Perc The Power & The Glory

Perc The Power & The Glory
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Perc sometimes gets lumped into the exhilarating maximalism of the UK's re-emerging techno scene. At first glance the cheese grater high end and pummeling rhythms of his better-known releases fit the bill (as do his exhausting DJ sets) but The Power & The Glory displays a maturity beyond these easy characterizations.

Despite the aggro song titles and explosive imagery on the cover, the album is a surprisingly restrained affair, at least at first. Later tracks like "Take Your Body Off" and "Dumpster" are hard-as-nails club tracks in the style that we've come to expect, but Perc clearly understands that in the context of an LP, they need to find their place in the narrative.

Shrewdly, Perc spend the first 20 minutes setting the scene and slowly relinquishing control with four trundling rhythmic numbers. By the time listeners are unceremoniously dumped into the deep machine-gun techno of "David & George," it feels like timely release as opposed to tiresome repetition. (Perc Trax)