AFX
Hangable Auto Bulb


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jawaharal USER (33 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2006 | 16 replies | 5,067 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

We all know Richard D. James is a crazy motherfudger, but I feel the need to say so again after hearing Hangable Autobulb.

Richard D. James is a crazy motherfudger.

Just listen to the opening track Children Talking. It sounds like some downie kid made a techno song. The beats are all over the place and they twist and turn into unknown directions. Plus the lyrics go something like this: Masheddddddd potatoesssss. So if that is not evidence enough to prove he is a crazy motherfudger than I don't know what is.

The Hangable Autobulb singles were definitely an experimental project for AFX back in ol' 95. He drifted away from acid and straight up club beats to a schizophrenic drill 'n' bass format that followed no rules. The title track probably best showcases what I mean. The beats form a giant moving body that is unpredictable and exciting and features very little electronics for 6 minutes. The percussion instruments used for the singles are just as strange as the man himself. Most of the time they sound like someone beating on pots and pans and is best featured on the surprisingly mellow Wabby Legs which uses subtle synths to create a chill atmosphere. And the obvious filler track Bit, which is 6 seconds long tends to show what kind of creative state AFX was in.

Hangable Autobulb also begins to show Richard D. James improvement in programming. His complex polyrhythm are entrancing and never boring. Custodian Discount could carry on just as well without electronics because the programming of the percussion is so excellently executed. Also noticeable is the increase of songwriting skills. Rather than sticking to forgettable ambient pieces and acid jams he creates catchy riffs that dig into your skull and stay there. Laughable Butane Bob will get lodged in your head for days and you'll find yourself humming to Every Day. But the strongest song on Hangable Autobulb is Arched Maid Via RDJ which may be one of the greatest songs AFX has ever done. It's full of drilling beats that weave and change through beautifully played synth solos.

Though maybe the weakest part of Hangable Autobulb is it can get a little tiresome. After 34 minutes of drilling beats, believe me, your head will hurt. And while the percussion is magnificent the lack of electronics is a little disappointing. But Hangable Autobulb is essential nonetheless for fans of AFX since it is an important compilation for an experimental time in his career. So if you're wandering where his programming skills really took off and where the weirdness and humor of Come To Daddy came from then look no further because Hangable Autobulb is where its at.



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Zebra
Moderator
June 3rd 2006



2647 Comments


So this is basically like Richard D James Album and/or I Care Because You Do? If so then I need to pick this up.
Nice review.

Jawaharal
June 3rd 2006



1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its pretty much like those two except less synths.

pulseczar
June 3rd 2006



2385 Comments


I thought this was AFI when I saw it at first
:gurlz not grey:

Jawaharal
June 3rd 2006



1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AFI > AFX + every artist in techno combined

dvs
June 4th 2006



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How can you say AFI is better than afx + every artist in techno combined thats a pretty crap statement just because you don't like it doesn't make it any less good. I'm sure if you took some time to listen to some aphex/afx/venetian snares etc you'd realise there was a lot of talent in the genre. And afx isn't techno.

Neoteric
June 4th 2006



3243 Comments


He was joking.

dvs
June 4th 2006



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh dear, how foolish of me. i'll keep my richard d.james bumming to myself for a while.

AlienEater
June 8th 2006



716 Comments


I think I'll get this.

undertakerpt
June 27th 2006



1137 Comments


afx isn't techno eh? what is he then, country?

Hewitt
September 11th 2007



371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This CD is great. I can't get enough of "Every Day."

Shadowed Reflection
December 28th 2007



274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might just prefer this to Richard D James album. IMO that album has about 4 fucking brilliant songs (4, Carn Marth, To Cure a Weakling Child and Girl/Boy Song). But this album is far more consistent with 7 solid tracks, albeit slightly weaker ones.

dcha
April 23rd 2011



989 Comments


What makes this and Chosen Lords compilations as opposed to LP or EP like the analord series?

SonicPixie
September 25th 2011



11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ A compilation is usually just a collection of songs which weren't originally created as part of a single vision/piece of work. To be honest, I thought Hangable Auto Bulb was an EP. But Chosen Lords is a collection of some of the best tracks from the Analord series. Hence the name Chosen Lords.

Btw, Hangable Auto Bulb is AMAZING. Can't believe it's from 1995, sounds way ahead of it's time.

Rev
September 25th 2011



9291 Comments


sounds like I need this

Manic_
October 14th 2011



447 Comments


this is real good

liledman
October 27th 2011



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules



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