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|Why I Love Electronic Music (part 2)|
HI GUYS! Here is part 2 of my ever on-going fascination with electronic
music. It is overdue because university got in the way last semester. But
I recently graduated. Yay! So let's celebrate. In the same vein of my
first list, I have tried to include a decent variety of genres and periods:
from pop things to more demanding records, from the 80's to the 2010's
up until this year. To maintain a good balance between "obvious" and
"overlooked". To add singles, EPs and lots of soundtracks because... why
not. Some artists make a return, and several new ones appear. Hopefully
it is better than part 1, but still as personal, since this is merely a
representation of what I like and fancy. Let's get some discussion going
as well. What are your favorite albums of 2014 so far? Tell me, I'm
curious. Also, rec me techno, ambient and psytrance!
The Bones of What You Believe
A solid and infectious first album. Another proof (if it ever was needed) that
electronic pop is still in healthy form. Uplifting stuff with great choruses.
|99||Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross|
The Social Network
First up is Kirkland. They keep everything open and allow indexes in their Apache
configuration. So a little Wget magic is all that's necessary to download the entire
Kirkland facebook. Kids' stuff. Next is Eliot. They're also open, but with no indexes
on Apache. I can run an empty search and it returns all of the images in the
database in a single page. And I can save the page and Mozilla will save all the
images for me. Excellent. Moving right along. Lowell has some security. They require
a user name/password combo, and I'm gonna go ahead and say they don't have
access to the main FAS user database, so they have no way of detecting an
intrusion. Adams has no security, but limits the number of results to 20 a page. All I
need to do is break out the same script I used on Lowell and we're set. Quincy has
no online facebook. What a sham. Nothing I can do about that. Dunster is intense.
Not only is there no public directory, but there's no directory at all. You have to do
searches, and if your search returns more than 20 matches, nothing gets returned.
And once you do get results, they don't link directly to the images. They link to a
PHP that redirects or something. Weird. This may be difficult. I'll come back later.
Leverett is a little better. They still make you search, but you can do an empty
search and get links to pages with every student's picture. It's slightly obnoxious
that they only let you view one picture at a time, and there's no way I'm going to
go to 500 pages to download pics one at a time. So it's definitely necessary to
break out Emacs and modify that Perl script.
Said The Spider
Proto-dubstep. It is also one hell of a dance track. Waawwaaawwaaawwrrrrrr TUT-
TUT-TUT-TUT-TUT-TUT Waawwaaawwaaaawwrrrrrr TUT-TUT-TUT-TUT-TUT-TUT
The Golden Age of Wireless
Europa & The Pirate Twins. One Of Our Submarines. Europa & The Pirate Twins. One
Of Our Submarines. Europa & The Pirate Twins. One Of Our Submarines. Truly
memorable songs you can't dislike.
Infectious house anthem from last year. Need I say more?
Looking At The Stars
Decent AOTY contender in drum & bass. Lenzman, one of Goldie's "protégés", drops
his excellent debut album on the prestigious Metalheadz label.
I'm still a psytrance beginner so feel free to rec me some more in the comment
section. Loving this! Bye.
Fun, catchy, exotic, humorous, banana juice, strawberry juice, raisin juice. With
sweeping instrumentals and creative collabs like this, count me in!
My favorite Ratatat album.
Truth Be Told
A great follow-up to THA with magnificent tracks as expected. My favorites: The
Machinery Of Night (consolation). Lucent Vessel (mystery). The Certainty Of Tides
(infinity). Noble ambient sculptures.
Inspired by a science fiction & cyberpunk novel called "Idoru". Given how good the
music is, I would love to read it. Tech house for insomniacs and the likes.
Freezing Opening Thawing
"Shack Fu ~ out soon for SNES & GENESIS 1994 2014" (MonsieurTornade)
|88||Jeremy Underground Paris|
My Love Is Underground
Le gars il a trouvé toutes ces pépites et ça déchire bien! Jeremy Underground Paris,
jeune DJ français, s'était donné pour mission de partir à la recherche des plus
étonnants gemmes oubliés de la house music. Il est même parfois allé demander la
permission, en personne, à des ex-DJ qui détenaient la clé de voûte d'un morceau
en particulier. Résultat : une compilation intitulée « My Love Is Underground »
recelant de petits bijoux surprenants de house, rétro certes mais surtout pas
ringarde. Saluez bien bas les grooves prestigieuses de Chicago! C'est mission
Computer World helped spawn Aphex Twin & Autechre. How cool is that? That's like
a queen giving birth to the heirs. I saw Kraftwerk in concert last Spring and they
were awesome as expected. Ralf Hütter still knows the name of the game when it
comes to live settings.
Trainspotting: Music from the Motion Picture
Now I've justified this to myself in all sorts of ways. It wasn't a big deal, just a
minor betrayal. Or we'd outgrown each other, you know, that sort of thing. But let's
face it, I ripped them off - my so called mates. But Begbie, I couldn't give a shit
about him. And Sick Boy, well he'd done the same to me, if he'd only thought of it
first. And Spud, well okay, I felt sorry for Spud - he never hurt anybody. So why
did I do it? I could offer a million answers - all false. The truth is that I'm a bad
person. But, that's gonna change - I'm going to change. This is the last of that sort
of thing. Now I'm cleaning up and I'm moving on, going straight and choosing life.
I'm looking forward to it already. I'm gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the
fucking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric
tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home,
leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children,
walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters,
family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by,
looking ahead, the day you die.
