When I have trouble sleeping, I tend to go on huge soundcloud binges… often bringing lucrative musical returns. Manchester producer Bhrisc is one of my most recent late night discoveries, and with Mary Anne Hobbs already taking any interest, I’m clearly not alone in my way of thinking. Describing 6550 on her 6 Music show as a “descent into darkness”, his take on modern techno knowingly exploits a sense of loneliness and alienation. L.A Arch is all smokey textures and industrial noise… you quickly lose yourself in the repetitive droney beats. Bhrisc’s production is cold but emotional; a thudding and fragile detachment from reality.
I forever long for music to console and soothe the sonic ache perpetuated by an endless daily grind. However, in this instance Gutenburg from Nagoya, Japan (the slightly ambiguous efforts of Google Translate suggest this ‘techno-unit’ consists of two contributory minds, Sakurai and Terasawa) have produced something so uniquely persistent and pummelling that it becomes impossible to ignore via ordinary means.
Net Complex, is at the very least, as complex as it is docile and gentle (i.e not at all). But the manner in which this minimal industrial pattern and associated digital bell effects morph and distort, slowly drilling their briskly paced synthetic charms through human skull is fascinating. It is the barely concealed warmth which is so appealing; a glut of dance music sub-genres so frustratingly saturated by unflattering aural palettes, tired cliches and stock magic tricks here find themselves tastefully revitalised.