Like a Dad at a wedding, The Fall’s Mark E Smith has long flirted with the dance-floor, perhaps finding kin with techno’s primitive pounding that has so much in common with his band’s own relentless rhythms. This collaboration between Smith and German electronic duo Mouse On Mars, then, isn’t as unlikely as it first appears. MOM’s Jan St Werner and Andi Toma match Smith snarl for snarl on a series of furiously fizzing sonic none-sequiters. It’s an invigorating, primarily full-on experience best heard cranked really high. Especially on That Sound Wiped, an extended rewiring of last year’s 12”, Wipe That Sound. There’s back-porch Blues on Chicken Yiamas, while on Flooded, when Smith declaims himself ‘the disc-jockey,’ it’s like he’s ‘fessing up to an insurance job on Pip’s Disco, behind the cathedral, Manchester. Genius.
The List, May 2007