26 Mixes For Cash
Oddities, experiments, mindblowing remixes, it can't be a proper electronic music list
without some Richard D. James can it? Une Femme N'est Pas Un Homme tu-tum-tu
tsiiiii tu-tum-tu tsiiiii tu-tum-tu tsiiiii tu-tum-tu tsiiiii tu-tum-tu tsiiiii braindance
Primitive techno in a black hole for the ages. Rarely has a bassline so eagerly
enveloped its listeners.
An astonishing mix of techno, garage, ambient, and Russian vibes. Winter album in a
very good way: I was listening to this on repeat last December. Winters in Quebec
are bloody cold sometimes. Last one was bloody cold anyways. Shout-out to
Typhoner for reviewing this when it came out.
Dark And Long
Dark Trainnn Dark Trainnn Dark Trainnn Dark Trainnn Dark Trainnn Dark Trainnn Dark
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TRAINNN Dark Trainnn DARK TRAINNN Dark Trainnn DARK TRAINNN Dark Trainnn
DARK TRAINNN Dark Trainnn DARK TRAINNN Dark Trainnn DARK TRAINNN Dark
Trainnn DARK TRAINNN Dark Trainnn DARK TRAINNN Dark Trainnn
|81||Boddika and Joy Orbison|
I simply cannot wait for Joy O's debut album.....if he ever releases one that is. But
how come would he not? I imagine some landmark crossover house-techno-garage
LP. One can always dream. For now, we just have to be patient and enjoy his
groundbreaking singles & collabs.
|80||Kyary Pamyu Pamyu|
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
YEAH O_____O!!!! YEAH O_____O!!!! YEAH O_____O!!!! Musical drug straight out
of Russia. Fortress of muscular techno with basslines that will modify your bones.
Gesloten Cirkel is a necromancer who raises the dead because his music is so heavy
and stormy. Heroes Of Might And Magic: Necropolis: Gesloten The Producer: Level
Colourful techno at its peak. The Hartnoll Brothers doing what they do best: expand
the intellect of their listeners. While The Brown Album is a plunge into the rabbit
hole (or orbital hole like I said last time), In Sides is aerodynamic, smoother, more
clear-headed, winged as a bird, which shows how versatile Orbital were back then.
Overlooked house album from last year that deserves way more love than it has
right now. Slick, tasty, glimmering. Some French Frog reviewed it.
It's Album Time
Okay boys & girls, It's About Time we dance and chew bubble gum! Todd Terje is
set to conquer the world with this delicious slice of disco-house-electro. I love his
playful mindset. Inspector Norse is my favorite song: it tickles my fancy way, way
too much. Shout-out to Will Robinson for reviewing this when it came out.
The Burning Crusade Soundtrack
Holy Pally LF raid guild. I am a good main tank healer and I know all boss fights. Will
bring food and flasks. I got the 46 Addons all set. I have Ventrilo, TeamSpeak,
Skype and Mumble. I am willing to raid 4/5 days a week. Karazhan. Coilfang
Reservoir. Tempest Keep. Magtheridon's Lair. Hellfire Peninsula. Zangarmarsh.
Shattrath. Nagrand. Shadowmoon Valley. Netherstorm:
Atom Bomb is one of the Big Three Of Big Beat (along with Block Rockin' Beats and
Right Here, Right Now). But Risotto isn't all about Atom Bomb, or the opening
Absurd for that matter. It is a little bit of everything (techno, breakbeat,
downtempo), and a welcome addition to the catalogue. Shout-out to
SanguineCream if he's still around!
Raw, expeditious, fiery, artistic sing-along anthem for the clubs. Forget about
Calvin Harris or Martin Garrix crap: Emerge keeps the club spirit alive.
|72||Dom and Roland|
No Strings Attached
Ahhhhhhhhh, Dom & Roland. The heavyweight & apocalyptic counterpart to Calibre.
Much less accessible, but always consistent, always bigger-than-life. This album
has collabs with Noisia & Amon Tobin among others. Enough said.
Robert Hood: "Definitely, it's very, very deliberate?it's laser-point deliberate. You
will live, you are a powerful, creative, unstoppable man of God. You were designed
to do great things. But a lot of people go to the grave not knowing that, not
realizing their dreams and their visions, having them manifested and come to pass.
And so it's this message: not only can you survive, but you can thrive in this world,
you can live an abundant life, that's God's plan, that's his will for us. And so no
more do we need to get depressed or worried or live in fear?fear of what? So there
is nothing I can't do in techno. You are looking at a water-walker, you are looking
at a dude who can defy gravity. So again, like Mojo said, "There ain't nobody bad
like you"?hey, that's me! He's talking about me! And he's talking about you. So it's
a beautiful thing. It's a beautiful thing."
|70||A Guy Called Gerald|
Legendary acid house from Gerald. Do "Like" Gerald on Facebook, he often posts
funny or thoughtful stuff. I was born in 1992 in the land of mooses, igloos and
maple sugar, far far away from the 90's raves of the old tales. Yet, each and every
time I hear Voodoo Ray it's as if I can grasp the essence of those past raves.
Disconnect To Connect
Overlooked techno. RA gave it a 4.5 but it wasn't on their end-of-year list. Steven
Tang really took his time to craft the album (we're talking about years of work
here) and it shows. There is a timeless quality to it, for lack of a better word, and
it deserves more love. It might sound like understated at first, but give it some
time, the synth riffs will eventually get stuck in your head.
