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The Black Dog

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 musicians covering familiar ground in the post-rave U.K. Something of a closet phenomenon attracting the devotion of DJs who nonetheless refused to play their complicated brew for fear of being booed off the decks, the Black Dog were immediately placed in the emerging "intelligent techno" category upon the release of their full-length debut, Bytes. A largely U.K.-media constituted phrase meant to peg music involving dance music compositional styles nonetheless intended for home listening, the term has since taken hold and is often applied to groups like Autechre, Aphex Twin, µ-Ziq, and As One.

As Plaid, Ed Handley and Andy Turner had already released a handful of material (including an album) prior to meeting Downie, but their time spent in BDP was their most productive up to that point. In addition to the Dog's inclusion on the perhaps more high-profile Artificial Intelligence compilations on Warp and remixes for the likes of Björk, Blondie, UNKLE, and Ned's Atomic Dustbin, they also released several full-length works as a group before Handley and Turner defected in 1995 to refocus on Plaid full-time. The pair released an EP on the Clear label in mid-1995, and issued their first full-length, Not for Threes, two years later on Warp. Downie continued on with the Black Dog name, releasing the full-length Music for Adverts (And Short Films) in 1996. In 2002, Downie collaborated with Parisian spoken word artist Black Sifichi on the William S. Burroughs tribute Unsavoury Products, and the Downie/Sifichi pairing was given the remix treatment on the following year's Genetically Modified.

Downie resurfaced in 2005 with Martin and Richard Dust, releasing the strong albums Silenced (2005), Radio Scarecrow (2008), Further Vexations (2009), and Music for Real Airports (2010) -- a pointed response to Brian Eno's Music for Airports, designed to "reinforce the false utopia and fake idealism of air travel." Liber Dogma (2011) and Tranklements (2013) followed closely behind. During this period of heavy activity, there was a handful of compilations, including the early-years anthology Book of Dogma, as well as the later short-format collections Thee Singles and Thee Singles II. ~ Sean Cooper
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Tranklements

1. Alien Boys

2. Bolt No.6

3. Atavistic Resurgence

4. Bolt 11b

5. Cult Mentality

6. Hymn For Soyo

7. Bolt 3533f

8. Pray Crash I

9. Pray Crash Ii

10. Bolt 57w

11. Internal Collapse

12. First Cut

13. Bolt 9>3

14. Death Bingo

15. Mind Object

16. Spatchka

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Track List: Liber Dogma

1. Dark Wave Creeping

2. The Death Ov The Black Sun

3. Steam Caliphate

4. Drop Kick Kali

5. Eden 353

6. Black Maria

7. Single Light Focus

8. Silent Escape

9. Hype Knot 7

10. Bird Siren

11. Feeder Rub Out

12. Worship: The Drum

13. Car Crash Magick

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Track List: Silenced

1. Trojan Horus (Part 1)

2. Trojan Horus (Part 2)

3. Lam Vril

4. Truth Benders D.I.E

5. Bolt 23 Screen Ov Death

6. Alt/Return/Dash/Kill

7. Bolt 777 Ordinary Boy

8. Drexian City R.I.D.E

9. Remote Viewing

10. Gummi Void

11. Machine Machina

12. The Stele Of Revealing

13. Songs For Other People

14. Break Down On Lake Shore Drive

15. Bolt 33 Glitch & Chin

16. Sudden Intake

17. 4 3s 555 (Part 1)

18. 4 3s 555 (Part 2)

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Track List: Book Of Dogma

1. Virtual

2. The Weight

3. Ambience With Teeth

4. Parallel

5. Hub

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Track List: Darkhaus, Vol. 02 (Single)

1. Cracked

2. Broken Mind

3. Broken Mind (Regis Remix)

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Track List: Liber Collected

1. Black Chamber Order

2. Bass Mantra

3. Heavy Industry

4. Greedy Gutter Guru

5. High Rise Choir Reprise

6. Dissident Bleep

7. Dissident Bleep (Remixed By Sandwell District)

8. Black Chamber Order (Remixed By Blawan)

9. High Rise Choir Reprise (Remixed By Sigha)

10. Heavy Industry (Remixed By Shifted)

11. Greedy Gutter Guru (Remixed By Richard H. Kirk)

12. Bass Mantra (Remixed By Perc)

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Track List: Music For Real Airports

1. M-1

2. Terminal Ema

3. Disinformation Desk

4. Passport Control

5. Wait Behind This Line

6. Empty Seat Calculations

7. Strip Light Hate

8. Future Delay Thinking

9. Lounge

10. Delay 9

11. Sleep Deprivation 1

12. Sleep Deprivation 2

13. He Knows

14. Business Car Park 9

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Track List: Radio Scarecrow

1. Transmission Start

2. Train By The Autobahn (Part 1)

3. Train By The Autobahn (Part 2)

4. Riphead V9

5. UV Sine

6. Short Wave Lies

7. Siiiipher

8. Digital Poacher

9. Coda

10. Set To Receive

11. EVP Echoes

12. Floods V3.9

13. Beep

14. Witches Ov

15. Dials & Dialers 1

16. Ghost Vexations

17. Dials & Dialers 2

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Track List: Riphead EP

1. Ripheadv2

2. Gawble Vianag

3. Mental Ward Sleep Machine

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Track List: Techno Playtime

1. Techno Playtime

2. Apt

3. It Felt Like It

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Track List: Temple Of Transparent Balls

1. 4. 7. 8.

2. In The Light Of Grey

3. The Crete That Crete Made

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Track List: The Cost EP

1. Cost II

2. Sharp Shooting On Saturn

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kos_art
Would love to use this in a video
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Deep song
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What a killer track. Spanners was my intro to bd years back. Never heard this song before. Thank you Pandora.
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Has a great sound
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Tis all good
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One of my favorite artist since they began.
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There's some really beautiful music on this Dave Matthews station on Pandora. I like it. I need some of this in my house.
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Good stuff
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Like a salami sandwich in a day where acquiring one is beyond reach and pining for one is well excruciating .
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"radio scarecrow", album by this artist not listed.

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