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"Following the devastating one-two punch of
Man with Potential
for Type Records, Pete Swanson returns to his deformed warehouse techno sound with
. After leaving cornerstone US noise duo Yellow Swans, Swanson made it his mission to pull apart the techno genre by the seams. This four track stomper for Software Recording Co. is by far his most damaged solo offering to date. With a sly nod to
, 'Punk Authority' launches into a barrage of debauched, regressive noise punctuated by the kind of beats you'd more readily expect to find on an Underground Resistance 12" (And that's as effortlessly engaging as it sounds). Using a deceptively simple synthesizer/tape setup, Swanson siphons his club constructions through a hoarse mix of saturation and overdrive, resulting in something aggressive yet effortlessly foot pushing.
might have the kind of surface grit you'd expect to come across on a hand-painted cassette tape, but at its heart is a vomited pulse half-heard through a Stuttgart toilet stall. Swanson has successfully re-tooled a genre to fit his needs, and this
is his chance to really crack his bare knuckles." Includes download code; hand-numbered edition of 1000 copies.
Since upsetting the techno multiverse with
Man With Potential
has tirelessly continued his exploration of the form, quickly breaking it down and molding it in his image.
is the result of those experiments, and finds Swanson at his most explosive, with his archetypal searing synthesizer blasts directed over warehouse kicks worthy of the Downwards catalog. This is possibly Swanson's most technoid investigation to date, but any "mainstream" form is peppered with more than enough failure to put a smile on the faces of unconvinced Yellow Swans fans.
is far from Berlin's precise minimalism, instead taking a raw, hands-on direction that we haven't heard in the genre for many years. Whether you're in the club or in the basement, Swanson's pounding kicks and (surprisingly) booming basses should keep the apocalypse at bay, for now at least. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
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