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- From The Shadows That Melt The Flesh 1-4 by Samuel Kerridge
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Almost 20 years ago the Downwards label began its roots in Birmingham supporting, creating and nurturing its local emerging underground techno scene. It would then expand globally with key artists (Regis, Surgeon) becoming the biggest names in techno. In more recent years it has expanded its horizons, started a U.S leg of the label and released underground new-wave, shoegaze, gothy post-punk etc. from the likes of The KVB, Pink Playground, Tropic Of Cancer, DVA Damas etc. But let’s not forgot Downwards was and still is a techno institution.
This clear vinyl 12” ‘The Shadows That Melt The Flesh 1-4’ from Samuel Kerridge is his second for the label following the ‘Waiting For Love’ EP and a 12” for Horizontal Ground which I must one day get my mitts on.
‘Part 1’ has a slamming industrial cranking kick and big buzzing mutating synth with some subtle hi-hats. It had driving, thunderous dancefloor energy and all the dark atmospherics he’s recently been perfecting. It’s a bit of a monster actually. ‘Things calm down for ‘Part 2’ with blackened ambient textures, strange clanks, drips and bleeps creating a sonic environment that’s truly otherworldly.
The gloomy gaseous brooding atmospherics to the opening of Side B ‘Part 3’ make way for a mesmerising slow and totally spaced out groove with gritty evil bass emissions and is a masterclass in how techno has become more interesting in recent years since tempos dropped and emphasis placed on sound design. That bass really growls and the icy atmospherics that surround it paint an intriguing black picture.
Finally ‘Part 4’ layers rich drones and textures and builds from a light breezy opening into a denser workout of subtle bass melody, again really spaced out, dubby and eerie sounding with haunting vocal drones.
Hopefully this guy will drop an album at some point. Quality gear.
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