Sculpture - Slime Code 8.1
Sculpture’s ‘Slime Code’ is a cartoon of a soundtrack. Rubbery sounds are employed to full effect. Regular samples going about their day are twisted and mangled until they are completely incomprehensible. Unpredictability is a mainstay of the entire album. At a moment’s notice the music morphs again and again. Listening to it is reminiscent of traveling around fun house mirrors. While it may seems vaguely recognizable Sculpture moves too quickly to get any grasp on it.
‘Slime Code 1’ begins with some distorted singing pitched up to a chipmunk level. From there things get progressively busier. Eventually it transforms into a shuffling rhythm. After a while Sculpture grows bored with the rhythm and gradually has it disintegrate. Destruction is funny. On ‘Slime Code 3’ things sound vaguely reminiscent of a Mouse on Mars variety sans any attempt at structure. Sudden organ wheezes introduce it. Beats try to make themselves felt but only succeed following a few minutes stumbling around in the dark. Somehow the beat manages to maintain its elastic feel before collapsing having completely exhausted itself. For the finale ‘Slime Code 4’ it begins with some nostalgia electronic exploration before settling into one of the most straightforward grooves of the record, showing that Sculpture can succeed in a more structured environment as well if only for a short time.
This chaotic environment creates an unusually free album. ‘Slime Code’ is a huge amount of fun for the sheer fact that refuses to stand still. Rhythms forms out of the resulting patterns, each one layered on top of each other. Constantly competing, ever-evolving, this feels surprisingly visceral. With tons of samples using a buckshot approach Sculpture creates a bizarre mythical beast of an album.