Grittiness and tension are of the highest order on the latest Blueprint release from Samuel Kerridge. The Berlin based producer has made a considerable contribution to UK techno having released on some of the most prestigious experimental labels in the country, not just as a purveyor of fine club ready wares but also as a dynamic sound-sculptor, often deftly breaking away from typical 4/4 beats and always maintaining his trademark sinister approach.
The opening track is one such haunting sound-scape. Kicks that subtly thump away lead the piece, whilst percussive rattles laced with a siren snaking it’s way through create a particularly harrowing image. Kerridge illustrates dystopian worlds by calling on various samples, like the twisting violin in ‘Paint it Black’ and the post-industrial noises and scrapes that push ‘Surrender the Void’ from an off-beat dance floor track, into a darkly emotive piece, sealed by a vocal full of so much pain and anguish that it wouldn’t be out of place in the narration of a Stephen King novel.
‘Paint it Black Reprise’ is the EP’s sign-off, the most exemplary track in defining Kerridge’s sound to new-listeners and also the most explorative in terms of time-signature and shape on the release. Bouncing over and around the ever present tension in the strings is a call and response of grinds and reverberations, followed by momentary gaps that perpetuate an edge-of-your-seat ride. Excellent stuff from Kerridge and most certainly not for the faint-hearted.
‘Deficit Of Wonder’ is out on Blueprint next Monday 4th August. Pre-order your copy here.