Surgeon, real name Anthony Child, has been at the forefront of UK techno since the release of his seminal Dynamic Tension EP in 1995.
However, what concerns us today is Surgeon the DJ. A cursory glance at the tracklist for his FACT Mix (over the page) will probably tell you we’re dealing with a very special selector, one capable of mixing up styles into a coherent and righteously banging whole. One of the most inventive, intuitive users of Ableton alive, in this mix – recorded live at Cafe Capital in Antwerp, Belgium, last month – Surgeon reaches terrifying levels of on-the-fly ingenuinity and intensity, making the heavy-gaited dubstep of RSD work in perfect accord with the Chicago acid of Fast Eddie, leaping seamlessly from Zomby and Rustie to Ancient Methods and Patrick Cowley. If you want to know what techno is really about – download this mix now.