60’s chillwave dubtronica

So for those who think their ambient nu-gaze chillwave electronica dubbed out hipster doodles are somehow new (as millennials invented *everything* first dontchano :-P), here’s electronic and lounge pioneer Dick Hyman to school you along with Mary Mayo on vocal theremin duties.

Yes some of this album is dated in a samba/lounge fashion, but this and Moon Gas are light years ahead, and Dick Hyman went onto to create a couple of classic Moog albums in the late 60’s – the bonkers MOOG: The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman and The Age of Electronicus. The Minotaur – which sounds something a post-dubstep musician would squeeze out today – actually MADE it into the US Top 40 charts as a B side in 1969 as the first purely electronic pop single – way before Popcorn.

But most people know – even if they don’t think they know – Hyman’s The Moog and Me, as it was sampled on Beck’s album Odelay for ‘Sissyneck’, shame unlike Jean-Jacques Perrey and Fat Boy Slim, that Hyman didn’t get the chart hit love he deserves, he’s still going strong also…weirdly I’ve missed a lot of Hyman’s stuff until the last few years, unlike Gershon Kingsley, Perrey, Raymond Scott, Bruce Haack and the Radiophonic Workshop who have been a heavy part of my life, somehow Hyman never came up like they did?

Shame, I’d have loved this stuff back then – and in fact I already knew some of it via samples!

Touched 2

I tweeted about the first Touched compilation a few weeks back, and Touched Two came out a few days ago. It’s well worth getting as well – not only 255 tracks for £12 which is great value, but all for a good cause (Macmillan Cancer Support charity).

Although a large download I’ve been listening to purely this compilation on and off for days and there are some brilliant tracks from the likes of U-ziq, Zan Lyons, Wisp, Varia, Verbose, X&Trick, Tomonari Nozaki – you can tell I’ve only got as far as the T’s!

The rest of the tracks reads like a Christmas bumper wishlist from those who love IDM/electronica: Orbital, Ulrich Schnauss, FSOL, Gasman, Higher Intelligence Agency, Plaid, FLK, Red Snapper, Richard H. Kirk, Posthuman, Radioactive Man, Ochre, Mr C, Mira Calix, Luke Vibert, Luke Slater, Si Begg, Fil OK, D’Arcangelo, Christ, Ceephax, Brothomstates, Sun Electric, Autechre, B12, but the real beauty of this compilation is you end up hearing and loving tracks by people you have never heard of.

If you like any of those aforementioned acts, or like anything on Warp, Rephlex or those old Trans Europe Express compilations, or minimal, modern classical, ambient, acid, chillwave, techno, then you should get this, you won’t regret it!

DJ Pierre

I’ve been avoiding Boiler Room videos even though it started here, mostly because of the twazzocks dancing behind them, the beautiful, young, weak, witless, ‘look at me’ hipsters in neon and conspicuous labels who seem less interested in the amazing music than posing for the camera.

But they do have ace DJs, and I cracked when I saw DJ Pierre had done a set in Amsterdam for them…and it’s ace. Check it out above, a master lesson in DJing and using FX and EQ, not too much, not too little, doesn’t get in the way. I’ve bought two of the tunes dropped in this set already and really want to find out the one 30 mins in after the Tiga/Audio Let’s Go Dancing (Adam Beyer remix) – you know the dirty acid one that goes ‘drinking…dancing…holding…feeling’?

Then check out him rocking somebody’s kitchen in LA (the earlier venue got shut down by the police!). Funny thing is the initial confused looks in both sets when he drops wonderful curveballs like the Piano version of Acid Over, or the Al Green remix, or the Never Get Old diva vocals in the ADE set or properly drops it all then builds slowly (that rarely happens nowadays – silence is such a no-no)…Acid and house weren’t just a bunch of squelches or four to floor you know, it had soul, it had pianos, it had diva vocals, it was eclectic. Ron Hardy for instance would play anything if it got the floor going, regardless of genre…and DJs back then would cut it all out and build on a high-pitched synth or string section with no beats for ages and the crowd would go crazy anticipating the beat to kick in – something I think has been lost in this ADHD culture.

P.S. who invited one half of Raw Sex, Roland Rivron at 1:03 ;-) At least he is dancing like a loon, unlike the too-self concious others…

The Lloydbrary Sample Sessions 1 – Better Living Through Chemistry

Ian Fondue from the Lloydbrary Podcast has a really good idea for a show/mix series called the Sample Sessions, where as he says “Take a sample based album, then do a mix of the sampled tracks in album track order.”. The first one is a favourite album of mine, Fat Boy Slim’s ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ – which was a formative influence and got me into big beat, and sounds like it was the same for Ian too. First session includes tracks as diverse as Lulu, Yvonne Elliman, Idris Muhammad, Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti, Keith Mansfield, The Incredible Bongo Band and more.

It’s fascinating to hear a track and go ‘did they really sample THAT?’ and wonder what on earth it could be….then 30 seconds later a very familiar bar or loop appears!

A birdie tells me the next one is a rather (in)famous hip-hop album…must be fun trying to unlayer that one! And you might hear it over at Radio Clash Live at some point soon (after Lloydbrary 61 and SS 1 methinks) as part of Ian’s Lloydbrary slot, 4:45am and 8pm weekdays UK time, latest show is on Mondays (hopefully…I’m working on improving that code as I have to give the server a kick sometimes!). And of course I’m sure he’ll post it over at his Mixcloud soon.


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