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black rain - Now I'm Just a Number: Soundtracks 1994-95
Blackest Ever Black's 7th release is a lost classic of post-industrial music: a genuine cyberpunk artefact rescued from possible digital degradation and remastered to vinyl for the 1st time. 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1993-94' is an outstanding collection of cues by Stuart Argabright of NYC's seminal post-punk unit Ike Yard and his Death Comet Crew accomplice Shinichi Shimokawa. Working together as Black Rain they were originally commissioned to score Robert Longo's '95 cinematic turkey Johnny Mnemonic, and an audiobook version of seminal cyberpunk novel 'Neuromancer', which were both coincidentally written by William Gibson. But ultimately (and mercifully) these sounds never made it to the final cut of Johnny Mnemonic, although they were collected on a 1995 CD, Black Rain's '1.0' for Fifth Column Records, crucially now making their first appearance on vinyl. Perfectly befitting of the label's aesthetic, they're dramatically, presciently poised on the cusp of Techno minimalism and darkly atmospheric electronics, resurrecting that dystopian, loner spirit which is sadly absent or rarely rendered with such stoicism these days. They could be considered Techno for cyborgs who don't dance, or equally atmospheric cues for brooding dancefloors, suffusing clangourous, girder-strength drums with silver iodide electronics to precipitate the bleakest, most ominous sense of location and situation. Basically the samples will tell you everything else you need to know. Highly recommended.