Boomkat Product Review:
On his first solo album in five years, Sam Kerridge returns with Kick To Kill - his private division of Downwards - with a patented, hard-bitten batch of punkish industro/techno steppers channelling The Fall, Coil, Raime, Regis and Suicide.
Shelled a decade since his debut release, ‘Kick To Kill’ hails Sam Kerridge’s label of the same name with a dozen grizzled cuts that sustain his fascination with the grim and gothic elements of UK industrial musicks and their parallels in no wave, EBM and rhythmic noise. Working up his most significant session since 2019’s ‘The Other’ album collaboration with Taylor Burch, this new set unleashes ideas and energies booted into place with a crooked balance of his typical, seething swagger.
The blistering revs and stage-prowling presence of ’Shit in Glitter’ surely nods in the direction of Regis as much as MES, but done ganglier and poised to split off in any direction, as he does across the album’s dozen coiled machinations. ‘Pogo’ spools a spannered sort of electro-punk next to the knife-dance of ‘Cut the Flesh’, and the scudding choral motifs of ‘Levitate’ let in a sort of dank romanticism that illuminates the album’s moodier highlights, such as the industrial dirge ‘Strangled Love’, the knackered industrial appeal of ‘Glamour’, and brassy fanfare of ’Shattered Illusion’.
Kerridge’s strengths still lie in the way he way he binds the brutal and romantic, at best in the straight-jacketed wormhole squirm of ‘In Memoriam To Identity’ or the flash-fwd pulses of ‘Alternative Rhythm Section’ with its tangle of gristle and lush Detroit pads, and the soaring motorik industrial finesse of ’020521’, with a canny shout-out to his fiance in the distorted lustre of ‘The Body of a Libertine’ exemplifying his salty wit and grip.