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.
US producer Juan ‘Silent Servant’ Mendez released an EP called Negative Fascinations on Sandwell District. Despite just one letter separating that 2009 release and this, his debut album, there is a world of a difference between both records.
There was only ever going to be one record with which to lead our weekly round-up – the eagerly awaited long player from Sandwell District associate Silent Servant.
To say the Juno Plus editorial team is excited by the imminent release of Silent Servant’s debut album is to dabble in the realm of gross understatement. And with the erstwhile Sandwell District member’s Negative Fascination arriving this week, a video for album track “A Path Eternal” has emerged.
Sandwell District associate Silent Servant has announced details of his debut album.
The Downwards label run by Karl O’Connor is preparing to release So Click Heels, a CD compilation of artists that have featured on the label’s highly prized DO series.
Stroboscopic Artefacts have just announced details of the second in their Stellate series of compilations.
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