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The long-anticipated split by Whirr and Nothing is in no way a let down to anyone that’s been waiting for it. The two new songs from each band are perfected with the expertise of veteran producer Will Yip. Nothing’s contribution is a full-on aural assault: the two songs are aggressive, yet harmonious. The ongoing blown-out barrage lulls with only brief periods of quiet melody that hit like armistices. Yet, the songs are harshly beautiful in a way that perfectly captures the Philadelphia band’s definition of reality.

I’m a sucker for everything Gainesville, Florida’s Dikembe touches – hell, I even liked their Mariah Carey cover – so naturally their effort on this split is a knockout in my books. “Healer of the Pride” is a mid-tempo outing revealing a song-writing maturity that eclipses much of 2012’s powerful Broad Shoulders. On this track, the catchy refrains and tempo changes allow the song to breathe and grow organically, yet the lack of frenetic energy – a Dikembe staple – is never missed and any worries of a sonic vacuum are entirely unfounded. Bring on the full-length, boys.

2 bands. 4 songs. 0 cups. But 1 hell of a radical EP. Lebanon, PA four piece Shotgun No Blitz teamed up with the Allentown, PA-based post-hardcore/punk band Nam Le to create this fast and furious split release that’s due out via Painted Ox Records on April 4, 2014. Pre-orders can be found right here (where digital downloads of the split are 50% – 55% off (that’s $2 or $1.80) for those who buy prior to the release date), but for now, you can also check out the entire album in this world premiere stream. Kick ass!