What a collaboration! The British singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole has always been a Cluster fan, especially of the 1976 LP “Sowiesoso”. Cole released his own heavily Cluster-influenced album “Plastic Wood” in 2001. Roedelius liked it and, over the next decade, Cole and Roedelius considered working together from time to time, but never actually got around to it. It was not until 2011 when they finally met in Vienna that they could finally begin in earnest. The album reveals mature, carefully composed music, as if Cole and Roedelius had been working together for years already. Both artists focus on electronic sounds in a selection of succinct, direct pieces, free of musical garrulousness. Cole neither sings nor plays guitar and Roedelius rarely touches the keys of his grand piano. Instead, both musicians have developed a subtle soundscape which only drifts towards pure noise on one track. All of the other “studies” on the album move within a vast spectrum of harmonic wonder and rhythmic stepping stones.
Preceding a series of equally hyperreal videos, the forward-thinking German producers (and Raster-Noton label founders), Byetone and Alva Noto behind the experimental collaborative project, Diamond Version, created a recondite ‘mission statement’ playing out a repetitive digital message over a backdrop of dark, synthetic tones. Displaying: ‘A greater measure of confidence. A promise for life. A virtual world of live pictures. Because I’m worth it’… the video presented endless corporate slogans removed from their contexts, creating a sinister utopia along with the duo’s track titles which were to follow. [Source]
Whilst the majority of techno producers run themselves into the ground focusing on a small square of Berlin dancefloor Perc’s musical universe expands at a frightening rate, taking in influences from across a number of contemporary genres. ‘A New Brutality’ is Perc’s first full release since his debut album ‘Wicker & Steel’ was released in June 2011. Since it’s he has contributed to Stroboscopic Artefacts first ‘Stellate’ compilation and appeared on a split 12” in partnership with Xhin for the same label. As a remixer he has served up rerubs of Surgeon, Tommy Four Seven, Walls and The Black Dog and has recently completed three remixes of Factory Floor for release on DFA. Add to this a busy touring schedule that has taken him to the USA and Japan this year as well as weekly gigs across Europe and it is clear Perc is in as much demand as ever. Opening up with the EP’s title track, this is Perc at his most dominating, as he presents five and half minutes of pure controlled noise. Purposely different from your typical big room techno banger, it still has the power and individuality to be a highlight of any club set.
Bandshell makes music akin to impenetrably complex puzzles. With a rhythmically intricate style both coarse & strikingly individual his curious constructions have seemingly little regard for the constraints of the dance floor. The second track on the EP, ‘Perc,’ is featured on Ben UFO’s Fabriclive 67.
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Release date: 11/02/2013
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Genre: Bass Music
Catalogue number: LTECH003