The celebrated techno triumvirate have revealed tantalising details of new multipurpose project Jealous God “intended for the mutants of our age”.
Regis, Silent Servant and Shifted all remix The KVB for a forthcoming Immaterial Visions Remixes 12″ from Cititrax.
Minimal Wave’s next release has them presenting two tracks from Sandra Plays Electronics, the primitive DIY project of Karl O’Connor.
A Christmas present shaped surprise from the Blackest Ever Black camp was announced today, with details of a new Regis 12″.
It’s been seven years since their last release and a number of years after their final live performance, but despite this hiatus, British Murder Boys remain one of techno’s most revered acts. It’s not hard to understand why; after all, as individuals, Surgeon and Regis have provided us with some of the past two decades’ most uncompromising music, and the BMB project has in the past seen them pooling their talents to create truly provocative techno.
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Immerse yourself in nearly an hour’s worth of horizontally inclined post-punk and industrial pop sounds from Downwards boss Regis with his latest mixtape, Hidden Summer.
Blackest Ever Black and Desire have joined forces to release a 12″ single featuring Regis and Monoton remixes of iconic New York no wave outfit Ike Yard.
Of all the former Sandwell District members, Karl O’Connor has been the most prolific since the label closed last year. Having put out a triple CD of his old work and most recently, the So Click Heels compilation, he now delves back into his past as Regis for this truncated collection of tracks that were an integral part of his live set.
Iconic Midlands imprint Downwards have announced a forthcoming album from multi disciplinary artist Russell Haswell, with the 10 track LP preceded by a remix 12″ featuring William Bennett, Kevin Drumm and label boss Regis.
Explaining why Regis and his music exist is a difficult one. A pop psychologist could point to his surroundings, the concrete mazes of Birmingham, as being pivotal in shaping his relentless, unfliching vision for techno in the same way that the decaying Detroit cityscapes informed the first wave in the US. Equally, it is also possible to posit that O’Connor is merely following in a long line of UK pop, punk and industrial situationists who were unwilling to just make and release music and who wanted to leave something more meaningful in their wake.
Reality Or Nothing is the surreptitious (and now defunct) side project of UK techno dons Regis (Karl O’Connor) and Female (Peter Sutton). The duo slyly released their material through Chicago’s mysterious Housewerk Records in the late 90s, and here a piece of previously unreleased material sees the light of day, both in its original form and remixed by the current Sandwell District stable. Sprawled across the A Side here is a fantastic stepping reshape of “Reality Or Nothing” by Female, whilst the opening B-Side cut is a remix of “Kalon 08” by the Sandwell District collective, which boasts wonderfully raw drum pads that shift in and out of focus as the track progresses. The 1998 original version of the title track is included for good measure, and arguably still stands as the best of the lot – it’s moody and tough as hell, with a soft analogue crunch chugging along beneath the distinctive bleeps so loved by the Sandwell stable.
The second 12” comes replete with three new remixes of the title track, plus a demo version of the original which is steeped in melodic atmospherics. Function, CH-Signal and Silent Servant all chip in with remixes in what serves as a must-have for Sandwell District completists – the Function version in particular brings the big room vibe to the table. The Silent Servant remix is probably the most hypnotic, with frantic ping-pong percussion sitting alongside a mildly thunderous looped kick drum. These 12”s have been released at an opportune time, and serve as a mouth whetting appetiser for the debut Sandwell album, due to hit the shelves this month.
The mysterious Sandwell District imprint has built a certain aura around their artists, thanks in no small part to their austere cover art, usually accompanied by a fax number as the only point of contact. Vitally important though, is the music itself, and a slew of releases from a small but tight knit crew (Function, Kalon, Silent Servant, Female, Regis) have been – without exception – utterly impeccable examples of deep, brooding techno.
Since then they’ve come out of their shell somewhat (or to be more accurate, the media have forced more attention on them), and the label run by Function (Dave Sumner), Female (Peter Sutton) and Regis (Karl O’Connor) is now one of the most revered in contemporary techno. Indeed, their appearance at this year’s Sonar festival will almost certainly be one of the highlights of the event, with those still standing come 5.30am on the final morning set to be well rewarded.
Here we are treated to the first of a two part sampler showcasing new material from Function, Regis and Silent Servant, ahead of full length albums slated for later in the year. Printed on clear vinyl, things kick off with a suitably menacing intro, followed by a Function track titled, in typically no-frills fashion, “Function”. Arpeggiated bleeps wash over long synth sweeps and a deep bassline, taking you on a 10 minute ride that’s tough and raw yet deliciously danceable. On the flip we are treated to a Regis edit of fellow label stalwart Silent Servant, which displays Regis’ new found dubstep sensibilities and a love affair with radar bleeps. The b-side ends with an uncredited, beatless growl that leaves you wondering what the second part of the sampler will bring, let alone the albums.
Review: Aaron Coultate