Shit and shine: Le Grand Larance Prix
Riot Season (2012)
Shit and Shine are one of those bands that you don’t hear about a great deal. They drift along under the radar, going about their schtick, bouncing around in fucked up bunny masks, beating Black Sabbath riffage into Krautrock sculptures. They can ride a single idea for 25 minutes and somehow not be boring. They push boundaries without ever losing their sense of humour. Shit and Shine are one of those acts that only a handful of people listen to today, but which music kids of the future will be namedropping in interviews with Pitchfork.
For now, they’re just doing their own thing and being picked up on weirdo blogs and left-of-centre magazines. Le Grand Larance Prix is a cd reissue of a vinyl release and it ain’t your typical Shit and Shine record. Dare I say it’s their ambient record? Bass heavy chug has been abandoned for samples and synths, a loop-filled remix of their signature racket. Switching 2 Night Mode sounds like a party of forgetful stoners unaware the needle is stuck in a scratched groove. Typical of Shit and Shine’s perverse humour, the funky bass and dance-friednly 4/4 rhythm is erratically smashed up with blasts of distorted voice spruiking banal party tropes. “I can dig it!” Elsewhere, French’s Automotive is a meditation on Oneohtrix Point Never’s synthesized world ; How to Rattle a White Tailed Buck takes the stunted beats of Autechre down into a deep, dark k-hole, and the record’s closing number Klipp is a cute little homage to Nue! the pioneers of Krautrock.
It’s a diverse and sometimes challenging listen but is Le Grand Larance Prix any good? Yes. Yes it is.