Grimescapes – YO8TH
Andrew Lyster has done it again with the latest offering on his impeccable YOUTH imprint.
Grimescapes is an ominous, mind-melting new project from Iceman Junglist Kru aka Luke J Murray and Henry Rodrick (aka Chino Balance and Ryan Ehlke, aka Coke Wizard & Chill Meres aka Roadman DSP – and with some detective work you’ll find a few more aliases out there).
As with their previous releases (check the ultra-murk of IJK’s ‘Mashed on Pills’) Grimescapes reveals and traverses a long thin line, connecting the dots between noisy 80s industrialists like Coil, NWW and Whitehouse through to the ice-cold early 00’s grime productions of Wiley – with a strong nod to hardcore, jungle and UK soundsystems along the way.
But despite being informed by all the above, Grimescapes conjure an abstract, melancholic sound all their own. This record takes those influences and boils them all down to reveal an unsettling negative space that’s shared between them. It starts with the eerie, ethereal shimmers of ‘Darkness’ before descending into the dark ambience of ‘Emergence’ (a rain-spattered, chain-rattling vibe – think Harry Dean Stanton’s death scene in Alien lol). It then ratchets up proper with the industrial stuttering grime of ‘Spider’ before winding things back down again with the warm, enveloping synths and spoken word of ‘Balance’. Incredible stuff.
Limited to just 100 copies worldwide – be quick!