Forward Strategy Group – Labour Division EP1 [TPT052]

Companion EP to Patrick Walker and Smear’s imminent debut album as Forward Strategy Group, featuring two of its heaviest cuts, one exclusive track and a brace of remixes from Factory Floor. ‘Labour Division’ is a low-slung but shark-eyed warehouse number with shades of Luke Slater’s LB Dub Corps project, while ‘Mandate’ explores darker, more minimal territory, with killer snare edits and scruffily dubbed-out chords, and ‘A Greyed Out Life’ is lush synth dreamscaping a la C2, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and even early Human League. Factory Floor’s remix of ‘Nihil Novi’ is an interesting synthesis of post-DFA dub-disco drum patterns, analogue synth spurts and industrial accenting; better still is the version of the same track by the band’s Nik Colk Void, a compelling, skin-crawling work of beatless and bass-heavy electronic abstraction in the spirit of Suum Cuique, Mika Vainio and TG.

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Forward Strategy Group – Labour Division EP1 [TPT052]

Donor / Truss – Endo [TPT0486]

DONOR/TRUSS - Endo (Front Cover)

Transatlantic duo Donor / Truss return on Perc Trax, with a four tracks release. ‘Endo’ represents a new peak for the Donor / Truss sound with each individual section working as both a self-contained track and a quarter of the entire Endo experience. Together the 4 parts join together to make a complete piece of music, stretching across 23 minutes and 2 sides of vinyl.

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Donor / Truss – Endo [TPT0486]

Perc – Vertigo Part 1 [TPT034]

PERC - Vertigo Part 1 (Front Cover)

Perc opens up the Vertigo releases with his most singleminded track in years. Based around a looping, lo-fi groove BCG is both a perfect DJ tool and an unforgettable lead track. Occasional blasts of distortion break up the rhythmic flow but this is no clichéd white noise soaked epic, just pure heads-down basement techno. Remixes from Forward Strategy Group and Milton Bradley.

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Perc – Vertigo Part 1 [TPT034]