Chameleons of the dance floor, Blue Mar Ten (Leo Wyndham and Chris Marigold) are just as at home cutting and slicing progressive drum and bass as they are stretching out into the world of cinematic ambience. Black Water, with its carefully crafted contours, sounds at times like it could have been the missing Strange Cargo record by William Orbit. Chiming electric guitars dance over sweet acoustic ones on "Turtle Beach," while "The Conversationalist" is a simmering dance floor cooker, smoothed out and syncopated breakbeats punctuated by a spaced-out blast of alien vocalese. There's a psychedelic heart beating at the center of Blue Mar Ten; it wouldn't surprise me if the duo has experienced some powerful altered states as they manage to replicate the density, complexity and overall weirdness of sounds heard while tripping. Black Water is an adventurous departure for the drum and bass duo, a finely crafted piece of art rock, beats and exotic ambience.
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