Jan 25- Tresor- Berlin
March 14-16 - Bloc Weekend – Camber Sands
March 21 – Kingpin – Bristol
April 3 - H’s – Texas
April 18 - Secret Location – Sheffield
April 25 - Pressure – Glasgow
April 26 - Venetian Industries – Venice, Italy
May 3 - Lev Festival – Spain
May 30 – Club Danzoo – Madrid, Spain
June 6 – Studio 80 – Amsterdam
June 19 - Day Off For Soma’s Party @ La Terrrazza
June 21 – Sonar – Barcelona, Spain
June 27 – Holodeck - Cardiff
June 28 – Glastonbury
July 12 – T In The Park – Slam Tent – Glasgow
July 27 - Ten Days Off – Vooruit, Ghent
Sept 13 - Berghain – Berlin
Sept 26 – StasisCollective – Dublin
Nov 7 – The Loft – Barcelona – Spain
Dec 13 – State X – New Forms – Holland
2008 dates all complete
1. Antimatter – Underground Resistance
2. Voice Of Electrifying Mojo
3. Afrogermanic – Underground Resistance
4. Mirage – Underground Resistance
5. Windchime – Underground Resistance
6. Talkin2Z – Underground Resistance
7. Final Frontier – Underground Resistance
8. In Or Out – Underground Resistance
9. Maroon – Underground Resistance
10. Death Of My Neighbor – Underground Resistance
11. Baghdad Express – Underground Resistance
12. Inversions – Underground Resistance
13. Technology Gap – Underground Resistance
14. Antimatter? – Underground Resistance
15. I Am UR – Underground Resistance
16. Tazumal – Underground Resistance
17. Hunting The Program – Underground Resistance
18. Toxic Broadcast – Underground Resistance
19. Detonate – Underground Resistance
20. Orbit (The Black Dog Edit) – Underground Resistance
21. Riot – - Underground Resistance
22. Base Camp Alpha 808 – Underground Resistance
23. Entering Quadrant 5 – Underground Resistance
24. Adernarlin – Underground Resistance
25. Gamma Ray – Underground Resistance
26. Ambush – Underground Resistance
27. Sea Quake – Underground Resistance
28. Kill My Radio Station – Underground Resistance
If you like the tracks in this mix please support the artists by buying their releases/downloads/shows, it’s how we pay the rent (almost)
You can find the original mix and a short interview over at The Resident Advisor:
The Black Dog’s ‘Radio Scarecrow’ album has been nominated for DJ Mag’s Best of British 2008. Please help the act win Best British Album by making your vote count at:
1. The Black Dog – Detroit Vs. Sheffield – Soma
2. Hadamard – Bunker 3077 – Bunker
3. Atheus – Edition 1 – Metrolux
4. Pendle Coven – Iamnoman EP – Modern Love
5. Petar Dundov – Waterfall – Music Man
6. Hieroglyphic Being – The Bathroom Sessions – Morphine?
7. Lory D – 8 Gate – Wireblock
8. Octogen – The Journman – Soma
9. Data Leak – Data Drip – Data Leak
10. Carl Craig/Moritz Von Oswald – Recomposed – Polydor
We’re doing another of our special limited runs of tBd T-shirts again, Black And White print on a Quality Red shirt, as it’s limited we’ll be getting orders in and then making up that amount of shirts and as we use a small local company in Sheffield, it does take us a bit more time than usual but it’s important to us to support other small business in our area.
So, we’ll be taking orders until the 31st of October and then making the shirts and sending them out the following week. There’s four sizes to select from and any profit we make will go towards paying for our servers and bandwidth. These wont be available anywhere else and we won’t be printing this design ever again.
This is a touching story of Paul Mawhinney, let’s hope someone buys the archive or a least takes over the cause.
A1. Train By The Autobahn (DJ ReMix) – Robert Hood
A2. Train By The Autobahn [Part 3] – The Black Dog
B1. Train By The Autobahn (8 Mile ReMix) – Robert Hood
B2. Siiiipher (Forgemaster ReMix) – The Bass Soldier
Single Of The Month – DJ Mag
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This is a short teaser?video we made from?footage?shot in?Detroit & Sheffield?for?our new 12″ due on the 22nd of Sept featuring tBd, Rob Hood and The Bass Soldier. It’s a Quicktime movie, so you’ll need the player installed and it’s also 15meg, so it may take a while to start, enjoy.
