When you're inundated with the same synth pop vibe that's dominating radio right now, set the room up with some Mika. That's a lot of auditory real estate, so don't be afraid to play this between two solid jams when you need a come down period. Everyone loves Prince. It's also an instruction song, so everyone can get involved. There might be some education needed though.
If the party hits a lull, whip this out. Everyone wants to scream with Gaga. That should answer the question. It's the most upbeat way to start winding the evening down. United States. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. This content is imported from Third party. Justin Kirkland Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Obviously dozens of hip hop artists from Tupac and Snoop on down owe this record their lives, too — but so does anyone who's ever twiddled a keyboard modwheel, from Daft Punk to Dorian Concept, Terror Danjah to Flying Bedroom Dancing - Various - Mondscheintarif (Original Soundtrack) (CD).
Innovation has never sounded so fun. Nothing about this album is straightforward, even if the production values aren't exactly sophisticated. Suicide's trademark use of minimalist electronic instrumentation not only helped birth post-punk, but electronic music also. Here's traces of no wave; here, techno. But Suicide is a great album because it marries difference: it has the polish of a studio album, but the energy of a live performance; it marries expressionistic vocals with scanty, thudding electronic instrumentation.
Best of all? It's deeply weird. The album has soundtracked many of my morning-after meanderings and scrambled article writings. But its influence goes beyond soothing a sore head. Charlie Case. Cowley devised numerous technical innovations to achieve this dazzling sound. Cowley tragically died in the year after the release of the recordBedroom Dancing - Various - Mondscheintarif (Original Soundtrack) (CD), an early victim of the AIDs epidemic that decimated the original creators and appreciators of dance music.
It continues to stoke creative fires and artistic intrigue today, with the likes of Pet Shop Boys and New Order citing Cowley as a significant influence, and labels such as Dark Entries and Macro contributing to a spate of posthumous reissues and unearthed releases.
Patrick Hinton. Seb Wheeler. Like an earlier entrant on this list, Patrick Cowley, Arthur Russell was a world-changing genius taken too early by the scourge of AIDs. Despite the oppression they faced on an institutional level, the queer community persevered as a vital source of creative inspiration. Russell was a true trailblazer, so far ahead of his time that music is still catching up to his developments. Like many innovators, he was sadly underappreciated in his time, dying in relative anonymity and poverty.
But posthumous focus his work and the archives he left behind has been extensive, establishing Russell as an all-time great. Russell was a perfectionist who struggled to consider works finished, relentlessly tinkering with tracks and making numerous versions.
Recorded using just a cello and his voice, which he manipulated with a whole host of electronic effects, its impressively diverse tracklist can be pointed to as the prototype for many styles of electronic music that followed. Tonally, the mood is impossible to pin down, rooted in a reverb-soaked melancholy but endlessly exploratory and playful, hitting at a kind of gloomy-euphoria that the likes of New Order, Frank Ocean and more recently Yaeji have achieved considerable success with.
Fearlessly innovative, Arthur Russell laid the groundwork for genre boundaries and simultaneously broke them before they existed. It's and the name on the street is Jack. House music is bubbling fervently in the Chicago underground while being systematically ignored by the mainstream, and the first sounds are slowly drifting their way over to the UK. But a young Larry Heard wasn't feeling 'Jack'. Our songs are about experiences and belief. To be honest we could stop right there.
That fact alone tells you how hugely influential Heard has been on dance music. Where his peers borrowed from disco, the southside Chicagoan borrowed from jazz and in the process created timeless tunes that still absolutely bang in the club. His debut album 'Amnesia' sums this up best. The record kicks off with 'Can You Feel It' for fuck's sake, the tune that not only made 7th chords the go-to but also contains a bass sound patched into practically every soft synth ever made.
Then there's the acidic funk of 'Washing Machine'the drum machine workout that is 'Slam Dance''Bye Bye' with it's lounging jazz piano copied by countless Italian producers in the early 90s and of course 'Mystery Of Love'. In the track was sampled by rap megastar and fellow Chicagoan Kanye West, proving the album's influence on not only every deep house track ever made but also one of contemporary music's biggest stars.
Louis Anderson-Rich. Blankets, sinking into sofas as the sun rises, zoning out to ambient mixes. The scope of the record is magnificent. Paterson would listen to hours upon hours of music, as well as setting up devices to make TV, radio and field recordings, and painstakingly select his favourite sounds to incorporate.
His methods shifted the way many viewed sampling, establishing it as a practice with artistic merit that has since become a hallmark of electronic music.
