Plaid

Trainer

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:07 Amazon
2 5:54
3 5:51
4 6:08
5
feat: Atypic
6:07
6
feat: Tura
5:20
7
feat: Tura
5:18
8
feat: Tura
9:01
9
feat: Balil
4:09
10 6:08 Amazon
11 6:59 Amazon
12 8:15 Amazon
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