Charming, ingenuous, painted, dreamy dubstep for your hobbies at home or outside.
Sexy Boy et Kelly Watch The Stars sont tellement dans mes cordes. Chacun émane
une espèce de candeur suave, c'est fabuleux et unique. Inutile de préciser que le
reste de l'album est très solide aussi, La Femme D'Argent en particulier, belle intro
qui ondule comme un drapé. À noter aussi l'usage inspiré des vocodeurs.
Steamy house album for when life is good. In fact it's everything house should ever
be: warm, wet, tribal, soulful, light, expressive. Never-ending grooves will keep me
awake. Thumbs up for a tropical dancefloor!
Late Night Blues
Tribal, exotic, spacey, food, drinks, warmth.
Nothing Is Certain
Tunnels. Mazes. Holes. ASC explores new boundaries with genres. I am Eloriapheus.
You take the blue pill: you do not listen to this album. You take the red pill....and
I'll show you how deep the ASC goes.
High Contrast is the ABBA of drum & bass, the Pet Shop Boy of liquid funk. From my
point of view, that's a hell of a great thing. One of the two figureheads of Hospital
Records (the other being label-founder London Elektricity).
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time OST
I only need one key for that door but I can't find it. I'm tired of this temple. I've
been doing this for hours and found nothing... Can you help me? Yeah. Uh-huh. I
did! No, but... Well, yeah, I went through that room four times already. Oh. Wait so
I have to go behind? What? I don't get it. Where is the key?! I can't find the key! I
want to get out of here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I8HgE1RVxY
This is one of the most danceable drum & bass records you will ever hear. Summer.
More summer. And more summer. Jump in the swimming pool. Dance your socks off
to the delicious liquid bass, as if no one were watching you.
|60||Pet Shop Boys|
What can I say? It's been 30 years and the Boys still have it. Whereas veterans like
BT and The Crystal Method have sunk into mediocre EDM standards on their last
respective albums (whyyyyyy), Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe keep making
interesting dance music for the masses (teaming up this time with producer Stuart
Price). Love Is A Bourgeois Construct is up there with the best. What a song.
Granted it's no West End Girls or It's A Sin, but it's a thrilling house smash that
samples work from Henry Purcell! No joke. Neil Tennant is 60. How many 60 year-old
men make thrilling house smashes? https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Wow, you guys weren't kidding when you said this was good.
Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger.
Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger.
Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger.
Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger. Title track is a lifechanger.
Title track is a lifechanger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3OzptqCDvw
Are You That Retail Snob?
Things I Found On Yotimi's List. Beautiful discoveries.
By The Way/The Yearning VIP
Two neurofunk smashes you need to hear. Both tracks are sweeping & wonderful
rides you will come back to again and again. They're very accessible as well. A
perfect 12-inch. I mean it. Just listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
I want to.......play video games in the hyrulian palace of Zelda while wearing
eternal pajamas then venture and daydream and no sleep into the most amazing
platformers then create a character on the new-next-level-god-tier MMO. May
Spiral Power be the soundtrack to all of this. Shout-out to Rev for this splendid
album, it resonated with me.
I just love the way Tobin plays with drums to create patterns of his own. Bricolage
(true to its namesake) is a lush, dense, brooding odyssey, barely accessible but
ultimately rewarding. Between D&B and IDM. Brimming with unearthly landscapes. It
is a testament to the powerful imagination of Tobin. Electronic scrapbooking at its
finest. Shout-out to Clercqie who loves this album.
Impressive album from an absurdly talented producer. Easily one of the most
memorable LPs of 2013. I would have loved the second part to be a little more
engaging, but it's just a minor flaw. An admirable cathedral for electrojunkies, of
which Collider is the centerpiece.
Through The Eyes Of A Scorpion
Epic early neurofunk for windy nights and autumn temperatures. Very atmospheric
and very crisp. Silent Depths will light a candle in your mind. Severed Dreams will
lubricate it. Whole album will twist it upside down.
Matter Plus Form
Futurepop is essentially EBM with poppier inclinations. That's the most simple
definition I can give. Big club-ready beats with personality. Ronan Harris is brilliant
not because he is a technically perfect singer, but because he gives a
performance, he's really into his own words, and I admire that. Bloc loves this album
(hi Bloc!). Listen to Perpetual for a great futurepop song:
Intergalactic forum on another planet like in Ancient Greece but with every species
of the universe pavilions colours life life life everywhere knowledge exchange of all
sorts City Of The Future City Of The Future in golden lands to come where FlyLo is
the cosmic DJ lord of the beats.......
River of beats, plasma of beats, garden of beats, Los Angeles is a landmark in
"laptop music". Chicken soup for the IDM soul. Blacksmith: Beatsmith!
Where Were U In '92?
Where was I in 92? I was either inside my mother's belly or asleep in my baby cradle
at home. Or perhaps I was drinking milk. Not sure. Thank you Zomby for giving me a
chance to understand what rave & breakbeat hardcore were all about. The Street
Fighter remix is such a grand finale. Throwback dance album from the "enfant
terrible" of electronic music. Tasty, tasty stuff. Shout-out to TMobotron who loves
SlayerS_`BoxeR` vs YellOw. NaDa vs Stork. Bisu vs sAviOr. Flash vs Jaedong.
