Boomkat Product Review:
Debut album of industrial-strength techno from the UK's Perc. This producer can do disciplined, patient minimalism - for all its drama, lead single 'My Head Is Slowly Exploding' is nothing if not a masterclass in sustained tension - but he's also capable of cutting loose, with often jaw-dropping results: 'You Saw Me''s natty drum syncopations and cold wave atmospherics sound like Sandwell District trying their hand at UK Funky, while bruising highlight 'London, We Have You Surrounded' is a fleet-footed update of the tribal techno violence of vintage Downwards; 'JMurph’ is industrial with a capital 'I', its unbelievably tough, war-ready rhythm constructed out of beaten and battered metalwork. There’s great variety within the munitions factory aesthetic: see ambient scene-setter 'Choice', the beatless but still brutal 'Pre-Steel' and future-primitive roller 'Snow Chain', all of which make explicit Perc's debt of lineage to TG, Chris & Cosey, Cabs, DAF et al. But really this album is about as gentle as a kick in the face, and if you ask us that can only be a good thing. Highly recommended for fans of Ancient Methods, Peter Van Hoesen, Scion, British Murder Boys and all the hard, uncompromising stuff.