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'go tell fire to the mountain' is the dark edged euphoric debut album from wu lyf - a mysterious manc cult, full of quasi-spiritual fervour and revolutionary intent. world unite / lucifer youth foundation portray a naked, primordial joy free of pretensions and translucent messages that few others manage. the four-piece are driven by tribal drums that have mutated from krautrock roots, exploding and falling out of rhythm in a perfect compliment to the messy majesty of the rest of the band. 'such a sad puppy dog' is a new sound that we're going to term krautrock gospel, with the singer's extraordinary larynx-shredding vocals - think bastard child of tom waits - adding to the delirium. it closes with some rap noir that makes us think of mobb deep produced by dr dre in a tomb. 'concrete gold' is shimmery yet scabrous. and 'heavy pop' is both terrifying and uplifting, like spiritualized in a scuffle with swans. the only comparison point from the last quarter-century that we can come up with is early happy mondays when they were purveyors of scummy white trash funk with surrealist lyrics, but even that doesn't really come close.
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