It has always seemed to me that UK "bands" are a lot less afraid to use effects and such in their recordings compared to their US counterparts. Prolapse are a case in point. These mixes are a study in how effects laden vocals and instruments can work and many of the tracks are mixed in a dub-style, instruments dropping out to give more room to the tracks. It's great stuff, very creative and all the more impressive in that it was recorded by band member Donald Ross Skinner. (Jetset, 67 Vestry St., Suite 5C, New York, NY 10013)

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