GENRES: Electronica, Trip Hop, Dream Pop, Dark Cabaret, Alternative
Auxillary Magazine review excerpt, 2013: “Dubbed TENDEROTICS, the album is a reimagined play on the sexually charged 2009 album 10 NEUROTICS. There is amazing diversity here… but it never strays far from that mysterious sensual BlackTape sound. What’s constant is the ambience and overall slow-paced emotionally charged sense of feeling this band is known for, a sort of David Lynchesque romanticism. If 10 NEUROTICS was an intelligent nod to the underworld of sexual fetishism, TENDEROTICS continues this theme elegantly conjuring up an arousing narrative through delicious... soundscapes.”
In 2013 BlackTape’s Sam Rosenthal asked a diverse group of soundsculptors to try their hand at remixes. The directive was to use only the original performances recorded for the album — find a new heartbeat within the sources, find a new angle on these uniquely expressive songs. And they delivered! These tracks luxuriate in the vocals, letting Laurie's passionate purr, Nicki's cynical growl, and Athan's croon shine above the ethereal & dark cabaret moods.
Blurt Magazine wrote, "Erik Wøllo and Android Lust give 'The Perfect Pervert' and 'Tell Me You’ve Taken Another' throbbing, sensual mixes that bring the original album’s underlying themes of alternative sexuality to the fore; the 'milly mixes' by Steve Jones (from Area, not the dude from the Sex Pistols) do the same for 'Marmalade Cat' and 'Caught By a Stranger,’ only more so. The second half dives into deeply ambient waters.”
The 'milly mix' of "Marmalade Cat" is trip-hop meets fur and lust... strip-hop! Comparisons with Groove Armada and Ben Watt but darker and more sensual. This mix dives into the multi-track and pulls out elements and pushes them to the front such as the slinky, feline bass line. In fact, the cover image is model Narcissa, taken from the "Marmalade Cat (milly mix)” video shoot. Watch at YouTube: youtu.be/G5epslLvDhs
For this 2022 reissue, Rosenthal adds three additional mixes.
Music Tap wrote, "TENDEROTICS begins with an Erik Wøllo-remixed treatment of 'The Perfect Pervert,' providing it with an electronica dance vibe. But that doesn’t carry over to the others. With remixes and recreations by eclectic talents like Steve Roach, Android Lust, Attrition, Steve Jones, and even Sam Rosenthal himself, TENDEROTICS cosmetically nips and tucks with experimental surgery surprising every time with a uniquely expressive rework. Erik Wøllo is chosen to end the album with his dark ethereal mix of 'Halo Star (2013).' The hallmark of Black Tape For a Blue Girl album releases have always been the poetic expression of dark human emotion encased in the music interests of Sam Rosenthal at the time of composition. TENDEROTICS is an album that has the creator of 10 NEUROTICS entrusting his personal songs to others. And it is safe to say that the others have not defiled the songs but have instead given them new blood with which to exist within a different sphere of life."
released February 12, 2013