Justin Broadrick has been a hero of mine for a long time – from the first moments I heard Godflesh in all it’s ferociousness, through to the more laid back and dreamy vibes of Jesu (Conqueror is a masterpiece).
He’s firmly established himself as a legend on the metal scene, and the past few years has seen him focus more of the electronic side of things. While his Techno Animal moniker with The Bug very much took influence from hip hop, it’s on his JK Flesh project where he delves head first into full on techno territory.
Halved EP, a split with his long time friend Klaska, is his latest release of four to the floor industrial techno. The influence of his home city of Birmingham can be heard in each of the three tracks – that chaotic, uncompromising techno that’s a staple of the Brummie sound, from the likes of Surgeon and Regis, melting minds in the House of God.
Like Broadrick, Klaska has also transitioned from the metal world. While less abrasive than the three JK Flesh tracks, the production is sublime.