Light Bringer documents with pristine detail and gravity the live collaborations between these two legends of early industrial techno and rhythmic noise. Consisting of one record each from Berlin’s Atonal Festival and the infamous Katharsis events in the Netherlands, these eight tracks show a peculiar flow and visceral funk rarely seen from live exchanges. Expert mastering by Joshua Eustis ascends these eight blinding cuts far away from any earthly grounding and shows the rest of us how live electronics are done. - Hospital Productions
By all accounts the shows were heavy AF, but in case you weren’t there, the evidence is now captured on vinyl for posterity. With each disc corresponding to a particular show, the results collectively speak to the calloused touch and nerve-pushing tactility which Justin Broadrick aka JK Flesh, and Christine Sealey & Rich Oddie aka Orphx, bring to their machines. Whether meting out industrial muck, or drilling the crowd with stentorian rhythms, there’s a phosphorous burn to everything they touch that manifests their intent in a rare and unique way as the result of decades of experience between them. The first disc renders the experience of Berlin Atonal 2016 direct to your living room or kink dungeon. Rising up with 12 minutes of demonic sludge and budge in ‘Demagogue’, it sinks into head-smudging drown torpor with ‘Light Bringer’, and ends up in the body-swilling technoid churn of ‘Liberator’. Their show at Katharsis (Amsterdam) in 2017 follows aggressively, getting into gear like a possessed, blunted BMB with ‘Shapeshifter’, then building up a ripping acidic lead in ‘Mutagen’ and yoking the high-velocity trample of ‘Chaos Trigger’ and the seething ‘Leviathan’ on the flip. - Boomkat
Put simply, Light Bringer is a definitive work of industrial techno. It’s just as fitting, having been made by two pioneering giants of the genre. The mammoth double LP documents the tempestuous live shows of Canadian duo Orphx (Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey) and UK producer JK Flesh (Justin Broadrick, formerly of Techno-Animal). Each disc is dedicated to a different occasion of elemental collaboration — one for Berlin’s Atonal Festival, the other for Amsterdam’s Katharsis gathering — lending a hapless audience a vicious reminder of just how live power electronics should sound. - Bleep
released June 14, 2019
All tracks performed live by Justin Broadrick, Rich Oddie, and Christina Sealey.
Tracks 1 to 4 recorded August 26, 2016 at Atonal (Berlin).
Tracks 5 to 8 recorded August 5, 2017 at Katharsis (Amsterdam).
Edited and mixed by Rich Oddie. Mastered by Joshua Eustis.
Cover image by Janneke Tol.
Thanks to: Hospital Productions, Berlin Atonal, and Katharsis / Reaktor Events.