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ARTIST
TITLE
Self Assessment
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CD

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LOVE 053CD LOVE 053CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/14/2009

Manchester's Pendle Coven are Miles Whittaker (aka DJ Miles/MLZ) and Gary Howell, and this is their long-awaited debut full-length release. Pendle have been amassing a substantial archive of material since their debut release came out back in 2003. In the intervening years, they have released seven EPs for Modern Love before finally compiling Self Assessment. Within their body of work, Pendle Coven have explored areas of techno and electronic music as diverse as their interests, taking in early '90s-style hardcore, drone, Basic-Channelisms, Drexciyan electro- and warehouse minimalism along the way. This album is compiled from a number of tracks previously released on the £100 A Metre, Marriage Of Convenience, Hex and Iamnoman 12" EPs, and includes 6 previously-unreleased tracks from the archives, spanning the last 5 years. The album opens with the disembodied guitar treatment of "Aged Drone," paving the way for the stripped menace of "Iamnoman." From there, we drop in on the staggered proto-dubstep of "Unit 6," an alternate string-driven version of the airy stepper "Uncivil Engineering," the classic padded bass techno of "Modern Mode" and, finally, the towering chord crescendos of the Berlin-inspired "Exigen."