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.
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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.
Sabres of Paradise was the influential techo project of Andrew Weatherall who formed Two Lone Swordsmen with Keith Tenniswood. 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.