Tuesday, December 14, 2010

RA.237 Perc

Perc is currently enjoying some much deserved limelight on the global techno scene, but it's been a slog. The London-based producer (real name Ali Wells) has been putting out records since 2002, although him and his Perc Trax imprint only truly hit their stride these last few years. The start of this purple patch also seems to be traceable: Wells released the sizable Up single through Kompakt Extra in 2007 and has since signed material to labels like Drumcode, CLR, Ovum and, more recently, Stroboscopic Artefacts. It's on home soil where he's shined brightest, though. Both as an A&R and producer, Wells' ear for dark and club-ready techno has seen Perc Trax's stock rise exponentially, giving a platform to artists like Forward Strategy Group and Ben Gibson. On his mix for us, Wells offers both an indication of the Perc/Perc Trax aesthetic and some context—Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle—as to its experimental influences.


Track list:

The Vampire Lovers - Laura Is Dead/Marcilla Is Gone - Hammer OST
Throbbing Gristle - Industrial Introduction - Industrial Records
Scars Of Dracula - Innocent Victim - Hammer OST
Cabaret Voltaire - Automotivation 2 - Virgin
Chris & Cosey - Telepathic Exotika (Fred Giannelli Mix) - T&B Vinyl
Dave Clarke - Red 2 (Robert Hood Remix) - Deconstruction
Takt & Tick - Black Worms - Phunkit
Sawf - Slim - Perc Trax
Forward Strategy Group - Token Ring - Perc Trax
TVO/The Village Orchestra - Lost Memory - Broken20
Factory Floor - 16-16-9-20-1-14-9-7 - Blast First
Forward Strategy Group - Inside The Shadows - Stroboscopic Artefacts
Margaret Dygas - Reverse - Power Shovel Audio
V1NZ - Disposition - Android Muziq
Chris & Cosey - Cowboys Of Bangkok (Coil vs Elph Mix) - T&B Vinyl
Broadcast & The Focus Group - Inside Out - Ghost Box
Claudio PRC - Clear Depths (Silent Servant Remix) - Prologue
Perc - Pagan Drum Tools 1 & 2 - Perc Trax
Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant (Perc Drum Tools) - Mute/Unreleased
Cusp - Uranium - Swim
Ancient Methods - The Fifth Methods B1 - Ancient Methods
Traversable Wormhole - Exiting The Milkyway (Surgeon Remix) - CLR
Bas Mooy - Warsaw - Audio Assault
Daz Saund & Ben Tisdall - Juggernaut - Missile
Burial Hex - Eight Pentacles - Aurora Borealis
Anodyne - Close Your Eyes (Corporation Street Remix by Autechre) - Psychonavigation
Surgeon - Dinah's Dream - Tresor