Following up to his debut tape – ‘Rooms‘ – released a few weeks ago via Unknown Precept, up-and-coming NYC producer Santiago Leyba returns to the Berlin-based French imprint with his first 12 inch release, ‘Life Money Work‘, due out tomorrow.
Tormented and overstrung, the work of Santiago erupts and itches like a sudden rash, upsetting and anxiogenic, infectious and menacing. Zoning out into insecure crevices and murky alleys of the mind, these five unconventional pieces of charred EBM and proto-techno – doped on ragged electronics, eerie yowling and schizoid vox hooks – work their offsetting psychotropic clout to the extreme.
Our pick, the bipolar title-cut ‘Life, Money, Work‘ mirrors the complexity of finding an upright, sustainable pace and harmony in life, between an increasingly taxing work environment, weird sex and an unrewarding consumerist matrix; exposing the crushed plurality of our tamed social selves in exploded-view as it churns a heavy dose of industrial dissonanz, altered no-wave psalmody and piping synth shards. RAW.
Life, Money, Work is released via Unknown Precept on 30th May, pre-order a vinyl copy from Bandcamp.
1. Life, Money, Work
2. An Apple Fell
3. Touched by the Wrong Hand
4. America Is No God
5. Love Song