Dual Action: Babe Beer Bar Car 2LP


Hospital Productions finally compile some of Matthew Folden, aka Dual Action's most sought-after material, a set of forays into distorted ambient, mutant house, and jungle -- even grime and footwork variants -- as released on his hard-to-find Babe, Beer, Bar, and Car tapes, issued between 2014-2016 and compiled here for the first time on vinyl. A core figure on Prurient's label, affectionately described by Dominick Fernow as an "uninvited guest' sort of figure who travels around fucking shit up on the lonely", Folden has appeared on numerous and seminal Prurient recordings including the demo version of the groundbreaking Bermuda Drain album (2011), the final tape recordings made at the original hospital productions brick and mortar store as Prurient's Oxidation (2012), and the new released seven-LP of doom electronics Rainbow Mirror (HOS 597LP) which arrived to commemorate the 20 years of the project. Babe Beer Bar Car takes in signature sluggers that sound like The Haters gone house, through to rolling D&B and footwork rhythms fringing on the grey area, each half-lit by patented atmospheric pollutants. The set builds a murky picture of a character who spends long nights with his drum machine -- it's hard to shift the feeling that this is the kind of music -- numbly expressive, rudimentary and bluntly driven by urges that someone befitting of the great American lounge-lizard/drifter stereotype might make, or at least listen to, after dark. It's a quintessentially Hospital Productions sound -- deeply satisfying in its mix of black humor laced with flashes of demonic genius.


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