Boomkat Product Review:
Blackest Ever Black proudly parade Regis' figures for the label (and others) between 2010-2015, alongside a trio of unreleased, alternate versions and remixes for Tropic of Cancer and his own, teenaged synth-pop band Family Sex.
In effect, 'Manbait' documents thee most crucial maturation, augmentation and consolidation of British techno values in the last 20 years, drawing a sawtoothed line in the dirt between many disparate but mutual factions - '80s post punk and goth, industrial techno, D&B, dark ambient - in a way that no other producer has managed to execute with such unswerving guile and vision before or since.
We're talking decade-defining material such as his remix of Raime's 'This Foundary' (BLACKEST002), which arguably started a whole new movement upon release in 2010, and is here penned in with the murderous techno/D&B reduction, 'C U 1' as CUB, and the shearing metallic brutality of 'Blinding Horses', now revealed in multifarious mixes.
But of course you're here, so you probably know all that already. So what of the exclusives? Predictably they're sh*t hot too. For the fiends, his strapping EBM version of Family Sex's 'Manbait' is practically worth the entry alone (can't.bloody.wait to hear this on a rig), whilst the icily wipe-clean alternate version of 'Plant Lilies At My Head' makes me wanna jump out of a high window (in a good way?), and the Stableboy version of 'Blinding Horses' is a visceral mini masterclass in Black Country ambient misery/mystery.
It's totally f**king essential. You know the drill.