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Dump – Dirty Mind

Dump was Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, and in 2001 he did an album of Prince covers called ‘That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice?’. This, the best track on the album, is a fantastic rendition of a great Prince song.


Animal Collective – Another White Singer

Sometimes it’s hard to remember when Animal Collective were experimental, and this Residents=like track from their second album, 2001’s ‘Danse Manatee’ is a strong reminder. It’s recommended that one checks out the rest of the album if this tickles your fancy, as the band throw up shapes resembling everything from primitive Techno, through This Heat, to their friends and fellow travellers Black Dice. This was back when they felt as vital as the rest of the Brooklyn noughties scene.

Matmos – Lipostudio….And So On

Who thought a track that utilised samples of liposuction could be funky then elegant and beautiful? No one probably, that is until Matmos released their 2001 album ‘A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure’. This track features a few guest appearances, such as Stephen Thrower on Clarinet, as well as Felix Kubin and Blevin Blectum on ‘speech’. Suck away at this one.

Radiohead – The Pyramid Song

When Radiohead holed up in the studio and came out with ‘Kid A’ in 2000, word was the band had done a ‘Talk Talk’, and were now a stadium level band peddling underground music. Some in the underground snorted with derision; and some did so without actually listening. Well, the band were deadly serious about what they were doing, and they did indeed manage to pull off a ‘Talk Talk’; drawing their own sound from their influences without aping them. This track is from the 2001 album they brought out after ‘Kid A’, an album that grew out of the massive bouts of recording sessions they had to release that massive curveball. ‘The Pyramid Song’ has an epic feel that still manages to sound subdued (not stadium epic, natch) and subtly shifting throughout.

Jimi Tenor – Backbone Of Night (Live)

Live rendition of one of his many standout tracks from his 2000 album ‘Out Of Nowhere’. This version is longer, and still features those wonderful horn sections. Space age Soul music for futuristic bachelor pads. This is from a 2001 performance with the J Riga Symphony Orchestra. The conductor was Normunds Sne.

Tortoise – Monica

Pimp my Tortoise! The infamously clean and rigid Post-Rock outfit loosen up with some soul and funk moves sprinkled with some Electronica-like breaks (those are real drums). Imagine Bernie Worrell jammin’ with Jimi Tenor whilst Bootsy Collins and Autechre look on. From the bands 2001 album ‘Standards’.

Manorexia – Toxodon Mourning

THE perfect soundtrack to walking around the city streets at night; all creeping dread and cinematic angles. At one point the listener even wanders into a gypsy encampment on some wasteland. Being JG Thirlwell, those aforementioned streets would ideally be the streets of New York; but hey, it works in London too. This is from Jimmy’s first, brilliant album from his Manorexia project, 2001’s ‘Volvox Turbo’.

Manorexia – Helicobra

Jim gives us a bit of simulated Eastern promise from his first Manorexia album, 2001’s ‘Volvox Turbo’. Fantastic.

Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy

The opener to Cannibal Ox’s classic 2001 album ‘The Cold Vein’ lays out the acts stall straight away. This track is a stunning example of Hip-Hop; all queasy and disorientating, with rappers Vast Aire and Vordul Mega flow beautifully over EL-P’s mint production. The bit at 2:05 is perfection, and shows you what these guys have in store for you. Still hits the spot.

Cornelius – Point Of View Point

This is from Japan’s Cornelius’ 2001 album ‘Point’. The drum pattern is both rigid and skittery, resulting in a robots dream of a Stereolab tune, or something like that.

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