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Black Is Beautiful

Dean Blunt And Inga Copeland Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • ASIN: B007HZ78BK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After three albums for as many labels, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, also of the group Hype Williams, release their debut Hyperdub LP, 'Black Is Beautiful'. Amid rumours circulating, and confirmed by their advisor Denna Frances, the album was recorded during a tremulous period for the two : Inga Copeland s Arsenal girls tryouts, Dean's 'Waschbärgate' trial (he was implicated in being behind a one night robbing spree across 16 taxidermists based in London and the South East, allegedly only for racoons) and his subsequent conversion to Nation of Islam upon being acquitted. 'Black Is Beautiful' is laced with their signature hazy glow and is full of crunched eurovision lullabies, kinetic drum machine jams, unsettling funk, smeared walls of synth, moments of unadulterated opiated bliss, mogadon rap, infinite coughs and insights into the odd sexual behaviour of crackers. The word EBONY occupies the album s entire front cover space in bold white print. Black Is Beautiful is red and white. Sales Points : > Artist name, title, catalogue number, and barcode are not shown a removeable sticker conveys this information. > There is no printed track list - aside from (Venice Dreamway) , all tracks are known by their running order position (eg 2 , 3 ). > CD comes in opaque studio master -style polyurethane box with red insert sheet. > LP is a limited edition pressing on red vinyl with red labels, housed in red inner bag and embossed sleeve.

BBC Review

Black Is Beautiful is the fourth album the enigmatic production duo Hype Williams – recording here as Dean Blunt (a pseudonym) and Inga Copeland (possibly her real name, but with these two who knows?) – have produced in three years. Naming themselves after a director of hip hop music videos is just one of the many pieces of bafflement and misdirection the pair traffic in: they met at an Oasis gig in 1996; they’re part of an art project masterminded by a woman called Denna Frances Glass. These things and more may or may not be true, which may or may not be the point.

“The best art has humour in it,” Blunt told The Wire last year, and it seems to be glee that lurks behind Blunt and Copeland’s opaque media-facing demeanours. This pranksterism irritates those who prefer their art to explain itself, but although the duo’s muddy, chaotic productions – blends of unquantized beats, processed vocals and last-legs synthesisers taking shape in a post-grime, post-gangsta rap hinterland – are part of the game, the emotion they house and trigger is no joke. Blunt and Copeland might not mean anything they say, but they mean at least some of what they play.

Black Is Beautiful is their most immediately accessible album, but its 15 tracks (14 of which are untitled) don’t sound much like hits. Like its predecessors, this set works best taken as a whole, when its unstable collage has time to establish what turns out to be a powerful atmosphere. It’s a rapidly changing landscape, where the thrashing live drums of (Venice Dreamway) melt into bleary soul, lo-fi G-funk and psychedelia. Tracks waver between bliss and nausea, hypnagogic J-pop, a boom-bap slow jam sung by a Billie Holiday-channelling Copeland, and the chants, acidic gurgles and swells of distorted sound that comprise the unstable topography of the nine-minute long track 10.

Track 9 begins with a lengthy vocal loop that, after a couple of minutes, is joined by a hopelessly out of sync beat. This isn’t ineptitude but deliberate scrappiness. Indie bands hit wrong notes and sing out of tune all the time, their sloppiness signifying authenticity. But this same sloppiness feels more transgressive in electronic productions that have sought to remove the inaccuracies of human agency. This orchestrated disorder is another destabilising facet of what Blunt and Copeland are attempting to do with their biographical misinformation. Their project is one that invites thought, but crucially doesn’t neglect to elicit feeling.

--Chris Power

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always bet on black... 31 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like what has come before from the Hype Williams stable, this is yet another slippery beast - sometimes patchy, wilfully arcane but not without moments of great beauty. So, as befits an album that provides no information whatsoever, needs to be digested as a whole and craves to be talked about in conceptualist terms I have decided to provide my own tracklisting based on the images the music conjures...

1) Tangerine Clatterdream
2) Frigid Romantic
3) Fetid Gangsta Clap
4) Malcolm McDowell's Haunted Dancehall
5) Mmm... J-Pop, I love you!
6) Colombian Vacation
7) Fetid Gangsta Clap (Slight Return)
8) Bathyscaphe in trouble
9) Never Look Back (from the streets to the penthouse)
10) Seabed Junkyard
11) Billie Holiday beatdown
12) Footwerk on Jupiter
13) Mogadon junglist
14) Broken pimp roll
15) Clockwork owl's lament/ phasers set to stun

A unique experience which rewards with repeated listens.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Hype Williams LP on Hyperdub 17 April 2012
By Colin Mccartney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Avant-garde yet listenable - even pop - Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland's sound reminds me variously of Throbbing Gristle, PIL and Factory Records' artists like Section 25, Miaow, Kalima and even, "Circuses and Bread"-era Durutti Column (check the drum programming). Melodic (in places), sonically innovative (in places), lyrically intriguing (in places), is it entertaining? Well, yes - in places. It's certainly interesting. I've had this album on regular rotation for the last four days in a thus far futile attempt to suss it out, but I'm still not entirely certain what to make of it - maybe it's one of those records that I will suddenly realise is a classic in about 5 years' time, or maybe it's not. The LP does seem to beg to be played as one continuous piece: possibly due to its erratic track timings, tracks within tracks and relatively short overall running time. Could this be some sort of statement against the iPod, short attention-span generation? Or just coincidence?

This CD is also curiously packaged - in a cartridge-style box with no booklet and, other than the word "Ebony" and the Hyperdub logo, no other writing whatsoever (although the album title, artist and catalogue number are divulged by means of a sticker on the top right of the cover).

Certainly the wackiest Hyperdub album releases to date and yet (oddly) far less likely to empty your living room of your in-laws than a Kode 9 LP. Dubstep it ain't. Try it for yourself. Or ask me again in 5 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album 28 May 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
A great all round album, the duo's best work. Really worth a listen if you enjoy some more experimental, well constructed music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 Feb 2013
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Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The guy that reviewed this before me said it best. I'm gonna go with what he said. You should too.
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