PURE Guest.048 Async Figure
Robotic canine hymns to pull your strings.
Async Figure is the ultimate alliance of UK based visionary artists Suda and MM. The culmination of their 15-year artistic collaboration, maintaining a secretive and low-profile presence. In 2018, they made their debut at the Unsound Festival in Krakow in 2018, this set was recorded and shared on the Unsound Podcast, delivering a live show characterized by high-speed sonic excursions and industrial metal sounds, weaving together moments of serenity and ecstatic dynamism. Their transcendent performance was described as a "deeply immersive" experience, marking the emergence of a new futuristic aesthetic. Later, they were discovered by critically acclaimed experimental electronic artist Tzusing, the founder of the label Sea Cucumber, who was greatly impressed upon hearing their work, and they have been collaborating ever since.
They are renowned for co-founding the cutting-edge UK electronic music label, Her Records, over a decade ago. In the 2010s, they couldn't stand the cookie-cutter mainstream Techno and House music of the time, so they decided to do it their own way. In what was known as the "deconstructed club" music era, it was virtually impossible to set foot on a dancefloor at any underground club night in the major cities of UK, Europe, US and Asia without hearing a Her Records release, firmly establishing themselves in the history of UK electronic music and directly contributing to the birth of the Hard Drum genre.
As a distinctive subgenre of UK electronic music, Hard Drum is characterized by its high-impact percussion, asynchronous rhythms, and the absence of traditional melodies, with a strong aversion to 4/4 time signatures. Influenced by Latin American rhythms, UK funky, and Tribal House, its beats are body-pumping, making you want to move your hips. It's widely recognized that the Bristol-based artist NKC played a significant role in popularizing the genre. However, he once mentioned that the true foundation of this style was MM's self-titled work, the "MM EP," released in 2015.
Her Records made waves in South London with their high-speed, scorching dance music experiments, even attracting the attention of renowned artist Björk. For them, that fearless and adventurous spirit was, in fact, a vehement resistance to the corrupt party culture of their time. When the label quietly came to an end in 2017, the two main figures embarked on a completely new creative approach. They abandoned their previous heavy percussion style and established branding, opting instead for a foundation of thousands of audio sketches and melodic fragments. They continuously executed remixing and re-editing, creating a self-generating, metabolizing, and regurgitating system of creative production – a departure from traditional human-directed thinking. Async Figure's music is more like a self-replicating independent life form.
While Async Figure's music is filled with fragments of UK dance music elements, it's challenging to encapsulate it within established templates or genres. Their latest work, "It's Pulling My Strings," feels like a spiritual cleansing, with sharp, pounding melodies gradually encroaching on your ears. This nearly 20-minute sonic rampage shatters the boundaries of everyday perception, conveying an abstract narrative of irrational experience. The album cover features a mechanical dog surrounded by toy soldiers, pondering the mysteries of human destiny under the backdrop of highly developed technology.
PURE G Intro
Akira Yamaoka – Rain of Brass Petals (Three Voices Edit)
Tzusing feat. Suda – Clout Tunnel (Edit)
NKC & MM / N.E.R.D. – Beamstar (Opherings Edit)
NKC – Strak
Suda / Portishead – The Portal Link
NKC & MM – Grindhouse
Async Figure – The Way
Async Figure / DJ RD DA NH – Quero Async
Suda / Tera Octe – Deaf God
Async Figure / Jahlil Beats – Jahlil Settings
Async Figure – Disciple
Raphia – Nesk
500 / Uninamise – Crisis Victim #730
Suda – The Clamps
MM – Haake Club Tool (Tokyo Jetz version)
Omagoqa – Gida
Tzusing – Gait
MC FABINHO DA OSK & MC IGOR ZN – EU TO TRAFICANDO E COMENDO AS PUTAS ( DJ PH MPC )
rensgo – FLAUTINHA MAGICA BOTANDO AS ELFINHA PRA SENTAR 2
GG12 – PYRAMIDS_FUNK
Moa Pillar – Vaxa
DJ Baba – INICIO
Async Figure – Executrix Tool
Tzusing – Muscular Theology
NKC – Shadowboxing (Bonus Beats)
MM – Argentum Tool
Async Figure – Bad Gateway
Sandy's Trace – Beholden
Massive Gain – Expensive Taste
Async Figure – Rover (Devil Mix)
Async Figure – Dionysus Drums
Pukepuke Te Pate – Te Vaka (Edit)
Sueuga – Revelación Diecisiete
Ninos Du Brasil – Chamas E Fumaça (Edit)
Async Figure – Spectral Deadline (MC BOKHINA & POLYVOX Version)
Hajj – I Know What U Fear
Suda / Nindja – Frost & Emotion (Una Mattina)
Async Figure – 88 Rumour
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