Factory Floor return in 2016 with 25 25, their second album and the follow up to their acclaimed 2013 self titled debut. With their music stripped to a mesmerising dance of percussion, fragmented voice and melody, it captures the next vital stage in the evolution of one of the UKs most restless and exploratory groups.
The dazzlingly sharp, dubbed out acid disco of Meet Me At The End opens 25 25 in a surge of raw momentum. Both Factory Floors sparsest and most overtly club centred track to date, it sets the tone for the rest of the album. Written and recorded by Gabriel Gurnsey and Nik Colk Void in late 2015 and early 2016, its the product of the last three years of intensive musical activity nonstop live performances, artistic collaborations, writing new music and reconfiguring the limits of their sound.
Inspired by playing a growing number of late night club shows, the pairs music gradually evolved into the sound captured on their second album and in their current live incarnation. A stark, ultraminimalist and eerily soulful dancefloor pulse, yet one that still bears Factory Floors unmistakable hallmarks of hypnotic repetition and jagged, punkish intensity.
The close friendships and collaborations they’ve established along the way attest to those connections, among them Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti of Throbbing Gristle,Chris and Cosey, Perc, Optimo, New Order and Simon Fisher Turner.
Mixed with razor precision by David Wrench (FKA twigs, Caribou), the results are all the more forceful for that new found space. Relay is a spooked vocal house anthem, with Voids voice processed into a thrillingly metallic chant. Wave and Slow Listen are deadly, perpetual motion machine dance tracks infused with the frontier spirit of Sheffield bleep and industrial techno. And the title track itself sums up the duo in 2016, its jarring repetitions and disorienting melodic motifs are some how classic Factory Floor, yet shot into sparse, strangely moving new spaces.
1. Meet Me At The End
3. Slow Listen
4. 25 25
5. Dial Me In
8. Upper Left