Review: Ruud Lekx, the Dutch musician behind a string of releases as Rude 66 on Creme Organisation, has opted to ditch aliases for this haunting full-length. It's a well-tempered sonic barrage that pivots between experimental post-rock, cleaner coldwave moments, and industrial noise. The range of sounds, polyrhythmic 808 programming and discordant harmonies Lekx uses is impressive alone, but becomes chillingly arresting when coupled with his wife Shaunna's computerized and pseudo-schizophrenic vocals. This is not one for the faint of heart.
Review: A perpetually underrated proposition, The Lines were an early-'80s band with charisma and a vital spark of originality who seemed on paper fit to get in the ring with all or any of their contemporaries , but alas they were to break up slowly after the release of 1983's 'Ultramarine', with singer Rico Conning going on to work as a studio engineer for the likes of William Orbit and Depeche Mode. Yet on the evidence of 'Hull Down', a collection of the shelved material they made before they split, the engineering world's gain was very much the post-punk world's loss - somehow in similar terrain to New Order and This Heat alike, these electronic-driven, avant-tinged songs are rife with ingenuity and ideas that still sound fresh thirty years on.