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4tRECk | 4tRECk 7" ep (4tRACk RECordings)
Sam Callow's first vinyl excursion is a 5 track 7" consisting of both new and previously released material, showcasing the diversity/perversity of the 4tRECk brand. The mood of the recordings swing from defiantly lo-fi soca rhythms (Socasam), to Gastr/Fahey open tunings and electronics (Eastern Promise), via Casio tape loops complete with Ol' Blue Eyes' vocals disturbingly/unintentionally leaking through (FrankenSinatra). The interpretations of other artists' material are equally inventive: The Jesus Lizard's Slave Ship is re-recorded by an accordion led Black Sabbath, whereas Survivor's Eye of the Tiger is wrestled to the ground by Melt Banana in a 35 second bout. Sam plans to expand his home recordings empire with a 10" 4tRECk compilation, due out on Pickled Egg later this summer.

Simon Berkovitch
May-June 2002

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