NO LOVE: Choke on It: LP

I hate going down enclosed waterslides. I love swimming but I just can’t cope with not being able to see the outside world as I hurtle downwards, enveloped in the noisy, sometimes raging, water. It scares the shit out of me. Choke on It opens in such a way I feel hemmed in in a narrow space and am being drenched by a flow of noise, much like the feeling the water gives me. However, I feel exhilarated rather than scared as I am saturated from all angles by the musical vortex. It reminds me a lot of Joint D≠, which also managed to create such a thrilling experience and, similarly, No Love’s debut album requires many listens to grab onto all that was going on within the songs. It is easy to find melody within the songs—as it’s not noise for noise sake—which makes Choke on It an excellent album. –Rich Cocksedge (Sorry State, [email protected], sorrystaterecords.com)