1. Kenny Larkin – Keys, Strings & Tambourines?- Planet E
2. H&M – Tranquillizer EP – Network
3. Silicon Scally – Mr Machine – SCSI
4. Kraftwerk – Radioactivity – Capitol
5. Inner Science – Attributions Remix EP – Plain Music
6. Nightmares On Wax – Thought So – Wapp
7. Massive Music – Find My Way – Hyperbub
8. Herbie Hancock – Hear O Israel – Trunk
9. The Beauty Room – Soul Horizon – Peacefrog
10. Eero Johannes – Eero Johannes – Planet Mu
Robert Hood has been a massive influence on the members of tBd and here we focus on his work in a special one hour tBd DJ Mix. We’ve selected some of our favourite tracks from his works over the years.
This is first of many mixes to come where we focus on an single artist/producer.
What can we say that already hasn’t been said except Robert is an outstanding producer and DJ, who’s music really rocks our collective boat.
1. DJ Bone – No Sleep – Sect
2. Los Hermanos – Traditions & Concepts – Submerge
3. Gas – Nah Und Fern – Kompact
4. X102 – Titan EP – Tresor
5. Plej – Home Is Where The Heart – Exceptional
6. Bitcrush – Shimmer & Fade – N5
7. Nurse With Wound – Huffin’ Rag Blues – United Jnana
8. Elec PT1 – Bunker 3079 – Bunker
9. Arpanet ?- Inertial Frame – Record Makers
10. Dave Gahan – Saw Something – Mute
Dog Bites Back
[ extract of an interview with The Black Dog ]
[The Black Dog]: “Every human is capable of feeling a whole heap of emotions, but so little contemporary music seems to address them.”
[DJ Magazine]: So can ‘Music For Adverts’ address this heap of emotions? Especially when many of the tracks are very short (the tribal ambiance of ‘Harpo’ is a mere 0:40, whereas the penultimate blipvert ‘Wot’ clocks in at just 0:34). Why is this, do you get bored easily? Or did you have to edit out one hundred other ideas to fit 20 on one album?
“The ‘short tracks’ are an attempt to show that you can have a short simple piece of music that will communicate Itself fully within 38 seconds. About the length of an average advert. Too many people stretch their Ideas out Into boring fifteen minute megamixes. I prefer not to. As David Byrne says In ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads: ‘Say something once, why say it again?’.
2. One Touch – Robert Hood – Axis
3. Train By The Autobahn (DJ Mix – Robert Hood) – The Black Dog – Soma
4. Let Me Go – Heaven 17 – Virgin
5. 90101-51-1 – Autechre – Warp
6. Resistance – Clock DVA – CDR
7. 909it – DNCN – CDR
8. Joe 90 – Claude Young & Ian O’Brien – !K7
9. Sermon – Anthony Shakir – Sublime Records
10. All The Pretty Little Horses – Coil – Threshold House
This is a remix we are working on for Slam, the track is called Azure and?this is?the first time we’ve played it out – Slam still haven’t heard it cos it’s not finished yet.
This is an interview we did with our friends in Glasgow from EQtv, well worth bookmarking and supporting these guys. They?work tirelessly and everytime we’ve visited Glasgow over the last 2yrs they are always there,?busy filming and interviewing everyone they can, supporting the scene – props due.
Check EQtv out here CLICK
Yes the bass was that loud.
[Eternity]: After deciphering a crazed message on my answering machine from Mr Mark EG I deduced that my mission was to interview a legend of the Techno underworld for Eternity.? Interviews are funny things, you never quite know what to expect and when the subject of your interrogation is Ken Downie, a.k.a. The Black Dog, you’re certainly ready for anything.?
The Black Dog is one of the most colourful characters you could hope to find within the murky depths of the underground scene.? His background and beliefs are as rich and unique as his mind-blowing brand of progressive ambience.? Ken Downie, the founder member and “genuine discordian pope” has gone from strawberry picker, to sailor, to computer hacker, to renowned music maker.? Although he is often regarded as a true cyberpunk artist, he describes himself as “just a scruffy sod, with a few modems and computers” and regards The Black Dog as a flexible creative vehicle “in a multimedian sort of way”.
