Von Sudenfed (3 stars)

Von Sudenfed

Tromatic Reflexxions (Domino)


This first-time collaboration between The Fall’s mouthy frontman, Mark E Smith and German electronic maestros, Mouse on Mars sounds like the imaginary soundtrack to an after-party for the 1990s. Andi Toma and Jan St Werner do a good job of shuffling between genres like a club-loving, house-heavy pirate radio station, sliding in disco beats, dirty garage and dubstep, thumping sub-bass or mellow guitars while Smith adds trademark ranty, rambling, off-kilter words over the top. Straddling so many genres means there are as many hits as misses, but it works in the places where they lift their foot from the past and point their toes at the future.

(Claire Sawers)

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