On the Radar: Ansome – British Steel

Techno paragon, Ansome, released his British Steel EP recently to critical acclaim. The Waveform Transmitter’s Maximilian Carton goes knee-deep into some proper techno.

Unforgiving confines, industrialised sky rises & frenzied encounters all merge to form London’s gritty foundations. The concrete jungle has recently come under fire from all sides, never has techno seemed more relevant.

Kieren Whitefield, known to many as Ansome, pays homage to the London landscape with his first original EP following a year and a half hiatus. Returning to Perc’s imprint Perc Trax after his debut 10-track album Stowaway, the Cornish-born circuit-bending maverick is thrusting himself into a mechanised melting pot amongst the industry’s techno heavyweights with his new EP British Steel.

Revelling with audiences across the globe on his recent tour for some of the most prestigious brands in the game. Reaktor Events’ UnpolishedDrøneVoltage Festivaland Tresor.Klubnacht all making a welcome appearance.

Whitefield’s success is the result of his ever evolving modular set up and fastidious approach to releases on his own imprint, South London Analogue Material (S.L.A.M.), which he runs with Catch and Ossian. S.L.A.M was conceived in reaction to time-wasting labels and is a true stamp of their own hardware-based, industrial experimentation. Releasing mainly on S.L.A.M., Bas Mooy’s ‘Mord Records’ and Perc Trax, he has released with labels such as Them, an offshoot of Troy Pierce‘s Underl_ne label, and Pls.Uk.

The A Side title track, British Steel is exactly what it says on the tin, the meticulous production leaves you hanging precariously between lower end thumps and intermittent attacks of metallic sheets. Snappy, distorted drums hold a firm UK cornerstone within a factory of malicious machines.

A2 marches into battle with hazy ambience and rhythm capable of uniting the heaviest dance floors on Earth. Marching Powder appears on Rebekah‘s debut essential mix for BBC Radio 1, the fleeting percussion combined with a solid beat work wonders.

Poison Your Body takes a more sinister edge with piledriver bass drums, intricate texture and vocals capable of scaring the unknown. Hi-hats appearing mid-way through elevate Poison Your Body to the next level. No nonsense.

The final track, Granite & Mortar, begins chaotically with harrowing vocals by Oliver Kohlenberg amongst what can only be described sonically as the aftermath of a flash bang. The track maintains its militant force with a quivering sub bass elegantly rumbling below heavy lashings of distorted drum hits. Although the elements don’t appear it on paper, it’s impossible not to groove.

British Steel was released earlier this month on vinyl 10th November & digitally, a week later on 17th November of this year.

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