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Read more. Then disaster strikes for the band, as vocalist Billy Robbins; who was a charismatic frontman with no small part in the success they had achieved so far, went missing - and eventually turned up dead.
They get a minor hit single with the instrumental Stoned Cowboy, but apart from that the album went nowhere. Miller decides to leave the band, unsuccessfully trying to establish a solo career, while the rest of the band carried on as Year One.
Fantasy reunited on two occasions in the 70's; but then for individual concerts only. Sadly, Jamene Miller died on September 27, at the age of 55 due partly to an alcohol-related condition. A lost gem of the 70's; well worth checking out by fans of the harder varieties of vintage psychedelic rock. With Revolver, one finds the right band at the right time with everything falling beautifully into place…to not own and know this vinyl record is nothing short of a musical crime.
When holding this album in your hands one feels lucky to be a part of it as well. Zach Condon is an artist who can create an album that incorporates instruments like the trumpet, flugelhorn, ukulele, accordion, cello, melodica, upright bass, trombone, tuba, and glockenspiel without it sounding like circus music.
The second album from Beirut was inspired by a turn-of-the-century Parisian balloon festival, with each track tied to a different French city, resulting in a musical masterpiece that will remain a timeless piece in your vinyl record collection. Recorded in a non-stop hour session, Thickfreakness is the Akron duo stripped down to their fuzzy-licious, ghost-of-Junior-Kimbrough, dirty blues core.
Damon Albarn is known for a myriad of successes throughout his career that include leading the widely popular band Blur in the s through the early s, as well as his genius work as the unsuspecting leader of Gorrillaz starting in If not for the beautiful album of music contained on the vinyl, framing the cover and hanging it near your record player will be an easily appreciated musical and artistic conversation piece to say the least.
Combining the influences of many early pioneers Aphex Twin, Eno, etc. We could have included ten Bob Dylan records because his sound lends itself so well to the vinyl format, but Blonde on Blonde is an easy standout even among his catalog.
Recorded in a remodeled veterinary clinic a short distance from the home Vernon grew up in, there is a sense of place in each song that feels like a continual discovery of the beautiful familiar.
To enter into the world of Daft Punk is to find yourself in a parallel world where man and robot alien? When two successful artists join forces to create a supergroup the results routinely land on extreme ends of the spectrum - amazing or disastrous. Fortunately for Dave Harrington and Nicolas Jaar, the end they landed on was of the good nature….
The first and last both recently called it quits on the project album was a perfect melding of talents and creative ingredients. The fifth studio album from David Bowie, based on fictional rock star character Ziggy Stardust, is Bowie pushing the boundaries of his glam rock ethos into new worlds, literally. This is a tape-effect, end-of-the-world wisdom classic that demands the kind of attention and respect that the vinyl listening experience creates for listeners.
The debut album from DJ Shadow is famous for being composed almost entirely of sampled content…. Minimally, but expertly produced over the course of two years this album contains the downbeat, jazz-heavy, experimental hip hop that came from vinyl and to vinyl will return. Without leaning too much on that storyline, it does give you a context of what their early music might have sounded like.
Fleet Foxes self-titled debut, released in , was an instant classic and phenomenal start for the year-old Robin Pecknold. The album plays beautifully and flows naturally, like the perfect Sunday afternoon record. Fleet Foxes features a full-size bonus LP featuring the Sun Giant EP in its entirety, a welcome surprise for anyone who purchases this first album on vinyl. From The Storfer :.
Every collection needs some artistic diversity, and Joanna Newsom will give you a lot of it in one bundle. If a pub quiz threw up a question about a game-changing drum 'n' bass or jungle album in the '90s, chances are it'd be Goldie's 'Timeless' scrawled on the result papers, rather than Photek's debut album. It came three years into Photek's career, in which he'd carved a reputation for producing apocalyptic tracks like 'The Seven Samurai' or hyper-percussive classics like 'Consciousness'.
While jungle sounded like a combination of rigorous basslines and a smattering of percussion sent from the future when it arrived in the early '90s, Photek took the idea of futurism hundreds of years further on 'Modus Operandi'. Yet in between this there's the serene '' and suave, Pink Panther -esque title track proving jungle artists aren't only inclined to make tunes for a grotty dance.
The album did so well it opened the door for fellow junglists Source Direct to release an album on Science in ' Dave Turner. When two brothers from rural Scotland released an album that twirls through mystic ambient, robotic vocal samples and lightly bobbing IDM in , it changed dance music forever. It sat comfortably beside IDM such as Aphex Twin and Autechre but it also conveyed the nostalgic and emotional role that voices have played in bands the duo have been influenced by — such as Beach Boys and My Bloody Valentine.
Through analogue synths and drum programming that was lengthily laboured over, Boards Of Canada created an incredibly emotional sound. While the individual tracks of Air's debut album are intricately crafted gems the string sections alone were recorded in Abby Road , it's what the album pioneered that places it on this list. In a tidal wave of Dutch laser-kissed trance, pre-donk hoover-bassed hard house and the Champagne-breathed swagger of lates speed garage were washing through clubs, bars, airwaves and holiday resorts.
