Category Archives: Electronica

Sufjan Stevens – I Walked (2010)

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“Lover, will you look at me now?/ I’m already dead to you/ But I’m inclined to explain/ What I could not before.” Five years after the success of his masterful LP Illinoise (and the existential crisis that followed), Sufjan was able to exorcise himself on The Age of Adz. The album features the beautiful, melodic and electronic ‘I Walked’.

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Beach House – Drunk in L.A. (2018)

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“I had a good run playing horses in my mind/On a hillside I remember/I am loving losing life.” Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand and Alex Kristian Scally know how to create an atmosphere. Church organs, grinding guitars and cinematic synths feature large on this standout song from this year’s album release, 7. ‘Drunk in L.A.’ Have a great weekend.

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Paddy McAloon – I’m 49 (2003)

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Paddy McAloon only released the one long player under his own name – the largely instrumental album I Trawl The Megahertz. He almost went blind in the early 2000s, during which he used his heightened hearing to listen to a lot of show wave radio. Though solitude, he had found inspiration. The 22-minute title track dominates the album, but it’s another, ‘I’m 49’, with its radio samples and theme of loneliness, which catches my ears. Genius at work, but largely ignored compared to his early revered pop canon. So I am glad to read that the album is getting a re-release in February next year. Never too late.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1994

As we approach the end of another year and the greatest hits that follow, I give you a compilation of sounds from 24 years ago. Britop was at its zenith, but the angelic voice of a Californian rose above all ….

Jeff Buckley – Grace

Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol

Pulp – Babies

Blur – To The End

Mazzy Star – Fade Into You

The Dust Brothers – Chemical Beats

Beastie Boys – Sabotage

Grant Lee Buffalo – Mockingbirds

Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye

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Honourable mentions also go to: Portishead for ‘Roads‘; Mazzy Star for ‘Fade Into You‘; Plush for ‘Found A Little Baby‘, Johnny Cash for ‘Drive On’, Jeff Buckley for ‘Grace‘; Blur for ‘End Of A Century‘; Nas for ‘N.Y. State Of Mind’; Green Day for ‘Basket Case’; The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for ‘Bellbottoms

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Anchorsong – Testimony (2018)

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Tokyo-born, London-based electronic artist Masaaki Yoshida performs under the pseudonym Anchorsong. His third full album Cohesion features ‘Testimony’ – a track that takes inspiration from classical Indian percussion. The result is a masterclass.

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Chilly Gonzales – Knight Moves (2011)

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Good morning folks! Ever since he moved to Berlin, declared himself the President of the Berlin Underground, adopted his stage name and released the floor-filling ‘Let’s Groove Again’, Chilly has been a creative darling of the dance world. in 2011, he released the much remixed ‘Knight Moves’ which had featured ob his 2010 album Ivory Tower. Have a great week.

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Jon & Vangelis – I Hear You Now (1980)

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A dollop of guilty pleasure for this Friday morning. Lead singer of prog rock group Yes, Jon Anderson teamed up with electronic composer Vangelis at the end of the 1970s. The collaboration was a reflection of where popular music was travelling in 1979. The single ‘I Hear You Now’ features on their first album Short Stories. Memories of my childhood are abound; I think my parents must have liked this one. Have a great weekend.

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Objekt – Lost And Found (Lost Mix) (2018)

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TJ Hertz is a British techno producer currently based in Berlin. Under the pseudonym ‘Objekt’, he has released a couple of albums on the Berlin-based record label PAN. His most recent Cocoon Crush begins with ‘Lost and Found (Lost Mix)’, an ambient techno track that warms the soul.

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Toro Y Moi – Freelance (2018)

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Toro y Moi has released the first single off his forthcoming album Outer Peace, which is due out in the New Year. The California-based singer’s track ‘Freelance’ is as funky as you would expect. Chaz Bear, you groove man.

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Marian Hill – Down (2016)

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‘Down’ is a song recorded by Marian Hill and was released as a single from their debut album Act One. Originally released in 2016, the song became a Shazam-driven sleeper hit a year later after its commercial adoption by Apple.

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M83 – Wait (2012)

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‘Wait’ is taken from the M83 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, It was the final episode of a trilogy of sci-fi music videos following the adventures of a group of children with X-Men-type powers. It also brough to an end a collaboration between the French band and the directorial team Fleur & Manu.

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Matt and Kim – Let’s Go (2012)

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Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are Matt and Kim from from Brooklyn, New York. ‘Let’s Go’ has been their most successful single to date and encaptures their upbeat punk/dance fare. It features on their 2012 album Lightning.

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College & Electric Youth – A Real Hero (2009)

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When French producer David Grellier (aka College) got together with Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth, the marriage was beautiful. It provided one of the standout moments from the soundtrack of the 2011 movie Drive.

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James Blake – Retrograde (2013)

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From one English award-winning songwriter to another… James Blake released ‘Retrograde’ in 2013 as the lead single from his sophomore album Overgrown. The sound was sparse, atmospheric and totally original.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1995

A compilation to get the ears humming this weekend. My favourite 9 sounds of 1995, the swansong year for Britpop. Needless to say, Oasis and Blur feature.

The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

The Flaming Lips – Placebo Headwound

Oasis – The Masterplan

Underworld – Born Slippy

Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees

Sparklehorse – Cow

Teenage Fanclub – Versimilitude

Blur – The Universal

Moby – When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die

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Honourable mentions also go to: Pavement for ‘We Dance‘; Yo La Tengo for ‘Blue Line Swinger‘; Ol’ Dirty Bastard for ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya‘; Rob Dougan for ‘Clubbed To Death‘; Sparklehorse for ‘Saturday‘; and Radiohead for ‘Planet Telex’ and ‘Street Spirit’.

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