1. Bozzwell – The Woods (In The Woods Mix By The Black Dog) – Society
2. The Black Dog – D.O.G. Style (The Black Dog’s Late Night Porn Mix) – Dust Science
3. The Black Dog – Alt/Dash/Return/Kill (Remixed by Derailleur) – Dust Science
4. Orlando Voorn – Alice (The Black Dog Mix) – cynet:media
5. Vector Lovers – Hush (Bitten By The Black Dog) – Soma Quality Recordings
6. Claude Young – Electronic Dissident 2 (Bitten Hard by The Black Dog) – Dust Science
7. UB313 – Q (The Black Dog Bitez Down On Beatz And Bleepz Mixx) – Fortune8
8. Rubens – Breaking Into Smile (Dog Style Remix) – Herb Recordings
9. Derailleur – Cognate (Bitten Deep By The Black Dog) – Varial
10. The Black Dog – Alt/Dash/Return/Kill (Live at Fuse, Belgium, 2007) – Dust Science
11. The Black Dog – Machine Machina (Remixed by Vector Lovers) – Dust Science
12. The Black Dog – Evoke (Carl Taylor Remix) – Dust Science
13. Bozzwell – The Woods (In The Woods Mix By The Black Dog) – Society
Includes rare shot of tBd smiling
Seems things have picked up at bit since Sonar, two interviews in one day. Here’s the one in our local paper, some of the names and facts are a bit blurred but it’s the first time a local paper has contacted us in 5yrs, linkage here?.
We’re just setting off for Cardiff as I type, always a good place to play and the local Holodeck crew?always get our full support, here’s the interview we did for the Metro. We should have the Sonar report sorted for when we get back but lets just say we smashed it.
See you down the front.
Asking us if tBd want to go to Barcelona for 5 days and play Sonar and La Terrazza can only b guaranteed?one answer! Barcelona has to be one of our favourite cities and it doesn’t take much at all to get us over there. After a short delay at Leeds airport and a delay waiting for a lift at BCN airport we landed at our hotel to drop the bags off before head straight out to the Soma party.?
1. Anja Schneider – Mole – Mobilee Records
2. Smash TV – Locomtive Breath – Bpitch
3. Pan Sonic – Slovakian Ruata – Touch
4. Banyan Tree – Feel The Sun Rise – Songbird
5. Surgeon – Atol – Downwards
6. Regis – We Said No – Downwards
7. Crystal Castles – Untrust Us? – Different
8. Exium – Black Hole – Nheoma
9. The Black Dog – Set To Receive – Soma
10. Bitstream – Muspel – Touchin’ Bass
1. The Black Dog – Train By The Autobahn (Part 1) Rob Hood Remix – Soma
2. Raudive – We Are Volume 10 – We Are
3. F.U.S.E – Substance Abuse – Plus 8
4. Spastik – Plastikman – Plus 8
5. Stephan Dodzin – Treibsand – Cocoon
6. Andrea Parker – The Swamp – Touchin Bass
7. Shackleton – Tin Foil Sky – Skull Disco
8.PiL – Poptones – Virgin
9. Virgin Prunes – I Had A Dream – Vrt
10. Devo – The Words Get Stuck In My Throat – Virgin
The finishing touches are just being made to a new remix 12″ for Soma, including a remix from Detroit legend Rob Hood. We’ve been fans of Rob’s work since day dot and he’s perhaps one of the only artist we have every single release by. Train By The Autobahn (Part 1) gets a completely new work out from this Detriot master.
Also back on the mix is The Bass Soldier, his second remix for us, Siiiipher gets the full bass treatment from such a talented teenager, watch your bins is all we can say.
More news when we go to masters.
# “Radio Scarecrow” incorporates production techniques like EVP and number stations. What is the idea behind it, did you just decide ‘oh, let’s do that’, or is there a underlying theme?
[Martin] I’ve been interested in EVP recordings for many years and Numbers Station still hold a lot of fascination to me, so I’ve been collecting and swapping recordings for around 10 years. When Radio Scarecrow started to manifest and it seemed like the ideal project to pour all this information and data into the music we where writing at the time ? it felt right. Plus I wanted to put some curses into the project because there’s a couple of people I’d like to see die in hotel fires and using Morse and number ciphers it allowed me to do that. Things happen naturally in Black Dog, there?s no stupid ?back-story? or PR stunts. If we?d had more time and space we would have also put some of our Satie pieces in as well. Things with us manifest by their own nature, we?ve learned to live that over the last four years
[Ken] The album is a soundtrack for a real person. the production technique was akin to knitting the web of wyrd, or splicing disparate strands of rope together, to lead us through the labyrinth. It’s up to the listener to discern “the idea” behind the album. Summing it all up here in 50 words, would be too cheap, and too easy. Like much of our stuff, you’re asked to arrive at your own conclusions.
