Stuart Argabright cut his teeth on
Ike Yard's dark-punk EPs
Night After Night (Disques du Crepuscule, 1981) and
A Fact A Second (Factory, 1982), later collected on
1980-82 Collected (2006),
Dominatrix's disco-punk hit Sleeps Tonite (1984) having just missed
the heydas of New York's new wave.
He and Shinichi Shimokawa then formed
Black Rain, that released
1.0 (1995) and Nanarchy (1996), and then
Death Comet Crew, that released This Is Riphop (Troubleman Unlimited, 2004).
Now I'm Just A Number (2012) collects film soundtracks composed by the
duo in the mid-1990s.
Argabright reformed Black Rain for
Dark Pool (2014), a confused hodgepodge of styles that excels at
alternative dancefloor music, such as
the horror disco-music Endourban and
the industrial tribal dance Burst.
There are embryonic great ideas here and there, and particularly in the cyclical neurosis of Night In New Chiang Saen, but they remain unfulfilled.
At best this is a lightweight version of
Atari Teenage Riot's
"digital hardcore"; at worst, it is simply the kind of dark-tinged electronic
dance music that many bands were doing in the 1980s.
Argabright also formed o13, that released Time Wave Zero (2013),
Ike Yard (Stuart Argabright, Kenneth Compton and Michael Diekmann) reformed and released the
EP Oest (2009) and the
album Nord (2010). Then they reformed again releasing the
EP Sacred Machine (2017) and the
album Rejoy (2018).
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