One of my favourite releases from last year was a nine track 7” EP from the wilfully obscure Libbe Matz Gang released on Libertatia Overseas Trading; a label whose website purports run ins with customs (they are blacklisted in several states) and reports its financial projections. (“Regrettably, we incurred a small loss on net profit in this period - down by approximately £290 (18%) on the corresponding period in the year previous”).
My interest was first piqued on a blog by Kid Shirt in April 2011. Back then Google yielded little to no information, which made me more intrigued. So when i saw this 7” crop up in John Eden’s fine Uncarved antiboutique I snapped one up.
Musically it’s all anxious and radical throbbing electronics and quasihauntological snatches, framed by titles such as: “We Must Devastate the Avenues Where the Wealthy Live” and “Motorway Sex Rite”.
Peter Rehberg included it in his Boomkat end of year list. Not that i’m speculating for one minute he’s behind the record. Who the fuck knows who these reprobates are. I’m not sure I want to.
But for those wanting to seek out even more info, Libbe Matz Gang feature in the aforementioned Mr Eden’s singularly brilliant zine Turbulent Times (#9: The mid-life crisis issue), in which an interview informs us (among other more revealing nuggets) that the record was pressed by German anarchists after other pressing plants quibbled about pressing 9 tracks at 33.3rpm to a 7”.
I’m yet to get hold of a copy of a new split 7” with Xylitol that dropped towards the end of 2012 but I intend to do so quickly.
There is also a digital EP forthcoming on Hand Loom Lament who describe it thus:
“Nostalgia-blasting bedsit black/brown clumps of porno-thrum and folk-devil fuckery flies out the blocks honking like a scrunched up ten deck of sovereign mashed up between mucky books and Guy Debord’s rap sheet”.