20 years ago today one of the greatest electronic albums of all time was released to the world. With its fusion of hypnotic techno and Karl Hyde’s unique abstract spoken word hands down this musically one of my most influential albums. Few can be said to have had such a significant impact on my consciousnesses, to be so deeply ingrained in my being as dubnobasswithmyheadman.
Perusing the track list you’ll find an emotionally immersive mosaic of sound from the classic Cowgirl to the spaced out futuristic crooning of Dirty Epic and Mmmm Skyscraper I Love You. And for those really paying attention the uplifting and climactic Rez offers a glimpse of even more magic to come for the group…
As a random purchase at my local record store (FBC in Lansing, MI) in 1998, I can honestly say this is one of those albums that changed my life and continues to influence my musical identity 15 years later. After finding out Oliver Lieb (the man behind the moniker) made public an unreleased L.S.G. album from 2002, and listening to that pretty much solid all week, I took the opportunity to pull this album back out and bask in the memories and emotions coaxed back from grey matter obscurity.
In my opinion, with its precise percussive arrangement and warm analog synth it’s still as relevant and innovative today as it was then. Take yourself on a journey through sound and tell me what you think…
L.S.G. – The Black Album
Label: Black Series Recordings – 62833-2
Genre: Techno, Trance, Progressive Trance
Some tracks help to drown out work, clean the house, play a game of cards, study, read, drive, walk, whatever. Once in a while though a track comes along that fully envelops you both emotionally and physically, leaving no room for anything else, and such is the case with Choice (Laurent Garnier) – Acid Eiffel. A swirling 303 acid line is soon joined by a sea of warm strings and crisply arranged 909 percussion, slowly introducing modifications to each of the elements on the main theme. At 13+ minutes this is an epic journey of emotive electronics.
I can still remember vividly the first night I was introduced to this track, and every time I hear it again I’m transported back to that perfect magical morning nearly 15 years ago as the sun rose slowly over the horizon, awash in a collective experience of innocence and dance.
Label: Fragile Records (FRG-6)
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Genre: Techno, Acid
It’s been a while since I posted something non-Monty related, so to break up the monotony I thought I’d post this older track that hit my ears today and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since.
Aril Brikha (of Detroit classic Groove La Chord fame) crafts one of the most elemental and haunting combinations of lyric and atmosphere that I’ve heard in quite some time, and while the subject matter deals with the more depressing and harsh realities of love the euphoria of the melodic melding of strings, pads, and voice are pure emotive serenity.
This video takes a simple concept and turns it into a visual masterpiece. As an added bonus, the track is pretty nice too.
Song: Mario Basanov & Vidis ft. Jazzu – I’ll Be Gone
Directed by: Rimantas Lukavicius (Korb)
I was hanging out at the house on a Saturday night with a pair of unused 40oz beers when I decided to record an impromptu mix, so I did. While it’s not a technical masterpiece it is a showcase of any time any track mixing featuring some nice tech house cuts that you can just plop in the CD player and let play.