The Black Dog’s Remote Viewing 12″ provides another taste of the excellent forthcoming album, Silenced and demonstrates the renewed vigour.
Vengeful intent seeps from every pore of this beast’s hide: the music surges out in undulating waves of syncopated bass and eastern ornamentation. But Remote Viewing reaches beyond funk bluster to deliver a northern electronic soul climax; we think it’s a killer tune.
B-side “Because They Said So” is Sheffield industrial funk played through an 8K rig over a Cornish landscape on a misty dawn. It’s awash with evolving synthetic breaks which are utterly hypnotic, but never static; they can be savage too. Closing cut Mr Burroughs to the Curiosity Phone is the soundtrack to a particularly seedy episode from uncle Bill’s sojourn in Algiers. It’s a delicious slice of sly, slow-motion electronic funk.