To celebrate some of the recent changes here at beatFilter, here’s one of my personal favorites. A classic ambient epic by Spacetime Continuum. Spacetime is one of the most under appreciated ambient groups, a true pioneer in the early scene.
This is a landmark track for the history of electronic music. A bit of background about this track: this track is off the Anti-EP which “was a protest against the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which would prohibit raves (described as gatherings where music is played), with ‘music’ being defined as a ‘succession of repetitive beats’.” (Wikipedia, Anti-EP)
This track has no two successive measures with the same beat structure. Autechre released it specifically to be played loudly outdoors and at underground raves. And the EP came with a disclaimer stating that you should have a lawyer and a musicologist present to verify the legality and the non-repetitiveness of the piece should you get harassed.
In conclusion, Autechre are some OG ravers. Enjoy!
Here’s a classic off Squarepusher‘s iconic ‘Ultravisitor‘. Possibly my favorite album of his, it is pure intensity and passion combined with Jenkinson’s terrifyingly brilliant instrumental prowess. This is one of those songs that is already stuck in my head the moment I open my eyes. Tom Jenkinson is absolutely one of the greatest musicians of all time.
Speedy J is one of the most underrated artists in ambient electronic. His 1993 debut ‘Ginger‘ was simultaneously released on Richie Hawtin‘s label Plus 8 and as part of the Warp Records Artificial Intelligence series. Impressive for any release, let alone a debut.
He has released multipule ‘Fills’ over his career and all are excellent. Here’s one of my favorites.
This is the title track to the 1991 release ‘Analogue Bubblebath‘ by AFX, one of Aphex Twin‘s many pseudonyms. It is his first release under the AFX moniker. pRichard D. Jams (aka AFX) originally recorded the track in 1987, at the age of 16.
An aptly named classic, it really is a bubble bath for your ear canal. The EP continues with the much harsher and more discordant ‘Isopropophlex’ followed by an epic and chaotic ‘Entrance to Exit’, and it closes with some classic Aphex acid in ‘AFX 2’.
Not my favorite AFX release, but one of my favorite AFX tracks of all time, a true hallmark of ambient techno.
Sorry for the crap sound quality. Go buy the EP!
This is one of those tracks that I keep coming back to. It was something that I found on soul seek, or one of those ancient P2P networks, and it really helped push me towards Warp Records as the authority in electro.
I mean, lets think about it, Warp has Aphex Twin, Autechre, B12, Boards of Canada, Black Dog, Brian Eno, LFO, Nightmares on Wax, Prefuse 73, Two Lone Swordsmen, Squarepusher and Sabres of Paradise to name a few.