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London’s post-industrial dance rock trio Factory Floor kicked off their eponymous full-length album debut with “Turn It Up,” the first single from their DFA Records release. Factory Floor comes out swinging on this upbeat, if at times slightly disorienting, high energy, dance-til-you-puke sonic journey. Known for their mix of analog and digital instruments, the drum-kit on this track provides a visceral heartbeat while a menagerie of electronic synths, drum-pads and vocal samples bring the song to life—imagine if New Order traded their guitars in for drum-pads. Stripped down, yet rich in texture, Factory Floor is charting high for top dance album of the 2013.