TOTD // 19/10 // Perc

Published: October 19, 2016, words by Fred Billyard

Active since the early noughties, and held in high regard as one of the modern-day techno torchbearers, Ali Wells aka Perc has surpassed juvenile stripe-earning to develop into an artist that is widely-known and truly respected across the world. With a gleaming back catalogue that boasts a multitude of individual releases and remixes on staple labels such as Kompakt, CLR, Ovum and Drumcode, Perc’s success within studio walls has been mirrored by his relentless touring schedule beyond them; one that often sees him skip through a few continents, let alone countries, running riot in internationally-renowned venues on an almost daily basis.

Making up a portion of his personal output, Wells’ imprint Perc Trax – originally created as an outlet for his own projects – has also broadened over the past twelve years to encompass a vast roster that includes the likes of Ansome, AnD, Truss, Forward Strategy Group and several others. Acting as the home for both of Wells’ albums, Wicker & Steel and The Power and The Glory, Perc Trax has grown steadily alongside Perc himself being cemented as one of techno’s go-to outlets.

His unique ability of having one hand in building a thrashing, dystopian techno record with the other simultaneously crafting fascinating remixes out of vocalists such as East India Youth and Tim Burgess, Perc’s talents lie far beyond that of your average techno dweller. A self-confessed music nerd, his interest in his sphere has never visibly dwindled too. The consistent and challenging array of records he holds is the physical representation of this ever-expanding adoration.

Just off the back of his latest release with Randomer on Perc Trax, Perc selects four tracks that have been regularly finding their way into his sets in recent months. Happy listening!

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Nitzer Ebb vs. Thomas P. Heckmann

Join In The Chant (Knarz Is Machine)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“One of my all-time heroes remixes one of my favourite bands. Supposedly this started off as a bootleg so I’m glad Mute gave it an official release. It’s a great teaser track, you can hint at the original Join In The Chant without giving the crowd the full vocal.”
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Chris Liebing

The Biggest Ten Inches I Have Ever Seen (Major Rush Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I’ve noticed a resurgence of interest in DJ Rush’s music and I hear a lot of it out right now. For me this is one of his best, merging his trademark triplet percussion with his own disorientating vocals.”
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KN

Mysterious Pills

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The most recent track on this list, but one that will have gone underneath the radar for many people. Rolling London acid business from a Japanese artist.”
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Daz Saund & Ben Tisdall

Juggernaut

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“One of my favourite grooves ever, I’d play it in every set if I could. It just keeps driving forward, making it a perfect mixing tool.”

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