FACTORY FLOOR (UK)
Over the past two years, Factory Floor have emerged as the most potent and original live force in contemporary British music. Based in their own studio in a former sweat shop in North London, the trio of Gabe Gurnsey, Dominic Butler and Nik Void construct a new form that builds on the pioneering rhythms and sonic textures of early industrial groups, the heavier end of techno, and contemporary electronica.
Just as they were becoming infamous as a group who delivered pulverising noise in an all-engulfing assault, Factory Floor evolved yet again. Despite an increasing lightness of approach, their music has lost none of the relentless energy and focussed aggression.
âUntitledâ, their first release on Blast First, was voted one of NMEâs best albums of 2010, and a subsequent 12â series saw remixes from New Orderâs Steven Morris and Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle. This was then followed by the Optimo release, âR E A L L O V Eâ, and further remixes from Liarsâ Angus Andrew and No Ageâs Dean Allen Spunt.
The next 12â release, âTwo Different Waysâ on DFA, was named Best New Track by Pitchfork and has since been remixed by Richard H Kirk and Perc (12â out in August 2012).
As Factory Floor move ever onwards in practice and methods as much as sound, they continue to compliment traditional single and album releases with one-off performances, films (fff), art installations and collaborations.
The first of these came when Chris Carter joined Factory Floor for their performances at Barcelonaâs Primavera Sound Festival and the London Roundhouse, and the live set has progressed to include the Factory Floor Electronic set, which debuted at the ICA in London and will shortly appear at the Berghain in Berlin.
They have remixed the likes of Grinderman (producing their own Factory Floor Film to accompany the release), Swing (Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbertâs project) and Forward Strategy Group and, as Artists In Residence at the ICA, a series of future live collaborations are planned, with Peter Gordon (Love Of Life Orchestra) confirmed for Autumn 2012.
Factory Floor are currently in the studio working on an album planned for release in early 2013, and will perform at festivals throughout Summer, including Fujirock and Bestival amongst others.
Formed around three, an indestructible triangle, Factory Floor’s human machine is the very sound of progress.