JK Flesh – Exit Stance (Vinyl EP – Downwards)
Genre/Influences: Experimental, techno, industrial.
Background/Info: You are probably hailing from a distant music planet if you have never heard of Justin Broadrick. The legendary Godflesh front man returns under the JK Flesh moniker to unleash a new technoid experiment. JK Flesh already released multiple productions and now joined hands again for a second EP on Downwards.
Content: “Exit Stance” doesn’t deal with classical techno music and to tell you truth, I don’t consider it as pure techno music. The 4 tracks reveal a solid and experimental crossover between industrial- and techno music. Repetitive loops and raw technoid treatments have been mixed with heavy experiments, which sometimes become more accessible through a kind of melodic tune running through “Bullied By Love”.
+ + + : I have always been fascinated discovering the work of JK Flesh, which has nothing in common with Godflesh. It reveals an artist with a wider arsenal of influences. “Exit Stance” definitely reveals a very personal approach of techno music, which at the same time also sounds industrial-like. There clearly is a mix between both genres resulting in a truly experimental work. You can hear the artist likes to manipulate sounds and noises without taking care for any compromise. I think it’s the single way to create something personal!
– – – : The other hand of the coin is the experimental result, which I can’t call accessible for a wider audience. So this 12” will be first of all please to experimental addicts and techno lovers with a real open-minded vision.
Conclusion: I already heard better and more accessible productions from JK Flesh, but the artist definitely composes music with a very own approach. It sounds like a big “f*** you” to stereotypical standards without a truly sound identity.
Best songs: “Caveman”.