More Manic Music Monday!
“There are two types of beings in the universe: those who dance, and those who do not” – Drax.
Welcome back, hotsteppers!
The beats continue on Bradscribe.
Seeing as cool stuff tagged as Vol. 2 are the in-thing @ the mo (and the first edition of this innovative Post turned out to be a party that none of you wanted to leave) here we are with Fantastic Beats Vol. 2!
Now its over to my lovely assistant to activate the sooperdoopersoundsystem:
“On my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It’s called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that, dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is” – Peter Quill.
We start with Freax aka Sascha Fox.
Another of the acts pumping through me headphones whilst living in more tropical climes a few years ago. These platters would invariably get me into the necessary creative frame of mind. Among several enjoyable floor-fillers, one could not stop playing Pum Gun Trax.
Just recently, a second version of such Trax has come to my attention. And it is more mental than the first!
“I am Groot? I am Groot? I am Groot” – Baby Groot.
“NO! That is the button that will kill everyone! Try again!” – Rocket Raccoon.
Next up is Robert Gorl – once one-half of the 70s electro outfit: DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) – this synth-disco rebel branched out on his experimental own during the 80s and 90s.
For me, the highlight of his lo-fi output came with The Right Side Of Reason collaboration with Karl O’Connor (aka Regis – featured in my first Fantastic Beats compilation) and the Sexdrops – oof! goodness! – LP in 1998.
Is this really the same Robert Gorl who recorded Darling Don’t Leave Me with Annie Lennox?!
Back then, this is what the future sounded like:
“THE MELODY IS PLEASANT” – Gamora.
It’s amazing to hear what some techno producers can do with other people’s compositions. It just happens that the next two stunners selected for your headphone-pleasure are remixes.
Tell you what: it’s not all doof-doof-doof! around here ya know!
Polar Inertia delve into deeper, more intriguing soundscapes, and here they formulate a more sophisticated sonic gem.
While concentrating on my more cosmic fiction, this is one of the pieces guaranteed to generate the required far-out feel.
Especially late at night; pulls me in every time…
“What are you doing?” – Ronan The Accuser.
What we have next on today’s show is an old fave, greatly enhanced with a new version.
Luke Slater is one of the UK’s most significant Techno producers. Remember back in ’99 getting my mind blown by his Freek Funk album (on the John Peel Show – where else?).
One of his numerous side projects is Planetary Assault Systems. A group of leading producers were invited to take a PAS track and give it their own unique remix treatment. The following is by far the outstanding track on The Light Years Reworks: the subsequent compilation album.
Don’t know who Lucy is, but – whoa! – he’s got such an infectious groove going on here:
“I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” – Yondu Udonta.
Last – but by no means least – the next great video happened to be a nifty lil number only discovered during this past week. Honestly, there is such an invigorating and feelgood vibe to this groove.
(Be careful: this vid – the only one available where you’re not staring @ the record label for six minutes – contains flashing images).
The track itself begins @ 0:25:
“You need my what?” – One Legged Prisoner.
In case you were wondering how Brad has managed to hone his own brand of distinctive awesomes on this site, it’s by being moved – and motivated – by stuff like this.
Music is – and can be – a major beneficial accompaniment to such a gruelling activity as creative writing. Music technology has progressed so remarkably. Beyond the machines though, what matters ultimately is the music.
Only in the last twenty years have digitised sounds exuded a higher form of quality and finesse.
And made this funny bunny wanna dance even more…
Roll on Vol. 3…