Nal_rA JulyZerg iloveoov. GééGéééééééééé. Micro Macro Micro Macro Micro Macro
Micro Macro I CAN REACH 200 APM EASY. You must construct additional Pylons.
SCV Rush 12 Hatch 2 Gates Proxy 8 Bunker Rush Peanut Butter Jelly Time BO! Also
3V3 BGH NO NOOBS OR KICK 4v4 ZERO CLUTTER NO RUSH 3 YEARS AT LEAST 8v8
FASTEST POSSIBLE IN SPACE NO HACKER PLZ PLAGUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
The New Zealand counterpart to ASC. Intriguing artist who has already made two
magical LPs, leading the whole "Autonomic" movement with style. Test Dream is full
of personality, offering a unique and blurry sound amid shady beats.
Dungeon Of The Initiates. Let me become a Mezzanine Freemason. Desire,
sensuality, things of the body. Nobility, liberty, blossoming. Break out from boredom
and fear, and Enter Mezzanine World.
Imagine you're a science fiction fan. Imagine you're also an electronic music fan.
You then wonder: how do I make the most out of these two interests? The first
thing you do is you get yourself a copy of this album. After that, well, I mean, you
watch Blade Runner, listen to some Autechre and Orbital, etc. etc., you know, all
those things, but first, first and foremost, you just listen to this, especially the title
|43||Ed Rush and Optical|
Landmark album in drum & bass. Just a stone-cold classic from the golden era of
techstep. Get this if you are curious about the genre. For many people, Wormhole
is to drum & bass what Geogaddi is to IDM. While it has its flaws, there's no
denying how much influence this album has had. The best thing that has come out
from Virus Recordings. Also, Ed Rush looks like a guy I would totally hang out with.
Mission To Sedna
Psytrance from Quebec. Yeahhh! Forgotten gem from my homeland. No one knows
about this, so make sure to share it if you enjoy. You can easily find a copy on
rutracker or soulseek. Have a listen to the breathtaking opening track and tell me
what you think in the comment section: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Dazzling and disorienting rhythms for the spirit. Life is meaningless without Autechre.
Tales of the Inexpressible
There is a cheer. The gnomes have learned a new way to say HOOOORAAAYYYYY.
Devcore album basically. Incredibly diverse drum & bass; not a single track sounds
like another. You have everything on this: liquid, neurofunk, atmosphere, bangers,
dubstep halfstep godstep, gigantic galloping rollers that would make you dance all
night and morph into an Intelligent Dance Human. Fiery basslines that will change
your life, especially on Bipolar, Battlefish and The Relieve. It's just spectacular. And
Music For Prophet
Alright, this is the most accessible drum & bass album ever. Spread the word and
share it please. It's a marvel and no one seems to talk about it. Make it the
soundtrack to some of your days. I love you, Klute, you're the best xxx
Hard Normal Daddy
Another fine example of electronic scrapbooking, another showcase of nervous and
staggering drums that linger in your mind and your body. Next level stuff. Drum &
Bass & Drill & Bass & Break & Bass & Scissors & Bass.
|36||The Age of Love|
The Age of Love
Rave in a cathedral for the ages. The Queen of classic trance. Still gives shivers
This album perfectly answers the question: What are the perks of mixing electronic
music with other genres and styles? I mean, it just does.
Shelflife Vol. 2
If one were to make a top 3 of drum & bass artists, Calibre would have to be on the
podium. There's no way around it. He's been spearheading the scene for about 15
years now and shows no signs of fatigue. His catalogue is infinite and marvelous. It
turns out he also has a very accessible sound: luminous, gentle, liquid, soulful.
Please give this compilation a listen if you wish to bounce around to some rollers or
chill out to dubbed out beats.
Mysterious chicken soup for the techno soul. Darren Cunningham changes tempos &
styles as if he were a sonic juggler. Hypnotizing sentries with rumbling bass. Puzzles
House gamechanger from one of its oldest outfits. Gerald Simpson had already left
the band by then, but it was led by Graham Massey. We're talking about superb
house music that came at the dawn of the 90's, when the genre was still in its
infancy. Released in 1989! In a way, it announced and kickstarted the electronic
boom of the next decade with confidence.
Heeeeeere I'm allooooowed, everything all of the tiiiiiiime Heeeeeere I'm
allooooowed, everything all of the tiiiiiiiime ICE AGE COMING ICE AGE COMING let me
hear both sides let me hear both sides let me hear both ICE AGE COMING ICE AGE
COMING Throw me in the fiiiire Throw me the in fiiiire Throw me in the We're not
scaremongering THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING, HAPPENING We're not scaremongering,
THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING, HAPPENING...
Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green
pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right
paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no
evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff - they comfort me. You prepare a
table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my
cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
The Gospel of Goa/Psytrance. I just realized Hallucinogen/Simon Posford is actually
one half of Shpongle, which makes him even more neat and cool.
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Forgotten masterpiece from the 80's. I love Marc Almond's personality and
expressiveness, but it is Alan Ball's synth production that steals the show. Purple,
otherworldly, urban, slick, lustful. Give it a listen and you won't believe it was made
in 1981. There are tasty synth riffs & basslines all over the place. The song Youth
sounds like an avant-garde-black-celebration-god-tier song. As for Sex Dwarf,
well.......it is for you to discover but be prepared. And the finale Say Hello, Wave
Goodbye is a stirring ballad like no other.
|27||Carbon Based Lifeforms|
World Of Sleepers
You guys gave me recs in part 1 so I tried to act on it, especially with CBL. It
comes off as no surprise that I love this, as well as Hydroponic Garden. From
FSOL's Lifeforms to.........................CaRBoN BaSeD LiFeFoRMS! Excellent work.
