Hospital Recordings compiles and releases the greatest of JK Flesh, aka Justin Broadrick, from his two earlier releases Suicide Estate and Antibiotic Armageddon – the result is as dark, tortured, and all-consuming as you’d expect from this guy, who has become over the course of his 30-year-plus music career one of the unsung gems of British music.

A long and revered history in the punk scene, including a high-profile hook-up with Kevin Martin as GOD in the early ’90s and a brief stint in grindcore band Napalm Death as a teenager. In short, his credentials are tip-top, and goes some way to explaining why and how this is such an excellent record. The apex of Industrial techno-related music can grow a bit tiresome, but this package is unique, not least for its sheer quality but even more for its boundary-pushing aesthetic.

Using the names of council estates in and around his birthplace of Birmingham, the Suicide Estate portions of this release quake with the brutalism of their namesakes, tribalist rhythms and doom-laden synth pathos combining to form this monolithic beast. This brutalism doesn’t sacrifice an inimitable sense of groove, and some tempo-shifts to slower movements are a welcome break for the dread-march that bulks out the package.

If you’re fans of Birmingham techno; Surgeon, Regis, British Murder Boys, Kareem etc. – and you have an incline for the heavier side of dub/soundsystem structures, then this is the record for you.

1. BAYLEY TOWER (NEW MIX) 06:16
2. TAMIFLU 06:41
3. STONEYCROFT TOWER 06:56
4. HOLBROOK TOWER 06:10
5. SQUALENE (NEW MIX) 06:15
6. ETHYLENE GLYCOL 06:02
7. BROMFORD BRIDGE ESTATE 06:06
8. THIMEROSAL 07:03

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