Artist → Factory Floor

Factory Floor will be releasing their highly anticipated debut album Factory Floor via DFA on 9 September 2013. It is a vivid snapshot of a progressive band, still in the ascendant, smashing through yet another ceiling.

It’s the first album-length statement from the band, who earned a powerful live and recorded reputation on the strength of the ‘Fall Back’ and ‘Two Different Ways’ for DFA — not to mention their early releases for Optimo Music and Blast First Petite.

Produced and recorded by the band themselves in their North London warehouse space on a vintage mixing desk originally used by Dave Stewart three decades ago to record all of the Eurythmics’ early hits, Factory Floor is a fully immersive trip through the bands repertoire. It opens with ‘Turn It Up’ their most minimal track to date. They are reduced to the core trio of elements: mass, velocity and momentum – mixed in astonishing detail by Timothy ‘Q’ Wiles, an LA based producer who has previously worked with VCMG and Afrika Bambaataa. It also features a pitched down voice demanding to know: “Where is a good place to start?” The listener should start with the immense volume that the title demands. Good speakers and even better headphones reveal a hidden world of deep listening behind the minimal frame of agitated percussion, dub echo and bass rumble, beneath the framework of the track.

‘Here Again’ is almost (but not quite) their pop song. Gabe calls it their “Ibiza track” and Nik claims she was channelling Michael Jackson when she wrote it. It’s hard to tell who has tongue planted firmer in cheek. What is does contain is cascading arpeggios, counterbalanced with synth melody lines, plaintive vocals almost demanding to pour from Fabric’s sound system.

Factory Floor also contains the definitive version of ‘Two Different Ways’, followed by the muscular and sleek ‘Fall Back’. ‘How You Say’ is the sound of New York’s dance underground rebooted for a near future inner city digital versus analogue battle; ‘Work Out’ is anything but, despite the desultory title, it is in fact sinister street sound electro; and album closer ‘Breathe In’ is funkified acid disco.

Factory Floor in its current, fully formed incarnation got together in late 2009 when guitarist/vocalist Nik Colk Void joined the dark-hearted, 21st Century rhythm section of drummer Gabe Gurnsey and synth player Dominic Butler.

Within months their astonishing gigs had earned them a rabidly devoted audience. Some of them were as much spiritual guides who heralded a new and singular talent arriving as they were fans. The trio figured that putting a demo in the post marked simply, “Stephen Morris: Macclesfield”, would be a good way to contact the Joy Division/New Order drummer. That it arrived at his house was surprising; his enthusiastic response to what he heard, less so.

“I listened to the tracks ‘Lying’ and ‘Wooden Box’ and thought they were brilliant… In the tracks I could hear something which reminded me of the spirit of New Order in the early days... They were raw, chaotic, fantastic and different - everything I've ever liked in a band.” Not long afterwards they worked with Chris Carter from Throbbing Gristle and he was so impressed with them that he ended up joining their ranks for a number of international festival shows in 2011.

In the two years after the trio formed they released a number of EPs and 12”s on labels such as Blast First Petite and Optimo while all the time their live sound was shifting away from an all-out noise assault into a much more spacious and confident exploration of techno, minimal, acid and post-industrial rhythms and textures.

Perhaps the most unlikely aspect of the band’s rise to notoriety has been their versatility. They produce a sound, that even their most ardent of fans describe as punishing, yet they seem equally at home playing raves, alternative festivals, art galleries, cinemas, nightclubs and rock shows; on top of that they’re as much at home collaborating with members of Throbbing Gristle and New Order (not to mention Richard H Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, Simon Fisher Turner and Peter Gordon) as they are with contemporary artists such as Haroon Mirza and Hannah Sawtell.

Label boss Jonathan Galkin explained his love for the trio after seeing them play live in NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory: “It had a presence to it that was the same feeling I had when i saw say MBV in 1991 or Black Dice in 2001. It was just... exhilaratingly full and loud and relentlessly rhythmic... sonically it came at you and attacked you.”

Factory Floor - How You Say (Bookworms Remixes)
Factory Floor - How You Say (Bookworms Remixes)

Factory Floor - How You Say (Bookworms Remixes)

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DFA is pleased to announce three 12" vinyl singles, consisting of remixes of "How You Say" from Factory Floor's self-titled debut LP.

This one (DFA2439) features two unique remixes by Bookworms (L.I.E.S. / Confused House), which marks his return to DFA following an anxious remix of The Night Patrols by Larry Gus in 2013. It reinforces the deep and dark acidic sounds he has become so well known for, taking this hypnotic single and tweaking it out for maximum impact. 

Includes a digital download of the entire remix EP, because why not. 

 

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Factory Floor - How You Say (Gunnar Haslam + Helena Hauff Remixes)
Factory Floor - How You Say (Gunnar Haslam + Helena Hauff Remixes)

Factory Floor - How You Say (Gunnar Haslam + Helena Hauff Remixes)

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DFA is pleased to announce three 12" vinyl singles, consisting of remixes of "How You Say" from Factory Floor's self-titled debut LP.

