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Album Review

The adjective in the title of the Black Dog's 2010 full-length separates it from Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports, which was a highly idealized vision of airport travel. Eno's music often sounds reminiscent of some future utopia, separated from the sights and smells of thousands of anxious or disgruntled people in close contact. Ken Downie's pragmatic approach to soundtracking air travel here is evident not only from the track titles, which include "DISinformation Desk," "Strip Light Hate," and "Sleep Deprivation 2." Although his aural imagery is nearly as anodyne and antiseptic as Eno's, there's a lingering air of menace, or at least unease, that contrasts with the beatific beatlessness of Eno's ambient music. The sounds are appropriately textured, and often recall the sound of unidentified persons far down dark hallways, but with brittle beats and echoing effects — most sampled from airport sources during Downie's frequent travels.

Customer Reviews


i hate to say it but this is better the eno's music for airports, which was fantastic if you love the dogs blend of rhythm beats & vocal sways this just might be the record that youve been promising yourself since 1978


This is good stuff, not sure why the genre is Dance though. Gets my stars


Great album from TBD here. Been waiting for this to be released digitally. Bought it last week from their site though and not iTunes as I wanted FLAC version at no extra cost to the mp3. Had to give it a rating on here though and also ask apple to offer better quality audio files for us audiophiles. 


Formed: 1989 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Taking their name from a British euphemism for imminent doom, the Black Dog (also appearing variously as Black Dog Productions, Balil, Xeper, and Plaid, among others) formed in the early '90s as the trio of Ken Downie, Ed Handley, and Andy Turner. Forging a challenging, relentless combination of early techno, electro, and hip-hop with a penchant for odd time signatures, high-tech atmospherics, and Egyptian iconography, the group immediately distinguished itself from the scores of disposable techno...
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