Prepare to have your brain fried! Enjoy the jolt of electroshock therapy without having to step foot in a psych ward!
Jack Fell Down—originally a production and DJ duo based out of Sheffield that now splits its time between there and London—has been around for a minute. James Vickers and Tony Craig (no Jack—sorry) released an excellent, albeit especially druggy, EP, on Home Taping Is Killing Music, back in 2012, which they followed with offerings for Manucci's Mistress, Dabit, and, most recently, Quintessentials. Finally, they've found their way to the other side of the Atlantic for their best record yet.
Epiphany starts off by clubbing you over the head. The titular track is unrelenting techno driven by chunky chords and frenetic hats. “Blackmail” is more high-octane nastiness, though it does feel a bit looser and less aggressive than its companion.
Matrixxman's version of “Overrated” (the original appears as a digital-only exclusive) is no less driven and energized, but the paranoia that fuels it is of a more austere variety. It's all looped, repeated madness, stacked in an orderly yet terrifying fashion. The 12” ends with “Space Junk,” a rather melodious and strangely uplifting track, though one no less capable of blowing the roof off any club than its associates found on this slab of wax.
This record is JFD's perfect hand. It's equal parts party-starting mayhem, thoughtful throwback revelry, and classical reverence. That's the epiphany.
Published: 27th November 2014