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Since the label was launched, they’ve released records by downtempo groove balladeers Alpha, roots reggae legend Horace Andy, and orchestral wunderkind Craig Armstrong, a diverse group of artists who, in one way or another have worked with the band. The latest signing is Sunna, another Bristol outfit, and their debut album will provide quite a shock for the label’s adherents. One Minute Science is, unapologetically, a straight-ahead rock album. On the slower, contemplative Preoccupation one can detect the faint scent of pot and incense that suffused the first Soundgarden and Mudhoney albums.

But, clearly Sunna have been listening to electronic music for quite some time. Thus the unmistakable acid bassline on Power Struggle is indebted to the Roland TB-303 bassline generator. And in several places on the album, one is reminded of early Skinny Puppy Front 242 circa 1986. Thus, Sunna bring to bear a strong grunge influence that clashes loudly with the distorted industrial guitars found on tracks such as Grape.

Tim Haslett

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