First Listen: South London Ordnance – ‘Solder’ (Parachute Records)

First emerging around 2012, South London Ordnance‘s rugged take on industrial techno and bass-driven dance music over the years has seen him gain recognition from many of his peers and the industry’s heavy-hitters, releasing on an array of respected labels that include EPM Music, Hotflush and his own imprint Aery Metals.

Now based in Berlin, the British producer’s more recent compositions have drawn inspiration from the early scenes of Cold wave and Italo disco, reshaping their qualities for modern techno frameworks by fusing cinematic arpeggios with menacing kicks, emotive leads with murky textures, and ultimately planting components into darker, more alluring territory.

Following from last year’s Use Of Weapons EP, SLO continues to explore this space, this time on Parachute Records with four-track EP Parallel Window. Driven and direct, the record carefully balances dance-floor urgency and hazy mid-set moments, favouring subtle shifts in tones over instant exposure and existing in a gloomier, more unsettling space.

Track ‘Solder’ exercises these apparatuses to their upmost, as punishing drums and relentless acid modulations collide together in beautifully haunting fashion. Hear ‘Solder’ in full below.

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South London Ordnance’s Parallel Window EP is out July 28 on Parachute Records. Pre-order it here.

Featured Image: Michael Mann

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