THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED

by UKAEA

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UKAEA, (a stolen abbreviation) recorded all the tracks on his Pale Master release as one takes. No overdubs. In this sense he sets up his machines to reflect, for a moment, the ephemeral nature of the sound that they produce. This sound is then fixed back into permanence through the act of recording it. Maybe this release shouldn’t be a cassette then, but a concrete brick. Its form is un-shapable now the act is over.

Yet it’s clear that these sounds were once fragile substances, that possessed the capability to come apart/explode at anytime. It is not hard to imagine, for instance, the glass chimes on ‘KINETIC’ being shattered if they were to fall out of line with the hard foundations of the tracks body. And that ’body’ is important. By suggesting these fragilities, it is clear that this is techno that hopes to anchor itself within real space/body.

You only have to listen to ’CAR PARK POSSE’ to hear that these are rhythms that could only come from the algorithmic mind of a cyborg (machine + mind). This is techno with a self fulfilling mandate. Techno then, with weight. The body is offered as a c35 cassette. The magnetic strip holding the actuality.

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released February 18, 2017

Mastered by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio, London

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