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Philip Glass – Song #8 From Cabin in the Rockies (1993)

October 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Re-stumbled upon this, this evening, and only took seconds to realise it needed elevating to the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime. Pronto!

Hydrogen Jukebox is a (ahem) “chamber opera” featuring music by Philip Glass and words/libretto by iconic beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The title is taken from the latter’s poem Howl.

Apparently Phil and Al bumped into each other in a bookshop in New York and agreed that they just had to work together – the rest is history.

This is simply gorgeous. Glass’s understated minimalist arrangement is wonderfully complemented by Elizabeth Futral’s soaring soprano which essays a few haikus of Mr Ginsberg’s to stunning effect.

A perfect piece.

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Mansour Seck – Quinze Ans (1994)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

I’m kicking off a series of posts tonight that are going to have an increasingly tendentious African theme …. I can already imagine the breaths that will be bated as my not exactly legion band of followers (you know who you are sir, and thank you!) await the melodic twists and turns that will be served up.

However, let’s start with a stone cold classic. I stumbled upon this on Mansour Seck’s N’der Foota Tooro Volume 1 CD released in 1994. Blind and hailing from Senegal, Mansour was a regular collaborator with his fellow countryman Baaba Maal.

Precise, metronomic guitar, impassioned vocals and a great call and response chorus. A perfect record.

Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (1994)

October 9, 2017 Leave a comment

A great companion piece to the John Cage track posted earlier tonight. “Rhubarb” is taken from Aphex Twin’s classic Selected Ambient Works Volume II released on Warp Records in 1994. If I recall, most of the tracks are untitled but have been named according to the various pictures that accompany them.

This is a beautiful piece which reminds me a lot of Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent)” from 1983 previously posted here. That is, in itself, no bad thing!

Perfect ambient techno.

The Walkabouts – The Light Will Stay On (Country Mix) (1997)

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

It’s been a tough few weeks.

I’ve been working hard applying for my dream job: polishing the CV, reading like crazy, practicing the spiel, etc.

Found out today that I didn’t get it – c’est la vie.

I need to decide now what to do next ….

Happily, I’d been trawling through my Walkabouts CDs over the last few days and stumbled upon this tonight. Just what I needed. A companion piece to The SmithsThere is a light that never goes out“?

A perfect record – altogether now:

 And long, after we’re gone

The lights will stay on

The lights will stay on

Indeed they will.

Monolake – Terminal (1999)

Well that hasn’t happened before! I fell in love with “Tangent II” from Monolake’s Interstate LP so much that I elevated it immediately to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime. However, it turns out that it is not even the best track on the album!

As such, for the first time ever, I’m posting two tracks from the same LP on the same afternoon!

This is gorgeous. Gossamer like; it sometimes hardly seems to exist at all but the almost King Tubby-esque percussion just keeps it moving along until the synth washes over the track and perfection is achieved!

Monolake – Tangent II (1999)

Having spent the morning sorting out my 600+ reggae CDs (I know how to live …), I’ve decided to settle down and work my way through the classic minimal dub techno CDs released on Chain Reaction, Basic Channel and related imprints!

Six tracks into Monolake’s monumental Interstate album and I am honour bound to elevate “Tangent II” to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime; a complete gem.

Interstate was Berlin based Monolake’s second LP and the follow-up to their monumental debut, Hong Kong which came out a couple of years earlier in a very fetching (and now pricey) metal tin!

Dub, glitch and funk coincide to devastating hypnotic effect; the best way to fill 9 and a half minutes today!

 

Luke Slater – Expectation No.1 (1993)

Working my way through my techno collection on a Bank Holiday morning and stumbled upon this gem as the last track on Luke Slater’s excellent 92-94 CD compilation.

Hailing from Reading in Berkshire (not exactly Detroit or Berlin methinks …..!), Luke Slater has been one of the UK’s most influential techno producers, particularly under his Planetary Assault Systems moniker.

Perfect, loping, ambient techno whose only fault is that it isn’t twice the length!

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