In­tastella feat. Jah Wob­ble

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HHHH The Rise And Fall Of A North­ern Dub­star NOVA DIS­TRI­BU­TION. CD/DL Mike Ben­nett-pro­duced re­work­ing of Stella Grundy’s 2013 show. Af­ter three al­bums with In­tastella, singer Stella Grundy turned to the­atre, writ­ing and star­ring in Nico Icon, a performance piece about the Ger­man singer/ ac­tor’s time in Manchester and The Rise And Fall Of A North­ern Star, a semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal work, de­tail­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of an ’80s pop singer. The 11 tracks here pro­vide an im­pres­sive re­worked score to the lat­ter: over psy­che­delic glam­scapes and ex­per­i­men­tal dub, piv­oted by Jah Wob­ble’s ca­reer­ing bass and Craig Gan­non and Nick Mc­Cabe’s spi­ralling gui­tars, Grundy cri­tiques the mu­sic in­dus­try, from tour van te­dium to drug-fu­elled deca­dence. The Mem­branes add psy­chotomimetic noise to Rock’N’Roll Crime; Dillinger toasts over Dub Trap; Grundy’s be­guil­ing voice cre­ates a bliss­ful al­tered state through­out. Lois Wil­son

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