Release Date: 23rd November 2018
France's I Hate Models has had a phenomenal rise since his first releases in 2016, now he arrives on Perc Trax to serve up the label's last release of year.
Already fitting in with the label's no nonsense aesthetic after appearances at a number of label showcases this year, this EP shows a hardening of his sound, without losing any of the melodic touches that have made his releases so memorable.
The original mix of "Spreading Plague" fills the A-side of the record with a near 10 minute journey though classic Perc Trax metallic percussion, quivering acid and soaring analogue lead lines. Epic is a word not often used in relation to Perc Trax, but
here it is perfectly applicable.
On the flip side, Perc remixes the lead track, honing in on the acid and adding swarms of claps and hihats for his first new production on Perc Trax in 2018. "Martial Order" closes the EP moving the percussion to the front of the mix once again, as metallic hits rain down on the listener, delivering a fresh take on one of Perc Trax's signature sounds.
a1. I Hate Models - Spreading Plague
b1. I Hate Models - Spreading Plague (Perc remix)
b2. I Hate Models - Martial Order
Temperature's Rising, the very first collaboration between Perc and Passarella Death Squad, came out quietly in 2010 and has since grown steadily into a cult favourite. Now it returns on Perc Trax, remastered for 2016, with the original vocal mix having a full side of vinyl to itself for the first time.
On the B-side is the 'Temperate Dub', originally created back in 2009 but which until now has remained unreleased. Dubbing out the original mix by reducing the vocal to a few echoing syllables it is a fresh take on an well loved favourite.
Released on transparent red vinyl and digital.
a1. Temperature's Rising
b1. Temperate Dub
Release Date: 1st March 2019
Label boss Perc returns to Perc Trax for his first full release since his career defining "Bitter Music" LP in May 2017, an album which featured the infamous "Look What Your Love Has Done To Me", one of the most played techno tracks of the year and Perc Trax's best selling track to date.
Conceived as a response to the endless stream of rip-off's, rehashes and re-edits that track spawned "Three Tracks To Send To Your Ghost Producer" strips back the vocals and melodic elements that characterised Bitter Music to present a raw, rolling, heavily percussive sound. Kick, toms and hi-hat rhythms play off each other whilst interlocking with the solid kicks that propel each track forwards.
From the spitting acid stabs of "Toxic NRG" to the brutal drop in "Driller" the three tracks are overflowing with the kind of in-yerface attitude that marks out the best of Perc's productions. Together they form an EP which once again highlights him as one of the UK's most forward thinking techno practitioners.
a1. Perc - Toxic NRG
b1. Perc - Driller
b2. Perc - Pivot