Very inspiring and very acid album.
Since I Left You
Since I Discovered You. Wave after wave of summery grooves. The Seven Wonders
of Samples and beyond.
One of the most important drum & bass albums in recent years. Great architecture
of vertiginous proportions. Deep, deep, deep strikes of bass. Drums that hit you like
a paladin's hammer of justice. Full of personality and details. Splendid through &
through. I'm just gonna throw it out there: Cern might end up being the Photek of
the 2010s. You know what that means......... Also, shout-out to Deviant because I
had to look at his ratings to know about this album. So spread the word!
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Found A Dancer Who Gets Wild To The Beats Of Record Rhythm /// I JUST WANT
FOUR WALLS AND ADOBE SLABS FOR MY GIRLSSSSS /// JUST AAAAAA SEC
MOOOOORE IN MY BEEEEDDDD.....HOOOPE MYYYY MACHINE'S WORKING RIIIIGHT
/// AM I REALLY ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF MEEEEEEE AM I REALLY
ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF MEEEEEEE /// THIS WILDERNESS UP IN MY
HEAAAAD THIS WILDERNESS UP IN MY HEAAAAD thiswildernessneeds
togetrightoutofmyclothesandgetintomyBEDROOM /// UNTIL YOU'RE FULLY GROWN,
YOU'VE GOT A REAL GOOD SHOT; WON'T HELP TO HOLD INSIDE, GIVE A REAL, GIVE
A REAL SHOUT OUT, UNTIL YOU'RE FULLY GROWN, YOU'VE GOT A REAL GOOD
SHOT; WON'T HELP TO HOLD INSIDE, GIVE A REAL GIVE A REAL SHOUT OUT!
|23||Sasha And John Digweed|
And The Goodiest Mixes Of The 90's Are..........Coastal Breaks II and Northern
Exposure!!!!! wooohooooo *clapclapclapclap* All-encompassing house mix from one
of the most famous DJ teams of all time.
|22||Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark|
Synth laboratory finds OMD at their experimental peak. Visionary work. Concept
album about technology, the future, and what they hold for humanity. In fact it's
probably the most experimental synthpop album ever made, which explains why it
was a commercial failure back in the 80's. Spiritual cousin of "Radio-Activity".
Steampunk vibes. Andy McCluskey & Paul Humphreys are magicians. If you're the
type "I generally don't like synthpop", give this album a chance. It might surprise
you. The Romance Of The Telescope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
What? Why put Duran Duran on this list? Well, Rio is one of my favorite albums, but
that's not a reason, right? So why? Nick Rhodes' glimmering synth lines are why.
Ohhhhh okay, okay. The only song here that is more "synthpop" than "pop rock" is
The Chauffeur though. My name is Eloriaz and I'm dancing on the sand!
Donkey Kong Country 2 Soundtrack
No, you have to get that barrel before crossing the bridge, or else the guy is gonna
throw you in the lava. Yep that's it. No no, go above it. Watch out for the bees
there. Yep. Careful. WAIT. Careful. Yeah kill him also. Good, okay. CAREFUL. Go
below. I think you're halfway there now. Get the coin. Nice! Good job! Okay. Uh-
huh. Just run it's almost finished. There you go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Infinity Plus Infinity
Are you looking for blue thick atmosphere-soaked drum & bass? Yes? Excellent! Big
Bud's first album will please you I promise. Right this way. Fasten your seatbelt and
|18||Jean Michel Jarre|
Jean Michel Jarre crée une nouvelle saison avec ce magnum opus de bleuités
ambiantes et de synthés riches. J'aurais beau dire que Jarre est le kraftwerkien de
service des français, ce serait le réduire à un ersatz, ce qu'il n'est pas.
Immédiatement charmant et transpirant la renaissance, peut-être grâce à sa
candeur rêveuse, Oxygène est vital en effet. Clignotements, ronronnements et
gazouillis de synthés abondent.
2001: A Space Odyssey. Alien. Blade Runner. Solaris. Close Encounters Of The Third
Kind. Planet Of The Apes. A Clockwork Orange. The Empire Strikes Back. 12
Monkeys. The Matrix. Starship Troopers. Gattaca. Jurassic Park. Moon. District 9.
Calibre's first album surely resembles a compilation (tracks chosen by DJ Fabio), but
it is no less a cohesive work that still provides the best overview of Dominick
Martin's talent. A seminal bridge between soulful jungle of the mid-90's & modern
liquid drum & bass.
Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett
Exciting. Crazy. Genius. Breakcore meets classical music, as a matter of fact, what
more could you ask for? This should totally play at the Jardins De Versailles if you
please! Unbelievable music. It's like some bored composer started smashing around
violins and pianos to make some noise, just for kicks and giggles, and find out if it's
good or not. Well, it's damn good yeah!
Forever engraved in my mind because of this: http://atinyglimpse.ytmnd.com/
|13||Boards of Canada|
Music Has the Right to Children
The Trumpets Of BoC call me. Knowledge & the Unknown. The Trumpets Of BoC call
me. I want to swim and dive into the Aquarius. The Trumpets Of BoC call me. The
Great Pavilions will welcome my soul. The Trumpets Of BoC call me. One Very
Important Though. The Trumpets Of BoC call me. I am no stranger to this land of
warmth. The Trumpets Of BoC call me. I yearn for The Eagle In My Mind. The
Trumpets Of BoC call me.
