|Trif's 20,000 Party 🥳☘|
20,000 comments came and went! These songs all were special to me either at one point, or they still are. Kind-of-but-not-entirely chronological order of discovery.
This was my fave song ever when I was a tiny Trif, during my teens. Oh how much I have heard it. My whole room was full of Sharon den Adel posters (and Robert and the gang of course).
Yeah, another Trif classic. Still like Moby a lot, but as a kid I was crazy about him.
ONE MORE TIME
I vividly remember lying in a tent in Southern France, when on holiday with my parents, and somewhere on the camping site this track was playing during the kiddy disco. A huge banger.
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL
I get so nostalgic by ABBA. Still do. Listening to those horrible A-Teens covers when I was a tiny Trif, hearing Happy New Year every New Year's Eve. That opening slide of Dancing Queen. The Rest of Dancing Queen. The darkness of S.O.S., singing along to Super Trouper as a kid without even knowing English so Kidzamdollabymmmeee-ing with full force. But this one is so nicely dramatic. Love it.
Neue Deutsche härte
Also a teen-Trif favourite. Lights out, headphones in, let the creepy story take you along. I vividly remembering spending many hours on reading what the story was about, with the Erlkönig etc. Super cool.
|6||Cradle Of Filth|
TORTURED SOUL ASYLUM
Those final screams, where Dani goes all "Midiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan", oh man. They were my favourite band from 15-18 years old or something. I loved them so much. Still do!
|7||Black Sun Empire|
Drum and bass
So many evenings a year were spent at Tivoli Oudegracht during the monthly Blackout D'N'B parties. This track was one of my faves.
Music For The Jilted Generation
Still vibe hard to this album. A classic. 16 year old me thought the same.
My Arms, Your Hearse
So many great memories to discovering Opeth. MAYH clicked when listening on my discman while sunbathing on the roof. What a record.
Minutes To Midnight
THE LITTLE THINGS GIVE YOU AWAY
Heard this a million times. Afternoons of making homework with this on repeat. You all have these songs. Still gives me goosebumps. Loved LP a lot when I was just out of primary school (cute!), back when their debut was released. This particular song has stayed with me through the years.
A classic from when I was a kid. Great track still. Video was incredible at the time!
How To Measure A Planet?
Still my fave album ever. I used to listen to this always. Especially when hungover as a teen, this would be on repeat while lying in bed. Such a strong connection to this one.
This song got me into them, when I heard it in the backseat of a car when I was 16 or so. Omg. Best band ever still.
Of course I directly wanted more Portishead, so I checked their close peers, and I wasn't disappointed.
Such a cute song. Mega hit. I thought he was super sexy at the time. He was naked in the vid. This made an impression.
Ray Of Light
DROWNED WORLD/SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE
When I was little I thought this was the best album ever. For this reason it is still dear to me. And the fun part is that it is in fact quite good!
Kind Of Blue
Like for so many, this album kindled my love for jazz. And All Blues specifically mesmerized me. I grew up with this album, wouldn't have it any other way.
GHOST LOVE SCORE
When my love for Within Temptation was at a peak, I discovered Nemo. Then I started to listen to Once, and this track utterly blew me away. So Much Bombast~!!!
Another album that I totally grew up with. This one was so important to me. Is, actually. It always calms me down. Super aptly titled opening track, and one of Coldplay's finest moments, right there opening their debut.
Hold Your Colour
Drum and bass
HOLD YOUR COLOUR
The three albums Pendulum released were a huge part of my teens. I remember listening to In Silico on repeat for days. It were the more atmospheric tracks (Sounds Of Life, Plastic World, Still Grey) of the debut that appealed to me most though. The t/t is completely amazing.
Spiritual Black Dimensions
Symphonic black metal
ARCANE LIFEFORCE MYSTERIA
This used to be my alarm clock when I was a teen. So calm and so mysterious. Those were calm and mysterious days.
Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness
LIGHT OF DAY, DAY OF DARKNESS
I was blown away by a 60 minute track existing, so I had to hear it. Turned out to be incredibly good too! Still love this dearly, many great riffs.
Second Life Syndrome
SECOND LIFE SYNDROME
Loved this track, and Dance With The Shadow, and their softer songs (Conceiving You, I Turned You Down), and had them on repeat forever.
|24||An Pierle And White Velvet|
An Pierle And White Velvet
A special record, which for me is a throwback to my secondary school years, which I loved and enjoyed super duper much. Perfect weirdo of an album, super diverse, brimming with cute little musical ideas. Check it!!!
