Now that the cat’s out of the bag and everyone knows Against All Logic is a Nico Jaar pseudonym, it seems he’s no longer content cranking out simple disco edits run through an overdrive pedal. This compilation covering three years of productions from the NYC techno auteur follows a similar framework of abject house grooves peppered with soul vocals, but features more original programming, each track digressing into a unique strain of chaos with increasingly chewed up results. “If Loving You Is Wrong” is the most straightforward of the set, “With An Addict” shows him cross-pollinating 160bpm drum & bass with screwed-and-chopped rap. Jaar links with kindred spirit Lydia Lunch for the red hot & vulgar “If You Can’t Do It Good, Do It Harder,” calling back (surely by coincidence) to the early 00s electroclash scene. Other highlights include “Faith,” “Penny,” “Fantasy.” Triple vinyl pressing.
- black triple vinyl pressing
- side F contains exclusive vinyl-only bonus track
- music label: Other People 2020
reviewed by departmental dan 08/2020