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.
Digging deeper into Uppermost’s catalogue it is apparent that his skill as a producer extends far beyond the obvious electro-house label. This track, off the Underground Life EP, is an epic orchestral electro piece that makes me wish he would score a movie.
Well, as predicted I’m thoroughly into Hecq at the moment. This track is the stunning opener to his new album ‘Avenger’. I could easily post the whole album its that good. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.
Hecq sounds like Autechre and The Flashbulb got together and started making the darkest heaviest shit they could come up with. Its just what I needed to revitalize my attraction to dubstep.
Hecq seems like an artist I’m really going to get into. His first LP ‘A Dried Youth’ came out in 2003, and he’s released 7 since then.
Here’s the full version of the track from the Assassin’s Creed Revelations trailer. Enjoy.
Rounding out the big 3 in our classics run is Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher. This track is off his second studio album: Hard Normal Daddy.
This guy is a genius, pure and simple. A master bass guitarist, drummer and programmer, blurring the lines between electronic and instrumental music and fusing jazz, drum and bass, IDM and who knows how many styles of music.
His concepts of music, mind and machine are truly fascinating. Here are a couple of his essays on the WATMM (We are the music makers) forum. And here’s something Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) wrote about his debut album; Feed Me Weird Things, which I found fascinating.
Alright, next up in the classics department is Autechre (pronounced aw-TEK-ər ). Eggshell is off their 1993 debut Incunabula, a word which refers to early printed books; specifically those printed before 1501.
Autechre formed in 1987 and is still performing and recording today. Their latest release, Oversteps, came out on Warp records early last year. Some of their earliest releases were under the alias Lego Feet, and they have also been associated with the project Gescom.
This track is truly a classic, and exemplifies the long form composition found in much of electronic music.