Sequence (A Retrospective Of Axis Records)
Or Why I Have A Crush On Jeff Mills. Techno philosopher, techno wizard, techno
prophet, techno astronaut, techno king etc.
From The Far Future - Part 2
Minimal Techno Odyssey From The Far Future Indeed!!! Through a brooding 4x4
pulse that does not let go, Terrence Dixon takes you on a diverse trip of ghostlands
and underworlds. Black And White. How to build and release tension. Try not to
move your feet or your head when Horizon or Navigate play. Dark City Of Hope and
Lead By Example are truly haunting tracks.
|10||Bad Company UK|
Book Of The Bad
Bad Company UK were a near-legendary drum & bass collective (or "supergroup")
that consisted of 4 members: DJ Fresh (who went horribly commercial), Maldini,
Vegas (who both run Bad Taste Recordings), and last but not least dBridge (does
that name ring a bell? he's the chief of Exit Records). Their music had so much
personality. Absolute zeitgeist of late-90's techstep DnB. 'The Nine', their first
single, is still considered top 10 material ever. Regarded as pioneers (rightly so),
they no longer make music together nowadays. But their work will live on. Though
'Inside The Machine' is their most well-known album, Book Of The Bad is their
masterpiece. Dust whirlwinds, percussion earthquakes, galloping tracks, this should
be in every list of most important D&B albums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
Taking a stroll on the high bridges of the Universe. Walking on planets. Building
Spanish Castles because it is good to dream. Absolute masterpiece. Perpetual Dawn
Awakening. Renaissance. Apocalypse. Autechre's Amber takes you through all kinds
of feelings: curiosity, awe, tranquility, solemnity, grandeur. All cycles of the
universe are covered. IMMENSE TEARTEAR. Starry sounds from one of electronic
music's most prestigious duo's. Shout-out to staff member Hyperion because that's
his favorite album.
Time Heals All
Does God exist? Is there life after death? Where are we heading? What is Dark
Matter? How is the Universe expanding? If God exists then how do we explain evil?
Why is there something rather than nothing? So Many Questions Indeed. What if,
what if, what if? Why haven't we heard from alien life Fermi Paradox Fermi Paradox?
Where is the Holy Grail? Why are there raining frogs at the end of Paul Thomas
Anderson's Magnolia? Past present future. Are We On The Same Wavelength?
Wizards in red with magic spells operating the grand synthesis. The Ultimate Empire
Of Bleeps And Bloops. There's no way out of it. The Model is the best thing in
existence and its "melody bridges" are the best moments in music.
I am madly in love with this. That's all I have to say.
Absolute watershed & triumph of breakbeats. I know few albums as exhilarating as
this one. It has the scope of an opera. What an adventure from If I Survive to
Finished Symphony! Shout-out to Mindle because....I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!
Blade Runner Soundtrack
i've.........SEEN Things You People Wouldn't Believe.....mmhh..........aTtacKs sHiPs
oN FiRe oFF ThE ShouLdeR Of oRioN...........IwatchedCBEAMS; gLitteR iN tHe DarK
nEAr The TäNnhauSeRr GatE...................all. those. moments. will. be. lost. in.
|2||The Chemical Brothers|
You Should Feel What I Feel You Should Take What I Take You Should Feel What I
Feel You Should Take What I Take You Should Feel What I Feel You Should Take
What I Take You Should Feel What I Feel You Should Take What I Take You Should
Feel What I Feel You Should Take What I Take You Should Feel What I Feel You
Should Take What I Take You Should Feel What I Feel You Should Take What I
|1||The Human League|
Simply the poppiest album of all... but what a pop album it is. The New Wave
Lightbringer: luminous, joyful, expressive, infectious, celebratory but sometimes
ironic, enthralling, creative, smart, unashamed, androgynous, pure pop pop pop
pop: the perfect zeitgeist of its time. 1981 was an exceptional year for synth-
based music: Kraftwerk released "Computer World", OMD dropped "Architecture &
Morality", Soft Cell made "Erotic Cabaret", Depeche Mode's first album came around
- and then there was The Human League, going all killer no filler with great pop
vision in mind. The energy contained in this album still holds up easily and sets the
bar high. It anticipated so much of what is made today. Any modern electropop
outfit owes something to Dare. This is of course the album that contains Don't You
Want Me, an iconic song of the 80s, but fortunately it does not overshadow the
others: the anthemic Sound Of The Crowd and the grandiose Seconds in particular
are favorites of mine.
|List is not much ranked.|
Hope you enjoy :)
|this is awesome man, definitely gotta check some of these out! haven't heard lenzman in years so it would be interesting checking out his latest 8) a bunch of favorites in here too, will definitely take the time to go through this later|
|Thank you! =)|
|i also love 48|
|Yep, it rules. I loooooooove the Street Fighter Remix!|
|yeah im also a big sf fan|
|what i discovered today www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPQz_Og21j0|
|Will listen asap!!|
|how long did this take you? holy cheese and crackers|
|Awesome list, there's a lot I have to check out. Great to see 77 too, it was (is) so slept on, and unfortunately overshadowed by Settle.|
|@Skull: Many hours! ;P|
@Let: Thank you. Yes!!!!!!! 77 is too much underrated. And as much as I respect Disclosure I can't help but think that 77 is much better than Settle. Let's spread the word!