Short movie using 7 loops from dream machines and William S. Burroughs. Clips selected at random by software, no human edits
Reviews and Quotes are starting to come back in for Radio Scarecrow, so we thought we’d share what’s coming in with the dogsquad – we don’t have a massive PR machine and do much of the PR ourselves with Don from Soma. We’ll be adding to this thread as things come in.
DJ Magazine – Album Of The Month
The Black Dog – Radio Scarecrow – Soma
If any one UK outfit was responsible for taking the Detroitian templates and blending ? rather than bastardising ? their boundaries into something genuinely innovative, then that would be The Black Dog. Remaining as invigorating as ever, visionary early-?90s works like ?Temple of Transparent Balls? and ?Spanners? might have been tagged ?intelligent techno? but their cutting edges bled influences into d&b, ambient and electronica. Now a reshaped trio (Ed Handley and Andy Turner long departed to continue their Plaid project), original member Ken Downie and kindred underground spirits Martin and Richard Dust have spent three years labouring on this latest sonic masterpiece.
1. Space Bird – System 7 – A-Wave Records
2. Reykjavik – Function – Sandwell District
3. Powers Of Ten – Portable – Sud Electronic
4. Convoy – Marlow – Black Acre Records
5. Trust – Luca Bacchetti – Wagon Repair
6. In The Trees (C2 Remix) – Faze Action – K7
7. You Are Here – Nathan Fake – Border Community
8. Floods – The Black Dog – Soma
9. Kout – Jakes – Hench
10. 2 Steps Back – Jakes – Hench
Set To Receive EP
A. Set To Receive
B1. EVP Echoes
B2. Short Wave Lies [Live]
New Single released on 17/03/08 and the final tracks to be taken for the forthcoming album Radio Scarecrow. Already getting charted and played by the like of Louis Osbourne, Laurent Garnier and Claude Young.
Laurent Garnier ? Black Dog as good as ever.
Claude Young ? The Black Dog has done it again! Deep funky electronics presented by the masters of the game. This release is definitely something for the mind body and soul. 10/10?
Denise Breidbach ? Great release, all three tracks are massive ?hits?!!! Absolutely stunning. 10/10?
This is the second part of the interview we did with Jonty Skrufff about the Radio Scarecrow and various other bits and bobs.
1. Starting with the press release: it says ?since the release of Silenced in October 2005 The Black Dog have been working delicately on its successor?: ?working delicately? is an unusual phrase: why ?delicate?: what does the term mean in practical terms?
[Martin] It doesn?t seem that unusual to me, music and the whole creative process is delicate by its very nature. The slightest thing can throw it completely off, even if you are making the most violent kind of music. This is why we created special mixes
[Ken] To me, it means “carefully crafted” and hand stitched with love. This was not the time to say “fuck it, that will do”. A lot of extra tweaking beyond the call of duty went into the album. It took six months to put the tracks into their correct (and final) order, for instance.
[Martin] Jesus, I still have 67 cdr?s in the car with all the different tracks and track orders on them, that was a real quest but it?s something that you have to do if you love music. It has to be right.
Since the release of Silenced in October 2005 The Black Dog have been working delicately on its successor. Two years in the making and the first album to be completed in their new Sheffield Lab.
Radio Scarecrow has been over two years in the making, constantly developing and building, culminating in a masterpiece work that flows delightfully and hits hard. A true progression on Silenced, the trio are keen to note ?the beats are faster and the bass is much heavier ? so much so that it was making us ill working with the low frequencies for hours on end, we could only do 3 hours at a time on some parts?.
For this year’s annual celebration, I will be airing an exclusive set by THE BLACK DOG. I’ll also be taking a trip down memory lane and playing some of the classic tracks that got me hooked on techno.
The show will air on January 16, 2008 at 9:30pm (GMT -5:00) Eastern US Time. Listen live at www.wesufm.org
The Black Dog – Floods – Soma 231 12″
A. Floods V3
B1. Floods V3.2 ( Surgeon Remix)
B2. Floods V3.1 (The Bass Soldier Remake)
After months of waiting and what seems like a lifetime mastering and mixing , the new single is finally here. We got Single Of The Month in Mixmag and the single seems to be going down really, really well. Anyway here’s some DJ feedback on the release:
Shelley Parker ? This is excellent! Just so great to hear this dubstep/techno sound being pushed to it?s limits. Fave mix Surgeon. Will chart in Nov.
Louis Osbourne ? This Surgeon mix is wicked? it?s got some serious fun in there.
Josh Wink ? Very interesting record, as usual for tBd?Surgeon mix is something that I may try out. Top production as usual.
Laurent Garnier ? looooooove the dubstep remix. Will definitely play that.