Andrew Wowk on 12/10/11
The Black Dog
Heavy Industry/Greedy Gutter Guru
Dust Science Recordings
Ahead of their forthcoming album Liber Dogma, The Black Dog release the second of the Liber series of EPs, aiming squarely at the dancefloor with two slices of dark, driving and hypnotic techno.
Heavy Industry is just that: heavy and industrial. With kicks crafted from drop forges and hi-hats sampled from machinery in Sheffield’s steel works, it’s hard not to conjure up images of worn-down, abandoned factories being broken into and used for illegal all-night techno benders when listening to this tune. The bassline is distorted to the point of being almost indiscernible, but trust me, when played through speakers with good bass response, you’ll know it’s there; oh, you’ll know it’s there. The crunchy, hypnotic groove set up by the beats and bass is topped off with freaky mechanical effects, radar blips and lots of noise, making this one great for those who like their techno to be about as serious as it can get.
Greedy Gutter Guru takes things in a slightly more melodic direction, but only just enough to make it not quite scary as Heavy Industry. The centrepiece of the tune is a resonant, high pitched squelch, which twists and turns its way through the whole five minutes, slowly being backed up by a deep, raw bassline, simplistic, minimal percussion, metallic washes and beautiful but melancholy pads. Strangely relaxing, in a rave-your-face-off kind of way.
Another high class release from The Black Dog, who continue to fly the flag for dark wave techno.
A. Heavy Industry
B. Greedy Gutter Guru
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