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Secret Boyfriend: Memory Care Unit (LP, Blackest Ever Black, February 2016)

A variety of synth stuff on this intriguing album. The Singing Bile is, as its title wonderfully suggests, kind of sludgy yet melodic, a murky but sweet ambient number. Little Jammy Centre has a sort of wheezing drone, an echoey but jaunty little melody which is sort of like pop at one remove, and towards […]

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Tarquin Manek: Tarquin Magnet (LP, Blackest Ever Black, December 2015)

This starts out magnificently. Sassafras Gesundheit — quite apart from being an amazing title — is a 13 minute workout centred around an infectious circular melody on some kind of analogue-sounding synth, a jazzy burbling bass clarinet, and a kind of scratchy fiddling. This is all enhanced with a packed toybox of bangs, clanks, bloops, […]

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Prurient: Through The Window (CD, Blackest Ever Black, February 2013)

Hah, now, this is splendid fun: three big fat slices of hard, thumping, dark industrial techno bordering on proto-trance. The title track is dominated by a huge pounding bass drum, an evil-sounding buzz, a huge minor-key acid synth riff, and a guy who whispers in a sinister fashion like the bad guy in a horror […]