It was an overwhelming period of extremes and excess; vodka Red Bull was outselling lager, DJs were becoming mega-rich superstars and Mitsubishi pills were making clubland intensely emotional. The album defined the calm after the strobe-storm; 'Chill' — or 'Chill Out' as it had somewhat cringingly been tagged — became the adopted after-genre by clubbers of the day. Well, not until next weekend any way.
Electro is electro because of the vast works of staggered, frenetic art that James Stinson and Gerald Donald created. This little ripper comes in at 2. UK garage — which Skinner ploughed so furtively for much of his debut — had reached its commercial zenith the previous year and the super club bubble of the late 90s had well and truly burst. To a new generation of teens, the sounds of stripped-back garage rock emanating out of New York started to seem more appealing than the latest house or garage record.
But with his tales of first time Es, kebab shop fights and neglected loves, Mike Skinner managed to build a bridge between two generations of British ravers. For those in their early teens, it was a road map for all that was to come. UK garage, ska and hip hop were all put through the blender alongside stories of characters we had all met and nights out we had all had… or were certainly going to have. But 16 years on, the true size of its influence keeps growing, with everyone from Kojey Radical to Jamie xx singling it out as one of the most important British albums of a generation.
Before Dizzee Rascal introduced himself looking menacing in that bright yellow corner, the word 'grime' to the mainstream consciousness would have just been something seen on bottles of kitchen cleaning products.
Even after he won the Mercury Prize there was no name-check for the genre in the Guardian 's article announcing his accolade.
But anyone who'd grown up listening to pirate radio in the time UK garage was transitioning into a darker sound would've known exactly what Dizzee's coming together of chaotic kicks, harrowing melodies and tales of LDN life was.
He knew his Urban Dictionary-friendly colloquialisms would be alien to many listening and that's what made it so exciting.
Nothing like this had been heard before on a widespread scale, from the grim lyrical clattering of 'I Luv U' to the slap-to-the-face beats of 'Stop Dat'. He was flying the flag for the UK's underprivileged, showing kids just like him what could be achieved even with pot-shot lyrics like "I'm a problem for Anthony Blair" 'Hold Ya Mouf' and "we chuck grenades at Scotland Yard" 'Seems 2 Be'. Of course artists like Wiley and 'Pulse X' producer Youngstar deserve credit for grime's earliest productions, but without 'Boy In Da Corner' the genre might not have tasted the success it has in the last few years.
He ain't wrong. Taking into account the star status of those two artists, Dizzee Rascal deserves some thanks for an album being mentioned in tracks for over 10 years. Like many budding genres, the more minimal forms of house and techno seemed to remain in the shadows for much of its early evolution during the mid to late 90s.
That said, once the new millenium hit, awareness grew immensely due to a string of talented producers that allowed the music to reach more ears. A major leader in this big push was Ricardo Villalobos, the unique Chilean talent who has since become the posterboy for all things stripped-back and minimal.
Yet back in his genius was only just beginning to garner attention. Tracks like 'Easy Lee' , 'Dexter' , 'Theogenese' and the rest of the nine track collection offer a mesmerising display of sonic exploration that is undoubtedly distinctly Villalobos and helped cement his place as one of the most creative producers in recent memory.
Plus, the material transcended just his own fame and inspired a wave of new producers to test their skills at the subtle brilliance of minimal electronic music. It was all very confusing. But it was also thrilling: every track burned with furious rave energy, but held back, condensed into almost unbearable tension, very rarely allowed to cut fully loose, as layer upon layer of roaring bass and stuttering beats were added.
These tracks still sound simply immense, and it's likely they pushed the likes of Coki, Skream and Rusko to amp up their bass wobble and send dubstep into stadium territory a couple of years later. But Jamie and Roly could do subtlety too, and just as their respective solo work would voyage into cinematic territories, Vex'd influence can be heard on every bit of dark electronica in today's world: from Chino Amobi to Arca, Death Grips to most of the Houndstooth stable, Vex'd's vicious pressure still reverberates.
In the early s New York was the place to be. Just not for dance music. But with such a strong history of dance before it, from the Studio 54 to the Paradise Garage to the club kids, it was inevitable these influences would filter in, and like the Talking Heads and Blondie before them, bands like LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture kick started a dance-punk movement for a new generation. With label DFA the hub for this new, ferocious and unhinged take on dance music, LCD Soundsystem took centre stage with their self-titled debut album.
SoundCloud uploads are tagged; producers take to Twitter to refute the labels given to them by fans or journalists; scenes are defined and dissected while still in their embryonic stages. Dubstep is probably the last major genre to have taken electronic music by surprise in such a way; it was nurtured on pitch black dancefloors by those in the know before a rapid explosion in popularity, catching so many off guard.
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