Magnetic Learning Center
EFA-Word Sound
July 5, 2005

Track list
  1. 80 Creeps
  2. Close To The Fire
  3. Some - Thing
  4. In Heaven, A Devil
  5. Speed/Life
  6. Heading West
  7. Polar Cap Dub
  8. Operations Manual
  9. In Heaven, A Devil (The Bug's Heaven's Dub Mix)
  10. 80 Creeps (Techlevel 2 Dub & Bass Head Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
If you love conventional roots music, bear in mind that it is unlikely that this album will be the first choice for you -- However, If you love This Heat, Rhythm and Sound, Cabaret Voltaire's "Sluggin' For Jesus", Muslim Gauze, Can and very early ONU Sound, then this album will probably have great resonance for you.

This is a fine, atmospheric record, inventive, melancholy and aggressive. Predominantly, it sounds like a huge epic soundtrack, and it is staggering that film directors (besides David Lynch who used dub in Lost Highway and Prince Far I/African Head Charge rhythms in "Wild At Heart") haven't picked up on the endless possibilities of dub music in that role. With its evocative and lonely piano and bass melodies and linear drum structures, Teledubgnosis music is pure cinematic art.

The track "Something" is a slow burner, which transforms its delicate form into something dark and threatening. Next up, "In Heaven, A Devil" is David Lynch territory, and sounds like a lost melody from "Fire Walk With Me". "Speed And Life" is lonely and cold with depth charge snares.

For future Teledubgnosis music, watch out for the rebirth of late 70's experimental label Malicious Damage -- the label is also soon to re-release the classic "Sound Iration In Dub," as well as re-issues of 12's such as Youth/KJ's "Turn to Red" and the tension of "Change," with its pugnacious reworking of War's "Me And Baby Brother." -- All soon out on Malicous Damage.