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Tag Archives: Electro

Underground Resistance – Lunar Rhythms

Detroit Techno from 1995 with some heavy Electro and Acid leanings.

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Autechre – Cipater

The opening track from Autechre’s 1997 album ‘Chiastic Slide’ has a wonderful moment where everything shifts; and this album is a point where things start shifting for Autechre. Their previous album ‘Tri Repetae’ was rigid, Electro that rolled and lumbered along in big, rusted blocks (and was hugely effective at this). Autechre are now known for ever-shifting, free form Electronica where the lsitener is hardly ever on solid ground. 1997’s ‘Chiastic Slide’ was where Autechre would, ahem, start to ‘slide’ away from the grid-like structures of previous affairs onto the liquid technology of today. ‘Cipater’ perfectly sums up this transitional period, and is a fantastic piece in its own right.

Brian Eno & David Byrne – Very, Very Hungry

A track from an album that has had so much said about it over the years; an album that pre-empted much of the psychedelic post-Electro dance music out there. This track is a stuttering ambient funk number that could be on an alternative reality Blade Runner soundtrack.

The Other People Place – Let Me Be Me

Detroit Techno-Electro from James Marcel Stinson’s 2001 album ‘Lifestyles Of The Laptop Cafe’. Great stuff!

The Other People Place – Eye Contact

Sublime Electro as imagined by Detroit Techno; from the prolific, mercurial, and sadly missed James Stinson of Drexciya fame. This is from the 2001 album ‘Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café’, which is as magnificent throughout as this track would suggest. Go seek.

Autechre – Chatter

Some Acid Electro from Autechre in their early days; off of the Warp compilation ‘Artificial Intelligence II’ (1994).

A Number Of Names – Sharevari

1983 Electro from the Detroit outfit ‘A Number Of Names’. This was, quite frankly, one of the essential blueprints for Detroit Techno and future dance music. This fits nicely into the pared down, future Disco sets that Magda likes to spin, and this track is a favourite of hers and manages to still rock the floor.

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

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

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.

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.

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