The wait's finally over and one of the most hotly anticipated records of the year is on the platter. "Turn it Up" opens the record in sparse fashion, a heavy duty drum track with plenty of rhythmic complexity and some trippy vocals, but where are the synths? Patience is a virtue. Building up out of near silence, a whirling arpeggio sets "Here Again" in motion, as human and machine percussion marry perfectly amongst a backdrop of ever changing sounds and fx. Theirs is a music repetitive and metronomic in tempo and signature yet ever shifting, ever surprising, ever ear-boggling. A battered drum kit, Jomox Xbase drum machine and Roland SPDS sample pad create the tools for deep and effective hypnosis. A Fender Telecaster is brutalised with fists and fraying violin bow, an assault complimented by Roland SP555 sampler. For those in the know, previous singles "Fall Back" and "Two Different Ways" appear here, perfectly exemplifying the collision of analogue techno, heavy synthesis, EBM vocals and industrial acid which the trio have made their own. On their own terms and in their own league, Factory Floor have lived up to the hype and then some.
STAFF COMMENTSPhilippa says: When making music, like art, part of the process is knowing when a particular piece is finished. The temptation to embellish, to fill-out, to just-add-one-more-thing is often given in to. Factory Floor (Gabriel Gurnsey, Dominic Butler and Nik Void) show us exactly how much is enough on their debut eponymous album. All excess fat is trimmed from these tracks – even the geometric pattern on the sleeve alludes to this with its tessellating Stanley knife / cutter blade shapes. This is dancefloor music pared down to muscle and bone. The London trio combine heavy synthesis and live instrumentation – human and machine – to create alt-dance music of dynamism, tension and relentless propulsion. Gurnsey’s tight, metronomic kit drumming sets the pace, pushing the tracks forward, while Butler’s layered, oscillating analogue synths and arpeggiated, sequenced keyboard lines fill the space above with morphing, modulating complexity. Void’s detached, treated robotic vocals sound like the broken transmissions from a computerised dystopian future. Crashing Linn drums, guitar feedback, woodblocks and cowbells complete the picture, but there is always still enough space between the instruments, giving the tracks room to breathe. With a lineage that can be drawn through krautrock, post-punk (they’ve previously worked with New Order’s Stephen Morris), electrodisco, industrial (Void records as Carter Tutti Void with Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti no less), EBM, acid house and even other DFA acts, Factory Floor have moved beyond direct influence and pastiche to create electronic dance music that is totally their own. Raw, brutal, intense, this is EDM Factory Floor style.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLP Info: Limited double white vinyl pressing in die-cut outer sleeve and full colour printed inner sleeves.
Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.