29 posts tagged classic
Isolée: “Démon” (Rest, Playhouse 2000)
The weird dance music of Isolée is ageless.
MMM: “Donna” (MMM, 1997)
This collaboration 12” between Fiedel and Errorsmith remains perhaps their finest moment. It’s ageless and awesome.
Low: “Murderer” (Drums & Guns, 2007)
“I’m cruel, and I look right through.”
M.Mayer: “17 & 4” (Kompakt 1999)
Kompakt celebrates its 20th anniversary this month (the store opened in 1993, some years before they embarked on the label adventure) — so I thought it only appropriate to post this classic clip from Michael Mayer, one of the first I heard on the label upon the release of the Total compilation in 1999. Despite the cool twists and turns the label has taken and continues to take, these early records will always hold a special place in my heart.
Gimmik: “Crak” (Slow Motion Process, Worm Interface 2001)
I find if I’m in a rut brainstorming or getting moving on a design project that the golden years of melodic IDM (1997-2002 or so, in my humble opinion) help kickstart my brain. Maybe it’s all those nights I spent toiling away in college to this music, but something just clicks. Gimmik was part of the wave of IDM acts to follow Autechre’s Tri Repeatae and Chiastic Slide (fitting, given I just posted a review of their latest, Exai) and executed that blend of crunchy, skittering beats and minor chords particularly well.
It & My Computer: “Sur Une Cigarette” (Creme Organisation, 2002)
Classic Dutch electro-pop from the Creme Organisation label… an old favorite.
Terry Riley: “A Rainbow In Curved Air” (1969)
How cool was it that my friends used this music as the bride’s processional in their outdoor wedding this weekend? It reminded me to go back and listen to it some more; it’d been a while.
Hoedh: “Mantra Der Rotation” (Hymnvs, Dark Vinyl 1994)
I’m sure I’ve probably posted from this album before, but I come back to it again and again. There’s an understated grace and beauty in its atmosphere, just obscured enough to be mysterious and evocative without sounding muddled or messy. This final piece from the album is my personal favorite; it makes me feel as though I’ve braved an expansive fog and finally arrived at its warm, serene center, home and dry.
Olivier Messaien: “Oraison” (1937)
Carl A. Finlow: “Definition” (Electrilogy, Device 2001)
Dopplereffekt: “Rocket Scientist” (Gesamtkunstwerk, Gigolo 1999)
Kraftwerk: “Musique Non-Stop” (Electric Cafe, 1986)
No introduction necessary…
Nine Inch Nails: “Head Like a Hole (Opal Mix)” (Head Like a Hole, TVT 1989)
I’d never heard this remix, since it didn’t appear on the main maxi-single. I dig it!
Skinny Puppy: “Sore In a Masterpiece” (Back & Forth Series Two, 1981-84)
I had the impulse to go back and listen to old Skinny Puppy tracks tonight… and while I may not listen to industrial music all that often these days, I still can’t really shake their hold on me.
Deaf Center: “Time Spent” (Owl Splinters, Type 2011)
One of the shortest and prettier tracks on Deaf Center’s last album, one of my favorites of the year.