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Russell Haswell strikes bone on this 2-track, 20-minute 12", marking his return to the catalytic Diagonal imprint. Double A renders Russell at his slyest and most honest, presenting spasmodic, un-edited improvisations belying influence from the pivotal epoch of diamond-cut '80s freestyle, industrial and Detroit techno. Depending on your perspective, they're either splintered, techy DJ tools or skeletal nO!se inversions. Either way, they bristle and spark with a compulsive nervous energy and disciplined impulse control that's Haswell to the core: challenging, uncompromising and bloody crucial.
"Flipside is even better, a flashback to the untouchable edits of late '80s Latin Freestyle and the hyperfunktional percussive grammar of Cabaret Voltaire, Ministry or Mayday. Only here, Russell flips the script - doing it all in real time - no edits, no dubs, in one take, as its title suggests - and with unique, deadly results primed for spasmodic aerobics or as DJ mixing tools. Ahead of his very eagerly anticipated LP with Philip Best's Consumer Electronics, this poke in the ear is essential Haswell, no less." Boomkat