Release Date: Jan 22, 2016
Record label: Tectonic
Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Garage, Experimental Techno, Garage Rap/Grime, Dubstep
Mysterious Mancunian producer Acre made his full-length debut in late 2015 on Pinch's always forward-thinking Tectonic label. The tracks on this album, titled Better Strangers, feature jagged beats and distorted, sometimes smothering bass tones, and while it gets a bit obtuse, it doesn't overlook the dancefloor. As fractured and broken as some of the rhythms seem, they do keep to a steady pace and never fall apart completely, or erupt into violent fits of rage the way producers like Rabit or Visionist do.
Since 2013, Project 13 resident Acre has steadily pumped out the sort of grime/techno hybrids that are prone to destroying dance floors. The labels he's worked with lend a certain pedigree as well, including Visionist's Lost Codes, cult favourite Wisdom Teeth and Pinch's Cold Recordings. So it's fitting that Better Strangers, Acre's first album, found its home on Tectonic.