Rise Above (JK Flesh album)

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Rise Above
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Studio album by JK Flesh
Released3 June 2016 (3 June 2016)
Studio Avalanche Studios
Genre
Length44:40
Label Electric Deluxe
Producer Justin Broadrick
JK Flesh chronology
Suicide Estate
(2016)
Rise Above
(2016)
Exit Stance
(2017)

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. [2] 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.

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.

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Contents

Composition

Inspired by Broadrick's childhood in industrial Birmingham, [3] Rise Above's sound is characterized by heavy distortion, kinetic beats, and noisy production. [4] In keeping with the JK Flesh evolution, nearly all elements of industrial metal are gone from this album and replaced with starker, more synthetic sounds. [5] [6] John Twells of Fact wrote, "The doomy, distorted grind of Godflesh and Jesu is certainly still present, but woven into a wheezing 4/4 template that doesn’t sound a million miles from Andy Stott’s patented 'knackered house' or a Surgeon record on the wrong speed being played through a broken car stereo." [7] Chang Terhune of Igloo Magazine also drew comparisons between Rise Above and the work of Andy Stott. [8] Heathen Harvest likened the album's percussion driven approach to early industrial albums: "The predominant sound is that of the factory: machines, machines, and more machines." [9]

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According to Broadrick, his vision for JK Flesh was only fully realized with Rise Above. [5] About the deliberate shift away from guitar and industrial beats, he said, "Wildly divisive, its lack of guitars and its adherence to 4/4 techno, has led to a misunderstanding of this project's intentions, but I find this is positive. I'm doing something ‘real', and I'm doing it because I need and love doing it. This shouldn't be easy for anyone." [5]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Quietus Positive [6]
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Rise Above received positive reviews. Writing for The Quietus , Tristan Bath said "So frank and brutal are the whiteknuckled grooves and aggression on Rise Above it’s tougher than ever to imagine where Broadrick will go next." [6] Resident Advisor reviewer Justin Farrar wrote "It's a rare musician who could make music this bleak sound utterly engrossing." [4]

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.

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In another very positive review Ben Hudgins of Heathen Harvest called Rise Above "unadulterated machine music that’s been crafted by a master engineer." [9]

Heathen Harvest music webzine

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Track listing

All music composed by Justin Broadrick.

No.TitleLength
1."Tunnel"6:06
2."Defector"5:32
3."Swarm"5:31
4."Conquered"5:12
5."Trinity"4:53
6."Rise Above"5:26
7."Cast"5:52
8."Low Alloy"6:05
Total length:44:40

Personnel

Taken from the Rise Above liner notes. [2]

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References

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  2. 1 2 Rise Above (digital liner notes). JK Flesh. Electric Deluxe. 2016. EDLX.048. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
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