So on Sunday night I was up in Rise records, which is one of Bristols last great independent record shops, providing a near vital hub for the alternative and independent scene in Bristol. Every now and again they will have an evening in-store gig and on Sunday they managed to get a band that topped the stores album of the year poll, that being Factory Floor.
It’s taken quite a while for Factory Floor to finally release their full debut album, this is probably because the band work at an un rushed yet completely considered pace. Each and every element of the sound is carefully thought over and given time and space to breath. What Factory Floor have developed in their existence is the organic sound of dance music that a lot of Djs and producers have seemingly forgot about, working nearly entirely with analogue equipment.
For me Factory Floor are one of the most exciting bands that can be labeled under the term of dance music, because of their pure authenticity of diging back to the sounds that the likes of Can and The Silver Apples first invented before moving onto house music.
For a few years I have been watching this band really transform and effectively take shape fine honing their musical references, they have always been a band that have impressed me live, but watching them in the middle of a shop floor was a bit special because I could stand behind the or as close to standing as I come and seeing the thought process of the band as they carefully manipulated the sound and their ability to mix things up. Crunching live drums, huge patched up analogue synths that are just droning into the soul. Like how real house music used to be with slow and repetitive grooves that just eat away causing movements in shape and sound.
What the trio have done is something that is at its core very refreshing in asking what is dance music?.