v/a- CRITICAL MASS: SPLINTERS FROM THE NEW-WAVE, POST-PUNK AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERGROUND 1978-84 2LP
"Next to Weatherall, Cherrystones knows more about music than anyone I know. These killer post-punk rarities are a must for anyone who thinks they've heard it all but obviously hasn't..." - David Holmes.
"Critical Mass perfectly captures that electric moment when punk mutated into apocalyptic, synapse-shredding, cyborg grooves." - Steven Krakow (Plastic Crimewave / Galactic Zoo Dossier)
Cherrystones tunes us in to fourteen groups separated by locale but united by a restless urge to create on their own terms. From Rizzo’s nihilistic Moogie-boogie to a pre-teen Chandra’s isolated no-wave. Through Dojoji’s Downtown-via-Lagos punk-funk and Fote’s dark, industrial groove, Critical Mass presents a snapshot of an international underground enthralled with the possibility of the new. “This compilation was put together through records I was enjoying at that time - loose chips, fragmented discoveries, random punts and the true excitement from that hit of “What the fuck is that?!” It is an exercise in the good and the rad - solid jams from all corners of the world. A veritable platter to switch on the uninitiated or those who hear and feel the truth - it is not an exercise in rarity to make people feel alienated. I know what I feel and I hear the messages and feel the vibrations in these very songs - as will you if you allow them to” - Cherrystones 2015.