RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT
Ambient Black Magic 2LP + 10"
Hospital Productions 498 / USA / 2017
‘Ambient Black Magic’ moves away from the extreme saturation of those early cassettes and the industrial environmentalism of his previous album Green Graves and is described by the label as ‘Fear Dub’ - which is essentially the perfect encapsulation of the deep sense of paranoia contained within. The opening Jungle Is A Shapeshifter is a gargantuan 35 minute head-melter that’s split across the first two sides of the vinyl pressing. Co-Produced with Silent Servant, it’s the most absorbing piece of new electronic music we’ve heard for time - slowly unfurling via chorus pedal guitars that gradually degrade, while a fathoms-deep bass pulse and tape-delay gives the piece its shape. It’s like an updated, tranquillised, fever-dream variant of the kind of ambient dub Vainqueur made his own back in the mid-90’s - we could listen to it on a loop for hours.