SOUVLAKI SPACE STATION
My first real shoegaze experience. Still remember sitting behind my computer in the middle of the night, staring to a YouTube video for this track which showed stars and galaxies forever zooming in but not getting bigger. It was magical.
|26||My Bloody Valentine|
TO HERE KNOWS WHEN
After Slowdive I needed to hear more. Turned out that these progenitors were at least equally as good. This was on during shower time a lot.
WAYS & MEANS
This still is The Tune of a friend of mine and me. We listen to this always.
Love Theme Dusk
LOVE THEME DUSK (M.I.K.E.S BROKEN RECORD MIX)
This track got me through many stressful situations. Ooooh boy! Remember having a crush on a dude and playing this for strength. Turned out he wasn't into me (or guys in general, big question mark?!) in the end (some more question marks?). Aaaw, I was such a goofy kid. This was when I was 16 or so, please remember that.
My dad got me into this. I remember being in awe at age 13. How cool was it that they were simulating cars passing by on the highway! Such a weird thing, spending 20 minutes (!!!!) of music on this theme. I went with them on that adventure time and time again.
A very cringy band, but I was such a big fan of this track. Medieval electronic music from Germany. Yes. I know. This track had me mesmerized at age 13 though.
This dude is so much fun. Got into him through his vid for this song, mega cute animation drawn by Scruff himself. I went to so many of his 7-hour sets over the years, and always had a great night. Dude's special.
|32||Kraak And Smaak|
ONE OF THESE DAYS
This was one of my first non metal/heavy loves. They've made some incredibly funky and jazzy music, and are still going strong today.
In The Nightside Eclipse
I AM THE BLACK WIZARDS
I was mightily spooked out by this when I was a 16 year old. But then it became one of my fave albums later on. III AAAAAM THEEEEEEEM! I remember finding out how weird this sentence was.
Shadows Of The Sun
Fell a sleep a lot with this album playing in the background. Some perfect late night listening sessions. Still a special album from a very special band.
STRAWS PULLED AT RANDOM
One of my most played songs of all time probably. Had this on repeat forever when first getting into Meshuggah when I was 17. One of their best tracks still (probably, so much to choose from!!!).
Random Album Title
SOMETIMES THINGS GET WHATEVER
This was on repeat forever too. The whole album actually. Absolutely his best, and this track is still super sweet.
Drum and bass
Heard this album millions of times. Still takes me on a journey. And it has Carl Sagan!
A NEW ERROR
Discovered this during one of my first Lowlands Festival visits. Kickstarted my interest for finding more electronic music. One could see this as a golden oldie almost.
IF I SURVIVE
I remember hearing this in a bar where we used to play Laser Games, and I just had to overcome my shyness and ask the barkeeper what they were playing. Super glad I did. This was on repeat a lot when I was a teen.
FIVE MAN ARMY
Made me realise first two Massives were better than Mezzanine. Which I was way into already. But Blue Lines is the one. One of the all time greats.
Spent hours listening to this. Still gets me hyped! Lovely, over the top, oversaturated stuff.
I Choose Noise
JUST FOR TODAY
This one had to be here too. This left such a strong impression on young Trif. Hit right in the feels. Those swirling violin samples. God.
We Are Not The Infadels
LOVE LIKE SEMTEX
A special tune, played a lot during my 18th birthday night. We had a huge party, it was lovely. Track still reminds me of this time of course.
The Hazards Of Love
THE QUEEN'S REBUKE/THE CROSSING
I bought this record when I bought my first very own CD player. It is a lovely blend of folk and rock, very theatrical in its approach. I remember trying to figure out the story, spending many afternoons on doing so.
Anno Domini High Definition
Never liked full albums of these guys before this one, just REALLY liked particular tracks. But ADHD changed that. Their absolute best, and a very special album to me to this day.
YR CITY'S A SUCKER
Talking Heads light. That's what I thought when I got into LCD first. Yet I'll always have a soft spot for their first three albums.
During my final years in secondary school this man had a huge hit with Haus Am See. The album was something my friends and I came back to a lot. Fun stuff.
I Put A Spell On You
Nina is perhaps my favourite artist of all time. If I had to choose just one, it'd be her. So diverse, yet she excels in all those styles with incredible ease. A powerful, emotional, commanding voice and stage presence. Amazing piano playing. Everything was drenched with her own style. Truly special
The Back Room
Used to play this so much when I was in my last years of secondary school. My father even started to love it too!
Don't like most of Four Tet's discog, but sometimes he gets it exactly right. This album and this track in particular are testament to that.
Yesterday And Today
A perfect minimal techno track. One of my fave tracks of all time. The way the bassline is introduced about 3 minutes in. The drum-hiccup about halfway through. The perfect repetition. The Field at his best. My gosh.
