Ossia - Red X
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The foreboding voice of Peter Tosh on the intro to title track Red X gives way to a nine minute loping, dread lament of western society and the dutty babylon that rule over us. A lesson in nihilism, Red X is the soundtrack to revolt and anarchy!
Brash and battered sonics engulf the listener as they burst from the pandora's box of Ossia's studio, hardware tape delays feed-back into oblivion and literal smashes of a classic spring tank reverb clatter and squeal with dynamic vigour. It is this pairing of traditional Dub equipment with a raw punk and DIY sentiment that gives this release its unique energy and authenticity.
If the A-side is the sound of armageddon then the two versions of Ice and Blood on the flip are a disquieting glimpse at the aftermath. Using the run out groove of another Tosh track and the background noise of an acetate dubplate amongst other sources, Ossia has scavenged to create and rebuild just as a disaster survivor would pick through the debris whilst trying to make sense of all the destruction.
While this is Ossia's first official release, he is certainly no newcomer; having operated behind the scenes for a long time now running several successful underground club nights and labels (Hotline, Peng Sound, No Corner, Fuck Punk) he has used this time and experience to hone his craft and technique, and combine these disparate influences into a highly potent mix that sounds like nothing else!
Edition of 500, vinyl-only.
Served in kraftliner paper inner, Litho printed outer sleeve with additional screen print by Joshua Hughes-Games, housed in antistatic poly sleeve.
Designed by Studio Tape-Echo
Mastered by Lewis @ Stardelta
Ice & Blood
Blood & Ice (Version)