Rise Above - JK Flesh - EDLX048
Justin K. Broadrickâ€™s output is an intimidating one. Not because it is so incredibly raucous and dirty-sounding, for theÂ most part. Itâ€™s just that there is so much of it. His earliest venture began, aged 15, with the recording of his firstâ€”andÂ lastâ€”record with Napalm Death. From there he formed pioneering industrial metal group Godflesh, who released a slewÂ of seminal albums on Earache throughout the â€™90s. In the meantime heâ€™d met Kevin Martin, AKA The Bug, and beganÂ experimenting with everything from dub and techno to hip-hop, breakbeat and rowdy ambience as Techno Animal.
Together they produced four albums under the moniker, plus a collaboration with Porter Ricks, ultimately bowing out onÂ the monolithic â€˜The Brotherhood Of The Bombâ€™ for Matador in 2001.
In 1999 Broadrick founded Avalanche Recordings, which would serve as an outlet for some of his more expansiveÂ millennial work, namely as Final, Jesu and JK Flesh. Jesu was born from the ashes of Godflesh, a deeply genuine andÂ emotional project that channeled all the raw anguish of his former band into more contemplative post-industrial andÂ shoe-gazing song-structures. Final, a minimal ambient-guitar projectâ€”which actually pre-dates Godfleshâ€”was recentlyÂ picked up by Downwards, who put out the seven-track double vinyl â€˜Black Dollarsâ€™ at the start of 2016. They backedÂ â€˜Nothing Is Freeâ€™ next, complete with Surgeon remix, credited this time to Broadrickâ€™s JK Flesh guise. Thereâ€™s also theÂ somber and ethereal Pale Sketcher alias, which grew out of a remix album of Jesu material on Ghostly International.
JK Flesh debuted proper in 2012 with the album â€˜Posthumanâ€™ on 3BY3, but itâ€™s lineage can be traced right back to Kevinâ€œK-Martâ€ Martin and the pairâ€™s psychedelic industrial techno project, The Sidewinder, which was picked up by MilleÂ Plateaux in 1996. The studio pet-name would later become his surly alter-ego, as Broadrick explained to ResidentÂ Advisor in a 2012 interview: â€œAny remix I would do which had beats that were hard and involved any form of noise orÂ sense of foreboding or threat, I would use the JK Flesh moniker. JK Flesh is the angry, hateful, disenchanted side ofÂ what I do with electronic beat-driven, bass-driven music. It’s got a lot more to boot.â€ And it does. Thereâ€™s been theÂ stinging â€˜Worship Is The Cleansing Of The Imaginationâ€™ since, a split with Dominick Fernow as Prurient, and this yearâ€™sÂ â€˜Suicide Estateâ€™ EP on Fernowâ€™s own Hospital Productions. Now Electric Deluxe has the honour of bringing the nextÂ unrelenting JK Flesh album kicking and screaming into the world. Batten down the hatches and prepare for a perilous ride.