Forward Strategy Group - Labour Division EP1 by Perc published on 2012/05/09 12:19:04 +0000 Out now. Vinyl & digital release, with the Nik Colk Void remix being digital only. Support from Ben Klock, Pacou, Truss, James Holden, Shifted, Tommy Four Seven, Cassegrain, Blawan, Adam X. Josh Wink, Xhin, Go Hiyama, Edit Select, Phase, DVS1, Terence Fixmer, Marcel Dettmann, Ivan Smagghe, Moerbeck, Agoria and more. Perc Trax proudly presents the first EP to be taken from the forthcoming Forward Strategy Group album ‘Labour Division. This first vinyl 12” takes three of the best tracks from Patrick and Al’s debut album and adds 2 remixes from white-hot synth/industrial fusioneers Factory Floor. Opening up the EP is the album’s title track, a classic Forward Strategy Group lesson in restraint as the track’s central percussion hits get continually worked over six and a half minutes, forming a hypnotic groove that has been a key part of Perc’s DJ sets this year. Next up is ‘Mandate’, where a semi-broken rhythm hint at classic electro as vocal syllables and stabs echo across the stereo field. On the b-side ‘A Greyed Out Life’ showcases one of Labour Division’s more atmospheric moments as pulsing synths build over classic soundtrack pads. Gracefully fading in and out the track makes its mark on you without outstaying its welcome. Finally we have the two of three forthcoming remixes by Factory Floor of album cut ‘Nihil Novi’. Since surfacing a few years ago the London trio have lived up to the hype thanks to their blistering improvised live performances, releases on DFA, Optimo and Blast First Petite and their associations with such legends as New Order’s Stephen Morris and the ex-Throbbing Gristle pair of Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. First up is Gabriel Gurnsey’s synth lead interpretation, firing out similar drum hits as Factory Floors recent ‘Two Different Ways’ single and topping it off with a twisting monosynth line. Nik Colk Void provides the 2nd Factory Floor remix, following in the path of her recent ‘Gold E’ single on the O Genesis label with an abstract take on Nihil Novi, rippling with guitar noise and distorted bass blasts.