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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.