Paula Temple

Edge of Everything

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Edge of Everything is the long-awaited debut album by Paula Temple, a master of hard techno and a technological innovator whose DJ career stretches back to the '90s. After releasing a Jeff Mills-approved EP in 2002 and co-developing a live performance MIDI controller (the MXF8), Temple took nearly a decade off from touring and making music before returning in 2013. Following singles on R&S, 50 Weapons, and her own Noise Manifesto, not to mention blistering live sets at countless festivals and clubs, Edge of Everything is a culmination of everything she's accomplished thus far. Tracks like "Joshua & Goliath" explode with sheer force, delivering freight-train rhythms and molten synths, sometimes featuring searing lead melodies. The album is driven by a sense of determination, an urge to fight back against the forces corrupting the world. It's bleak and brutal, but it's never suffocating, and it encourages reaction and resistance. There's even some light shining through during "Post-Scarcity Anarchism," when a much brighter, more hopeful melody emerges through the frazzled synths and piercing noise flares. A few ambient interludes somewhat dull the album's impact, but relentless, abrasive pounders like "Futures Betrayed" and "Quantum Unfolding" provide the bulk of the program, and all of these will cause a fair amount of damage in any DJ set. The album's vinyl edition includes "Gegen," a 2014 digital single with a simple but effective wobbling melody and clattering drums which started out as Temple's secret weapon and went on to become a festival favorite.

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