Entries tagged with: JK Flesh

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by Klaus Kinski

JKB w/ Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 2014 (photo by Klaus)
Godflesh at Irving Plaza

Prolific jack-of-all-loud-trades noisemaker Justin K. Broadrick has unleashed yet another EP onto the world, this time under his moniker JK Flesh. His latest release, the ironically titled Nothing Is Free (ironic because it's pay as you wish) is a fantastic follow up to JK Flesh's 2012 release "Posthuman" and a perfect continuation to the nightmareish aural adventure that is JK Flesh.

For the sadly uninitiated, "prolific" is sort of an understatement when you consider how much Broadrick has done since getting involved in music in 1982 at the tender age of 13. Acts associated with Broadrick include Napalm Death (of which he was an original member in 1985), the mighty Godflesh, Jesu, Fall of Because, Final, GOD, Pale Sketcher, Techno Animal, Greymachine, Council Estate Electronics, Scorn, Valley of Fear, Head of David, Blood of Heroes and, believe it or not, MORE. I mean, check out this dude's discography. And his remixes of other artists are the stuff of legend.

The JK Flesh branch of the Justin K. Broadrick family tree is a truly solo endeavor and takes listeners into "the realm of heavy/brutal electronica - informed by dub, power electronics and the extreme excesses of electronic music driven by beats and bass. Justin initially used this pseudonym in Techno-Animal with co-conspirator Kevin Martin (The Bug / King Midas Sound, etc)." I could not have summed up JK Flesh any better than that. The music, though cohesive and rhythmic, often shatters our ears with aggressive ambience and shrill, distorted, explosive chainsaw grinds of rhythm. His latest effort is wall to wall sonic brilliance, though a particular highlight for me is the track "They Own You" which is simultaneously scary, brutal, and beautiful. Stream "Nothing is Free" in its entirety below.

In other Justin K. Broadrick news, his legendary industrial metal project Godflesh is about to embark on their highly anticipated fall 2015 tour. The tour kicks off in Atlanta on September 11 and will lay waste to Brooklyn's Warsaw on September 15 (tickets). Bring earplugs and a diaper.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Justin Broadrick of Godflesh @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

The final effort by the great Godflesh has been given the VIP treatment, and will see the light of day in the start of the new year. 2001 Hymns will be reissued and remastered via The End Records on February 19, featuring a second disc of demo material. (Pre-order yours.)Stream the remastered demo for "Paralyzed" below for the first time below.

In semi-related news, Godflesh recently toured the far east with Deafheaven, and that band will welcome their new LP, Sunbather, via Deathwish in Spring 2013.

Justin Broadrick's other project, JK Flesh, is featured on the final Hydra Head release.

Full tracklist for the Godflesh reissue and the stream of the demo are below.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

JK Flesh/Prurient art
JK Flesh / Prurient split

Between his remix contributions, work as Jesu and other psuedonyms, and overall pioneering work ethic, it seems somewhat appropriate (but sad) to watch the influential labelHydra Head Records sail off into the sunset with a final release from an artist of Justin Broadrick's influence.

But enough with the tears. The new split, titled Worship is the Cleansing of Imagination, features Broadrick as JK Flesh along with the great noise technician Prurient on the flip, each contributing three songs. (The artwork, with a lightswitch in the "off" position is also perhaps a nod to the label's final bow.) Prurient's noisy, instrumental contributions stray from his aggressive darkwave-y LP, Bermuda Drain, which hit the label last year; while JK Flesh's three tracks come off like a glitch-y cross between Godflesh, drum 'n' bass, John Carpenter soundtracks and some of El-P's noisier productions. Stream tracks from the split below including JK Flesh's "Fear of Fear" which makes its debut here. Preorder yours at Hydra Head before the 12/11/12 release. Long live Hydra Head.

In other Justin Broadrick news, Jesu recently dropped the vinyl version of the 2010 Christmas EP via Robotic Empire, as well as his now sold-out contribution to the Matador Singles Club, "Duchess" b/w "Veiled".

Stream that Christmas EP and songs from the new JK Flesh/Prurient split below.

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