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Electronic albums that have changed my opinion about non-guitar music forever. I love these. Recommend me similar artists and records, por favor.
Themes for an Imaginary Film
Initially slated to be the soundtrack of the 2011 sleeper stunner "Drive," the now stand-alone record, which nevertheless makes many nods to its original M.O., is packed to the brim with detail, nuance, and stunning production value. The record is sprawling and engrossing; it makes excellent mood music, as well.
Devestating, authentic, and threadbare, "Enough Thunder" is James Blake's nod to the world, his self-assured, closed-eyed smile at the rest of humankind; it is the sound of a young man finding himself before he was really ready, but accepting and embracing his enlightenment fully in spite of it. This EP has me very excited about the future and the music likely to emenate from one of England's brightest and boldest talents.
I know, I know. This is still a guitar-rock record, techincally. However, for a majority of the its run time, "Ratatat" sounds like rock music from a thousand years in the future. Songs such as "Germany to Germany" and "Chery" lift this record into the stratosphere, conferring upon it a gravitas and transcendence that betrays the light-hearted tone of the vocal interlude. One of my all time favorite albums.
These beats are certainly not terrestrial, that's for sure. "Blue Ruby" is one of the most incredible things I've ever heard. I cannot wait until someone gets ahold of this and turns it into the most mind-bending mixtape of all time. I'm looking at you, Jay Electronica.
The man was a genius, and we lost him far, far to soon. This is his magnum opus.
"Swim" is the kind of record that begs to be danced to just as fervently as it begs to be listened to calmly and contemplated. Absolutely mind-numbingly beautiful and haunting. I really fucking love this record. It's funky.
I caught this dude before an xx show at The Church in Philly two years ago. I was immediately blown away by how seamlessly and energetically he wove these creations together. "Drift" simply percolates with a blissful, though sometimes rather dark, vibrancy. I very much enjoy the sort of trance-like rhythms he creates.
"Fin" is starting to grow on me in an astounding manner; it feels like the very first inkling of inebration; gut warmed, body suffused with good will and euphoria, skin slightly flushed, all doubts and sadness subverted into reckless world-fucking joy.
|7|| ||James Blake|
Love What Happened Here
While the entire EP is fanatastic, it's really the first, title track that steals the show here. I have no idea what it is about those synths, which could be dopplegangers for triumphant horns, that endear me to the track so much, but perhaps it has something to do with their playful interaction with that trickling keyboard line running throughout, or those oddly-shattered vocals dancing atop the icicle beat. Amazing.
|6||Burial, Four Tet and Thom Yorke|
Ego / Mirror
Two of my favorite producers that I've heard thus far teamed up with the best songwriter and vocalist of my generation. The resulting EP was nothing short of breathtaking. Dark, dreamy, and full of that dim angelic glint that makes Radiohead so unique and powerful.
Picture London at the precise moment during T.S. Eliot's "The Wastland" when "Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many." Textured, gritty, and resonantly realistic, "Untrue" is the kind of record to play in the rain and think about what the fog means.
Pale Blue Dot
It's a tribute to the wonderful, late Carl Sagan and it's a concept record about traveling from the Earth into deep space and back again. This one connects with me in a very profound, sublime way.
|3||I Am Robot and Proud|
Evocative of an imaginary place both whimsical and surreal, "Uphill City" is the kind of electro-pop record that absolutely never gets old and sounds as refreshing, inviting, and invigorating as the first time I listened to it in my early twenties. I love falling asleep to the now-familiar sounds of its imganiary cityscape.
I've never heard anything like this; the fusion of mournful soul vocals with glitchy, deep-bass synths really puts this over the top. I like Mr. Blake quite a bit.
There Is Love In You
Absoultely my favorite electronic album of all time. It's brilliant; beautifully layered, elegantly conceptualized, and executed with pristine, crystaline brushstrokes, creating textures and moods I've not yet encountered anywhere else in music.
|I'm talking about putting a brick through the other guy's windshield. I'm talking about taking it out and chopping it up.|
|Start with the classics, you'll get them rec'ed a thousand times here, probably...|
Then some favorites of mine:
Theo Parrish - First Floor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEFrNP-BLcI)
Plastikman - Arkive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItPjZUU8HjE)
Deep Dish - George Is On (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhxlhNQlPD8)
Dubfire - various releases (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB1ue-vGMo)
Hieroglyphic Being - same (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt6ZEfgD8Eg)
And finally, my most anticipated release of this year:
Orbital - Wonky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9USCcjfNm8&ob=av2e)
|"I'm talking about putting a brick through the other guy's windshield. I'm talking about taking it out and chopping it up."|
Stick to water, please.
|You wanna talk some jive? I'll talk some jive! I'll talk some jive like you never heard!|
|major props at 1, 6 and 9. with 1 in mind try pantha du prince - this bliss and either gui boratto lp. lots more if you ever wanna be more specific with genres, etc|
|lol "non-guitar music"|
|Come on, fellas! Make with the recs.|
|http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=436113 these ones.|
|Good man. That list looks sick. Thank you, aokuneff.|
|"Come on, fellas! Make with the recs."|
Assumed this was some kind of anti-vinyl list, your advertising needs work man haha
|Hahaha, yeah, I meant to clarify that in the description beneath. Apparently I forgot. Awesome list, dude. Thank you.|
|Autechre - Tri Repeate. |