Boomkat Product Review:
Over the past couple of years a distinct micro-scene has built up around the industrially-inclined Perc Trax label, one which happily enfolds the brushed-steel techno of Perc, the swung beat science of ASC and the corrosive radiophonics of Ekoplekz alike. Patrick Walker and Smear's Forward Strategy Group are right at the heart of it all, and their debut album - arriving after a run of acclaimed 12" releases - is an event. They've not disappointed us, delivering a set of deep, exploratory techno strafed with noise and scum scraped straight from the factory floor, elegantly aligning themselves with the brutalist 70s/early 80s post-punk tradition along the way. 'Ident' has shades of Skanfrom and the chilliest cold wave, 'Labour Division' and 'Mandate' pin you to the floor with with their crisp, minimal warehouse flex, 'Elegant Mistakes' bludgeons with the force of British Murder Boys, and 'Industry & Empire' investigates the outer limits of dubwise industrial. Potent stuff.