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Category Archives: Electro

Arthur Russell – Let’s Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)

Some excellent alt-Electro moves from Arthur and Walter circa 1986. You know the drill.

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Black Dice – Snarly Yow

The opener from the bands 2005 album ‘Broken Ear Record’ set out the stall for their new direction post-drummer; which means busted, whacked out Electro on a serious dose of Psilocybin. Wonder at the mashed-ness of it all.

Soft Cell – Memorabilia

Here’s the extended 12″ version of the band’s Electro-Pop track from their 1981 debut album ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’. Great stuff that was a tougher, darker cousin of the band’s contemporaries Depeche Mode and The Human League.

Autechre – Laughing Quarter

A track from the bands 1997 EP ‘Envane’, which was the forerunner to their incredible album later that year, ‘Chiastic Slide’; an album where the hulking rigidity of ‘Tri Repetae’ started to loosen and melt before our eyes. This particular track has some traces of Aphex DNA in it; all spluttering Drill ‘n’ Bass inflected Electro and burbling analogue shenanigans. All hail Autechre.

Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Niños Del Parque Original 12 inch Version 1982)

Proto-Electro/Techno from Beate Bartel (Mania D, Einstürzende Neubauten) and Chrislo Haas (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft), released in 1982. Seminal etc.

 

Aphex Twin – Xepha

Gloomy Electro-Techno from Richard D James’ 1993 EP ‘On’. Dario Argento at a Rave, possibly.

AFX – Mc-4 Acid

Have never been part of the Richard James worshiping herd myself, it has to be said. However, he does come up with some material here and there that I love, and this is some of it.
Nothing groundbreaking, just a lovely marriage of British acid (was always distinct from the original Chicago style) and old skool Electro.
Nice and spiky. From 2005.

Autechre – Montreal

This track is from 1994’s ‘Amber’, which was Autechre’s 2nd album on Warp. Back then (and now, alas) this stuff was called  ‘IDM’, which is possibly the worst ‘genre’ label of all time. Back then, we also had ‘Intelligent Techno’ (again…..), ‘Home Listening Techno’ (sigh), and ‘Electronica’ (bingo!); whatever we want to call it, there is no denying that tracks like this have survived both the labels and the onwards march of Electronic music (which comes with many paradoxes; but that’s another blog). This is a lovely, chunky slice of 90’s Electro; which builds upon the music’s B-Boy roots without falling into retro pastiche (see ‘Jedi Knights’). Class act, then and now.

Autechre – Rotar

Rigid, heavy Electro akin to stuttering steel pistons and rusted motors roll on whilst deeply melancholic melodies are eked out of the proceedings. It is really incredible what Autechre do on this track from their 1995 masterpiece ‘Tri Repetae’ (Arguably the first album where they really set out their stall). You won’t know whether to be terrified or heartbroken; although it’s likely to be the latter, as the duo make the listener feel nostalgia for an unidentified time in their life.

Plaid – Spudink

A follow on from The Sentinel’s previous post, and a track from the early part of Plaid’s post-The Black Dog career; one that has strong elements of what made the previous act (which Ken Downie took forward with a new lineup) so loveable. Electro for the 90’s with a strong melodic bent. This was from their 1997 EP ‘Undoneson’.

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