This one (DFA2438) features a remix by Gunnar Haslam, who released a striking debut album last year on L.I.E.S., as well as a lean percussive house 12” single on Chicago’s Argot Records. The flip consists of a remix from Helena Hauff, who released her debut 12” single on Werkdiscs last year and quickly followed it up a new single under the alias Black Sites.

Includes a digital download of the entire remix EP, because why not. 

 

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Factory Floor - How You Say (Daniel Avery + Invisible Conga People Remixes)
Factory Floor - How You Say (Daniel Avery + Invisible Conga People Remixes)

Factory Floor - How You Say (Daniel Avery + Invisible Conga People Remixes)

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DFA is pleased to announce three 12" vinyl singles, consisting of remixes of "How You Say" from Factory Floor's self-titled debut LP.

This one (DFA2432) consists of remixes from the acclaimed Daniel Avery (Phantasy) and DFA alumni Invisible Conga People, who recorded a 12" for DFA in 2011 and have not been heard from since (until now).

Includes a digital download of the entire remix EP, because why not. 

 

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Factory Floor - How You Say (EP 1) (Digital)
Factory Floor - How You Say (EP 1) (Digital)

Factory Floor - How You Say (EP 1) (Digital)

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‘How You Say’ is the new single from Factory Floor. This is the first of two EP’s and contains a wide and wonderful selection of remixes.

This first EP contains new versions from Gunnar Haslam (L.I.E.S.) & Daniel Avery (Phantasy), who both released striking debut albums last year., as well as a string of much-played 12” singles.

The EP also contains a remix from Invisible Conga People, which marks the return of this elusive act, who recorded a fan-fave 12” for DFA in 2011, and have not been heard from since.

  1. How You Say (Gunnar Haslam Remix)
  2. How You Say (Invisible Conga People Remix)
  3. How You Say Daniel Avery Remix)
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Factory Floor - How You Say (EP 2) (Digital)
Factory Floor - How You Say (EP 2) (Digital)

Factory Floor - How You Say (EP 2) (Digital)

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‘How You Say’ is the new single from Factory Floor. This is the second of two EPs and contains another fantastic set of new versions of the track, taken from their self-titled debut album. 

Up first is a brand new version of the track, reworked by the band’s own Gabe Gurnsey with new percussion and a new mix. It is followed by a remix by Bookworms (L.I.E.S. / Confused House), which marks his return to DFA following an anxious remix of The Night Patrols by Larry Gus in 2013. It reinforces the deep and dark acidic sounds he has become so well known for, taking this hypnotic single and tweaking it out for maximum impact. 

The package is completed with a faithful reinterpretation from Helena Hauff, who released her debut 12” single on Werkdiscs last year and quickly followed it up a new single under the alias Black Sites.

  1. How You Say (Redux)
  2. How You Say (Bookworms Remix)
  3. How You Say (Helena Hauff Remix)
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Factory Floor - Album Artwork Slipmat
Factory Floor - Album Artwork Slipmat
Factory Floor - Album Artwork Slipmat
Factory Floor - Album Artwork Slipmat

Factory Floor - Album Artwork Slipmat

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Single slipmats with the artwork from the US and UK editions of the Factory Floor LP.
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Factory Floor - Logo Badges
Factory Floor - Logo Badges

Factory Floor - Logo Badges

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1.5" enamel badge of the rather lovely Factory Floor logo. Black logo with a yellow background. Or pink or blue. Very Factory Records, if I may say so myself.

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Factory Floor - Digital Download
Factory Floor - Digital Download

Factory Floor - Factory Floor

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Yellow jacket + Black vinyl edition. 

At long last, Factory Floor presents their highly anticipated self-titled debut album. A vivid snapshot of a progressive band smashing through yet another ceiling, it’s the first full-length statement from the group that earned a powerful reputation on the strength of the “Fall Back” and “Two Different Ways” singles for DFA—not to mention early releases for Optimo Music and Blast First Petite. Leading up to the release of Factory Floor, the band will play select European festival dates this summer.  

Produced and recorded by the group in their North London warehouse space on a vintage mixing desk originally used by Dave Stewart three decades ago to record all the Eurythmics’ early hits, Factory Floor is a visceral trip through the band’s repertoire. The record opens with “Turn It Up,” their most minimal track to date, mixed in astonishing detail by Timothy “Q” Wiles (VCMG, Afrika Bambaataa). “Here Again” is almost (but not quite) their pop song, replete with cascading arpeggios counterbalanced by bubbly synth melody lines and plaintive vocals. 

Factory Floor also contains the definitive version of “Two Different Ways,” followed by the muscular and sleek “Fall Back.” “How You Say” finds the band channelling New York’s dance underground—think ESG and Delta Five. “Work Out” is anything but; despite the desultory title, it is in fact sinister street-sound electro. The album closes out with “Breathe In,” a funkified acid disco classic. 

