Sunday, August 26, 2007

Nuff X - Poor Mans Bluff

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It's always interesting reading peoples webpages and sometimes I find myself nodding in agreement with something written about an artist. Nuff X is the artist in question in this particular instance (and I quote) 'has firmly stamped out his own style (on) a eccentric mix of Breaks, Industrial, Glitch and IDM which has been wonderfully dubbed "Nuffcore". It's true you are not going to hear anything on Soundclick that sounds quite like Nuff's style which has impressed the beejeezers out of this reviewer. From being a fairly typical new artist, Nuff X has blossomed at an awesome rate, especially when he started getting into the tricks I have detailed above. He's gained a sizeable (and growing) audience for his style too, and that's always a bonus.

There again, you could strike up Poor Mans Bluff and be of the opinion that you have just entered a huge factory full of menacing machines, and in some ways you'd be right. Either that or a nightmare industrial wastleand full or marauding leviathans. As the man himself states, these are some v-e-r-y dirty breaks and - as such - is certain not to please certain listeners who would mail this track as noise. Sure, there IS a lot of noise on the track but you would expect it from a mix of industrial and glitch wouldn't you. Take more than a cursory listen though and what makes Nuff X stand out so much will soon become clear, especially if you like this style of music already.

Have to say, though, that it does take some getting used to. I am well aware of Nuff's odd forays into organised mayhem but the sheer scale of it on this track took my breath away for the first few plays. That might have had something to do with the fact that my first session with this track was at ear-bleeding volume, whizzing about on my daily round. It's a lot wilder than a lot of the tracks that have come before it, and that suits the overall 'wtf is going on' feeling that the track forces on the listener. Definitely not a track to be taken lightly and if you don't understand the whole breaks thing it won't make much sense at all. Still, it's not often that you see a track wearing hobnail boots, so that makes it special for me.

The aural equivalent of a building site. Highly Recommended Industrial Breaks

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