Friday 8 August 2014

We Are Six! (And I Am 20)

In a happy accident, both mine and the blogs birthday fall on the same day. I like to take time out to thank all y'all for supporting us through the rough and good times, and also my newfound stellar writing crew without whom I'd still be flying the good ship Ilictronix solo. But enough o' that, onto songs!

We've come a long way, baby

This here is just gonna be a rundown of some of my all time favourites, starting with my long time Nordic buddies The Knife. Their third LP Silent Shout is one of the few albums I'd rank up there in my 10/10 list. Doubly so if you get your hands on the special edition with the live show on it. Enjoy the gorgeous rendition of Heartbeats from that LP.

Not often I dwell too much into hip hop, but I owe this track among others for setting me off on the second wave of my instrumental interest. Thanks to that randomer on the now defunct for introducing me to this cat. Never get tied of this one, a little short but just as sweet every single time.

No reflective post would be complete without a shouout to the electronic music of my yoof. Last time it was Paul Rayner with my smalltown cruising anthem Feel Me. This time it's the frankly amazing garage rework of the Spin Spin Sugar. Just as good today as it was in '98, perhaps even more with the new garage revival thing.

I think Warp also deserve a shoutout for all they've done for me, easily one of my favourite record labels ever. And of course a big thank you to the Aphex Twin too, for setting me off into the world of more experimental electronic (or IDM in the blogosphere). Celebrate with one of my favourite AFX tracks, stick around for the absolutely killer outro starting at 4:48!

And that be that, hope to see y'all again this time next year, until then keep on keeping on, stay safe and enjoy the music!

-Claude Van Foxbat

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