The sophomore LP ‘Always Offended Never Ashamed’ from Downwards veteran Samuel Kerridge dropped fittingly this past Friday the 13th with full force on his new CONTORT label. FACT premiered a full stream of the LP (below) and likened him to SUNN O))) and Ike Yard, saying of the record: Kerridge took his murky brand of techno into ever more outlandish places, melding monolithic drone and sluggish tempos into music that could easily soundtrack the collapse of civilisation.
Plenty of others have chimed in with praise including …
The Quietus: It seems that every sound, every nuance, has been the product of exhaustive manual labour – sonic sculpture with a pickaxe.
Resident Advisor (4.2/5): … a work that brilliantly manifests the pressure of 21st century urban living, albeit through music that, for all its electronic origin, sounds raw, elemental, even ancient.
The Ransom Note: …virulent and miasmic, with emittances of stygian belch and guttural pulse establishing a punishing but drawn-out and suspenseful atmosphere, like a form of long-take terror.
To celebrate the record release Kerridge will performing live in Tresor on February 28 as part of Atonal’s New Codes series along with his signature CONTORT event on Sunday, March 1 at OHM with an encore back to back DJ set with Shapednoise and many special guests. Full details here and here.
Upcoming shows with many more headline and festival dates TBA very soon:
February 28 – New Codes at Tresor, Berlin DE
March 13 – Bloc at Butlins, Minehead UK
March 27 – Transbo, Lyon FR
March 28 – Golden Cabinet at Kirkgate Centre, Shipley UK
April 04 – Cacophanous Sarcophagus, Bristol UK
April 11 – Terminus at PIPL! Club, Moscow RU
April 18 – Berghain, Berlin DE
Now booking Kerridge’s new live show with vocals and guitar as well as techno DJ sets:
brandon [@] lb-agency.net