Saturday 21 September 2013

Please Stand By

Tough times ahead friends, site founder and ilictronix veteran Prez Jordan wants to transfer ownership of the site. If all goes well, I'll be taking over the site and hosting, and as such it may be a long time before I can post anything more. Luckily I was prepared and have this hour and a quarter long mix celebrating the ups, downs, and inbetweens of everything I love electronic. I'd like to thank everyone in the community for an amazing time over the years and their continued support, and Prez himself for picking a 15 year old me to write for ilictronix. Stay tuned for updates when they happen but until then, as always stay safe and enjoy the music.

The Knife - The Bridge (Hannah Med H Soundtrack, 2003)
Rex The Dog - Frequency (The Rex The Dog Show, 2008)
Surkin - White Knight Two (Next Of Kin EP, 2008)
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Electronic City (Two, 2009)
Boys Noize - Frau (PUZIQUE Remix) (Oi Oi Oi Remixed, 2008)
Boys Noize - Shine Shine (Apparat Remix) (Oi Oi Oi Remixed, 2008)
The Prodigy - Omen (Reprise) (Invaders Must Die, 2010)
Teenage Bad Girl - Vacuum (Cocotte, 2007)
Danger - 13H12
F.U.S.E - Nitedrive (Dimension Intrusion, 1993)
Blade Runner - Tears In Rain (Vocal Sample)
Orbital - Halcyon + On + On (Orbital 2 (Brown Album), 1993)
Goldie - Timeless (Inner City Life) (Timeless, 1995)
Omni Trio - Sanctuary (Skeleton Keys, 1997)
Commix - Fallen (Fallen (Single), 2013)
Current Value - Into The Light (Into The Light / Deep Digger, 2005)
Venetian Snares - Szamár Madár (Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, 2005)
Sigur Rós - Takk... (Takk..., 2005)

Hang On,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday 19 September 2013

AT / AA 101

Romero Britto - Queen Elizabeth II

Speaking of late 90's early 2000's stuff, I got a hankering for some good old 2-step garage like what I used to have piped through my radio back then. And who better to than the most successful garage act Artful Dodger? Here's a little number I must have heard hundreds of times back then, which along with proper house like Stardust and Modjo make up my turn of the millennium listening.

Wednesday 18 September 2013

AT / AA 100

Gen Duarte + Feik - Favela Do Moinho (2010)

A more obscure bit from my collection to mark the big 100, this bit from duo Projections has been in and out of my playlists for around ten years at this point and barley missed being put in my Guest Night Tales selections. To this day the tune remains as sweet as ever, the sample is almost perfection and the light strings that flow throughout give me just a little bit of a Massive Attack vibe. Definitely check the album this is from (Between Here And Now) if you're looking for more.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

AT / AA 99

Gerard Fromanger - Au Printemps

Air's first LP Moon Safari has aged beautifully and has proved to be nearly timeless. Even though it was released back in 1998, it still gets a lot of play over here in the UK when it's licensed out for use in TV and Air themselves are one of the staples of popular french artists alongside Daft Punk & Justice. Here's an early favourite of mine from the album, Sexy Boy, check the video for it too if you can, it's very well done.

Monday 16 September 2013

AT / AA 98

Jeremy Mann - Evening Over San Francisco

I didn't know much of Sven Väth's work a few months back, in fact the only thing I knew is he was still playing sets thanks to a poster in my city, and that he'd once done a playful kitsch cover of Serge Gainsbourg's Je T'aime Moi Non Plus with Miss Kittin. I did a bit of digging and ended up on his debut LP from 1992 Accident In Paradise. Trying to ignore the bad artwork I got to listening and was pleasantly surprised by track 3, which opened with pretty much the same sound and progression of F.U.S.E's Nitedrive, but that soon gave way to the smooth techno stylings of tracks before. A nice addition to my small pool of ambient techno for sure.

Sunday 15 September 2013

AT / AA 97

Wassily Kandinky - Merry Structure (1926)

Aphex Twin's decision to go back to pure analog after making swapping to digital was a good move for sure, spawning the now rare 11 volume vinyl series Analord. Unlike the usual breed of Aphex Twin though, the Analord series take a much more structured approach to go along the pure analog vibe, they still have that undeniable Aphex edge though. Take the opnener for Analord 01 (strangely not the first to be released, 10 was), from the get go it's a lot more subdued but that's not to say there's not a lot going on in terms of sounds.

Saturday 14 September 2013

AT / AA 96

Ivan Shishkin - In The Wild North (1891)

Alongside Massive Attack, Portishead are held up high as the purest examples of Trip Hop straight outta Bristol. It's not unwarranted mind, their debut Dummy is almost flawless. Coming the same year as Massive Attack's sophomore effort Protection it has a lot in common with that LP actually, with most tracks featuring the the moody dulcet tones of Beth Gibbons a la Tracey Thorn and Nicolette Suwoton. Check it out if you're feeling the vibe in my favourite tune from the LP, Roads.

Friday 13 September 2013

AT / AA 95

Andy Warhol - Mickey

I have a real love hate with this track for a very specific reason. When I'm riding the train home with my library on shuffle as usual, the last thing I expect is the explosion of drums that kicks off Listen Now, and I bet those cymbals can be heard across the carriage from my headphones. After the initial shock and frantic search for the volume buttons though, it's a shining example of Deep Cuts era The Knife, which Like Rustie's Glass Swords is very upbeat and peppy for the most part. Only with much more pronounced euro influence and some dark lyrics hiding behind the lighthearted exterior.

