Savage Grounds let it rip in Zurich

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The Lux Rec duo’s improvised live set was recorded during a label showcase.

Eagle eyed readers of Juno Plus who follow Lux Rec with equal fervour may well be waiting impatiently for the new release from Savage Grounds to land. Back in September we reported that the second single from label boss Daniele Cosmo and C.C.O. was due out on December 14, but no doubt pressing plant woes have pushed the release date back slightly. Fear not as Unpleasant Music For Unpleasant People is scheduled to be available to order imminently, following up on the pair’s Over Fences single that came out last year. Lux Rec has enjoyed a modest but meaningful year, launching the MRT sublabel and releasing singles from Frak and Momentform as well as the double-vinyl compilation The Dying Lights.

In the live arena, the Swiss label has been striking up intermittent sessions at Kauz in Zurich that have featured the likes of Aurora Halal in the past. The most recent event took place on December 11 and saw Mick Wills DJ accompanied by a live set from Savage Grounds. As the preamble on the Lux Rec website explains, the plan for Cosmo and C.C.O’s performance was based around “one Roland 808 and a modular synthesizer, totally live and improvised on stage.” It would seem that the venture worked very well indeed, as the resulting recording below demonstrates. Just hit play to enjoy an hour of red-blooded machine techno that exists very much in the Lux Rec aesthetic.