Phys­i­cal 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Fu­ture-retro club jams from London drum­mer/pro­ducer LOUIS pATTISON

Gabe Gurnsey has been best known to date for his role in Fac­tory Floor, a London group whose in­tense fu­sions of acid techno, in­dus­trial dance and post-punk earned them a place on DFA Records. Phys­i­cal shares a few traits with Gurnsey’s par­ent band – elec­tro funk­i­ness, a cer­tain hy­drochlo­ric in­ten­sity – but its breadth is pleas­ing, aim­ing for some­thing more hooky than Fac­tory Floor’s typ­i­cal brief. “You Can” and “New Kind” feel like an up­date on the sort of stiff-backed, louche disco that ruled in New York’s Mudd Club circa 1981, while “Sweet Heat” re­cruits Arthur Rus­sell col­lab­o­ra­tor Peter Gor­don for some trans­portive gusts of sax­o­phone.

Gabe Gurnsey

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