Since the mid 90’s, ex-Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris has been churning out industrial strength techno, leaning toward the Birmingham style. His latest outing as Monrella arrives on Justin K Broadrick’s Avalanche Recordings, and is a split release with the label owner himself, under his JK Flesh alias.
Described as “an exemplary case of the mid nineties precision minimal UK sound”, Monrella’s stripped back production style is heavily evocative of the music from that era – think Downwards Records; Regis, Female and Surgeon.
On ‘Big Game’, Monrella crafts a functional techno tool very much in line with Jeff Mills’ stargazing on EPs like ‘Kat Moda‘ and ‘Steampit‘. And that’s certainly not a bad thing. Perpetually in fifth gear, ‘Big Game‘ leans into that locked groove style, and doesn’t let you free until the very end.
‘See Red’ EP is scheduled for release 18 January via Avalanche Recordings. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
1. Monrella – Big Game
2. JK Flesh – Poundland
3. Monrella – Abrasion Resistant
4. JK Flesh – Basic Human Denial