Ian o’Brien – Natural Knowledge

As Ian’s now got a load of new and old stuff available to buy on Bandcamp, I thought I’d pick out a personal fave from his awesome back catalogue. From 1999’s Gigantic Days album on Peacefrog, this is simply one of the most life-affirming, joyous pieces of electronic music I’ve ever heard. Using an ingenious flip… Continue reading Ian o’Brien – Natural Knowledge

Psyche – Neurotic Behaviour (Mayday Reproduction Mix)

One to file alongside the OTT flanger mayhem of Rhythim Is Rhythim’s Kaos: no one manipulates loops with quite so much demented energy as Derrick May on these kind of tracks. Aside from some subdued chords that creep into the mix during the last third, this is just an enormous synth hook and classic Mayday… Continue reading Psyche – Neurotic Behaviour (Mayday Reproduction Mix)

Luke Slater’s 7th Plain – Time Melts

Here’s another prime cut from the post-Artificial Intelligence glory days of British techno. Luke Slater could be a bit hit and miss – for every great track there seemed to be plenty of banging rubbish – but when he nailed it he was right up there for me. The majestic opening track of his 1994… Continue reading Luke Slater’s 7th Plain – Time Melts

DFA – 3/5 Human

Not to be confused with James Murphy's New York operation, this DFA is a Detroiter named James Trammell, and the snappily-titled Microstructural Characterization EP - the only thing he ever released, to my knowledge - made a few quiet waves when it emerged on his own Surveillance label back in 2001. All three tracks are excellent… Continue reading DFA – 3/5 Human

The Detroit Escalator Co – Gratiot

Here's some Sunday loveliness from one of the most beautiful records ever to come out of the Motor City. The Soundtrack (313) album appeared out of the blue on Russ Gabriel's Ferox label in 1996 (many of the tracks also feature on Peacefrog's Excerpts collection a few years later) and it was a real breath… Continue reading The Detroit Escalator Co – Gratiot

Future Sound Of London – Calcium

I was reminded of this vintage cracker via one of my all-time favourite DJs, Dave Siska over at the mighty Sonic Sunset, who used it on his most recent mix to devastating effect. From their 1991 full-length Accelerator - an album that was no stranger to my teenage Walkman - it's dated surprisingly well compared… Continue reading Future Sound Of London – Calcium