This is the first record for Token by the techno artist and DJ known as Surgeon (and known in the flesh-realm as Anthony Child). The 'Fixed Action Pattern' 12" features a straight-up slice of industrial-orientated techno and broken beat, with a flip side that reverse engineers the track to sound all dub.
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- Fixed Action Pattern by Surgeon
9/10 Ant Staff review, 12 September 2014
I just had a quick peek on Discogs to remind myself the last time Surgeon brought out a 12" and looking back at discography realised I've been following this artist for 20 years. Where does the time go? Not to worry, I'll be dead soon and it'll all be over.
Here he makes his debut proper on Belgium's Token label. He's been caning tracks on the label for ages now, and his sound has clearly inspired the label so it's a logical move. This pair of new tracks fitting neatly into the Token's aeshtetic. 'Fixed Action Pattern' is pure club mayhem guaranteed. A heavy, driving stomper of a 4/4 kick provides ample momentum for the sizzling, euphoria inducing filtered electronics that'll have minds and bodies losing their shit on mucky dancefloors across the globe.
Over on the flip is 'Fixed Action Pattern' here the beats are kept a to a gentler restrained tempo acting as framework on which dark melancholy soundscapes and trippy, futuristic sound design are foregrounded. Perfect gloomy atmospherics for the witching hour. Quite possibly my favourite Surgeon 12" for some time. Recommended.
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