Vinyl 12" £19.49 DEKORDER074

Ltd hybrid-vinyl 12" on Dekorder.

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Providence by Black To Comm
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8/10 Mike 30 May 2014
One of my favourite customer reviews ever submitted to this site came in just under a month ago from a certain "Vanessa Emma Goldman", who had apparently never heard Black To Comm but was furious - seriously livid - that he had named himself after an MC5 song. Why? Because she loves the MC5. ""Black to Comm" is most certainly NOT the 'chappie who runs the Dekorder label.' THIS is the REAL Black to Comm, a song by Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan's MOTOR CITY FIVE, aka the MC-5," she froths, adding "Little Chappie needs to give credit where credit is due, and acknowledge the source of the phrase he is using. Musical history did not start with him, he is standing on the shoulders of giants like the MC-5." One out of ten. Like I said, livid, although I observe that she does not credit Oasis with the phrase "standing on the shoulders of giants" here.   I'm not so angry about the name myself, in fact it seems like a hat-tip to the MC5 if anything, and besides this music bears absolutely no resemblance to Detroit's second-finest proto-punk band. This one-sided 12" has a picture on one side and on the other is 'Providence', a 15-minute passage of spooky synthetic ambience, opening with slow bassy drone pulses and ZX Spectrum load-up screams and sparse, loose drum loops, it builds into a jittery, clicky rhythm and ominously droning synths along with weird dystopian strawks and crakes and cosmic whooshes and oobles. By its peak it's a strange dark ambient cosmic rush awash with static crackles and electronic chirrups and an energetic beat which washes in and out of the background. Overall a pretty ambitious and transportational piece of sound design. Very good, I just wish he'd accept that musical history did not start with him.



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