As the 80s turned into the 90s, sample culture meant taking the music of the past to craft something entirely new became one of the dominant forms of modern music. And perhaps no one did this more elegantly than Massive Attack. Although the term was not commonly used until a few years later, the album almost singlehandedly invented the genre of trip hop and at a time when the early euphoria of acid house was turning into the frantic sugar rush of rave, showed that dance music could exist at a much slower and more meditative pace.
But what strikes you listening back today, nearly 30 years on from its release, is just how fresh it still sounds. Then you have to remember how inventive the make-up of the group would have felt in Albums made by bands with revolving line-ups and guest stars from all corners of music are de jour these days Gorillaz, Major Lazer and Everything Is Recorded spring to mindbut three lads from Bristol with interchangeable roles and guests like Horace Andy would have felt pretty radical in Need I say more?
Sean Griffiths. From the opening beat the album introduces a tirade of punishing hi-hats and brutal, machine-made noise that continue apace throughout - the true archetype of untz untz untz. Mills showed an intense focus in his pursuit of stripped-back techno trips. He first came up alongside Mike Banks as a founding member of militant techno outfit Underground Resistance, but left in to pursue his own solo vision. Not only did this solidify him as one of the most unique ambient composers around, it also showed his idiosyncratic touch with IDM and acid.
This was the very beginning of his influence and went on to inspire Squarepusher and Plastikman who have manouvered the in similarly beautiful and manic ways. Aurora Mitchell. In Richie Hawtin was not a one man brand worth millions, with tentacles reaching from high fashion to saki production. In he was not the Teutonic, flick-haired Ibiza-storming giant of today.
In Richie Hawtin was Bedroom Dancing - Various - Mondscheintarif (Original Soundtrack) (CD) nerdy, shaven-headed, bespectacled DJ at the start of his career. Its influence can be traced to all those who have attempted to push the boundaries of dance music, filtering into the work of Fever Ray, MIA, Gorillaz, and even the electronic-influenced rock of Alt-J and These New Puritans.
As house began to flourish during the early 90s, with many producers focusing on jacking rhythms that took over clubland, the NYC duo Masters At Work were able to stand out by showcasing a distinct contrast of musicality.
They took the rhythmic motifs and made them their own with both a deeply soulful and lively essence in their material. Their vast knowledge was channeled into this diverse range of tracks, which included their own take on hip hop, reggae and of course a core foundation of house. Harrison Williams. It was a statement album and plenty listened and learned. It sounds implausible now, but for the first few years of the 90s, trance was a niche genre, mainly for the real space cadets.
After this would come Robert Miles, the conquering of Ibiza, megastar DJs, helicopters and egos, but right here is the point of ignition, the moment the explosion began. And you know what? It still sounds great. Dego and Marc Mac were there for every development in rave. In their 'Mr Kirk's Nightmare' marked the shift from summers of love into hardcore, and month by month 4 Hero, Dego's Tek 9 and Mac's Manix pseudonym, and their Reinforced label expressed the extremes Bedroom Dancing - Various - Mondscheintarif (Original Soundtrack) (CD) darkness and euphoria as the breaks sped up and things got ever gnarlier.
Then, injust as jungle was fully coalescing from the madness, they dropped 'Parallel Universe'which combined every influence, every emotional mode of rave, and more into a glorious, chaotic, cosmic exploration. Soul, Detroit techno, electronica, spiritual jazz, and sampling technology pushed way beyond its capabilities all orbited their singular vision creating something that — though moments can sound very much of their time thanks to that sampler abuse — still stands up as one of the most ambitious dance records ever made.
They knew that techno was as much about subtlety as rowdy impact and, fuelled by an obsession with the most far-out ad hoc techniques of Jamaica's dub originators, they set about remaking the machine beats as an immersive bath of sound. Layer upon layer of echo and tape hiss, microscopic surface details made dramatic, and vast waves of bass: it sounded both completely alien and like it had always been there.
And it changed everything. In fact, so ubiquitous is their sound pallet now that if you heard this for the first time it could be hard to believe it's a quarter century old. Techno around the early 90s was in its most fertile, formative and revolutionary phase.
It was a sound that acted as a militant rebellion in a heated Detroit, one that was brimming with racial tension and social injustice. Another, albeit later, member of Underground Resistance, Hood soon became the master of stripped back, minimal techno. The sound of printers malfunctioning and computers melting might be a nightmare in real life situations but IDM producers such as Autechre turn the stuttering sound of a machine glitching into abstract musical beauty.
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