July 10, 2000
Electronica, Techno, Club/Dance, Detroit Techno, IDM, Electro-Techno, Neo-Electro

Album Review

After negotations broke down between former Black Doggers Ken Downie, Ed Handley, and Andy Turner, what was projected to be a three-disc set with nearly all the existing Black Dog Productions rarities became instead a two-disc set of Handley/Turner productions recorded during the first half of the '90s. Trainer is still a near-essential document of early British techno, including a raft of rarely heard classics like "Scoobs in Columbia," "Norte Route," and "Angry Dolphin," plus the entirety of their ultra-rare Mbuki Mvuki mini-LP. The Handley/Turner production aesthetic balanced sublime, Detroit-inspired synth with hyper-kinetic drum programs and breakbeat madness years before England's love affair with jungle. Grabbing tracks from far-flung but like-minded labels like ART, Planet E, A13, and Clear, Trainer includes over two hours of warped acid house from a B-boy perspective -- it's hardly a coincidence that Black Dog Productions shared initials with South Bronx's finest.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Uneasy Listening [#]
  2. Anything
  3. Slice of Cheese
  4. Link
  5. Perplex
  6. Summit
  7. Bouncing Checks
  8. Yak
  9. Scoobs in Columbia
  10. Chirpy [#]
  11. Prig [#]
  12. Eshush [#]
  13. Blah
  14. Norte Route
  15. Fly Wings [#]
  16. Whirling of Spirits
  17. Choke and Fly
  18. Small Energies
  19. Jolly [#]
  20. Letter [#]
  21. Soft Key
  22. Reishi
  23. Uland [#]
  24. Tan Sau [#]
  25. Android
  26. Angry Dolphin
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