Category Archives: Electronica

New Order – Elegia (1985)

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One could argue that New Order reached their peak in 1985. The band’s third LP, Low-life, was self-produced at Jam Studios and Britannia Row Studios in London and loved everywhere it was heard. Its notable tracks are ‘Love Vigilantes’, ‘The Perfect Kiss’ and ‘Sub-Culture’. But for me, the sound of ‘Elegia’ is the one that gives me the goosebumps. It is said to be an homage to Ian Curtis.

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Four Tet – Locked (2012)

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Mixer, producer and DJ Kieran Hebden has been making music as Four Tet since 1997. 15 years in, he released a collection of dance singles as Pink, his sixth studio album. Continuing to draw from his Indian roots and his love of jazz, techno and hip hop, he opens the album with ‘Locked’. Cosmic dissonance abounf for a chill Saturday. Have a great weekend.

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Payfone – I Was In New York (2019)

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Together, Phil Passera and Chieka Ononye are Payfone, the new-wave-funk-disco duo from East London. Their electronic sound has created a seriously funky bassline in the track ‘I Was In New York’. It’s a 10-minute burn…. stay with it.

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Light Asylum – Shallow Tears (2012)

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Light Asylum were a post-punk/darkwave act that shone so brightly before they split when Bruno Coviello left the band in 2012. Raphael Radna assumed keyboard duties in 2012, but it was shortlived. However, their digital-only label from Brooklyn, New York, did manage to release their eponymous and only album. The single ‘Shallow Tears’ stood out.

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Sparks – The No. 1 Song In Heaven (1979)

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Samuelsounds is back and it’s my birthday. Perhaps there’s no better time to play a guilty pleasure. Giorgio Moroder on production; brothers Ron and Russell Mael on keyboards and vocals… I give you the title track off their 1979 album The No. 1 Song In Heaven. Have a great day. Have a great week.

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Metronomy – Salted Caramel Ice Cream (2019)

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Some disposable electronic pop for a Thursday. Metronomy’s Joseph Mount was inspired by the likes of LFO and Aphex Twin from an early age, but his latest creative mine seems to be the electronic art-pop of Yello and Sparks. ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’ will feature on Metronomy’s new album Metronomy Forever due for release in September. Kitsch.

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Floating Points – LesAlpx (2019)

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Let’s get contemporary … again.  Sam Shepherd began making music as Floating Points about a decade ago. With his classical training and love for jazz, he has explored most electronic angles onto the dancefloor in that time. This latest track is one part cacophony, one part groove. If this doesn’t get your attention on a Monday morning, you need to check your pulse. Have a great week.

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Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (1994)

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Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II was always had a tough act to follow. Thank you Richard D. James and Warp Records for giving it a go. Track ‘#3’ (aka ‘Rhubarb’) is a reason to rejoice. Have a great weekend.

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Groove Armada – At The River (1999)

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Londoners Andy Cato and Tom Findlay are Groove Armada. 20 years ago, they released the wonderful downtempo LP Vertigo. Prior to the chillout finale ‘Inside My Mind’, they featured ‘At The River’ with its sublime Patti Page sample at its core. The album was released on Jive’s Pepper Records.

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Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now (2019)

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In April 2013, Jai Paul broke onto the music scene with the unexpected release of a set of songs on Bandcamp. Everyone was clamouring to find out who was this creative force – a new Prince elect they pronounced. Six years on and it’s happened again. From nowhere, we’ve received ‘Do You Love Her Now’. It’s good.

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Little Dragon – Lover Chanting (2018)

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Little Dragon consists of Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano (vocals, percussion) and her close high-school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass), and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards). Their electronic output has never quite eclipsed the success of their guest turn on Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach. The title track off 2018’s Lover Chanting EP got close tho’.

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Haruomi Hosono – Sports Men (1982)

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Harry Hosono has featured in this blog before. Whether it would be for his work with the Tin Pan Alley collective, or Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) or as a guiding light in Japan’s city pop scene, today won’t be the last time neither. The synthpop classic ‘Sports Men’ was originally released on 1982’s Philharmony, Hosono’s first solo album following YMO’s Ross to success. “Your mother, she might be a swimmer/Your father must have been a vaulter”. Indeed. Here’s to a sporty week.

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Télépopmusik – Breathe (2002)

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Signing off this week with ‘Breathe’, a little gem of a single from French electronica outfit Télépopmusik. This breezy synthesis features singer singer Angela McCluskey and appears on their 2001 album Genetic World. It was released as a single a year later. Have a great weekend.

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Odesza feat. Zyra – Say My Name (2014)

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Early start… early sunshine. Some sun-infused electronic pop from Seattle-based duo Harrison Mills (Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches). ‘Say My Name’ features on their 2014 album In Return. Leicester-born Zyra shines on vocals.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1993

A compilation treat for the May Day holiday. Looking back at 1993, the world of popular music was a-changing… Björk was doing her own thing at the crossroads, house music had grown up a little less exciting, and hip hop was showing temporary signs of sophistication…

Björk – Venus As A Boy

Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.

Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II

The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm

U2 – Lemon (Perfecto Mix)

Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy

David Bowie – The Wedding

Blur – For Tomorrow

Tindersticks – Marbles

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Honourable mentions also go to: Jeru The Damaja for ‘Come Clean‘; Masters At Work for ‘The Buff Dance‘; George Morel for ‘Let’s Groove‘; A Tribe Called Quest for ‘Electric Relaxation‘ and not too much else. A quarter of a century after the annus mirabilis that was 1968, thin pickings were abound in 1993. That’s crossroads for you.

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