Portion Reform ‎– The Supreme Negative

Downwards ‎– DNCD6
CD, Album


1 Closing In 4:07
2 Suffocate 4:00
3 Shrine 4:55
4 Burn 4:13
5 Position 3:12
6 Warning 4:04
7 Front 4:31
8 Screaming The Truth 5:36
9 Under Duress 4:04
10 Resident 4:54
11 Drill 5:04
12 Shift Worker 6:00
13 Reduction 3:41

Companies, etc.


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 037140 000701
  • Barcode (String): 5037140000701
  • Matrix / Runout: SNA DN CD6 11109810 SNA LBR 01
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1A08
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L600

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LINO.20 Portion Reform The Supreme Negative(2x12", Album, Cle) Downwards LINO.20 UK 1998 Sell This Version
LINO20 Portion Reform Supreme Negative(2x12", Album, Promo) Downwards LINO20 UK 1998 Sell This Version
DNLP06 Portion Reform Untitled(2xLP, TP) Downwards DNLP06 UK 1998 Sell This Version
DNLP06 Portion Reform Untitled(2xLP, Promo) Downwards DNLP06 UK 1998 Sell This Version



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December 18, 2008

Portion Reform is an amazing collaboration between one of Britain's all time greats, Karl O'Connor AKA Regis and David Sumner, who has (finally) succeeded in getting some proper attention, mainly due to a string of amazing 12"-ers recorded under his Function alias and released on the thus far remarkable Sandwell District imprint.
Anyways, up until now, they've recorded only one album, and what a gem it is! Slightly less inclined on tearing dance floors apart, despite the fact it can mightily obey such an order, "The supreme negative" has a more edgy, and well, challenging feel to it. Sure it's still the grey, hard and dusty Birmingham style I adore, but the overall feel is that the 4x4 aestehtic has been moderately altered, in favor of some (still hard as they come, mind you) slower tracks, where creating a unique opressive and macabre atmosphere prevails over running the party crowd over with a pseudo acoustic mechanical cannon ball.
Furthermore, the cover art is everything but eye candy, but fans of dry, mono techno who know what to expect when confronted with such an opaque clash of colors will probably fetch two copies just by looking at it. Definitely a release more than worth having for fans of Downwards. Maybe not the label's greatest achievement (IMHO that spot is reserved for "Penetration" by Regis), but most certainly the most daring, serious and experimental piece of work they've ever released.
Not for everybody's pair of ears, but those willing to cope won't mind their ear drums bleed ;-)