Samuel Kerridge and Taylor Burch’s The Other is one of those records that sounds like it’s permanently on the edge of collapse. Kerridge’s productions feature synths that zip around the mix and drums that appear to be frantically pedalling, cartoon-style, to avoid falling off the edge of a cliff. Set against all this techno-anarchy, Burch’s all-too-calm pieces of spoken word take on a chilling character. Think Alice Glass dialling in some vox on a Vatican Shadow LP and you’ve got The Other.
Vinyl Double LP £17.99 DNSKER03
Black vinyl 2LP on Downwards. Mastered and cut to vinyl at D&M, Berlin. Edition of 500 copies.
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Samuel Kerridge strays ever further from his early industrial-tinged techno slammers with his latest album - a collaboration with Taylor Burch of the ace DVA Damas contributing vocals. Kerridge has really opened up his sound into a far more spacious environment than we’re used to from him, allowing plenty of room for Burch’s vocal narration. This human element of the vocals combined with the eerie electronics and sci-fi sound design almost dehumanizes her voice -- making it sound perhaps like an AI type character or a recording retrieved from a time capsule. Kerridge displays his increasingly accomplished skills at more fractured and complex rhythmic structures, firing in the odd shot of amen breaks and some darkside basslines here and there. This music really comes to life with a bit of welly behind it. I cranked a couple tracks from it over a nice towering rig while DJing over the weekend and it sounded mint. Decent gear for sure and proper futuristic sounding at times.
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