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Holy Fuck - Holy Fuck LP

The first thing you notice about Holy Fuck is their name, obviously and no matter what your feelings are about the language used within this bands title, its not one youre going to forget in a hurry. Similarly their music will surprise in bundles, especially if you have no idea what these guys sound like. They hail from Canada and have been called Torontos evil super group and no, they dont make death metal. In fact the genre in which these guys have somewhat joined and yet created couldnt be further removed from the one mentioned above.

They make a sound which can only be described as improvised dance which sets out to defy critics and push boundaries. Their latest album titled Holy Fuck LP is there third official release, proceeding the imaginatively titled Holy Fuck CD and Holy Fuck EP before it, and is a prime example in how to make dance music sound contemporary and somewhat vital. There may only be nine tracks on offer here but the effort and creativity that has gone into each song surpasses that of many albums released this year, managing to reach all angles of what improvised dance can be.

From the trip hop heavy Super Inuit which grasps all the spirit of early Prodigy to the deep reverberating baselines of Frenchys which takes a lot of influence from contemporary dance lords Pendulum, Holy Fuck know where they have come from and certainly know where they are going. As the rhythms mix together and take control of your mind, you are automatically transported to a dark underworld of flashing lights and beaming lasers.

It isnt all club land however, no matter how invigorating these drum and bass tunes are. Lovely Allen for instance, takes in all the wacky creativity of Lemon Jelly to create its melodies yet sounds almost post rock in its delivery having more in common with say Battles than any loop heavy turntabalist. Its on this track where we get a real feel for Holy Fuck the band and not Holy Fuck the DJs. Two, yes thats two drummers are used to full effect, carrying this song with so much force it feels like it should blow every other track off the CD.

As always there will be criticisms, mostly form the unoriginal side of things and on a basic level they will be spot on. Theres nothing here that the Prodigy and Pendulum couldnt to in their sleep in terms of sound. However, whereas the above artists have relied on samples and backing tracks in order to sound so solid, Holy Fuck create the equivalent of modern electronic music without actually using techniques such as looping, splicing and programming. They use a combination of orthodox and miscellaneous instruments (including a 35 mm film sequencer apparently) to evoke truly timeless yet original dance music and it is wonderful to behold.

Choppers ends things in suitable style as it combines every inch of Holy Fucks diversity into four and a bit minutes. Scattered drums makes this very dancey at first but its not until the percussion is in full flow that the song takes shape, making this sound more four piece rock band jamming then two high DJs on a trip. Synthesizers judder into play as the music takes yet another twist, turning the piece slightly progressive before everything starts to calm and the album ends in a kind of lull. You almost hear the vibrations in your head phones, like the after effects of an earthquake as everything is finally finished.

Dance music has been out of the public eye for a good while now, being somewhat sectioned to the Mediterranean islands and left alone for drunk teens to rave to in the summer. However, it has been growing a strong underground fan base ever since, with new sub genres within dance being created on an almost weekly basis. It could be described as the most diverse and creative form of music since its inception, and now its leading forces are enjoying some well earned recognition. Holy Fuck are just one of many pioneers that deserve your attention at this moment of time, make sure you dont miss out.Sam Tolley

Released 1 Jan 1970 // // Rating:

****

/5
Holy Fuck - Holy Fuck LP

The first thing you notice about Holy Fuck is their name, obviously and no matter what your feelings are about the language used within this bands title, its not one youre going to forget in a hurry. Similarly their music will surprise in bundles, especially if you have no idea what these guys sound like. They hail from Canada and have been called Torontos evil super group and no, they dont make death metal. In fact the genre in which these guys have somewhat joined and yet created couldnt be further removed from the one mentioned above.

They make a sound which can only be described as improvised dance which sets out to defy critics and push boundaries. Their latest album titled Holy Fuck LP is there third official release, proceeding the imaginatively titled Holy Fuck CD and Holy Fuck EP before it, and is a prime example in how to make dance music sound contemporary and somewhat vital. There may only be nine tracks on offer here but the effort and creativity that has gone into each song surpasses that of many albums released this year, managing to reach all angles of what improvised dance can be.

From the trip hop heavy Super Inuit which grasps all the spirit of early Prodigy to the deep reverberating baselines of Frenchys which takes a lot of influence from contemporary dance lords Pendulum, Holy Fuck know where they have come from and certainly know where they are going. As the rhythms mix together and take control of your mind, you are automatically transported to a dark underworld of flashing lights and beaming lasers.

It isnt all club land however, no matter how invigorating these drum and bass tunes are. Lovely Allen for instance, takes in all the wacky creativity of Lemon Jelly to create its melodies yet sounds almost post rock in its delivery having more in common with say Battles than any loop heavy turntabalist. Its on this track where we get a real feel for Holy Fuck the band and not Holy Fuck the DJs. Two, yes thats two drummers are used to full effect, carrying this song with so much force it feels like it should blow every other track off the CD.

As always there will be criticisms, mostly form the unoriginal side of things and on a basic level they will be spot on. Theres nothing here that the Prodigy and Pendulum couldnt to in their sleep in terms of sound. However, whereas the above artists have relied on samples and backing tracks in order to sound so solid, Holy Fuck create the equivalent of modern electronic music without actually using techniques such as looping, splicing and programming. They use a combination of orthodox and miscellaneous instruments (including a 35 mm film sequencer apparently) to evoke truly timeless yet original dance music and it is wonderful to behold.

Choppers ends things in suitable style as it combines every inch of Holy Fucks diversity into four and a bit minutes. Scattered drums makes this very dancey at first but its not until the percussion is in full flow that the song takes shape, making this sound more four piece rock band jamming then two high DJs on a trip. Synthesizers judder into play as the music takes yet another twist, turning the piece slightly progressive before everything starts to calm and the album ends in a kind of lull. You almost hear the vibrations in your head phones, like the after effects of an earthquake as everything is finally finished.

Dance music has been out of the public eye for a good while now, being somewhat sectioned to the Mediterranean islands and left alone for drunk teens to rave to in the summer. However, it has been growing a strong underground fan base ever since, with new sub genres within dance being created on an almost weekly basis. It could be described as the most diverse and creative form of music since its inception, and now its leading forces are enjoying some well earned recognition. Holy Fuck are just one of many pioneers that deserve your attention at this moment of time, make sure you dont miss out.Sam Tolley