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During the creation of 2018’s top 10 LP Violence the Brummie group enlisted the help of Fuck Buttons’ Ben Power aka Blanck Mass to help them shape the record. The final release still bore Power’s mark, but there was a more Mass-ive take on the tracklisting still left in the studio. Now seven of these versions are seeing light of day on The Blanck Mass Sessions. Also included is ‘Barricades’, a new collaborative tune between the two groups.

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The Blanck Mass Sessions by Editors
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8/10 Will 30 April 2019

Editors are a band that kind of passed me by. I hear their name mentioned a lot but have never investigated their music. ‘The Blanck Mass Sessions’ is a collaboration between Editors and all-round good guy Blanck Mass. These songs are different mixes of songs from their sixth album ‘Violence’.

Blanck Mass was apparently asked ‘to stick a knife in it and see what would come out’. This has proved to be a wise decision as he has made these songs much more aggressive, evil, and generally groovy (do the kids still say that?). Opener ‘Barricades’ very much sets the tone for the album, a combination of techno percussion, indie-rock vocals, and big-hearted choruses. ‘Hallelujuah {so low}’ is a bloody brilliant track, with dry, Mount Kimbie-esque production, squalling, squealing synths, and growling, distorted guitars. ‘Magazine’ has a chorus that will explode your head.

This album proves what an influence a good producer like Blanck Mass can have on a band; he has twisted and changed these songs without losing any of their inherent qualities. Editors should work most definitely work with him again because it sounds as if their sound has been perfectly realised on this album.



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