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Autechre – Eutow (1995)


Rob Brown and Sean Booth formed Autechre in 1987 in Rochdale. They were pioneers of intelligent dance music and IDM got no better than ‘Eutow’ in 1995. The track features on their third studio album Tri Repetae. Electronic, experimental, ambient… right up Warp Records’ strasse. Have a great Easter break.

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D’Angelo – Sh*t, Damn, M*********er (1995)


My timing is off this week. These are strange times. The unexpected mix of looks, street cred and amazing voice quickly establised D’Angelo as the the king of Neo Soul. Off his 1995 album Brown Sugar, ‘Shit, Damn, Motherfucker’ is late-night gold.

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Round Two – A New Day (1995)


Change of scene… deep house. Round Two’s ‘A New Day’ is a classic of the genre with moody vocals to suit. A sometime backup singer for Yazz and Tears for Fears, Andy Caine delivers the soul against a backdrop of synths and drums. But this sound was not emanating from Motor City; this was Berlin’s Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus in 1995.

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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


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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Blur – The Universal (1995)


Blur’s ‘The Universal’ sphere is the centrepiece of a song about drug-induced happiness. Based on A Clockwork Orange, the striking video was a fitting backdrop to Britpop, Blur and the imagination of Damon Albarn. “How long have you been a red man?” “About 15 years.” “What were you before?” “Blue.” Have a great weekend.

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Sparklehorse – Cow (1995)


I cannot believe I haven’t posted this one already. The stupendous ‘Cow’ from Sparklehorse’s 1995 debut Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot. Everything feels a little bit better with banjo. Sparklehorse was the musical project of Mark Linkous. His beautiful, fragile music masked a stranger thing. Linkous shot himself through the heart in 2010 aged 47.

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Yo La Tengo – Blue Line Swinger (1995)


Last week, Broadcast made me think of Yo La Tengo for the first time in a little while. The band hit its stride by the 1990s, releasing a sequence of classic indie-rock albums: 1993’s Painful, 1995’s Electr-O-Pura, and 1997’s I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. The latter’s superiority is hard to dispute, but Electr-O-Pura boasts the epic ‘Blue Line Swinger’. It grows from a fragile start to something full of musicianship and swagger: an organ, drum fills, the feedback and Georgia Hubley’s “Ba da ba ba-dop, ba da ba ba-dop, ba da ba ba-dop”. Glorious.

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The Stone Roses – Ten Storey Love Song (1995)


I thought about The Stone Roses yesterday. It doesn’t happen everyday, but certainly not as much as it used to. Five years in the making, the second album, The Second Coming, would inevitably disappoint. However, ‘Ten Story Love Song’ is classic Roses – a 4-min-plus slice of glorious uplifting alt pop. It wasn’t worth that very long wait, but we would take what we could get. Perversely, by 1994/1995, Britpop, which was arguably a product of the Roses phenomenon, was in full flow.

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Moby – When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die (1995)

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If it wasn’t for his go-to house music anthem ‘Go’, ‘When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die’ would be the best thing Moby has ever done. It is the closing track on his 1995 album Everything Is Wrong. Have a great weekend.

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Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees (1995)

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I have a tendency to talk about the 1990s with some nostalgia. ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ is a touchstone for those memories. Radiohead was at risk of being branded a one-hit wonder after the immense success of  the single ‘Creep’ – a grungy calling card. Perhaps it bred resentment, because the band came out fighting with a staggering retort – the epic The Bends. ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ is the torch song at the centre of the album. Many listened, enjoyed and did something about it. Coldplay formed a year later. Have a great weekend.

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Red House Painters – Summer Dress (1995)


Red House Painters 1995

The sun worship does not seem to be working. ‘Summer Dress’ is a much more sober affair. By the time their 1995 album Ocean Beach was released, Mark Kozelek’s introspection dominated the Red House Painters’ output. But as you can hear in ‘Summer Dress’, the melody is there. Have a great weekend.

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The Beatles – Now and Then (1995)

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Not strictly a Beatles song as Lennon wrote and part-recorded ‘Now and Then’ in the late 1970s. However, Yoko Ono later passed Paul a batch of unfinished tracks to mark their mid-1990s Anthology compilations. The tapes included demos of this track, ‘Free as a Bird’ and ‘Real Love’. The three Beatles began recording their version in 1995 by overdub. It was then discarded only to later appear on a 2009 bootleg. This floaty and ever-so-nearly-lost gem sounds part Fab Four, part The Flaming Lips.

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Underworld – Born Slippy (1995)

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On the subject of song association, undoubtedly one the best songs of 2014, Future Islands’ ‘Seasons’ does actually sound a little like Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’. It was mentioned to me and I don’t know why I have not spotted it before. The famous Nuxx mix of ‘Born Slippy’ was originally released as a B-side in 1995, but would reach wider acclaim a year later as a standalone release on Junior Boys Own and as the music to the final scene of the beloved movie Trainspotting.

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Aphex Twin – Alberto Balsam (1995)

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A year before DJ Shadow brought a new depth to progressive house music, and two years before Radiohead revolutionised progressive rock music, Richard D. James of Aphex Twin was out there. Released on Warp Records in 1995, ‘Alberto Balsam’ is the type of atmospheric layered sound that is just begging to be listened to in a large pair of cans.

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Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy (1995)


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“Hey, baby, I like it raw… Yeah baby, I like it raw.” Okay, subtle it is not, but ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ propelled Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s first solo album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version to the same heights he scaled with the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut two years earlier. I apologise to anyone with a sensitive disposition first thing in the morning.

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