Real Name:
Karl O'Connor & David Sumner
Portion Reform - Hard Education album art Various Untitled Various - Hard Education (Comp) Downwards UK 1997 Sell This Version


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September 20, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Portion Reform are responsible for some of the most 'left of centre' releases on the four to the floor Downwards imprint.
Their EPs explore rhythmically intricate realms, but they still retain that 'machine' aesthetic which is paramount to the Downwards 'sound'.
Their first EP on Downwards 'Accidents In The Workplace' is a solid metallic affair that wouldn't sound out of place in a Robert Hood DJ set. Minimal, subtle rhythmical changes and very dancefloor friendly.
Their two follow up EPs 'HAAS' and 'Imbecile' meanwhile, differ from their debut in that they investigate a more textural approach to rhythms. Off kilter, off beat & almost off the wall, the tracks on these EPs always leave me struggling in the mix. They almost verge on the abstract, but somehow retain a coherent dancefloor appeal that is synonymous with Downwards and its cohorts.
I've yet to purchase their LP, but I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on it.

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