Indeed, throughout Arktika's eight tracks it is as if a colossal stylus has descended to earth and landed in BirminghamTHE QUIETUS
A techno odyssey of a desolate and rare beauty from two masters.DECODER MAG
The original concept for COUNCIL ESTATE ELECTRONICS was for Justin K Broadrick and Diarmuid Dalton, via analog synths and electronics, to pay tribute to the synthesizer music they were influenced by in their youth : Tangerine Dream, Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk, Cluster, etc. Set to the imagery and geography of the council estate in Birmingham in which they were both raised; Shard End and the surrounding areas. Once the duo set to work on the music they found other influences seeping in - seventies dub like King Tubby, Scientist, etc and early dub techno founders Basic Channel, Maurizio, Chain Reaction label, etc, thus expanding the sound palette and the geographical environment that was to be the theme for the project. The Arktika, launched in St Petersberg, is the first of a new class of ships known as Type LK-60YA, ordered by Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom (eventually there will be three vessels). Its task will be to smash a path through the ice of the Northern Sea Route. Raw power counts for a lot in icebreaking, and by bringing 80,000 hp (60 megawatts) to bear, Arktika will be able to break through floating ice almost ten feet thick. The icebreaker will lead convoys along a route that otherwise would be impassable.
1. Urals (10:49)
2. 567 foot 33,500 ton (06:28)
3. Type LK-60YA (06:06)
4. Rosatom (05:11)
4. 50 Let Pobody (07:00)
6. Polar Star (06:10)
7. Liquified natural gas (08:57)
8. 60 megawatts (08:39)
Label: Glacial Movements
Artist: Council Estate Electronics
Release date : 31th October 2016
Format: CD 6 panels digipack ltd edition + digital
Produced by Justin K Broadrick, Recorded at Avalanche and Djouce
Justin K Broadrick: Electronics, Diarmuid Dalton: Electronics
Justin K Broadrick is published by Mute Song Ltd.
Sleeve by Rutger Zuydervelt
A Glacial Movements Records Release, October 2016.
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