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Tag Archives: Electronica

Aphex Twin – On

Pretty electronica, back from when the “home listening Techno experience”, or, “IDM”*, was new and astounded indie-kind (and was loved by true Techno heads too, it’s safe to add). Even the fart bass doesn’t take anything away from the aching beauty of this. Richard D James as a mere slip of a lad, and from his 1993 EP of the same name. The fantastic stop-motion video was made by Martin Wallace and, the one and only, Jarvis Cocker.

*Also called “Ambient Techno” back in those days.

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The Black Dog – Kings Of Sparta

Twilight electronica; the perfect soundtrack to driving around London on a dark winter night. From their 1993 album ‘Temple Of Transparent Balls’

Repeat – Tomorrows People

Another slice of deep, ambient Techno from the quartet of Ed Handley, Andy Turner, Dave Hill, and Mark Broom. A slice of electronic beauty.

Francis Bebey – Forest Nativity

A track to be found on a compilation of this Cameroonian titled ‘Psychedelic Sanza 1982 – 1984’. Traditional Makossa meets Electronics in a lush, dizzying African take on the electric, Astral Jazz trajectory. Wonderful.

Actress – Falling Rizlas

Here’s the official video for this sparkling, beatless Electronica from Darren Cunningham’s 2017 album ‘AZD’. What makes it even better is that this has been directed by Dean Blunt. 2017.

LCD Soundsystem – 45:33

Never mind this tracks dubious origins; which was a collaboration with Nike to create a theme for your workout (although, it certainly works for that); what we have here is a medley of cracking LCD tracks. The opening section is Disco heaven, and what follows is a great showcase of Murphy’s talents; the boy can certainly write a dance tune. Forget the original concept, this is a great LCD Soundsystem album that never was.

Seed – The Alteration

Seed was a side project from Australian Paul Schütze, that was used for a sole album, 1995’s ‘Vertical Memory’. Much of the Seed album was like the output of his other moniker, Uzect Plausch, where his usual Fourth World Electronica became more streamlined, which put it ever-so-slightly more in sync with the Ambient Techno that surrounded him at the time. This track, however, could have been off of any of the albums under the Paul Schütze title. Lovely stuff that glitters and sparkles in the night. 

Paul Schütze – Deus Ex Machina (full album)

Paul Schütze’s debut album from 1989 sets his stall out from the start; with a cyber update on Jon Hassell’s notion of ‘Fourth World Music”. Schütze’s music always sounds like it could be an alternative soundtrack to ‘Blade Runner’ (be aware fellow purists, I did state “alternative”), and this album is probably THE perfect candidate if in some other dimension the Vangelis OST was no longer deemed satisfactory (such a dimension surely cannot exist). The listener feels like they’re walking through the rain soaked, neon-lit streets of a future LA with Deckard. We have the full album on here as it was released on CD as one, single track. So, dip in.

Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator

Kraftwerk, the band who could single handedly dispute any Brit’s claims that german’s don’t “get” irony.  Pioneering Electronica from the true originator’s. Bleep’s abound on this track from the bands 1981 album ‘Computer World’.

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’.

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