Dial 'M' For Monkey
Bonobo's best days were when he was still incorporating enough jazz to keep stuff interesting. This track shows that clearly. One of his best moments.
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
When I just started my bachelor this was the soundtrack to many travels, many parties, a lot of fun times. Iconic!
Remain In Light
New wave/Post punk
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Amazingly powerful performance on the Stop Making Sense album, which was my first taste of them. Have been addicted ever since.
The King Of Limbs
Confession time: The King Of Limbs was my way into Radiohead. I love it dearly. It still is top 3 Radiohead to me. This track was one of the main reasons for that. Blissful.
IN A DISTANCE
A special one, this one. Please check them out, they've made two pretty fantastic Minimal techno double albums! This particular track was on repeat forever. Still is sometimes.
BLACK & GOLD
An utterly perfect pop song, on a surprisingly perfect pop album. It was on MTV all the time (which was still playing music back then), that vid was mega hot for in-the-closet-Trif, I can tell you that much!
Didn't like it when it was released. Now it's one of my fave records of all time. Proud to say that too! You all know this. Organic, urgent, genuine, adventurous, completely and utterly alive. A dear, dear album that helped me get through so many stressful periods of my life. Music is there for you like that.
DARK & LONG
When I just left my parent's house eleven years ago, I discovered 90s Techno. Happy for them! Underworld have been a major artist for me ever since. Love them dearly, all of their dub-onwards stuff rules. One of my fave acts even today.
KEIN TRINK WASSER
Loved the first four Orbital records. See Underworld's entry above here, found out about them during the same period. Good painting music!
Paul and me are a wonderful combo. Loved him since Berlin Calling, but this is one of my fave tracks he's ever done. Lovely dude to see live too, even if you're not on drugs (which I'd highly recommend).
STEMS FROM HELL
This used to be on all the time when I was in the latter parts of my Bachelor. Great study music, glad my room mates liked it too!
Space Is Only Noise
SPACE IS ONLY NOISE IF YOU CAN SEE
Perfect weirdo of an album, it's about the only thing (next to Darkside) that I've truly enjoyed from Nicolas. But this one is super special indeed. Hypnotizing.
Loved them a lot for some years, and this track can still get me hyped. Great little lo-fi-group! Ultra-loud live shows. Jeeesh.
She is mesmerizing. So many evenings were spent behind YouTube, watching recordings of her live shows. They way she destroys these huge stadiums with her voice and her hair and her legs. No matter if she's 40, 50, 60, or even 70. Omg.
Their best track, and the only one I ever come back to. But boy is it good.
I remember seeing her live one early morning at Lowlands Festival, lying in the sun, cup of coffee in my hand. Life was perfect. Obel has stayed with me ever since, climbing up the ranks with every album, jumping to my top favourites with Citizen Of Glass.
This album is monumental. Paula especially gets to me every time. Dub techno perfected. Also Paula makes me think of Earthbound. And I love Earthbound.
|69||The Cinematic Orchestra|
Channel 1 Suite
This piece is so soothing. My goodness. It was one of the first bands my bf got me into way back 10 years ago when we first started dating. Special in that regard, and also because this is the absolute best this C Orchestra was ever going to sound.
|70||Indigo Jam Unit|
He also got me into THIS (RE Cinematic Orchestra, one above). One of my fave bands ever, but I think everyone knows this by now. I go through several Indigo Jam Unit weeks a year, where I listen to nothing else but them. Those grooves are to die for. I could have made a list of all their songs instead. Music for my soul.
A secret. Until now. This record is one of my most played easily. Something about it absolutely rules. They blend stoner and metal with lots of jazziness and groove and relaxed moments. Go check it out, totally crazy insane good, I will review this some day.
This track is monolithic. A tour through space. Glorious and lovely. I want more (if you want you can take this as a Sisters Of Mercy reference)!
Everything seems to be in this song. Stumbled onto GAS through my immense appreciation of the Kompakt lable (which you can tell I've loved for a long time if you know how many artists are from that gang! OOOF!). He quickly grew into one of my fave artists. Something about that muffled, steady pulse and sampled/processed classical snippets. Too effective.
Pristine, clear, sacred almost, and that immense techno beat. This is why techno is probably my fave electronic subgenre. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Hip hop/Trip hop/Electronic
BIG CITY LOVER
I love everything Krush. This dude has made some seriously special music. Super soulful, with jazz, hip hop, rock, electronic, trip hop, whatever he wants thrown into the mix. He's got so much style too. Love love love him, one of my heroes.
Super precise, totally crazy insane good. This legend has been on constant rotation since I found his music some five or six years ago. One of my heroes .
