In 2014 his debut 12” ‘Just Getting Started’ arrived via Peverelist’s Livity Sound, and an impressive run of EPs across Hessle Audio, Timedance and Idle Hands followed, showcasing unravelling, introspective ambient to stuttering techno that collapses into cataclysmic breakdowns.
On Hessle Audio, ‘Sonder Somatic’ is Bruce’s first album. The title refers to the clash between mind and body on the dancefloor, and a DJ’s role in helping clubbers lose themselves. “A club is a room full of people that all have their own stories,” he says. “It’s a DJ’s job to try and unify those distractions and create moments that bring everyone together.” The record is tailor-made for the floor. The shift in focus from a 4/4 beat to triplets in the 160 BPM ‘Torn’ is inspired by Objekt’s use of triplets to mix disparate tempos together. “It’s like an Objekt mix guide for dummies.” Other tracks are less cerebral. “The main thing I was thinking was, does the bassline bang enough? There’s enough of this arty-farty stuff going on, but is it actually going to tear up a system?
‘Sonder Somatic’ looks set to cement Bruce’s position among the UK’s most electrifying artists, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots. As well as playing the headsy, invite-only Freerotation this summer, he also took a booking at Reading and Leeds. “My most special moments have come at times when I had no fucking idea what this stuff was,” he says. “The idea that I could give someone that kind of experience is really exciting.”
‘Sonder Somatic’ is out now
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