Mercenary producer Bleaching Agent aka Al Mathews is the formerly ‘mysterious’ anonymous techno producer, now turned slightly less anonymous techno producer whos productions have greatly helped shape UK techno for the better. From his early industrial speedcore beginnings to the stunning hallowed techno productions he’s now renowned for, his career has been nothing short of brilliance incarnate.
Mr. Matthews has been a figure head of UK techno in all his various guises for over a decade. He’s consistently helped pave the way for the resurgence of the UK scene, for which many a devout raver felt was on its knees. Through every incarnation this artists wide-ranging productions keep in line with his current namesake Bleaching Agent: abrasive, corrosive, chemical warfare …………… with a sprinkle of groove.
His DJs sets range from the hypnotic to the exhilarating, drawing on synth-pop, disco, noise, industrial, gabber and just about anything else that takes his fancy. He’s always shaking things up, playing many different styles during his sets, tending not to rigidly stick to techno. He’s admirably earned a reputation as an intense, engaging and shrewd selector capable of blowing clubs apart with his relentless gritty funk.
This bewildering enigma is also a member of ground breaking industrial stalwarts Forward Strategy Group with Patrick Walker & the short lived antagonists Blacknecks with Tom Russell, both projects having a massive influential impact on the UK electronic music scene. Other aliases have included Element Abuse, Smear, Irene Grant and Uretran.
His releases have appeared on a myriad of labels including Perc Trax, Opal Tapes and Mira to name a few and he’s in great demand to play all over the globe which he does on a regular basis, as a solo artist and as part of FSG.
2017 sees him once more collaborating with the most incredibly talented artists, his material will be making an appearance on impeccable imprint Power Vacuum amongst others and he’s got a few more anonymous side projects up his sleeve to follow.