OPEN EYE SIGNAL
This track is crazy good, was on constant repeat for the longest time. Sadly something about his albums always holds me back. Too sweet, I don't know. But he has some amazing tracks, like this one.
Within And Without
EYES BE CLOSED
This track is special, uplifting and full of energy, yet super dreamy and introspective. And it made me meet budgie on here!
One particularly rainy edition of Lowlands Festival these guys and gals provided sunshine through music. They've been the soundtrack of many home renovations, painting, laying floors, what have you ever since.
It's Album Time
This one is so catchy and goofy and good. Dude is super fun. Check his vids for Svensk Sass and Alfonso Muskedunder.
AS FLITTERMICE AS SATANS SPYS
My Darkthrone adventure started really late. But oh boy did I fall in love. So pure, so cold. The ultimate black metal sound.
Viking metal/Black metal
Another highlight from my Trif-checks-BM-classics-and-falls-in-love phase which happened a few years ago. Still on monthly rotation, Bathory manages to be insanely catchy, nicely rough, super genuine and pretty goofy at the same time. A recipe for success in my book.
BLACKPOOL LATE EIGHTIES
This one was on repeat and on daily rotation during a certain period of my life. Great track, lovely album, haven't liked anything past this one from him sadly. But this is superb!
Very catchy, love Balthazar (the group this man is from) a lot too. Why aren't they on the list? They totally should! Aaah! Well this is super nicely done pop music.
UNTIL I TOO DISSOLVE
This dude is a visionary of metal as far as I'm concerned. Love his dedication, his constant sense of urgency, his relentlessness. Both solo and in Emperor and the likes. Riffs and a golden throat (eew that was gross I promise to never do it again).
Another golden throa (oh no I promised)-crazy good BM vocalist. Way better than his universally acclaimed second album. Those riffs! Another successful entry in the Trif-tries-old-school-BM-series.
Love In The Time Of Science
Sweet violins, lovely beat, very 90s, everything I ever need. And her voice is totally lovely.
A more recent (3 years ago) discovery of mine and already one of my all time favourite artists. This lady has such a compelling voice! And those grooves are will never cease to get to me directly, straight into the gut. Hear it to believe it.
|89||The Great Yawn|
Another album I've been meaning to review since its release. I will do so one day. Super cute folky poppy goodness, mega relaxed vibes. You will all love this, check it!
OH MY GOD (REPRISE)
Oh my fucking god!! This gets me every time. Open, spacious techno, very precise and empty, just how I like it.
Hounds Of Love
RUNNING UP THAT HILL
Sometimes when you finally decide to check classics you've missed out on you just hit the jackpot. My god. You can easily see why she is so well-loved and respected. An album of immense depth and infinate replayability. This track, like so many of hers, is a greatest-of-all-time kind of song. Don't hesitate for one moment to check her out if you haven't already, she's too damn good to miss because of pride!
The most perfect of budgie-core tracks. Little Uneasy is flawless in its dreamy, catchy, pearly goodness. Effortless.
|93||Pi Ja Ma|
Nice To Meet U
Indie pop/Indie rock
I HATE U
So many of this album's tracks are perfect. A glorious, funny, upbeat, cute, impactful, playful weirdo of an album. Makes me smile just by thinking of it. I WOOOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH A POOONYYTAAAAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!
AS THE WORLD TURNS
The way the intro track leads into this is super special. One of my faves of last year, so quiet and comforting.
So Tonight That I Might See
MARY OF SILENCE
Mega suitable for Sunday morning. Or whatever evening it currently is. Or for breakfast. Mazzy brings the magic, thanks budgie for making me see this.
|96||Durand Jones and The Indications|
American Love Call
MORNING IN AMERICA
The perfect accompaniment to dinner parties. Some seriously good throwback soul. If you can catch them live one day please do!
SOLEDAD Y MAR
An amazing lady. She's hitting 200,000,000 views for some music vids on YouTube and deservedly so. Wish she was more popular outside of Latin America, check her out she's amazing! One of those perfect songs, perfection reached through simplicity.
Heaven Or Las Vegas
HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS
Can't imagine that I only know them for such a short time. One of my very few couple-of-weeks-5.0s Endless love for everything they did. They're going to stay with me for a long time I can tell. This t/t is stuck in my head on a daily basis. Just like with Bush: if you've not yet done so, check them!!!
Dots And Loops
A very recent (kind of) and very dear band. Haven't released one single bad album, and most of it is near perfect. Do whatever they want to do, immensely gripping. Can't get enough of them, see a 5.0-rain coming one day. Truly special
Georgie closes off the list. She's deserved it. Go check her out. Pure, unadulterated smoothness trapped into music.