Kilo of Black Bondage - Fear the
By Marcus Pan
France is becoming quite a boomtown for
dark ambient and interesting conglomerations.  Kilo of Black Bondage were
formed in 2003 at the I.D.E.A.L festival in France. Names thrown about on the
press kit you will remember from Rona's various artists project, Je Suis Un
 Kilo of Black Bondage typically refer to themselves as
dub artists, mixing together various soundage and ambience to form pieces that
move a bit more than your standard ambient backwash. Dub, drum 'n bass and a
touch of jazz fusion are blended to create Fear the Windows, using some
spoken word to punctuate sections of song like Static Charge, A Bark for
Fate and the opening Unleash.
Poetry Band(1) was one that sticks in my mind with this
style of avante-garde spoken word poetry, but the difference here is that 
Kilo of Black Bondage pull it off with applomb the lyrics are
mesmerizing and the backing soundscapes are extremely appropriate somehow with
the material. A Bark For Fate is a favorite of this type of
Meanwhile Too Broken is a hardcore jazz dub, with
horns, spoken word smashed together with heavy handed rhythms. A strongly
moving score, Too Broken is easily one of my favorite spoken word tracks
to hit the air. Frightening while at the same time catchy,  Kilo do an
amazing job of creating a track that will mesmerize and intensify.
Let's step back to the opening Unleash, which has a
brilliantly used vocal sample in the beginning to kick off Fear the
Windows on a strange bent: "You're not making very much progress, Danny."
Where that's from and exactly what progress  Kilo of Black Bondage refer to
is unknown, but it pushes the listener into a muddy water of slow moving
ambient with more nicely applied samples. It opens with a "middle of the story"
tack and leaves you wondering through the rest of Fear the Windows.
The dubbed up Muhlet is brilliantly concocted with
moving rhythms and seriously well written lyrical spoken word. As good as any
William Burroughs(2) reading. The backing music moves with the verbiage rather
than just tries to backdrop it and the two fuse together into a cohesive and
well created whole. Rhythms will find themselves mixed up, slowed, stalled and
otherwise dubbed into a strange moving eclectic form applied to a rigorous bass
movement to create a funky jazzy tune.
Earth Multi Hop Whistlers is, as the name implies, a
truly strange track. Jazz fusion at its finest, and I dig the jam-band style it
comes out with. Its one of those few songs that comes in really warped
and weirded out, but still views to be music as opposed to mush.
I really enjoyed  Kilo of Black Bondages Fear
the Windows. Avante garde, but avant garde done with a mind towards the
listener rather than just a bunch of mush that the creator felt good to press
just for the sake of pressing, which is Poetry Band and Einzeleinheit 003. 
Kilos work is worlds better than other artists of the genre and have a certain
flair for dubbing weirdness together into a worthwhile whole.
Rue Alexadre Parodi, 75010 Paris, France
(1) Poetry Bands Exit was
reviewed in Legends #151.
(2) His Interzone book was
written up in the Off The Shelf column of Legends