Produced in New York City by Stuart Argabright, Black Rain’s founder and figurehead, Dark Pool is a work of hard-edged sonic fiction rooted in cyberpunk’s quintessential neo-noir cityscape/dataspace but projecting into a farther future of biotechnological advancement and alienation.
The Macumbas range from four to ten players on stage, presenting frantic and enigmatic live shows which bring to mind the film works of Kenneth Anger, the cross continental Dubbing of Adrian Sherwood as well as the raw trance inducing rhythms of Haiti and North Africa.
The Rademaker brothers along with Josh went on to form Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde respectively, Kevin Fitzgerald became the drummer for the Circle Jerks and the west coast lo-fi California indie rock sound actually became a thing with the kids.
Their long awaited second album, produced like their first by Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Cramps) takes their kaleidoscopic heaviosity and sepulchral style to a whole new plateau of riff-driven dementia.
Commune continues on with World Music’s acidic grooves, hypnotic incantations, and serpentine guitar lines but also introduces a darker, more angry edge to the band, not seen before on previous releases.
Beauty & Ruin packs a staggering lifetime’s worth of emotion and experience into a 36-minute package sure to be hailed as a landmark addition to Bob’s formidable body of work.
“The music I want to hear doesn’t exist unless I create it.” Anton Newcombe NME ‘In the Studio’
“The unlikely but lovely sound of a plan coming together.” Q
“As notorious as he is prolific.” Record Collector
“No label has more vibrantly reflected the morphing spirit of underground dance music.” Trap
“Shatters any doubts over the label’s continuing vitality.” Clash
“Two rambunctious hours of uptemp bolts of energy.” NME
“Sometimes, in times of complacency, what we really need is a band to rock up and tell everyone to fuck off.” NME
“Sleaford Mods’ world exists on a borderland between coherent and cryptic.” Mojo
“Toilets are an Inspiration.” Mojo Q&A
After almost 25 years together, Scott Hill and company return with their first full-length album in close to five years. Features a slightly more primitive, raw and ultra fuzzed-out sound than previous releases.