July 2001 rated 9 out of a possible 10

Demolition Squad combine lurching, Scorn-esque beats with eclectic modern-classical nuances (lots of strings teased into contorted sonic origami, along with scattered, minimalist piano), binding the lot with itchy electronics and uneasy samples. On "Looking for Number One", the Squad weave loping percussion into a forest of unrest, as tension strings arch like smudged rainbows and hesitantly plunked piano notes skip about. Dawdling drums ignite a flurry of jagged violin textures (stroked by shards of glass) during "Get On Down" before a siren's wail and a low-flying aircraft emit muffled, grimy belches of noise. Hit It abounds with compelling, highly original material.

JC Smith

Demolition Squad

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