PORTION CONTROL: Pure Form CD Other Sounds / Cherry Red
It’s practically criminal that Portion Control often fail to get the recognition they so obviously deserve; responsible for being highly influential with regards to acts such as Skinny Puppy, right through to Nine Inch Nails is hardly a mistake.
Since their 2004 comeback we have been treated to some fantastic releases in their second career; ‘Pure Form’ is surely one of the best releases this duo have also let loose on the scene, period.
‘Blows’ opens the proceedings, with Dean snarling in fine form over swirling, pulsating electronics that seamlessly drift into ‘Deadstar’, a combination of early 80’s vocal sensibilities crossed with old school EBM hypnotic beats and synth patterns that have been given the necessary 2012 tweak with regards to production; gripping stuff.
Thematically speaking, there are elements on ‘Pure Form’ that revert backwards in some respects; there are ever so telling reminders scattered throughout the release that hark back to the era of ‘Raise the Pulse’ and such like, but executed with far more conviction and urgency. Simply put, Portion Control are far more relevant than they have ever been; you could completely disregard their past and what Whybrew and Pavianni have accomplished in the past eight years alone would demolish the majority of releases coming out of similar circles from new artists out there and this album nearly tops the lot.
For those that ludicrously have not heard of Portion Control, or acknowledge their existence but haven’t heard them for some ridiculous reason, you need to pick this up now; by the time the chants of “victorious” erupt on ‘Katsu’, you will wonder which hole you have been hiding in your whole miserable life.