W O W ! Yeah, the
516 tracks thing, that's not a misprint. Last Action & Friends 2: Return
To The Underground - what an amazing feat! It's hard to imagine the
amount of time, work and dedication (and maybe a little smattering of
insanity) that must have gone into such a gargantuan task. Carlo Steegen, we
salute you. And this isn't all of it; the whole compilation is actually
1,046 tracks, which he had to split into three volumes coz Bandcamp was
"acting funky". If I was him, I'd have a good shout at them for preventing
him issuing what must surely be a record breaking compilation in a single
release format (though he's probably broken Alexey Kondart's heart
regardless), coz their 'Help Center' says, and I quote;
" T h e r e i s n o l i m i t
o n t h e s i z e o f a l b
u m s . "
Apparently there is. Ho hum.
But anyway, if you want yourself an instant Encyclopaedia Undergroundica,
set aside several hours for the download at your earliest possible
convenience and it shall be yours!
To be honest, we had absolutely
no idea we were to be part of anything quite so the ultimate megaproject,
came as something of a shock, I can tell ya. It all started last year on
February 1st when this turns up in my inbox from Carlo in Belgium;
working on the new 'Last Action & Friends 2' compilation & was wondering if
you'd be interested to contribute a track for this. It would be an honor to
have you on board. It's one track each project. Greatly looking fwd to hear
Well, me and Skit love doing
things for new (to us) labels, it draws us outside of our comfort zone,
stops us from just recording for our own amusement, so the answer was, of
course, a resounding yes. We paid Last Action's Bandcamp a visit or two,
aiming to get a feel for its character, what may be unique about
it. The thing that really stuck
out as different on his own
releases (Last Action is his recording project too) was long titles and very
short songs. There were tracks like When Suffocation Released Their
Influential Human Waste Mini Album, Little Did They Know They Were Talking
About The Majority Of Mankind and running times ranging from 4 seconds
up to a minute and twenty-nine. The album, if that's the right word for a
release that has seven tracks and totals less than three minutes, was called
Life Is Short. And that kind of set us thinking; what if we could
condense life, from cradle to the grave, into five minutes? Ladies and
gentlemen, we present...
Five Minutes Of Your Life You Will Never Get Back
Minute 1: Dissipater K
- birth, you come rushing into the world, everything is new and exciting, so
much yet to experience...
Minute 2: The Thinking
Man's Joystick - ever wondered how much of your life you waste on
trivial pastimes when you're young...
Minute 3: We Love
Squelching (Extended Mix) - reproduction, the continuation of
species, in this long (well, minute) version of the 2 second original we did
for Tim Burkland's forthcoming special cassette release...
Minute 4: Zeit, Zeit,
Zeit - then you get to that point where it all becomes samey, one
day merges into another, you wonder where the years go as your life simply
Minute 5: The Flatline
Waltz - until the inevitable end, because nobody gets out of this
As you can imagine, when you go
to that kind of trouble, spending time doing the research, all so you can
conceive and create something especially unique for a particular label, what
you don't really want is to find yourself as track 346. Out of 516. On
Volume 2. And your artwork that you also did specially doesn't get used.
But, to be honest, it was hard to stay pissed off about it for long, simply
because it truly is an awe inspiring task this guy has undertaken. All
things considered, it's simply impossible not to be happy being a part of it, so we
forgive you, Carlo. But next time, we're asking questions first!!!