Perhaps the most unlikely aspect of Factory Floor’s rise to notoriety is their versatility. Even their most ardent of fans describe their sound as punishing, yet they are equally at home playing raves, alternative festivals, art galleries, cinemas, nightclubs and rock shows; on top of that they’re as likely to collaborate with members of Throbbing Gristle and New Order (not to mention Richard H. Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, Simon Fisher Turner and Peter Gordon) as they are with contemporary artists such as Haroon Mirza and Hannah Sawtell.

Tracklisting:

  1. Turn It Up
  2. Here Again
  3. One
  4. Fall Back
  5. Two
  6. How You Say
  7. Two Different Ways
  8. Three
  9. Work Out
  10. Breathe In
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Factory Floor - Two Different Ways (Digital)
Factory Floor - Two Different Ways (Digital)

Factory Floor - Two Different Ways (Digital)

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Now back in print, the DFA Debut of Factory Floor. Features two distinctive versions of the tracks because we couldn't choose - both are killer. Includes an instant digital download.

Tracklisting:

  1. Two Different Ways
  2. Two Different Ways (Second Way)
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Factory Floor - Digital Download
Factory Floor - Digital Download

Factory Floor - Factory Floor (Digital)

$7.99

At long last, Factory Floor presents their highly anticipated self-titled debut album. A vivid snapshot of a progressive band smashing through yet another ceiling, it’s the first full-length statement from the group that earned a powerful reputation on the strength of the “Fall Back” and “Two Different Ways” singles for DFA—not to mention early releases for Optimo Music and Blast First Petite. Leading up to the release of Factory Floor, the band will play select European festival dates this summer.  

Produced and recorded by the group in their North London warehouse space on a vintage mixing desk originally used by Dave Stewart three decades ago to record all the Eurythmics’ early hits, Factory Floor is a visceral trip through the band’s repertoire. The record opens with “Turn It Up,” their most minimal track to date, mixed in astonishing detail by Timothy “Q” Wiles (VCMG, Afrika Bambaataa). “Here Again” is almost (but not quite) their pop song, replete with cascading arpeggios counterbalanced by bubbly synth melody lines and plaintive vocals. 

Factory Floor also contains the definitive version of “Two Different Ways,” followed by the muscular and sleek “Fall Back.” “How You Say” finds the band channelling New York’s dance underground—think ESG and Delta Five. “Work Out” is anything but; despite the desultory title, it is in fact sinister street-sound electro. The album closes out with “Breathe In,” a funkified acid disco classic. 

Perhaps the most unlikely aspect of Factory Floor’s rise to notoriety is their versatility. Even their most ardent of fans describe their sound as punishing, yet they are equally at home playing raves, alternative festivals, art galleries, cinemas, nightclubs and rock shows; on top of that they’re as likely to collaborate with members of Throbbing Gristle and New Order (not to mention Richard H. Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, Simon Fisher Turner and Peter Gordon) as they are with contemporary artists such as Haroon Mirza and Hannah Sawtell.

Tracklisting:

  1. Turn It Up
  2. Here Again
  3. One
  4. Fall Back
  5. Two
  6. How You Say
  7. Two Different Ways
  8. Three
  9. Work Out
  10. Breathe In
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Factory Floor - Two Different Ways Remixes (Digital)
Factory Floor - Two Different Ways Remixes (Digital)

Factory Floor - Two Different Ways Remixes (Digital)

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This super limited CD is in a custom spray-painted PVC case, and includes all 6 versions of Two Different Ways.

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Two Different Ways
  2. Two Different Ways (Second Way)
  3. Two Different Ways (Richard H. Kirk Remix)
  4. Two Different Ways (Perc Remix)
  5. Two Different Ways (Perc Dub)
  6. Two Different Ways (Perc Noisy Remix)
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Hyetal - Northwest Passage (Factory Floor Remix)
Hyetal - Northwest Passage (Factory Floor Remix)

Hyetal - Northwest Passage (Factory Floor Remix)

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A rad new 12" from office favorite Hyetal, featuring an absolutely killer remix from Factory Floor's Gabe Gurnsey on the b-side. Packaged in a rad plastic sleeve with printed insert, a severely limited edition.

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Factory Floor - Turn It Up (Remixes) (Digital)
Factory Floor - Turn It Up (Remixes) (Digital)

Factory Floor - Turn It Up (Remixes) (Digital)

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We are really stoked to release another remix by Detroit techno legend Carl Craig. The consensus around the office is that the c2 remix sounds "tough" and we couldn't be any more pleased with it. It is supported by a remix by hyperdub superstar Laurel Halo that adds clanging percussion and wild bass frequencies.

Track Listing:

  1. Turn It Up (c2 Remix)
  2. Turn It Up (Laurel Halo Remix)
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