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Cinematic Quality: Blanck Mass' Favourite Albums
James Benge , May 12th, 2015 13:12

He's just released his second solo album, Dumb Flesh, and is set to play tQ's stage at The Great Escape on Friday. Before that, the Fuck Buttons man gives James Benge the rundown of his top 13 records

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Black Meteoric Star - Black Meteoric Star
This record and the Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom album (The Days of Mars) changed the way I thought about the instrumentation I use. I hadn’t been particularly into the more straight-up kind of dance music before but Russom is such an interesting fella. He obviously uses a lot of modular instrumentation, he builds synthesisers for so many musicians. I know that Bjorn from Black Dice has a synthesiser that he bought from Russom and plays his guitar through, it’s pretty cool.

Black Meteoric Star definitely challenged the way I look at synth music, beforehand I hadn’t really considered that more modular-based stuff, but what really attracted me here was the last track, ‘Dreamcatcher’. It’s so subtle in its lifts, there’s a real underlying melancholy but it’s so very beautiful. If you look at the actual components there aren’t many, maybe five or six, and it creates such a delicate dynamic.

The first time I ever heard this was when HTRK were on tour with Fuck Buttons and Nigel [Yang] put it on in the van; it blew me away. I also really love The Days of Mars; I was going to say it’s a little less club-friendly, but that’s not quite true. But the Black Meteoric Star is a little harder, more for the dancefloor.


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