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Venetian Snares Doll Doll Doll Review

Album. Released 2001.  

BBC Review

Brutally dissonant, mind-blowingly complex and very, very nasty.

Olli Siebelt 2002

Since releasing his debut EP on the Isolate label and his subsequent discovery by Mike Paradinas of Planet-Mu, Winnipeg, Canada based Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares has quickly become a household name in the underground techno community and its easy to see why. Within the first two minutes of Doll Doll Doll, its pretty clear that Mr. Funk isnt just another kid with a laptop looking for a record deal. Starting off with a simple take on mutant drum and bass, the CD soon veers off into much more experimental territory, most of it dark, dissonant and unbelievably complex - combining the most astonishing collection of rhythms, genres and influences into a record that defies categorisation. From the lunatic asylum led free jazz meets off kilter drum and bass of I Rent The Ocean to the demonically vocal gabbercore of Befriend, there is much here to be worried about. This is not a record for the timid. (Napalm Death fans take note)

But, the true genius of this man isnt fully realised until you come across the fourth track on here. Entitled Dollmaker, it starts from swing jazz which then slowly morphs into something much more sinister. Fusing full on gabbacore with cellos and distorted synths, Funk takes it one step further, injecting an angry Cannibal Ox-esque hip-hop vocal in the mix.

The subject matter here is equally dark - most of it focusing on child abuse of some kind of another. Tracks are entitled Befriend a Childkiller or All The Children Are Dead, a sample from the Jon-Benet Ramsey helpline appears on one track, a darkened voice lurking in the background whispering befriend the childkiller on another. Like I said: scary stuff.

Its very rare these days that music producers are able to leap from genre to genre while still keeping the overall vision of the source material intact. Aaron Funk has managed to do exactly that in a way that is darker and nastier than we ever imagined. Think Naked City's Torture Garden remixed by Squarepusher at twice the speed and you're close. Make it a lot more cohesive and much more evil and youre there.

Brutally dissonant, mind-blowingly complex and very, very nasty. Its the kind of release that will have armies of imitators behind it in no time at all. Watch this man - he will go far and scare the hell out of everyone in his way. Absolutely fantastic. Get it.

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