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the black dog - Music For Real Airports
Sheffield's The Black Dog poke a riposte at Brian Eno with 'Music For Real Airports' landing on Soma. The group of veteran techno agitators have long had a problem with Eno's elegiac score to those transient spaces, feeling that modern airport levels of control and pressurised tedium require something more dystopian to reflect their true nature. The album is split between beatless ambient tracks and beat driven efforts, playing through as one continuous listening experience, or herding us through the system from entrance to exit. Extensive field recordings made inside various airports lend the album a deep sense of narrative while the real bulk of the sound is given to their synthworks, at once recalling classic Global Communication but also more modern producers like Byetone or Alva Noto. When beats do arrive on 'DISinformation Desk' they're of the post-techno assortment, creating large, repetitive structures evocative of their subject material. This is an ambitious and excellently realised project, accomplishing an engrossing headphone listen for the next time you're waiting for the off. Highly Recommended.