Label/Cat#: 2MR – 2MR034D
Release date: 2018-06-15
Style: Electro, Techno, Acid
Total length: 53:04
1. Bulkhead – In Voice 16 (Original Mix)2:59
2. Bulkhead – Whiplash (Original Mix)5:54
3. Bulkhead – Chop Chop (Original Mix)5:39
4. Bulkhead – In Voice 12 (Original Mix)2:13
5. Bulkhead – In Voice 17 (Original Mix)4:08
6. Bulkhead – Aft Pressure (Original Mix)6:46
7. Bulkhead – In Voice 21 (Original Mix)2:12
8. Bulkhead – Loss For Words (Original Mix)5:03
9. Bulkhead, Joel Eel – Route Sixteen feat. Joel Eel (Original Mix)4:24
10. Bulkhead – Ways To Grow (Original Mix)4:15
11. Bulkhead – In Voice 22 (Original Mix)2:08
12. Bulkhead, Louisahhh – Shake These Chains to Earth Like Dew feat. Louisahhh (Original Mix)6:16
13. Bulkhead – In Voice 13 (Original Mix)1:07
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Bulkhead present their debut album – Aft Pressure – due June 15th on 2MR.
In 2015, during the coldest Toronto winter on record, two old friends – Pop District and Patrik Benjamin – locked themselves away in the studio to experiment with a medley of hardware. Both solo artists in their own right, they had overseen their own projects prior, but had never considered how a collaboration might sound. Exploring the polarity of extreme cold and immersive warmth with a distinctly analogue feel, the duo carved themselves an aesthetic. And so Bulkhead was born. Using a raw, organic palette they repudiate formal structure and polish, opting instead for a freeform blend of unhindered mechanical techno and fuzzy ambience – slambient, if you will.
Debuting in 2016, their ‘Worker’s Kampf’ cassette album on LA imprint Far Away Tapes sold out quickly, warranting another release on 2MR featuring highlights of the cassette on 12’ and digital. Continuing with the purveyance of abstract arrangements and machine wizardry, their forthcoming album – Aft Pressure – is a striking exploration of the intersection between frenzied techno and harmonic warmth.
Fragments of techno and EBM mutate without strict guidance, rebuilding themselves into new forms with stunning physical qualities. Whilst many of the tracks might file under dance music, the DIY spirit of the album transcends a nightclub, occupying a peculiar space between the uncensored grit of the post-punk scene and some melancholic form of ambient minimalism. Angular percussion slices its way through dizzying synth leads whilst serene harmonies wander on their own accord. Darting melodies are made all the more powerful by their harsh timbre as drum-less excursions provide a cinematic backdrop.
Aft Pressure is a statement of intent, blurring the parameters of dance music culture with equal doses of insanity and serenity. At the same time, it’s also a hell of a lot of fun.