New Horizon (JK Flesh album)

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New Horizon
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Studio album by
Released28 September 2018 (28 September 2018)
Studio Avalanche Studios
Genre Techno
Length51:02
Label Electric Deluxe
Producer Justin Broadrick
JK Flesh chronology
Wasplike
(2018)
New Horizon
(2018)

New Horizon is the third studio album by JK Flesh, a moniker of English musician Justin Broadrick. It was released digitally and on vinyl on 28 September 2018 through the label Electric Deluxe under the designation EDLX.058. [1] The album was preceded by streams of the tracks "Different Species" and "External Transmission Stage" in June and August 2018 respectively. [2] [3]

JK Flesh pseudonym of Justin Broadrick

JK Flesh is a moniker of English musician Justin Broadrick employed for his solo work within "heavy" or "brutal" electronica music. Broadrick's usage of the title spans back to his work in the 1990s with Kevin Martin in Techno Animal, but he first released a solo studio album as JK Flesh in 2012. Unlike Broadrick's most well-known projects, Godflesh and Jesu, his work as JK Flesh is electronic and lacks metal riffs. Over the years, the project has shifted into a more minimal and dub sound while retaining its industrial influences.

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

Contents

Production

Like the JK Flesh releases that precede it, New Horizon continues into minimal techno territory tinted by Justin Broadrick's decades creating metal music. [4] [5] Musically, the album is dark and textured, with pulsing beats and Broadrick's typically gloomy atmosphere. [5] [3] The sound is informed by dub music. [6] About the album's deliberately stark style, Broadrick said:

Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno in reference to a specific genre of music was in 1988. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno is seen as the foundation upon which a number of sub-genres have been built.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Dub is a genre of electronic music that grew out of reggae in the 1960s, and is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae. Music in this genre consists predominantly of instrumental remixes of existing recordings and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, and emphasizing the drum and bass parts. Other techniques include dynamically adding extensive echo, reverb, panoramic delay, and occasional dubbing of vocal or instrumental snippets from the original version or other works. It was an early form of popular electronic music. The Roland Space Echo was widely used by dub producers in the 1970s to produce echo and delay effects.

I actually reduce things down so they sound more like a machine for me, not like a musical instrument. It’s somewhat trying to remove myself from the music and remove all shred of humanity. [7]

Broadrick spent a week in early 2017 recording hundreds of music jam pieces at Avalanche Studios in North Wales which he then edited and mixed over a period of a month "using a combination of hardware and industrial gear, including tape loops and echo pedals". About the process, he said "It was very hands-on and very concise. I don’t generally spend even an hour on one thing—maybe 10 minutes and I’m like, ‘Right, I’ve said everything I need to say. On to the next one.’" The rhythms on the album average between 120 and 135 beats per minute. [8]

Jam session

A jam session is a relatively informal musical event, process, or activity where musicians, typically instrumentalists, play improvised solos and vamp on tunes, songs and chord progressions. To "jam" is to improvise music without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, except for when the group is playing well-known jazz standards or covers of existing popular songs. Original jam sessions, also 'free flow sessions', are often used by musicians to develop new material (music) and find suitable arrangements. Both styles can be used simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to evenings where a jam session coordinator or host acts as a "gatekeeper" to ensure that only appropriate-level performers take the stage, to sophisticated improvised recording sessions by professionals which are intended to be broadcast live on radio or TV or edited and released to the public.

North Wales unofficial region of Wales, United Kingdom

North Wales is a region of Wales. Retail, transport and educational infrastructure are centred on Wrexham, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Bangor. It is bordered to the rest of Wales with the counties of Ceredigion and Powys, and to the east by the English counties of Shropshire, Merseyside, and Cheshire.

Tape loop

In music, tape loops are loops of magnetic tape used to create repetitive, rhythmic musical patterns or dense layers of sound when played on a tape recorder. Originating in the 1940s with the work of Pierre Schaeffer, they were used among contemporary composers of 1950s and 1960s, such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, who used them to create phase patterns, rhythms, textures, and timbres. Popular music authors of 1960s and 1970s, particularly in psychedelic, progressive and ambient genres, used tape loops to accompany their music with innovative sound effects. In the 1980s, analog audio and tape loops with it gave way to digital audio and application of computers to generate and process sound.

My bottom line is often misery of some context. The new JK Flesh is very much about textures that become very earthy, burly, and somewhat hellish. [8]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Letter8/10 [9]
Resident Advisor 4.2/5 [4]

Andrew Ryce of Resident Advisor gave New Horizon a positive review, praising its ominous mood and its "push-and-pull between aggression and restraint". [4] The Letter's Blair Millen called the album "cohesive, well sequenced and a thoroughly thrilling listen". [9] Reviewing the album for Noisey's Stream of the Crop selection, Colin Joyce wrote, "It’s gross, it’s humid, but most importantly, it’s alive." [10] Joyce also described the album as "a chilling and kinetic record of belt-sander techno that’s—to my ears—his defining work as JK Flesh and one of the finest albums he’s put out under any moniker". [11] The Quietus singled out "External Transmission Stage" as one of their favorite songs of the year. [12]

<i>Resident Advisor</i> online music magazine

Resident Advisor is an online music magazine and community platform dedicated to showcasing electronic music, artists and events across the globe. It was established in 2001. RA's editorial team provides news, music and event reviews, as well as films, features and interviews. The website also manages services that include event listings, ticket sales, club and promoter directories, photo galleries, artist and record label profiles, DJ charts, an online community, and the RA Podcast.

<i>Vice</i> (magazine) magazine focused on international arts & culture

Vice is a Canadian-American print magazine focused on arts, culture, and news topics. Founded in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the magazine's founders later launched Vice Media, which consists of divisions including the magazine as well as a website, broadcast news unit, a film production company, a record label, and a publishing imprint. As of February 2018, the magazine's editor-in-chief is Ellis Jones.

The Quietus is a British online music and pop culture magazine, focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. The site is an editorially independent publication led by John Doran and a group of freelance journalists and critics, some of whom have worked for other media outlets.

Accolades

YearPublicationCountryAccoladeRankRef.
2018 Resident Advisor United Kingdom "2018's Best Albums"* [13]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Track listing

All music composed by Justin Broadrick.

No.TitleLength
1."Different Species"7:05
2."Super Human"6:26
3."External Transmission Stage"6:25
4."Genetics"6:42
5."Earlier Form of Life"5:44
6."Macromolecules"5:52
7."The Next Stage"6:09
8."Homo Sapiens"6:39
Total length:51:02

Personnel

Credits adapted from New Horizon liner notes [1]

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