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Black Dog Productions
Warp Records
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March 8, 1993
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The Artificial Intelligence series was initially described as post-rave “electronic listening music” for the comedown after the club. Bytes undoubtedly fits the bill as the series’ third instalment originally released in 1993, taking you to worlds far beyond the dancefloor. An active listen will reveal this record is teeming with life and hidden treasures, between intricately woven beats that could still light up the venue. Here, The Black Dog are fragmented across various solo aliases, yet come together for a record that fits seamlessly, with forward-thinking expressions that could only be attributed to the trio.

Plaid opens with a darkly moving bassline that snakes underneath the rattling percussion and upward synth organ spirals of ‘Object Orient’, embarking on a journey through constantly reorienting asymmetrical progressions. Those heavy low frequencies were a signature of Warp’s early output, but Bytes moves further left of field from the label’s bleep techno club anthems: Ed Handley provides a more experimental reinterpretation of hip hop beats with slippery melodies and optimistic flashes on ‘Caz’, while Ken Downie treks the pixelated landscapes of the album’s artwork with ‘The Clan (Mongol Hordes)’, marching along to walls of imposing brass synths and gentle, glistening arpeggios that unfold in cinematic layers.

Bytes rarely falls into a predictable pattern. There are tracks with fractured, almost proto-footwork senses of rhythm that always keep you guessing, bustling landslides of beats are paired with gliding whistles and cavernous reverberance, and a break from melody and harmony altogether on ‘Fight The Hits’ with slamming concrete percussion. Amidst more abstract, repitched vocal shimmers, ‘3/4 Heart’ features some of the only speech on the album: “We must search the universe” conveys the endlessly explorative nature of Bytes in words, but only after an hour of wordlessly evocative productions that have created a far reaching musical landscape of their own.

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