Surgeon and Peter Van Hoesen are playing Fabric next month, and we have tickets to the event as well as a handful of Fabric mixes to give away.
2013 has so far found Surgeon exploring new terrain. The producer recently joined the dots on two generations of UK techno in collaborating with Blawan on the Trade release for the Works The Long Nights label the newcomer founded with Pariah last year. And now, Surgeon appears on the wilfully experimental Vermont based NNA Tapes label with his first solo album under his own name.
Blawan’s gradual shift in sound to full-blown techno has been a positive and sometimes entertaining development. It was amusing to read some of the comments beside the South Yorkshireman’s set for Boiler Room last year, especially the remarks about the wild new music he was playing, when in reality he was dropping hard grooves from long-forgotten labels like the Integrale Muzique affiliated Sheep.
Anthony Child’s forthcoming album The Space Between People And Things makes for one of this year’s most intriguing long players – hear an excerpt here.
UK techno icon Surgeon will debut on NNA Tapes with a new album entitled The Space Between People And Things.
The next Works The Long Nights release sees Blawan and Surgeon collaborating under the Trade moniker.
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.
Advance heat from Braiden, Livity Sound, MPIA3, Karenn and Hemlock all features on This Is The Place Where The Intellect Gets Annihilated, the latest mix from UK doyen Surgeon.
Full details have emerged of the new EP from British Murder Boys, the long dormant collaborative project of Surgeon and Regis. Read the rest of this entry »
Midlands based techno producers Surgeon and DJ Skirt will appear on the 50th Semantica release alongside label boss Svreca.
Given that he hasn’t released an album in more than a decade, it must have been tempting for Anthony Child to follow the example set by some of his peers and just keep DJing all over the world. Thankfully, the Birmingham-based producer chose not to take the easy option and Breaking The Frame shows that the creative fire that fuelled Force & Form, Patience and Balance still burns brightly. It’s the second time he’s released an album on his own Dynamic Tension label, following 2000′s Body Request, and his seventh overall, although there have been a glut of singles in that time as well as last year’s excellent Fabric mix.
Like his previous long players, a good part of Breaking The Frame is devoted to abstract sounds and textures. This is no concession towards current trends, but rather glimpses of the elixir, the sonic glue that binds the rest of his music. So while “Dark Matter” and “We Are Already Here” emit pontilist hisses and droning, atonal frequencies respectively, they do not exist in a vacuum. The same strength through repetition applies on the jangling loops on “Presence”, which, by Child’s standards is relatively mellow, a cacophony of lithe, acoustic humming unfolding over slow motion, gloopy beats.
Likewise on “Remover Of Darkness”, eerie organs appear to hover in a loop until their gradual descent into gamelan-like repetition. “Power Of Doubt” pushes this ethereal sensibility onto the dancefloor thanks to snappy broken beats, and, even when he veers into more conventional, straighter 4/4s, as he does on “Those Who Do Not”, the galloping beats are accompanied by spacey filters and eerie sound tapestries. The most incendiary moment comes halfway through, with the relentless, pummelling slab of techno otherwise known as “Radiance”. Breaking The Frame is on a par with Surgeon’s very best work, in some ways the logical progression of Force & Form – and its title neatly sums up this work and pretty much everything else he turns his hand to.
The walls of Juno Plus HQ shook to the sound of rumbling low frequencies this week, as a slew of bass-heavy releases from the likes of Andy Stott, MMM and Surgeon landed in our grateful laps.
Arch London promoters We Fear Silence have announced the spring line-up for their Saturday night residency at fast-rising South London venue Cable, and it’s looking pretty tasty.
Moderat, the alliance of genre-breaking duo Modeselektor and electronica wunderkind Apparat, unleash the first set of remixes for one of the stand-out tracks from their debut album, “Sea Monkey”.
The first round comes from dubstep producer of the moment Untold (from the Hotflush camp) and first wave techno head Surgeon.
While Untold builds on the original’s percussion lines and takes us on an emotionally heavy wild ride with pounding low frequencies carried by shuffled two-step grooves, Surgeon creates a full-metal industrial atmosphere leaving you wondering if you just arrived at an underground rave party located in an abandoned factory or accidentally ended up on the set of a nerve-wracking horror movie.
Reviewer: Alexander Seltenreich