Thursday 12 September 2013

AT / AA 94

Piet Mondrian - Evolution (1911)

I'd forgotten that Eyen was the intro to Double Figure, going back to it with that in mind has put it up in my estimations by a lot. It's a quality track on its own, but as an introduction it almost perfectly sets up the album's feel in terms of sound and tone, the way those whistles just turn into squelchy, bassy pads is special.

Wednesday 11 September 2013

AT / AA 93

Kazimir Malevich - Man In Suprematic Landscape (1930)

Good night out in Newcastle yesterday, gives me a chance to give my morning after playlist a good listen to while I travel the 3 hours home. This playlist has gone through many different volumes and rearranged countless times, but it always started with track 8 from The Chemical Brother's debut; One Too Many Mornings

Tuesday 10 September 2013

AT / AA 92

Burhan Doğançay - New York Face (2000)

If there's one thing Knxwledge does well, it shot but sweet instrumentals. I picked up an album of his from the strength of Rude and it's been in rotation ever since. My only problem is with tracks so short I always forget the names of them, I managed to catch this one before it finished though. Kicking off with a sample that wouldn't be too out of place in 2007/8 era dubstep it soon gets into that lovely off kilter sound as popularised by Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke and the like.

Monday 9 September 2013

AT / AA 91

Daniel Buren - Sur Les Murs (1971)

Blockhead has rose to fame more recently with his trippy animated spectacle for his album The Music Scene, but he's been around for much longer than that I can assure you. Back in the early 2000s he was responsible for one of Aesop Rock's most popular songs with Daylight from the EP of the same name (which I've already posted his instrumental for), later on that EP there is another slice of smooth, punny instrumental goodness from him with a little mixing by Aesop. Check it for some chill hip hop vibes.

Sunday 8 September 2013

AT / AA 90

Piet Mondrian - Composition No. 10 (1942)

I really need to dig up more early 90's techno in the warp style. I just love the sound of their self labelled 'electronic listening music' that they put out on the {Artificial Intelligence} compilations which later became a whole series of albums. Two of albums from the series; Autechre's Incunabula and F.U.S.E's (aka minimal man Richie Hawtin)Dimension Intrusion best sum up the sound and what I love about it, keep your ear out for highlights like how the flowing synths are effortlessley joined by the hi-hats around 1:27.

Saturday 7 September 2013

AT / AA 89

Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup I (1968)

This is one of those songs you'll have heard before. In fact, you've probably heard most of Melody A.M. the album its from. See there are certain albums that just get a surge in popularity and before you know it they're licensed for advertisements and in hotel lounges everywhere. It happened to Moby's Play two years before this album, and still applies today with artists like Bibio. Mind you, it's not always a bad thing, everybody should love Röyksopp.

Friday 6 September 2013

AT / AA 88

Dan Baldwin - An Explosion Of Life And Death (2007)

After a hectic day of cleaning the house before my parents get back from America, in-between me running up and down the stairs to turn my sub down thanks to volume mastering, I've found some neat stuff to add to the post pile. Like this non-live version of the Justice remix for Soulwax's NY Excuse, to say it was released in 2005 it still sounds pretty fresh though if a little different from Justice's regular sound. I think I actually prefer this one to the one they included on A Cross The Universe actually.

Thursday 5 September 2013

AT / AA 87

Edward Hopper - Night Windows (1928)

The massive amount of time I've had off is coming to a close, so I'm giving myself a break from making things and enjoying the rest of it while I can. That and trying to correct my sleeping schedule, no more 4AM bedtimes anymore, but before I go I'll leave you with another slice of late night audio/visual atmosphere.

Wednesday 4 September 2013

AT / AA 86

The Designer's Republic - SoYo Scape (2006)

I've been overdosing on techy sounding stuff as I revisit my glitch artwork, amid the usual blend of IDM and ambient techno and whatnot is a little slice of something a little bit different. A little 12" by Slyder (Now known as Shiny Toy Guns), see back at the turn of the millennium they were making some brilliant trance that was slow to get going, but once it did it was a hell of a ride. I fell in love when the first of many of those synthesised growls came in.

Tuesday 3 September 2013

AT / AA 85

Jason Salavon - The Class Of 1967 (1998)

If you can get your hands on the old Boards Of Canada tapes, there's some real gold in there to be had. Take this early addition to the Hexagon Sun series, it borrows the drumbeat from it's Turquoise big brother but is a lot more subdued, and while it shares a lot with its blue counterpart but has enough difference to create a whole new atmosphere that's only helped by the cassette compression.

Monday 2 September 2013

AT / AA 84

Andreas Nilsson - Sametinget

Remember before when I said I don't listen to any Autechre past Amber, then I went against my word and got into Tri Repeate? Guess what I did again, I went and picked up the Anvil Vapre EP and I'm loving it. To be fair it is a lot like Tri Repeatae, to the point where in the US the album came bundled with it and the Garbage EP too. Fun Fact: The Anvil Vapre EP was released only 2 months after Windows 95, think about that.

Sunday 1 September 2013

AT / AA 83

El Lissitzky - Anxious (from 'Victory Over The Sun', 1923)

I must hear this song at least 40 times a day thanks to µ-Ziq taking the top spot on my artist list. It kicks off at least 80% of my listening and despite it getting multiple plays a day it pretty much never gets old. µ-Ziq just properly nails the balance between crisp synths and broken beats on this one. Lunatic Harness starts much stronger than it ends unfortunately, but the first 3/4 of the album is classic.