8/10 Ant Staff review, 12 October 2017
EBM influences have been around in techno for donkey’s. Old Belgian gear in particular grew out of that stuff. Folks like Regis, Terence Fixmer, Adam X etc. were all at it ages ago - incorporating it into a more modern techno sound. Now in 2017 it’s become fashionable - everyone is at it! So I approached this new one from Samuel Kerridge with a degree of caution “not him as well!” I thought.
Thankfully he’s strayed from the herd on ‘The Silence Between Us’. There’s certainly some EBM in there, but he’s really ramped up the tempo - the results something like a fantasy Wax Trax 12” where DJ Rashad plays Caustic Window or something. ‘Possession/Control’ goes at it proper fierce, with high-octane kicks and electro-crunching rhythms, bursts of molten acid, ghoulish interdimensional phantoms, bursts of noise and spiralling doom laden bass. Sounds like he gobbled a kilo of amphetamine sulphate on ‘Ascension’ with its brutal high tempo drum assault, which still manages to be funky, and not some nihilistic gabber stormcore mayhem. ‘Radical Possibilities of Pleasure’ has a tormented/disturbed vibe - like being incapacitated and passed around by a bunch of demons that pull at your limbs and toss you about like a flaccid doll.
The intensity of the full EP sorta straddles the whole pleasure and pain continuum - something how I imagine the horrific sensation of a cocaine overdose.
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