Factory Floor - 25 25
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2016 Ratings: #382 / 760
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
2016 Ratings: #439
August 19, 2016 / Release Date
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DFA / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Icy, claustrophobic, and hypnotic, the beats arrive refracted; cool-filtered; a continuum of sorts through which Colk’s vocal triangulations arrive in a succession of mutations; vaguely retro (and therefore hip) yet simultaneously contemporaneous (thus detached from vogue).

90
musicOMH

At times listening to 25 25 is like you’ve broken into a hermetically sealed echo chamber in which reverberations from dance floor’s past, present and future now exist.

85
The Line of Best Fit

25 25 slithers through the auditory canal, hypnotising and beguiling the listener, before finally ensnaring those who choose to listen.

85
Under The Radar

Dirty, hedonistic, and majestic, 25 25 is the sound of dance music at its most astonishing.

80
NME

All its synth stabs and nonchalant lyrics feel like a great big “f**k you” and show off that same punky sense of nihilism as the forebears of the English electronic music scene.

80
The Guardian

Part of the original sell was that the percussion was live, or at least analogue; on 25 25, it’s largely programmed. While this removes some of the group’s distinctiveness, it also allows them to explore a less abrasive version of their style without losing any intensity.

80
DIY

‘25 25’ sounds as great in a bedroom as it would do in any sweaty nightclub, and for that reason, it’s a triumph.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

If Gurnsey and Void are still working with the tools of industrial music, they’ve begun using them in a way that represents a completed negotiation between the world-shattering demands of the avant-garde and the bourgeois comfort of creative tradition.

80
AllMusic

In its own claustrophobic, expansive, debauched, and sardonic way, 25 25 proves that less truly is more for Factory Floor.

70
Drowned in Sound

While 25 25 is an uneasy listen at first, it's worth the perseverance even when giving up seems like the only plausible option.

70
Clash

’25 25’ is a sound addition to Factory Floor’s growing roster of material. It’s less of a seismic shift from their debut, and more of a progressive tweak towards something much bigger.

70
Resident Advisor

25 25 is more electronic than Factory Floor, a result of the duo's club performances and growing enthusiasm for modular synthesis. 

60
Pitchfork

On their second LP for DFA, Factory Floor’s post-punk past has dissolved into hardware dance pieces of monomaniacal repetition and stiff precision. It’s tirelessly energetic, but often in a brute way.

58
Consequence of Sound

This is an album you need to be in the right mindset for. Knowing that you’re going to be treated to nonstop beats and pulses will go a long way towards initial and continued enjoyment of this one.

50
PopMatters

25 25 is too dated and monotonous in its aesthetic to captivate those on contemporary dancefloors or mainstage festival grounds.

40
No Ripcord

Continually tedious and far too long for its own good, 25 25 is a almost hour-long endurance test that refuses to let itself out of the duo’s own heads.

tha138
69
As a duo, Factory Floor, display, loud and clear, their obsession with synthetic metronomy through some acid loops, aiming to keep their dancefloor busy.
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MISC LISTS

#18/Drift Records

Track List

  1. Meet Me at the End
  2. Relay
  3. Slow Listen
  4. 25 25
  5. Dial Me In
  6. Wave
  7. Ya
  8. Upper Left
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