TOTD // 12/02 // Bruce

Published: February 12, 2017, words by Henry Murray

There is a corner of the UK where dance music’s boundaries – boundaries we previously didn’t even know were there – are being pushed sonically, aesthetically, and in the process, making the rest of us look tied up in the 2000s. For the last few years, Bruce has been hucking lumps of his insane brand of techno at dance floors through the likes of Hessle Audio, Livity Sound, Idle Hands and Timedance but, for his most recent outing on Hemlock Recordings the darkness envelops further and casts an eerie quandary presented through a video of apt textures and ghostly images.

So often in Bruce’s work there are pauses for thought, causing one’s pre-conceived notions of kick drums, bar lengths, and track structure to fall away, instead leaving you drenched in a pallet that is eerie, abrasive, but awash with alluring texture not heard in most dance floor releases (especially that come under “techno”). In Before You Sleep industrial is phrased as melody, the ratchets and static rain evoke emotion before forcing you to question, “how am I feeling?”

For his Tracks Of The Day, Bruce has made selections based on his desire to “instil self consciousness and unease on the listener” with music from INXS, Brand New (yep, them) as well as his primary inspiration for Before You Sleep, a disturbing construction from the Oneohtrix Point Never ever diving deep into internet subculture.

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INXS

Need You Tonight

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The memory of being curled up in bed at the age of about five or six with my personal walkman playing this track on cassette over and over again is possibly my earliest, identifiable musical moment. Regardless of how much I enjoyed the song, the feeling I kept coming back for was the shivers that Michael Hutchence’s voice sent down my spine as the record finishes. On the cassette I had, there was a good few seconds of silence after the final lyric “you’re one of my kind.” It all seems pretty tame now but my little five year-old self was fascinated at how the suspense of this singular moment instilled such an overwhelmingly addictive sense of vulnerability in me.”
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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto with Ensemble Modern

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  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“When I was younger I slowly noticed how my love for music developed naturally into something that encompassed my life. But it wasn’t until I was first introduced to electroacoustic music by my music technology teacher at school that I truly realised my love for sound. Academia aside, I found it fascinating how sound, when reduced to it’s most primitive forms could be so successful in conveying tension and emotion. This recording of Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s performance was one of the first albums of this music I came across. In my eyes, it’s a prime example of how emotive the Electroacoustic sound can be. Despite the lacking video quality, to see the duo perform so elegantly is such an immersive trip. ”
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Brand New

Luca

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I was into loads of melodramatic, “Emo” music during my teen years, which on the whole, is not something I’m overly proud of. But I’ve been hooked to Brand New’s third album The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me‘ since very first listening to them back in 2006. Whilst the whole album has it’s fair share of intense moments, with strong themes of redemption, death and resentment, it’s ‘Luca’ that truly embodies the devil. Jesse Lacey confronts his earlier, immoral and abusive years, comparing himself to the quite evil, fictional character Luca Brasi from ‘The Godfather’ film. The insidious lyrics, spinning a web of threats and loathing makes the crescendo at 3:54 truly terrifying. To this day, I’m yet to hear a moment in a piece of music that succeeds in setting my skin alight, every, single, time (don’t skip, you gotta sit and listen from the start to experience the full effect!)”

OPN & Jon Rafman

Still Life (Betamale)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The “Betamale” version of Danial Lopatin’s original track acts almost like a stream of content posted on 4chan. As the audience is presented with a stream of disturbing images, drawn from a wide range of online fetish sites, the creepy, artificial female voice narrates your exploration into the darker corners of the web, in an effort to find meaning in our often secret and shameful desires. This version of the track is probably the foremost biggest inspiration for Before You Sleep: my recent release on Hemlock; a major theme I tried to explore being the numbing effect we crave from the internet in the twilight hours. STREAM HERE”

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