Album Review: Out Of Breach (Manchester's Revenge) by Mu
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Unless you're a shady label owner ("Tigerbastard"), an exploitative media land-shark ("Stop Bothering Michael Jackson"), an eBay pirate ("I'm Coming to Get You"), a cowardly DJ ("Like a Little B*tch"), a person who cuts in line at a money-exchange counter ("Extreme"), or a hater ("Haters"), there's no reason to feel truly antagonized by the second album from husband-wife duo Maurice Fulton (instruments, production) and Mutsumi Kanamori (vocals, "body fluids"). Out of Breach isn't much different from 2003's Afro Finger and Gel, flitting between left-field house that is remotely danceable and bracingly atonal sheets of noise, often within the span of one track. A couple tracks aren't much more than rewrites of highlights from the previous album, but Fulton's combination of programming and live instrumentation is so unique, sounding so little like anything DFA-related or inspired (despite a mutual love for viscous bass, clattering percussion, and handclaps), that it's easy to forgive.
Mutsumi's revenge more like it. From the opening licks to her final rant, Mutsumi Fulton (nee Kanamori) lashes out at a laundry list of upsetters on her second release. Maurice Fulton, who produces the music, follows her lead and arranges a jarring collection of beats and discord to maintain Mutsumi's rage. A pretty crazy record.