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Blanck Mass review – intense voyage into inner space | Musique Non Stop

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Blanck Mass review – intense voyage into inner space

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Benjamin John Power takes the crowd with him on a fantastic instrumental journey that thrums with a ceaseless cyborg pulse

As one half of Fuck Buttons, Benjamin John Power has helped bring clattering electronica to the mainstream. The memorably named duo were the unexpected aural highlight of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony megamix and a year later grazed the Top 40 with their third album Slow Focus. In his solo guise of Blanck Mass, Power assembles similarly dense and sculpted soundscapes, although his 2011 debut album consisted of atmospheric, mostly unmoored expeditions into cosmic ambience rather than sure-footed bangers.

For this year’s follow-up, Dumb Flesh, the beats have landed like shock troops: kinetic, turbulent, often thrillingly aggressive. This intense, hour-long set thrums with a ceaseless cyborg pulse, anchoring the blitzkrieg of urgent, klaxon-like synth modulations and forcefully percussive loops.

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by Graeme Virtue via Electronic music | The Guardian