|Appreciate the work you out into pt. 1-2. As someone who loves to discover new electronic you are a great resource.|
|Hell yeah Eloriaz. Agreed hard.|
|talking about 2013 releases - drone logic dude!|
|@Wadlez: The pleasure is all mine :)
There are many users on this site (Deviant Clercqie Tornado Hyperion Yotimi etc.) who are wayyyy
better resources than me. So the least I can do is try to contribute a little!|
|@ShitsofRain: Yeah, I really gotta dig further into Drone Logic. I think I listened to it once and I really loved it.|
|Quite huge, I couldn't have handled it without the descriptions, thanks! Really surprised that you put Apex on there, that's great too. And well, for the Psytrance you can check out "Sycho Active" by Atomic Pulse and Astrix' "Eye To Eye" album, I'm not much into the genre but these also have a sort of ambient appeal. |
|Yup, that Apex 12-inch is absolutely marvelous. Thanks for the recs =]|
|Great list, I've just recently been getting into more electronic myself so this'll be useful to refer to in the future|
|You should try Secede, if you haven't already. He is a fantastic IDM/ambient who makes some
incredibly atmospheric, nostalgic, and happy music. Here's one of my favorite tracks if you're
interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZj_UK3-Ckg |
|@JJOMan: Have fun! It is a wonderful world to explore.|
@Let: I am a total Secede "virgin" so it's about time I discover this artist. Thanks!
|You'll dig Secede. Great stuff.|
|Wow, loving that Secede track!|
|life is meaningless because of autechre|
|Sweet. Check William Basinski, dude.|
|Will do :]|
|Cool list 83 rules.|
A classic that needs to be here is Leftfield - leftism
Some recent stuff - Moderat.
Millie and Andrea - Drop The Vowels
Echaskech - origin
|great list, deserves a feature for sure|
|Awesome list, you da man|
|Massive list dude, props.|
|Thanks guys, appreciate it =)|
@zakalwe: Leftism was #2 in my first list ;)
|You mean I flipped that table over for nothing! :D|
|I've checked your first part, the complete divot I am I even make reference to it there.|
This part is better for me dude. 9 is a total mind melter, plus the trainspotting and Bladerunner soundtracks are stratospheric stuff.
|Thanks! Yeah Trainspotting and Blade Runner are two of my favorite movies and their soundtracks have had a lasting effect on me. Plus the script, the casting, the story, the cinematography.....|
|Yep both have unbelievable openings.|
I haven't see Trainspotting for years but when I was an 'edgy' teen it was one of me faves. Bladerunner still remains top 5.
"It's a pity she won't live, then again who does?"
|And Roy Batty's monologue.........oh man oh man|
And the cityscapes of course. The beauty of the female characters. The atmosphere.......
|Massive congrats on graduation man! Let me tell you that I know it feels swell.|
|Thanks Clercq :)|
Oh yes, it felt really good. By the end of last semester I was almost sicken of school. Or rather I was sicken of papers/essays! I need a break from that.
|What did you graduate as btw?|
|French literature at McGill (which is, ironically, an English university). Good luck me for finding a job! hahahaha. But I knew what I was getting into. And I learned great things. What about you?|
|I should start getting into French literature. Only read some Camus (l'Etranger) so far and that's about it. |
About the job, you should have a more than solid understanding of how language works. Actual journalism perhaps? It's something I've been dreaming about a long time ago.
I finished my studies in physics, starting my phd in october. :]
|If you ever want some French lit recs I would gladly give you some ;)|
I thought about journalism, but it's not for me. At least not as a full career. I actually have teaching in mind. I might do my Master's degree (2 years), then teach in college (or "cÃ©gep" as we call it in Quebec). Either that, or translation (from English to French), which I've already practiced several times. Yep. Teaching and/or translation.
PhD, man that's great!!! And physics no less. I suck so much at physics. I can only wish you the best =)
|Sounds like a plan! Good luck.|
And yeah, shoot. I've already got a buddy who's nuts over Baudelaire and Rimbaud. And I've enjoyed Houlebecq's 'Elementary Particles' as well to some degree. If you have something along those lines perhaps?
Oh and it's not the theoretical mumbo jumbo that I'll be working on, fyi. That's waaaay over my head as well. :p
|Alrighty. For more contemporary stuff like Houellebecq you may try:|
Emmanuel CarrÃ¨re - L'Adversaire (2000)
Marie Darrieussecq - Truismes (1996)
Olivier Cadiot - Retour dÃ©finitif et durable de l'Ãªtre aimÃ© (2002)
or even something like
Milan Kundera - L'Insoutenable LÃ©gÃ¨retÃ© de l'ÃŠtre (1984)
CarrÃ¨re and Darrieussecq in particular. Cadiot is next level stuff and it's really hard to get into. I'm guessing you would find CarrÃ¨re and Darrieussecq pretty easily. Kundera as well.
