Perc Trax Records
TBR 17th November.
Noisy and dirty, this industrial techno floor filling release calls on the high energy of eye shaking bass and powerful rhythmic strikes which curl and repeat until a mesh of seriously thumping sounds make the whole. Rhythm is dominant here, and as British Steel begins on its title track, we're yanked by the collar into a beat driven realm of ferocious techno.
Returning to Perc Trax for the first time since last year, having been touring extensively and working on his own South London Analogue Material netlabel, this marks a cornerstone in the progressive career of Ansome with choppy and catchy memorable sounds.
Marching Powder throws the direction further south, as a filthy and metallic grinding sample rips the track open for the thrashing tappy tappy drums which fly by like lampposts from a moving train window. The quick step beat compliments the name of the track, and a repeating bass fill resembles the rhythmic shouts of a drill sergeant.
The filling of the track, like a meaty sandwich, has sections that are full of gristle. It can take a bite out of us if we are not careful. Full on and intense pressures make sure that listening to this music takes up most of our inner space. The mood is upbeat however, and although forceful, there's no reason to fight it.
Poison Your Body has been a part of Ansome's world tour DJ set for a while now, and has become somewhat iconic of the artist. A recognisable intro riff prompts us to get back to the groove from where ever we've wandered off to and to take part in the party. Wobbling bass and chunky drums cause the atmosphere to blur around the sounds, with a vocal sample thrown in to prick the ears in a certain direction.
This surprising long mix of just four tracks finishes with Granite and Mortar. Having been subjected to three intense and g force heavy tracks of full on techno and rhythm, the finale peaks the journey curve extremely well. Starting out with an intense and passionate vocal clip, the emotions are brought to the boil with the onset of a heavy and industrial throbbing beat. A fat bass underpins the entire cosmos of this track, allowing for a sonic playground for us to get our heads around.
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Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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