Kids of the Black Hole

Stoked to finally share the new video Kids of the Black Hole, I decided to move away from my usual wavey aesthetic to portray the essence of my friend Daniel Bunker along with an underlying feeling on youth culture.

I first started SMBH with the idea of London being a Black Hole at the centre of the UK, sucking up all the inspired youth. This is the case even more so today, with its pull expanding across the globe. Which makes it all the more upsetting that we’re currently under one of the most aggressive attacks on youth culture in modern times; audacious increases in tuition fees, blanket bans on drugs not seen anywhere before, even in the Regan era and most importantly the serial closing of world music renowned venues.

However skateboarding seems to be going in the opposite direction, some of the largest globalised companies are investing millions into moulding it into a ‘sport’, skaters constantly striving for more perfect and technical tricks, epitomised most with the recent inclusion in the olympics.

I feel It shouldn’t be this way, it should be fun and about creative expression. Hence my direction in this new video, punk vibe, voice of the disgruntled youth, fuck the system. Filmed only in the streets or skater-made DIY spots.

Enjoy xx

 

Mainstream-Media, pushers from the shadows in the service of terror

Media in the service of terror is the latest release from Dominick Fernow under alias Vatican Shadow. Its a progressive, emotive techno album which takes on classic beats, pushing them to their limit with racing tempos and excitable synths. It feels though it builds on a narrative, telling the story of the modern day status quo, highlighting the issues with powerful vibrations. It is hard to overlook the political connotations and I feel they really add to the power of this record.

Starting off with Ziad Jarrah studied mathematics, a slow paced atmospheric track with thunderous crashes echoing around. A reverby organ plays in the background painting the scene of a lone figure deep in study of mathematics somewhere in the fringes of society.

More of the same  features pumping drums supplemented with lo-fi distorted claps and a teasingly simple synth which keeps you peering over the edge looking for more. This is such a powerful track for me, and potentially techno track of the year, check it out below:

Take vows is a boomy slow paced thumper which literally sounds like the thudding heart beat of a, to be initiated, assailant echoing around an airy space. Gradually building energy with more drums and a harsh acid synth to a subtle euphoria coming in the last minute, as though the vows have just been said and endorphins are flowing. Unfortunately the flow is completely broken in the album with a harsh finish an contrasting following track.

Where there is money there is unforgiveness features some floaty synths, and noisy mechanical high pitched drums with very little low end and lots of distortion. It is short an feels more like a skit then a track, for me serving only to break the momentum.

Interrogation mosaic pierces the silence with deep, reverberating synths leaving you in a constant state of flux and anticipation, but again lets it down loosely, Really playing on the constant perpetual fear the media push, with little or no end product. Following this are remixes of take vows and more of the same.

Media in the service of terror is an atmospheric techno record with deep feelings and emotion, leaving the listener in a disorientated state of mind. It is definitely physiological and gets in your head, a skill full homage to both the media and terrorism which operate in a similar headspace.

Check out the full album on Spotify

Media In The Service Of Terror
Album by Dominick Fernow