He Was Human And Belonged With Humans (Regis version) - (5:00) 78 BPM
Along with Raime, Dalhous are one of the few constant acts on the ever shifting Blackest Ever Black. Originally debuting on the label as Young Hunting in 2011, the duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander moved from a soundtrack-inspired sound to a more fractured, sample-based electronic palette when they re-emerged as Dalhous at the tail end of 2012. After delivering a fine and rather under-appreciated debut album last year, Dalhous now return with Visibility Is A Trap, and it's seemingly the solo concern of Dall now. Featuring four new originals written and produced by Dall that reflect his "continued interest in the language and imagery of self-help, R.D. Laing and the anti-psychiatry movement", this EP shows a further progression in the Dalhous sound. Karl O'Connor returns for one of his irregular BEB appearances with a Regis remix of "He Was Human And Belonged With Humans" from last year's aforementioned LP.
Blackest Ever Black crank the releases gears back into action for 2014 with the first release of what promises to be another perennially intriguing calender year. Typically, their focus falls on a musician who might not be that familiar to the wider audience but has a discography that commands respect. Check the Blackest Ever Black website and you'll find a press release that paints Stefan Jaworzyn as "a notorious and energetic presence in the UK underground of the 1980s and '90s" who enjoyed stints in acts such as Whitehouse, Ascension and Skullflower, as well as overseeing the Shock Records label. Having withdrawn from music in 1996, Jaworzyn remained off the grid until earlier this year when the Shock Records label was reactivated and he set to work on sifting through his personal archives of recordings for the KINO reissue/compilation series. It was during this process that Jaworzyn chanced upon a set of "driving, faintly sociopathic and supremely zoned pieces" made at his Cardiff studio in 1982 using a Korg MS10 or 20 and a Dr Rhythm drum machine. Seven of these compositions now feature on Drained Of Connotation, which is perhaps the most BEB-appropriate title in some time!