Heavy Water

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Heavy Water
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Heavy Water cover art
Studio album by Crackle
ReleasedFebruary 4th, 2008
GenreFree jazz, Electronic, Experimental
LabelSlowfoot Records
ProducerFrank Byng

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Loosely inspired by the post-drop out novel Stone Junction by Jim Dodge, Heavy Water steals a glimpse at the toxic monstrosities brewing in pop's occult laboratory - the dark and dangerous world music constrained beneath its bubblegum smile. Elegiac cornet and haunting melodica sound a thematic last post over a seething rhythmic morass, and conjure premonitions of an imminent crash landing.

Starting from the drums and bass, CRACKLE deploy an unconventional arsenal of analog vs digital instruments, strange treatments, close miking, forced processes, chance and accident, as techniques to unlock something both strange and familiar. Details are amplified, spaces are filled and emptied, surfaces are polished or tarnished, unstable elements are left to react...

The result is a low-end excursion into the cracks between dub, electronica, future-past world sounds and freer jazz imaginings. Although one can hear echoes of the strategies of Eno, the obliqueness of Perry, the widescreen of Morriconi and the free-spirit and musicality of Codona, Heavy Water maps its own trajectory to create an album that is impossible to pigeonhole.

Critical Reception

"So varied and fabulous an album - by local mavericks Nick Doyne-Ditmas and Frank Byng - that we have trouble selecting this one cut, but fans of Miles Davis, Augustus Pablo and Isotope 217 alike will fall fast for its ineffable cool." [Time Out]

"South London duo dodge ambient electronica conventions to striking effect.." [Uncut]

“…the pair take in the heavy, messy art-funk of Material and other downtown types, the lateral thinking and mixdown trickery of Brian Eno or Holger Czukay, and the textural understanding of This Heat.” [The Wire]

"Anyone interested in the outer limits of Afro-Dub Jazz from the likes of HIM and Isotope 217 could do a whole lot worse than dive headfirst into Heavy Water" [experimusic]

“…a loose, shifting album of cross-cultural surveillance, a living, breathing expedition into our petroleum fuelled city streets through evolving and involving free-jazz electronica” [Future Music]

"Very peculiar but highly enjoyable nonetheless" [Boomkat]

"The deliciously murky world of Crackle" [Verity Sharp - Late Junction, Radio 3]

"...an electrifying cross between slumberland-trekking In a Silent Way minimalism and heavy, heady dub." [Kruger Magazine]

"...when they hit top gear the results overwhelm the senses" [Rock Sound]

"...Marvellous south London duo Crackle.. ... won our hearts at Barry Adamson's Pigalle Club show by forcing supper club punters to consume their grilled monkfish to a distinctly uneasy soundtrack of murky experimental electro jazz" - [Time Out]

Product Information

  • Barcode: 5060039070516
  • Catalogue Number: SLOCD007
  • Format: Album
  • Sound Carrier: Digital

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Frank Byng and Nick Doyne-Ditmas. 

No. TitleISRC Length
1. "Moonwalk"  GBGNZ0700055 6.45
2. "Heavy Water"  GBGNZ0700056 3.23
3. "Alien Transmission"  GBGNZ0700057 4.21
4. "Dust Monkey"  GBGNZ0700058 5.17
5. "Metal Fatigue"  GBGNZ0700059 2.52
6. "General Volume"  GBGNZ0700060 2.33
7. "Pale Eye"  GBGNZ0700061 6.30
8. "Arc"  GBGNZ0700062 2.40
9. "Stone Junction"  GBGNZ0700063 4.48
10. "Polaroid"  GBGNZ0700064 6.54
11. "Coda"  GBGNZ0700065 6.01
Total length:



  • Nick Doyne-Ditmas - Bass, double bass, bass synth, guitar, Hammond, Korg MS10, euphonium, cornet, melodica, mbira, bells, percussion, xylophone, loops, sample manipulation, textures
  • Frank Byng - Drums, percussion, mbira, udu, metals, cuica, drum synthesizer, Stylophone, Theremin, Korg MS10, arp, melodica, radio, voices, piano strings, guitar, dark star, Dr Sample

Additional Performers


Additional Production and mixing

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