I adore French poetry. It's probably the genre I know the most, especially 19th century poetry. Baudelaire and Rimbaud rule beyond measure. If you are curious let me link you some of my favorite poems:
Baudelaire - Â« Harmonie du soir Â»
Rimbaud - Â« Le Bateau ivre Â» http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Bateau_ivre/%C3%89dition_Robert_Laffon
Victor Hugo (my favorite poet) - Â« Le Satyre Â»
GÃ©rard de Nerval - Â« El Desdichado Â»
|Also, my favorite novel of all time (at least so far) is Les MisÃ©rables from Victor Hugo. It's an experience you never forget :)|
|Much appreciated man :]|
I'll delve into it tomorrow, bookmarked.
|You're most welcome ^_^|
|71: "And so it's the drums, it's the drum programming, it's the hi-hats, it's the way we make them sing and not just play, but to make them sing a melodyâ€”that's the force, that's using the power of the force."|
|thanks for the shout out! and great list, love your enthousiasm ;-) And congrats on the graduation, those things are always nice :-)|
|Yeah ok, loving the Baudelaire and Rimbaud. My friend recommended me Albatros and it's brilliant as well:|
Eloriaz, you have my utmost approval as of now and I'll certainly check out the novels you listed asap. ;]
|Let's turn this site in to SputnikLiterature.com ;-) I'm gonna make a mental note about the novels you listed, though. I've been reading far to less the past year (thesis and what not)|
|Oh, I see you want techno recs. I was planning to make a list of recent (say, past 5 years) albums I enjoyed. But I'll post some when I get the time|
|@Typh: Thank you! You should definitely make a techno list :-)|
@Clercq: Glad to know that! Â« L'Albatros Â» is one of his most famous pieces. When you're in college and a teacher wants you to analyse Baudelaire, there's like a 85% chance he's gonna ask you to analyse Â« L'Albatros Â» hahaha!
If you guys want some more recs, this time from the 20th, you might want to find:
RÃ©jean Ducharme - L'AvalÃ©e des avalÃ©es (1962) (he's regarded as one of the greatest French-Canadian writers, and Gallimard published his books, so I'm pretty sure you would find it in a library near you)
Marcel AymÃ© - Le passe-muraille (1943) (hilarious short stories, very accessible, GET THIS ONE)
Jean-Paul Sartre - Les Mouches (1943) (a play)
EugÃ¨ne Ionesco - RhinocÃ©ros (1959) (another play)
And if you're looking for prestigious French lit canon (17th, 18 century):
Jean Racine - Â« PhÃ¨dre Â»
MoliÃ¨re - Â« Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Â»
Voltaire - Â« Candide Â»
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Â« RÃªveries du Promeneur solitaire Â»
I could go on and on but I better stop myself! Hope you find it helpful :-)
|@Typh: Loving that Robert Hood quote!|
|I almost forgot: thanks to whoever featured this!|
|Some recent techno or technoid stuff:|
Answer Code Request - Code
Barker & Baumecker - Transsektoral
Conforce - Any album, but first two first
Cosmin TRG - Gordian
Deepchord - Sommer
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles (described as "techno pop" by some, ok this is not very recent but it's too awesome)
Ellen Allien - Sool (this is her most minimal album, but everything she dit is at least interesting. Latest one is LISm, which is more ambient)
Function - Incubation
Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville
Instra:mental - Resolution 653
Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain (but actually all of her stuff: Behind The Green Door is also techno, other stuff is abstract synth pop, or something)
Luke Hess - Keep On
Marcel Fengler - Fokus
Peter Van Hoesen - Entropic City
Phase - Frames of Reference
Recondite - Hinterland (but also On Acid)
Redshape - The Dance Paradox
Robert Hood - Motor: Nighttime World 3
Sandwell District - Feed Forward
Silent Servant - Negative Fascination
Silvie Loto - Solstice
Tobias. - A Series Of Shocks
Voices From the Lake - Voices From the Lake
There's some other stuff on the list (less recent), but I'll save that. I'm now looking into some of the older pioneering stuff (Juan Atkins and the like). One thing is certain*: there's always something left to explore.
*Have we talked about Nothing Is Certain being ASC's best?
|Excellent. That's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.|
For me, Nothing Is Certain represents the technoid/idm/autonomic facet of ASC, or basically his desire to push boundaries, as opposed to his D&B or ambient stuff where he specifically "perfects" a genre. While I don't think it's quite on par with The Astral Traveller or Time Heals All, I believe it's his most experimental LP for sure. Out Of Sync is amazing as well. I'm looking forward to what he's gonna release on Samurai this year!
|this tickles my fancy|
|list is fantastic... huge props to you for the diversity in this. So many cool underground albums u got here. The last track "vader" on submit X is pretty ruthless.. haha one of my fav jams of the year. Also... I highly recommend DJ dodger stadiums new one (dont judge the guys on the horrible name) |
The world of warcraft album put the cherry on the cake !
|Props for Venetian Snares. Great album|
|Do you like Baths?|
@Sleaper: I'm very glad you say that! The Burning Crusade was (by far) my favorite WoW expansion, and I will always have a soft spot for the music in Outlands. I really think it's great. I joined the game a few weeks before the release of TBC, so I was not a vanilla player.
@Feather: Baths is a gap in my knowledge, I really should get into him. I guess I should start with his first album?
|@Eloriaz I know nothing at all about electronic music. From your list I know 100, 93, 31 and 24. I just heard Baths a couple weeks
ago and really enjoyed him. I liked all the releases so starting with obsidian would probably be good. I'm sure you will enjoy him
seeing as you obviously enjoy electronic. Thanks for the list though, I'm sure there is some great stuff to check out.|
|No problem! I hope you can find some records in there that you'll like :)|