In 2011 everyone lost their shit to Perc's debut album Wicker & Steel. After years of entertaining serious men in cold warehouses with kick drums hewn from rusted spite, Perc was thrust into the limelight. The Guardian loved him. The Quietus loved him. Had Zane Lowe possessed a heart in the dark cavity located behind his leathery bat lungs, he would have loved him. Perc was hot. Now he's back with his difficult second album, The Power & The Glory.
This isn't a lazy journalistic cliché; The Power & the Glory is a difficult second album, it's just that the difficulty is all yours. The first song is called 'Rotting Sound', and opens with a sample of Faith No More front man Mike Patton telling a nervy journalist that "You fall in love with this rotting sound that doesn't belong there." Then these vicious hits kick, and the primal screaming starts. It's not very much like Disclosure.
The album is ten tracks long. Quite a few of them are what you might call ambient, although their ambience is less Music for Airports and more Saw VIII: Jigsaw does Berghain. The tracks that aren't 'ambient' are trephining, violent techno; the offspring of flinty Sheffield rave, shattered hardcore rhythms and drum n' bass dynamics. There are guest vocals from Nik Colk Void of Factory Floor, and a guy from a band called Dethscalator who gibbers convincingly. The Power & The Glory is an intense, harsh listen, shot through with hidden lockets of sweet melody. Between its clatter and calm, it generates stark moments of genuine euphoria. Perc is still hot, whether he cares or not.
When I spoke to the producer, he was in a studio in Hammersmith mastering the remixes for the album. Tessela has completed one, but Perc's remaining tight lipped on who's doing the others till the album has been digested. We talked about the album. Here's what he said.
You can exclusively stream 'Bleeding Colours', taken from The Power & The Glory, below.