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posted 2017-05-29, 10:49:13
updated 2017-05-29, 10:49:13

Electronic tasting platter

Hello, and welcome to the first actual post since reviving this blog. This topic here is "electronic music", which is probably the broadest genre conceivable in music, so to tackle it I've decided to provide a handful of varied electronic albums that I quite like. They're by no means my definitive taste in electronic music, they're simply five albums I like.

Before I get into it, let me explain the rationale a little further. Since electronic music is so broad and this post could never hope to represent neither electronic music on the whole, nor my taste in it; I'm hoping that once this post goes up I start receiving feedback, along the lines of "I really liked the Perturbator album, can you do a post just on synthwave" or "I was hoping you'd include some ambient music". The kind of feedback that can form the foundation of future posts, and provide some direction as we navigate the deep abyss that is electronic music.

With that out of the way, onto the music!

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C2C - Tetra

Tetra's an album that samples a wide variety of genres (jazz, blues, funk, soul, hip-hop) and mixes it into an addictively groovy smorgasbord of glitch, dance, rock, and much else. Musically, the album covers a lot of ground, and so I would recommend listening the whole way through - even if one or two tracks don't take your fancy, I think you'd be hard pressed to not find at least a couple tracks you can't jam to.

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Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley

Like many awful secondaries, I first came across synthwave through Carpenter Brut and Perturbator's presence in the Hotline Miami soundtrack. Since then I've only dug a little deeper, heading to a handful of local gigs, but have really enjoyed what I've heard. Synthwave, or at least Perturbator's brand of it, is dystopian/cyberpunk inspired electronic/synth music, channeling the dark and dingy high-tech industrial atmospheres of settings like Akira and Ghost in the Shell. Perturbator has a background in black metal, which you can feel through the music in the sense that it has a very heavy feel to it, without obscene bass boosting, long-winded buildups and perfunctory drops, or many of the other hallmarks of what I'd consider to be "heavy" electronic music. The album itself is mostly homogeneous, so if you don't like the first few songs, you probably won't like the album on the whole either. The one exception to this is Femme Fatale (Feat. Highway Superstar), which is a film-noir kinda take on the genre, which works actually works really well.

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Caravan Palace - <|°_°|>

I've talked before about the wonders of electroswing, recommending Parov Stelar's Coco in my 3x3; but electroswing exists on a spectrum, and there is more in the genre worth discussing. I'd describe Parov Stelar's work as generally more on the jazz/swing side of this spectrum, whereas Caravan Palace is closer to the electronic side. This album, <|°_°|> (called 'Robot', or 'Robot Face') is the first Caravan Palace album I've felt has been overall polished enough to be worth recommending wholly. Their previous albums have some great tracks on them, but taken on the whole they've been relatively average. Robot is a strong release, and a good example of what electroswing can be when you get a bit more liberal with the electronic influence on the source material.

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Daft Punk - Discovery

There isn't really too much to say for this, I was two minds about including this on the list, but eventually decided to for two reasons. Firstly, because there is undoubtedly someone out there who'll read this who hasn't listened to it yet, and have absolutely no idea what they're missing out on. Secondly, because it is an album I always find myself coming back to, perhaps more than any other. Its ability to be interesting and relevant in a volatile and quickly evolving genre that is electronic music speaks to its significance and timelessness.

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Justice - †

Cross is the debut album of Justice, what they call an "opera-disco" record. The idea is that it's just a very heavily distorted and modified take on disco. It's damn funky, and has a wicked and kinetic groove despite being very harsh and heavy electronic music. Justice themselves have said that if you boil out the distortion, the bass lines are basic disco patterns, which an interesting thought because to listen to it you wouldn't pick it without being told.

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Afterword

Thanks for taking a look at the first post in the new blog! Apologies for the delays - between figuring out how things work and stuffing up and losing a completely written post and needing to rewrite from scratch, this took far longer than I intended. I'd like some feedback on things like layout, link placement, accessibility for downloads etc. If something seems unintuitive or wonky, no matter how minor, please let me know. Thanks!