The debut album from the Miami ill-hop underground’s Kronos9 & Mont Carmel is a tripped out ambient beats driven LP (yes vinyl only) codenamed “PHREAKER.” The album’s title is explicitly inspired by phone phreaking. But in Kronos9’s lab the clicks, clunks, beeps, bleeps and bloops of the isolated analog telephone set of your past are reimagined in collaboration with Mont Carmel into a bespoke Su Misura of harmonious chants and eerie melodies. Trapped in exile within these tracks is the being called the Code Poet. this album serves as the soundtrack to a book of poetry published by the entities within ONIWERKS aka “The Demon Workshop” titled “Code poet” also by kronos9.
Kronos9 and Mont Carmel have succeed in producing eleven tracks of sheer neuropathic electronica, a verisimilitude of the early intrusion of analog telephone network hacking in the early 1960s and the late 1980s. Each track is a re-engineered blast from the past with the innovations of the future. Each track; produces soul soothing Rag’s and Surr’s. Numero uno on my list is the track “Therapy App featuring chez mille” the brain fucking, hypnotist vocals by the English artist Chez Mille smoothly articulate horrific examples of hackers accessing implanted bio-medical devices like pacemakers to devastating effect. This track lays waste to both the high tops of your frontal cortex and short circuits your primitive brain stem. The Monorhyme drum kicks of “Orgasm Packet” are digging down into your genitals while pre-second world war German propaganda chills you to the bone.
In “Phone Tap” Kronos9 & Mont Camel weave an intimidating alien trance into an audio debacle of audible ripples and effervescent serenity. Correspondingly the PHREAKER lp is home to the likes of “Cookie Mount” and the “Dookie Selfie Sticks”, featurettes infused with a sense of utter pandiculation. Last but not the least, the all expansive “Aqua Box Plans”, the septuagenarian “Track 11” and its honest lamination at being a comical representation the hysterical infographics of an “in case of emergency landing airline safety card.” Each measure rolls on from one sonic landscape to another within a perfectly void soundstage.
PHREAKER is a remarkable album, crafted with finesse in the heart of Miami, for the hyper-literate hipsters and musical snobs who no doubt read W.S. Burroughs, Tristan Tsara and listen to Brian Eno and Saul Williams. The mischiefs afoot at ONIWERKS (“Oni” Japanese for Demon and “Werkstatt” being German for Workshop) are can be clearly heard within the grooves of PHREAKER.
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