Nothing Is Free

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Nothing Is Free
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EP by
Released7 September 2015
Recorded2013 (2013)–2015 (2015) [1]
Studio Avalanche Studios
Genre Industrial
Length55:05
Label Avalanche Recordings
Producer Justin Broadrick
JK Flesh chronology
Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination
(2012)
Nothing Is Free
(2015)
Suicide Estate
(2016)

Nothing Is Free is the debut EP of JK Flesh, a pseudonym of English musician Justin Broadrick, and was self-released digitally by Avalanche Recordings on a pay what you want basis on 7 September 2015. [2] It is Broadrick's third release under the JK Flesh title, following the debut studio album, Posthuman (2012), and a split album with Prurient, Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination (2012).

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

JK Flesh English musician

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

Content

Unlike Posthuman , Nothing Is Free adopts a sparser, more sterile drum and bass sound. Most of the traditional metal riffs are gone and replaced with abrasive washes of bass and other synthesizer noises, [3] [4] which Broadrick saw as a more honest realization of what he set out to do with the JK Flesh project. [5] [6] The EP has been noted for its high level of aural aggression as well as ability to be both disturbing and danceable. [7] The tracks on the album are slower and more darkly psychedelic than those on Posthuman, with Broadrick commenting "I love working in that slowish, 80 to 90 BPM, super fucking gray area. A lot of DJs don’t want to play that stuff, but for me, it’s a great zone to experiment." [6]

<i>Posthuman</i> (album) 2012 studio album by JK Flesh

Posthuman is the debut studio album by JK Flesh, a solo moniker of English musician Justin Broadrick, and was released on 7 May 2012 through 3BY3. Though Broadrick had been creating music under the title of JK Flesh since the early 1990s, Posthuman marked the first release of the project.

Drum and bass, is a genre and branch of electronic music which emerged from rave and jungle scenes in Britain during the early 1990s. The style is often characterised by fast breakbeats with heavy bass and sub-bass lines, sampled sources, and synthesizers.

Greg Kennelty of Metal Injection wrote, "The album is a compilation of works Broadrick did between 2013 and 2015, though I wouldn't call these b-sides or anything. They sound like fully-formed, well-produced songs that belong on pretty much any of his projects." [8] Despite being categorized as an EP, Nothing Is Free clocks in at 55:05, which is longer than many traditional studio albums, including JK Flesh's 2016 follow-up release Rise Above .

<i>Rise Above</i> (JK Flesh album) 2016 studio album by JK Flesh

Rise Above is the second studio album by JK Flesh, a moniker of English musician Justin Broadrick, and was released digitally and on vinyl on 3 June 2016 through the label Electric Deluxe under the designation EDLX.048. It is Broadrick's fourth release under the JK Flesh title and continues the sparse, drum and bass style of Nothing Is Free, the EP released a year earlier.

Reception

Crack Magazine's Billy Black described the EP as "relentless industrial nightmare that proves, if nothing else, that Broadrick is a master of all things unholy," [9] while Klaus Kinski from BrooklynVegan called it "wall to wall sonic brilliance". [10]

<i>Crack Magazine</i>

Crack Magazine is a monthly independent music and culture magazine distributed across Europe.

BrooklynVegan is a music blog founded in 2004 focusing primarily on music related news and events taking place in and around New York City.

Writing for Intravenous Magazine, Sean Palfrey summed up Nothing Is Free saying it "blends elements of dub, industrial and noise into a heady and oppressive mix of throbbing beats, swirling synths, static, distorted vocals, and subtle melodies that is cerebral in its execution" and "a rewarding listen". [11]

Allen Griffin from Burning Ambulance said Broadrick "displays a keen awareness of beat culture" and praised his sonic palette. [12] Freq agreed calling the EP "supremely confident and knowledgable (sic)", also adding that "Nothing Is Free almost palpably swelters, demands motion, forces the body to change its way of being, to take a chance on total immersion in skilfully structured, blissfully overwhelming noise". [13]

Track listing

All music composed by Justin Broadrick.

No.TitleLength
1."Nothing Is Free"5:10
2."Hide & Seek"5:11
3."Boundless Submission"6:10
4."Peace in Pieces"6:18
5."Kontorted"4:04
6."Pleasurer"10:02
7."Offering"6:48
8."They Own You"5:54
9."Nails"5:24
Total length:55:05

Personnel

Taken from the Nothing Is Free liner notes [2]

Single

"Nothing Is Free"
Single by JK Flesh
from the album Nothing Is Free
ReleasedMay 12, 2016 (2016-05-12)
Format 12-inch single
Recorded2015
Genre Industrial techno
Length14:43
Label Downwards
Producer(s) Justin Broadrick

The EP's title track was released as a plain black 12-inch single in 500 copies on 12 May 2016. [14] The B-side features a remix by Broadrick's fellow Birmingham musician, Surgeon, [15] as well as the track "Kontorted". [16]

Track listing

All music composed by Justin Broadrick.

No.TitleLength
1."Nothing Is Free"5:10
2."Nothing Is Free" (Surgeon remix)5:29
3."Kontorted"4:04
Total length:14:43

Personnel

Taken from the "Nothing Is Free" liner notes [16]

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