Talker (2) ‎– Cut The Weight

Downwards ‎– DN 060
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition

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A Cut The Weight (Extended Version)
Remix [Restructured By] – Karl O'Connor
B1 Carrier
B2 Black Snake

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Comes shrink-wrapped with a postcard attached to front cover.
Limited to 400 copies.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched): DN 60 A¹ MATT @ ALCHEMY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched): DN 60 B¹

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DN 60, DN60 Talker (2) Cut The Weight(3xFile, WAV) Downwards, Downwards DN 60, DN60 UK 2014



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November 22, 2014
The first release for Downwards Records in 2014 was from Talker, a Chicago duo comprising Jonathan Krohn and Karl Meier (of Sandwell District fame, if only for a brief moment...), who first appeared on last year’s label compilation, "Halha". For their freshman release, they opt for a three track 12″ – a brooding soup of gritty distorted techno and industrial ambience.

Things get rolling with an extended take on Cut The Weight, from last year's 20th anniversary label compilation, featuring "restructuring" from Downwards boss Karl O'Connor. The Regis' take on the original spans the entire surface of side A, being an industrial-strength slow jam sculpted around a sombre, pulsing kickdrum that reminds of Samuel Kerridge's crawling yet unyielding drum patterns or even a toughened up Jochem Paap production - think around the "A Shocking Hobby" era. Devastating drums right here. Even when the percussion starts to build it still offers no relief, it's just one of those faultlessly programmed excursions into the domain of industrial techno, that builds tension from front to back. Technically, it might move at a snail's pace, but it easily makes the vast majority of faster material come across as shabby. Basically, this restructuring takes the form of a more techno friendly outing, and one that would serve as a perfect set opener, but only if you'd keep on dropping face melting tunes for the remainder of your gig...

Carrier opens the B side, and is more bombastic and corrosive, with a stupefying, locked drum loop getting rained upon by overwhelming bass pressure, delay and enough industrial filth to paint the White House grey. Stubborn, stupendous and studded with the kind of rawness that fans of Russell Haswell, Kerridge, Monica Hits The Ground, Orphx and some harsher Blackest Ever Black material ought to adore.

The EP closes with Black Snake, a sepulchrally beautiful dark ambient piece, sounding like an echo of a melancholic ballad about a long lost love, but buried beneath layers of fuzz and distortion, after being dug out from a cardboard box full of forgotten DAT tapes during the last attic claen-up. This sort of gloomy, industrial ambience suits me like a pair of fancy leather gloves. It's not too grating on the ears, so it easily falls in the 'ambient' bin, and it never gets too trigger happy on the intensity button, so while it retains an edgy, visceral feel to it, it still has enough of that downtempo vibe to make you nonchalantly nod your head along as it ticks away...
Great, great little gem we have. If you've enjoyed some of the recent Horizontal Ground releases, or any of the material I listed above, and maybe even the latest In Aeternam Vale 12" on Jealous God, you might want to invest your pennies in "Cut The Weight". For Downwards enthusiasts, this is a safe purchase! This three tracker is the embodiment of gritty industrial and brooding ambience.