Drokk started life as a film score, and then became an album. It was written in a 6 month period between Geoff Barrow’s Portishead world tour and Ben Salisbury’s composing jobs for the BBC. Although it is a soundtrack of sorts, Barrow and Salisbury instinctively felt that music for MC1 should steer clear of the rich orchestration common to many contemporary film scores. Even for electronica the music is often purposefully stark and spare, with the majority of tracks created exclusively on the Oberhiem 2 Voice Synthesizer (a 1975 classic keyboard).
Press for Drokk
"Jaw dropping..one of the heaviest and most intensely atmospheric records of the year, but fun with it…The album is a lovingly crafted ode to Judge Dredd, urban alienation, the cinematic sci-fi masterpieces of the late 70s and early 80s, electronic music of both the past and present, and it all hits with the weight of a cadmium steak tenderizer. What more could you want?"
"The duo create a soundscape of interlocking melodies and rhythms which are completely absorbing and hypnotic. The sounds on this album are the most intense, huge, rounded tones you will hear on any record this year… DROKK does an incredible job of capturing the feel of Dredd's.. megalopolis." The Skinny