I never used to be an album guy. I tended to pick like 4-5 songs by any given artist, and only listen to them exclusively, usually to the point that I absolutely hated listening to them. Then there were some artists I just couldn't enjoy, like Digitalism. I discovered that magically, when you listen to the album as a whole, rather than as individual tracks, it becomes a more enjoyable experience entirely. I realized in thinking about it more that this is the way it used to be, back in the day. You can't efficiently pick and choose tracks on a cassette or vinyl LP.
All this to say, I've really been into doing the whole album, rather than going 'Play All' and hitting shuffle. So here, I'm going over some albums I've been into lately, and ironically, only picking a couple tracks for you guys to hear, which totally goes against the point of what I was doing.
First off, Grand Illusion by Styx.
This album is not strictly electronic. It's rock. But Styx is very brilliant in that they flawlessly incorporated awesome synthesis into their songs, usually as the centerpiece of the musical talent. Some bands having flying guitar solos, Styx did the same with beautiful 70s synthesis. In my opinion, truly one of the greatest albums of all times. Good lyrics, good music, good album flow.
If you haven't heard this album, I'd recommend picking it up. It has some great sounds and has been very influential in my music.
Styx - Fooling Yourself [click to download]
Styx - Miss America [click to download]
Styx - Castle Walls [click to download]
Next album! Phonat!
We've all heard Phonat's 'Set Me Free', which got some serious blog and remix attention. Phonat's LP, however, is a little bit less know, and very unfortunately so. As far as I'm concerned, Set Me Free is among the weakest tracks on the album. It's a house track sitting alone in what is a very diverse, explorational album, and the very basic disco sound is so... well, unimpressive. This album does it all: house, electro, rock, RnB (sorta) and even DnB. Find a download somewhere and grab it!
Phonat - Ghetto Burnin' [click to download]
Phonat - It's For You [click to download]
Phonat - Learn To Recycle [click to download]
Continuing the trend of album names that share the artist name...
I'm sure you're familiar with Chillin' or Lady, both of which are very important to disco house. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite track from the album, though.
Modjo - Peace Of Mind [click to download]
Supermen Lovers? We all know Starlight, it's another one of those big French House hits. You'll note the album version has some significant differences from the edit version that's the most circulated.
The Supermen Lovers - Starlight (Album Version) [click to download]
The Supermen Lovers - Diamonds For Her [click to download]
The Supermen Lovers - Rockin' Urgence [click to download]
To get some of the good parts from both versions of Starlight together, I did this.
The Supermen Lovers - Starlight (Boba's 2010 Edit) [click to download]
Enjoy, and happy holidays (all of them!)!