The location isn’t crucial, as plenty of us are familiar with those long commutes alone, through silent rows of skyscrapers, or along train tracks, past abandoned neighborhoods of silos, warehouses and conspicuous piles of pebbles.
We’re entering the age after industry, where smoke and fire, blood and steel are replaced by silicon and plasma, wireless and nano. As technology seeps into our art as well, South London Ordnance reminds us of rules set in recent decades.
His first release on Scuba‘s Hotflush Records, “Revolver/Transmission Funk” (HFT028) echoes the brooding, android experimentation of techno pioneers Kraftwerk and Juan Atkins (who SLO recently interviewed) while adding the bass grumbles and house pulse of 2013. The revived and retuned sound sprouts from the minds of a number of young Englishmen, with the noteworthy Happa calling SLO an influence.
Ordnance makes house with techno ingredients. He strips the vocal and adds the machine, yet some part of my brain still identifies with his rhythms. It must be the hybrid tone of this single that’s making me wonder if the balance between brain and software is near.