Category Archives: Electronica

Brian Eno – Deep Blue Day (1983)

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Brian Eno released Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks in 1983. It was his ninth studio album, but cannot really be called the work of a solo artist. Eno had written, produced and performed the work in collaboration with his brother Roger and Canadian musician Daniel Lanois. The ambient music would find its way onto film scores and this blog (‘An Ending (Ascent)‘). Today, ‘Deep Blue Day’ is more famous for being the soundtrack to the toilet scene in Trainspotting than its original purpose as the music for a documentary on the NASA space program.

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The xx – I Dare You (2017)

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‘I Dare You’ finds The xx’s Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim exploring their feelings. Madley Croft was about to get engaged and Oliver Sim was thinking about his issues with alcohol. Unlike much of last year’s album I See You, the resulting song is positive in mood. Have a great week.

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Forest Swords – War It (2017)

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As with Burial or Floating Points, Forest Swords is the electronic magic of just one producer. Matthew Barnes is from The Wirral and taps the evocative landscape and urban sprawl to infuse his music. ‘War It’ is the opening track of last year’s album Compassion.

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Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den (2017)

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Last year, Beirut-born Yasmine Hamdan released her album Al Jamilat. The singer-songwriter and actress is now based in Paris, but first made her name as one half of electro-pop duo Soap Kills, a cult trip-hop group in Lebanon. Since then, she’s become a flag bearer for modern Arabic music. Al Jamilat is Arabic for The Beautiful Ones. Remarkably progressive to these western ears.

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Aphex Twin – Xtal (1992)

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Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 was a standout collection of tracks from Richard D. James when it was released in 1992. Today, it still sounds incredibly fresh. With its dreamy synth line and great use of hi-hat, ‘Xtal’ kicks off the album perfectly. It is and was one of the great ambient house tracks ever pressed onto vinyl.
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Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet (2007)

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10 years ago, many were were enjoying the heady days of nu rave. Klaxons were at the centre of the scene, whether they wanted it or not; the genre had been coined by their record company to advertise their first gig and then adopted by everyone else who wanted to wear neon, all of a sudden. Aptly, they released a cover of Grace’s mid-1990s dance track ‘Not Over Yet’ as a single off their debut album, Myths of the Near Future. Electro pop, It’s Not Over Yet’.

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Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (2010)

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Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval delivers the dreamy, introspective vocals to ‘Paradise Circus’ off Massive Attack’s fifth album, 2010’s Heligoland. Her sensual words are coursed through synthesised harmonies and ambient handclaps. Spiritual. The song reached the masses as the soundtrack to the exceedingly popular TV series Luther.

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The Postal Service – Natural Anthem (2003)

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Seattle/L.A.-based The Postal Service formed as a collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello (aka Dntel) in 2001. The duo released one album of hit-and-miss electronica, and for those that make it to the end of the aptly named Give Up, they are treated with a ‘Natural Anthem’. This one should get you whirring on a Monday; have a great week!

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Death And Vanilla ‎- California Owls (2015)

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Happy New Year folks! The Swedish duo of Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson formed Death And Vanilla in Malmö and quickly set about using the vibraphone, organ, mellotron and Moog to recreate a certain sound of yesteryear. Their 2015 album To Where the Wild Things Are included the dreamy pop number ‘California Owls’.

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Cocteau Twins – Cherry Coloured Funk (1990)

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I bring the Cocteau Twins’ ‘Cherry Coloured Funk’ off Heaven or Las Vegas, the band’s most beloved album. Liz Fraser’s voice draws, swoops and amazes.

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Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric? (1979)

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“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” was a big question in 1979. This was Gary Numan at his best and earliest. A hit single with “no recognisable hook-line whatsoever”, as Numan once put it. Have a great week. “It’s cold outside.”

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The Chemical Brothers – The Private Psychedelic Reel (1997)

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A story of how music can save. ‘The Private Psychedelic Reel’ is the closing track off The Chemical Brothers’ second album Dig Your Own Hole. It’s a great tune in its own right, but is especially remarkable for what it brought about. Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons contacted Jonathan Donahue to fuse their electronic music with his Mercury Rev brand of  psychedelia. Donahue is credited with “Effects [Dub ‘tetix Wave’]”… whatever. Importantly, the track inspired a disillusioned Donahue to start making creative music again and Rev’s best, Deserter’s Songs, followed shortly afterwards. Thank you Tom and Ed.

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Future Islands – Cave (2017)

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“I don’t believe anymore/I don’t grieve anymore.” More nuanced synth pop from Samuel T. Herring and bandmates. ‘Cave’ is one of the standout highlights on this year’s long player The Far Field. Have a great week.

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Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You (2013)

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We finish the week with something a little weird and wonderful. Connan Mockasin’s ‘I’m the Man, That Will Find You’ mimics and evokes to great effect. Despite the R&B machismo of the chorus, its psychedelic funk production has to be heard to be believed. The song features on his 2013 album Caramel. Have a great weekend.

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