Dust Science Recording is an electronic label operating deep inside their lab in South Yorkshire, Sheffield (UK). Dust Science is bringing electronic soul music back to its spiritual home of Sheffield, building on the foundations laid by its forefathers Cabaret Voltaire and The Human League.
Dust Science casts nods of acknowledgement to these torch bearers via a casual wink to the techno legends located throughout the decades to the present day in the underground outposts of North America and Berlin.
The Sheffield techno label is mainly the platform for The Black Dog. The Black Dog was formerly the trio of Ken Downie, Ed Handley and Andy Turner, also known at the time as Black Dog Productions. Ed and Andy left to pursue their Plaid project, Ken continued with several different line-ups of Black Dog before choosing to work with Martin Dust and Richard Dust from Dust Science Recordings after a long break from the music scene.
In 2001, Downie teamed up with Richard and Martin Dust, owners of the label Dust Science Recordings. Since then, they have started to play live again and have released eight EPs and four full-length albums on Dust Science. Their first album, Silenced, was released in 2005. The second, Radio Scarecrow, was released in 2008 and was very well received and nominated for DJ Mag’s Best of British 2008.
The follow-up to Radio Scarecrow, Further Vexations, was released in 2009. It was described as having a dark cynicism of Orwellian practices of government and the passivity of the general public.
Their latest release on Dust Science is the album Tranklements. Naturally, Tranklements (Yorkshire dialect, meaning a collection of precious objects) is an album of single-minded purpose. There are no fashionable diversions into drone, noise or dub techno. Instead, The Black Dog continue to explore the legacies of Detroit and Sheffield bleep techno, and where those two shade into ambient electronica, with technical elegance and emotional honesty. In that way Tranklements recalls Robert Hood's Motor: Nighttime World 3: both exhibit a confidence and composure perhaps unique to veteran producers.
Beside releasing exclusively The Black Dog’s album, Dust Science Recordings welcomes some other artists such as: Paula Temple, DJ T-1000, Derailleur, 65d Mavericks, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Carl Taylor, Claude Young, Nick Dunton, Liz Revision, The Kooky Scientist, amongst several others.