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Tag Archives: The Black Dog

The Black Dog – Cost II

Detroit flavours pepper this track from the band’s 1993 album ‘Temple Of Transparent Balls’; where a long lost House vocal is buried beneath electronic strings and clipped synths.

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The Black Dog – Kings Of Sparta

Twilight electronica; the perfect soundtrack to driving around London on a dark winter night. From their 1993 album ‘Temple Of Transparent Balls’

The Black Dog – Further Harm

Post-Techno melancholia here from The Black Dog’s wonderful 1995 album ‘Spanners’. There’s humour in this track with some slapstick twanging sounds, but that still doesn’t take away from the aching beauty of it. A soundtrack to London (where the band hail from), a city where you can be surrounded by crowds of people yet still feel like you’re the only person there. Wonderful stuff!

The Black Dog – Raxmus

The opener to The Black Dogs 1995 album ‘Spanners’ is grainy instrumental Hip-Hop that had the band aligning with the likes of Wagon Christ rather than Derrick May. Of course, the album spanned several genres in its 60 odd minutes.

The Black Dog – Barbola Work

Some Latin flavoured Techno from The Black Dog’s excellent 1995 album ‘Spanners’. Should be awful, but isn’t; and is kinda sexy. The horrific title IDM may have already been in play, but the acts to which the label was applied were still making robust work.

The Black Dog – Frisbee Skip

From their 1995 album ‘Spanners’, this track is jittery underground House number with beats that seem to predict, and predate, 2-Step. The rhythm skips, and alludes to the skip of the title; onomatopoeia with a musical twist if you will.

The Black Dog – 4.7.8

Cracking UK Techno from 1993 with a sense of history. You can hear the original, soulful motor city sound in this track, as well as hints of New York Electro. This is from the bands ‘Temple Of Transparent Balls’ album.

The Black Dog – Kings Of Sparta

Twilight electronica; the perfect soundtrack to driving around London on a dark winter night. From their 1993 album ‘Temple Of Transparent Balls’

The Black Dog – Psil-Cosyin

This was from 1995’s ‘Spanners’ album, and was the last piece of work from the original lineup. After this Andy Turner and Ed Handley went on to form Plaid. The Black Dog were lumped in with many other bands either labelled as ‘Ambient techno’, or even worse ‘Intelligent Dance Music’; lazy categorizations for artists who wanted to play around with the Techno blueprint without being confined to the dancefloor. This track is a real stand out from the album, a track that twists and turns and takes the listener into a labyrinthine form of Electronica; like a journey into a neon pyramid (the hieroglyphs and accompanying artwork on the albums outer and inner sleeves, along with sections of the music, hint hugely at a fascination for Egyptology).

Still great 20 years on.

Laurence Johns

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