Perc, the UK producer, used to (and still does) remind me of the Berghain’s Kantine for its sheer bowel-clenchingly deep industry.
Listening to Perc for joy at home proved more difficult. It seemed a little too extraneous, too intense … for absorption into, or to be the soundtrack for, normal structures of life. Like standing on the tube, for example.
But that changed when I heard his track in the Electronic Explorations mix - ‘Steve Bull’. It was a track of perfect, ambient rudiment: sediment slowly washing across the light grains of noise, pitch-shifting in increasing intensity, blowing out like a slot machine within its own disturbed unease.
I sought, then, something a little more linear - to revisit the sound I had kind of declined. I was delighted to find that my own reservations had lessened, and Perc’s brutal, visceral, industrial sound had been captured with absolute precision on his 2011 album Wicker & Steel. Current pick of the bunch is ‘Start Chopping’ - a burst of industrial energy and a simple, sliced male cry.
Try this ear coat on for size: it’s warm, encompassing, and robust against the cold (it is, in fact, very warm).
And it also comes with a waistcoat - a remix by Tommy Four Seven which, unsurprisingly, takes the original and ratchets up the pace. Enjoy.