Remixes of the band’s album opener “Turn It Up” due on the DFA label next month.
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Win tickets to Colony and The Quietus’ party on Friday September 27 with Mark Fell, Factory Floor’s Dom Butler, TVO and Beneath, as well as a copy of Fell’s Liberation Technologies 12-inch.
There’s an authenticity about Factory Floor that’s particularly alluring. They live and work in a cluttered warehouse space in Seven Sisters, surrounded by mounds of cassettes, loose wires, analogue synthesizers and homemade electronics. Their infamous performances frequently turn into intense jam sessions and hypnotic freak-outs. They’re often found performing or curating shows at leading arts centres. And while others talk of being influenced by Throbbing Gristle, Peter Gordon and Cabaret Voltaire, Nikki ‘Void’ Colk, Gabe Gurnsey and Dominic Butler have, individually or collectively, worked with them (aside from the Cabs, but that’s another story).
Techno in its multiple forms dominated this week’s releases.
Stream the opening track from Factory Floor’s upcoming and eagerly awaited debut set.
The self-titled debut album from the London trio will arrive on DFA in September.
Optimo Music have revealed details of the long promised collaborative release between Factory Floor and cult New York musician Peter Gordon.
Factory Floor is a fitting name. It calls to mind the rusty grates in the basement sex club of Berghain, the metallic killing floors of slaughterhouses and the sneaker-scuffed concrete of assembly line stations. Just as ‘industrial music’ evokes a very clear idea of abrasive repetition, the London three-piece’s name evokes their whirling amalgamation of drone, ambient and experimental techno.
Factory Floor will release Fall Back next month, a 12″ taster for their forthcoming debut album on DFA.
Welcome to Separate Mind, a new monthly column on Juno Plus that aims to cover techno music in its many hues and shades. In an era when every minor development, each tone or tweak to a kick drum is compartmentalised into a new micro-genre, Separate Mind takes the opposite approach. This column will keep its coverage as open-ended as possible, lending support to releases on the basis of whether or not the music deserves it and not because it fits into a narrative arrived at by consensus among so-called influencers.
It’s payback time for Perc as he shifts roles from label A&R to remixer – but can his work across three remixes match up to the Factory Floor remixes of Forward Strategy Group? It’s hard to answer, not least because the reworkings from Butler, Colk and Gurnsey of tracks from Labour Division were subtle and insidious, while Perc chooses a more upfront approach to repay the favour.
Nik Void and Gabe Gurnsey of industrial synth outfit Factory Floor have collaborated with cult New York composer and saxophonist Peter Gordon.
Unsound’s reputation for onpoint curation just got a whole stronger with an impressive third round of names added to the already bulging line-up.
Here’s some news nobody was expecting: two of British techno’s most uncompromising producers appearing on one DFA release.
Dalston’s annual Land Of Kings festival has reached its fourth year – and Juno Plus have a pairs of tickets to give away to the two day long festivities.
Having stirred up quite a fervour in their native London, Factory Floor make the leap from a string of well-received releases on underground labels to 21st century no wave mecca, DFA. ‘No wave mecca’ of course grossly undersells DFA and the spread the label has supported and released over the years, but to these ears the spirit of the music they release comes from a direct lineage with the New York post-punk disco manglations so immortalised by ESG, Dinosaur L and Liquid Liquid.
Likewise, Factory Floor have a definite lineage to their sound, and it doesn’t stray too far from those early 80s 4/4 grooves. The slinky funk basslines and choppy guitars are ditched in favour of cold, hard synthesiser tones, and delivered with beyond-the-grave vocals to die for, catching that perfectly sterile sexuality that made the best synth-pop of the 80s so alluring.
However, there’s no need to dismiss “Two Different Ways” as a throwback track. The assured way in which the arpeggio kicks off proceedings stands strong enough on its own, even after decades of use in various capacities. The track as a whole is an eight minute workout around that nagging refrain, sustaining the groove and using it as a launch pad for various kinds of effects tweakery, drone bashing and general good-time analogue experimentation. What saves the music from being just too familiar is the lack of contrivance. At no point does it sound like the band are playing it this way because they think it’s the cool thing to do.
The flipside only reinforces this notion, with the raw, stripping-down of the ‘Second Way’ mix. The drum machine does most of the work here, with very little space spared for musicality. The hits are brittle, liable to splinter at any point, while the occasional dubby FX only add to the tension. With a purist and highly sexed approach to their music, and the results to match, there’s no doubt that Factory Floor have plenty more disco devastators in their bop gun.
Mute Records is one of the most successful independent British labels still in operation, having been formed in 1978 and still going strong today. As such, their discography is broad, and not an easy one to find a way into for the uninitiated. The last 10 years have seen them release high profile records from Moby and Goldfrapp, as well as less accessible, but still equally as significant albums from Grinderman and Liars, but it’s easy to forget that their beginnings were rooted in the industrial sounds of the early 80s. Label founder Daniel Miller originally formed Mute to put out his first single as The Normal, and subsequent years saw him release similarly dark electronic music by Fad Gadget, D.A.F. and Depeche Mode. It was at this time that Mute’s initial musical aesthetic was formed, one that married the fury of punk rock with the electronic elements of the burgeoning synth pop movement.