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Stereolab – Percolations

This is from their spilt flexi 7″ with Faust and Foetus, titled ‘überschall’ (1996), and sounds like it was an offcut from ‘Dots and Loops’.

Moondog – Invocation

An epic piece made even more amazing by the fact that very little happens throughout. A track that is the audio equivalent of witnessing legions of the Roman army walking towards you. All hail Moondog! The Sentinel is unsure of the date this came out, but is guessing it is between 1950 and 1960.

Wiseblood – Cough ‘n’ Kill

A track that appeared on the 1985 compilation ‘Plow’; alongside acts such as Christian Marclay, Sonic Youth, Swans, and Lydia Lunch. Typical of the stuff that ended up on the sole Wiseblood album ‘Dirtdish’, with Jim reeling out Clint Ruin for some comedic macho posturing.

Octo Octa – Fleeting Moments Of Freedom (Wooo)

Cracking underground House from Brooklyn-based Maya Bouldry-Morrison, and is from their 2017 album ‘Where Are We Going?’.

Phillip Glass – Heroes (Aphex Twin Remix)

Now, it’s possible that the idea of Phillip Glass doing an orchestral version of David Bowies ‘Heroes’ album would have most of you lifting an eyebrow or two. However, any who has heard it will hopefully agree that it transcends mere novelty value and is a stellar piece of work. What is even better however, is the fact that Richard D James remixed the Glass version of the title track, ‘Heroes’, and mixed in the original vocal track from Bowie. What we have is possibly Aphex Twin’s greatest remix, and a beautiful piece of music. The spiralling strings and inter-cut vocals have a gorgeously disorientating effect. It outshines both the original, as well as Glass’ version. This was included on the bonus CD that came with the Japanese edition of ‘Heroes Symphony’ by Phillip lass in 1997, and was later re-released on Aphex Twin’s ’26 Mixes For cash’ in 2003.

Biota – Rackabones (Full Album)

Incredible stuff from the American band. This was after they’d changed their name from Mnemonists, and forged forward as the musical project Biota. Under the new moniker, the collective were quieter; more discrete. However, the music oozes towards you in an extremely unsettling manner; rolling, cracking, clumping, and dissolving then reforming before your very eyes. This is the whole album from 1985.

[0:00] “Vagabones: Part I”
[26:39] “Vagabones: Part II”
[52:59] “Rackabones: Part I”
[1:11:02] “Rackabones: Part II”

Ui – Butterfly Who

New York’s Ui take their Post Rock into funky Disco territory; with an irresistible section after the 2:00 mark. From their 1996 debut ‘Sidelong’.

Paul Schütze – The Velvet Horizon

This is from 1992’s ‘New Maps Of Hell’ album, and is a companion piece to the track ‘Sacred Agent’, which comes along two tracks after this does. This is a lighter shade, before the album starts to get darker. Beautiful take on Jon Hassell’s ‘fourth world’ music, with the emphasis on the electronic.

Jon Hassell – Mombasa

American Trumpet player and Composer Jon Hassell gives us music from the “Fourth world”; where the Electric Jazz of Miles is taken further into the interzone and implanted with cyberkinetics. This is from his 1990 album ‘City: Works Of Fiction’, and seems appropriate seeing as The Sentinel has posted a bit of Paul Schütze lately, and Hassell was quite a big influence on his work (as he has been with a wide variety of artists).

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Lust For Death

Jim Thirlwell parodies Iggy Pop with the insane number from the stellar ‘HOLE’ album (1984). Industrial metal clashing percussion rubs up against a Big-Band/Rockabilly hybrid and a barrage of samples with Thirlwell’s hilariously brilliant lyrics spat all over it.

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