Boomkat Product Review:
Factory Floor return as a slimmed down duo of Nik Colk Void and Gabe Gurnsey on their 4th album of sleek, tensile industrial dance grooves informed as much by post punk as acid house and minimal techno.
Whilst as reduced and pointillist as anything in their catalogue so far, 25 22 betrays a very slightly warmer, psychedelic aesthetic than Factory Floor’s previous outings, and much to their favour. Grooves are still motorikally staccato and driven, yet with a more fluid momentum and supple tone that can be heard as a logical progression, extension and refinement of work by Suicide, Chris Carter, Richie Hawtin or LCD Soundsystem.
They’re drily playful things, all eight of them; slinking around the ‘floor like a string of chinged-up, jet black fillys stamping out 16th note tattoos in cloven heels and kinky boots.
Making a pact to be on the same ‘floor by end of the session, they embark with a cantering techno ace Meet Me At The End, to variously tweak out the latinate, freestyle-tinged flux of drum machines and louche pop contrails of Relay and the bugged-out club music of Slow Listen, before screwing off into a K-holer vortex with 25 22.
Dial Me In returns to a ruddier, bass-heavy momentum, further pursued in the jutting bass and bony wiggle of Wave, with Ya shifting some proper, grinning and winking EBM playtime, and Upper Left sounding like some dead early Chicago prototype, right on the cusp of Wax Trax! and tracky electro minimalism.