Struggle & Emerge is billed as a soundtrack to the 20th century machine age.

Irish techno duo Lakker will follow up last year’s Tundra album with a maxi-EP built from field recordings related to the Dutch relationship with water.

An esoteric topic on which to pin eight tracks of techno, you’d think, but the record is a response to a commission from The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative, which asked artists to create a work about “the Dutch and water” using field recordings, TV and radio broadcasts.

Lakker went on a tour around the Netherlands to find out about the low-lying country’s complex relationship with water, and sampled historic broadcasts dating back to Nazi occupation and the devastating Zeeland flood of 1953.

The resulting eight-track EP is “a tense soundtrack to the machine driven mid-20th century that captures the complex relationship between the Dutch and the water that surrounds them – unyielding, colossal, industrial,” says the label. Struggle & Emerge is out on May 13 via the duo’s regular home of R&S, and you can stream the vicious ‘Maeslantskering Gating’ below.

Last year FACT spoke to Lakker’s Ian McDonnall and Dara Smith about making noise and resisting the internet.


A1. ‘Reclamation’
A2. ‘Maeslantskering Gating’
A3. ‘Emergo’
A4. ‘Broken Clouds’

B1. ‘Ever Rising’
B2. ‘Fierljeppen’
B3. ‘5000 People’
B4. ‘Open Clouds’



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