Boomkat Product Review:
Having moved kennels over to Soma, The Black Dog are ready to unleash a brand new 12" for their northern imprint - with 'Riphead E.P.' bringing three tracks of other-worldly electronica to yon ears. Now the triptych of Ken Downie and Richard and Martin Dust, The Black Dog's legacy within digital music has long been assured thanks to their timeless 'Bytes' LP back in the early nineties - with a number of personnel changes (chiefly the departure of Ed Handley and Andy Turner to form Plaid) seemingly causing little damage to the music. Slightly wonky without resorting to the bled-watercolour territory of BOC, 'Riphead' opens through the melodic tech of 'Ripheadv2' - wherein a patch of purple strings are coaxed into life around pin-prick circuitry and hypnotic bass, with the results both melancholic and oddly uplifting. From here, both 'Gawble Vianag' and it's wide-screen outlook (think Blade Runner in an even more threatening future) and 'Mental Ward Sleep Machine' (a sinister electronic missive that is genuinely poignant without resorting to the normal bag of tricks) are more than strong enough to constitute most people's A-sides. Dogging!