Like oil-in-water captured rainbows, the elements of Neil Campbell?s Astral Social Club are beautiful slurry in his hands. This 7?, and accompanying CD of remixes, is a further contamination of whatever the initial ideas of the project might have ever been ? sound transmuting into an ever-stirring organic/digital mammal. ?Skelp? is an unfettered liquid-and-clock-parts blob, a gentle tirade against form that stomps like the neighbour?s teenage son. Sounding relatively unaffected in comparison, ?Ginnel? is a sentient bed of glitter and sad piano. The track?s untouched notes are visible through the shiny tickertape, a locked vinyl groove continuously stapling reality into the melodic draught. Campbell should patent the improvisational acumen that this project has brought to brilliant daylight. There is a forest of drone doofuses out there who could use his help.
Remixes come from the Ireland?s Magnetize who gut ?Ginnel? to propose a hybrid with Coil?s Love?s Secret Domain, Richard Youngs? further mutation of ?Skelp? and John Clyde-Evans? stitch-by-stitch ?Ginnel? reconfiguration. This is another generous package of Campbell and affiliates supplementary audio sinkings. 9/10 -- Scott McKeating (20 May, 2008)