is definitely a very obscure lo-fi release, it has a
pretty professional sound. Hometaper fanatics and electronic music
lovers alike should find a lot to like in I'r Gad Dros Y Mannau Du.
[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]