JK Flesh :: Exit Stance EP (Downwards)

While the previous JK Flesh full length Rise Above (Electric Deluxe, 2016) was a harder affair with lots of distorted beats and deep bass, Exit Stance eschews a more stripped down, subtler approach. Each track is relatively short, wasting no time on exposing and developing the motifs within.

JK Flesh is the more electric output of the legendary Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Napalm Death, Head of David, Jesu, and Final are just a few of his alter-egos and bands). The EP Exit Stance is his latest foray into techno. While the previous JK Flesh full length Rise Above (Electric Deluxe, 2016) was a harder affair with lots of distorted beats and deep bass, Exit Stance eschews a more stripped down, subtler approach. Each track is relatively short, wasting no time on exposing and developing the motifs within.

The eponymous “Exit Stance” starts out strong, indicating the different tack from Rise Above with its truncated, staccato beatbox and whispering white noise breakbeat percussion. An arpeggio slowly forms, expanding out from the mix into acidic territory. “Motivated By Jealousy” rips open with a squelching arpeggio that devolves into a white noise storm, the notes beating percussion into the air as it rattles to a close. “Bullied By Love” has a nice distorted loop at its core, with a metallic bass providing the bleakest of melodies. “Caveman’s” distorted low-end dominates while the beatboxes shuffle along with clipped percussion and crisp hats.

Exit Stance is an excellent addition to Broadrick’s catalog, giving the listener plenty to enjoy while tantalizing with the possibility of more like this to come in the future.

Exit Stance is available on Downwards. [Purchase]

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