Back By Popular Demand!
(Not really – just always wanted to type that!) 😉
“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud… I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think” – Maya Angelou.
We are going to have to wait AGES for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but here – in the groovy sector of the blogosphere – you don’t have to hold out too long for Vol. 3 of those Fantastic Beats.
Love the way this blogging platform allows me to insert music into my fiction – to evoke mood, or enhance the wow factor. Sometimes, however, an irresistible, uproarious tune will pop up, but its deliriously distracting vid prevents it from inclusion – here, all the best examples have been presented.
Besides, it seems like an eternity since the frivolous and frenetic dancathon that was Fantastic Beats Vol. 2.
Hey, DJ Brad, you ask, where do we begin?
What better place than @ the beginning?!
Detroit, to be exact. During the ’80s, when house music appeared, the much rougher sound of techno music also emerged; one of its pioneers was Jeff Mills. After all this time, he is still experimenting with various kinds of infectious beats. Recently – to my sheer delight – he has incorporated strong sci-fi-vibes into a more ambient direction of his work.
Just the other day we stumbled across this zany vid to a fave old skool classic – what a swell buncha’ fellas!
No disruption. No damages. Just dancing. Delightful.
But why the masks for dancing in the street, amigos?
If you’re worried about getting nabbed for “social disorder” then, blazes, Brad should’ve been put behind bars long ago, by Jove! 😉
“In these science fiction stories – even against enormous odds – people still feel the urge to go on, to discover… I understood it wouldn’t be easy to materialise some of these ideas slightly beyond the dance floor in electronic music. Actually there’s quite a lot of resistance against changing or using music in other things” – Jeff Mills.
As you may have noticed, Paul Birken has become synonymous with my Fartlighter Bradventures.
This following track can be found on Mr. Birken’s own YouTube channel, which is – as the neighbours can attest – visited every day.
As far as we know, he even compiled the vid himself!
Actually, the original Drvg Cvltvre track is kinda meh, but add a Paul Birken Remix and – WAHEY! – it is transformed into a stupendous stomper:
“The only thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can” – Neil Gaiman.
For the next tem, it was a case of looking for a cool vid, and decent sound quality. One fine example initially slated for this next spot has been taken down.
No worries: regularly listened to this stylish stand-by whilst writing fiction @ our Southeast Asian retreat a few years back.
Sandwell District was the sensational – albeit short-lived – collaboration between DJs Function and Regis (who is one of my faves).
The video is the short film: Tunnel of Love (1977) featuring Tamara Beckwith and Edward Tudor Pole.
“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance” – Confucius.
“Variety is the spice of Bradscribe,” as they say.
It’s not all about bompity-bompity–bomp records one after another here.
Fantastic beats can be found across many diverse musical genres. Besides, you never know what you’re going to get on this site, but it’s best to prepare yourself for gorgeous grungy gems such as this next item.
Many thanks to the Transexual Swiss Rebels – yes! Them again – for reminding me of the rich cultural heritage that is African-American music:
“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself” – Annie Leibovitz.
It would be interesting to learn what inspired Steve Hillage – legendary frontman of 70s psychedelic rock band: Gong – to make the transition to techno music by the 90s. He has adapted to it rather well, for how about this for fusion: never seen/heard anyone else playing electric guitar over electronic dance music.
If one could attend one more music festival, then it must have System 7 on the bill. Mr. and Mrs. Hillage have gained a reputation for being one of the best live acts in the land.
As you can see here, this vid was shot in the living room @ Brad Manor (hence the belly dancers):
Get on the good foot, Loki! 😉
“Towards the end of the 80s, when Acid House exploded, we felt, you know, we had found our new musical home… and we just thought: we’ve seen the future! This is gonna be fucking massive, man! Electronic! Dance. Music. Eureka!” – Steve Hillage.
Twenty years ago, coinciding with my giddy times @ university, the Tresor label (based in Berlin) brought out some of the most snazzy techno tunes, a lot of which helped me plough through some particularly difficult – or just unbelievably dull – essays.
Discovering YouTube eight years ago helped me to delve into the scintillating back catalogue of one of that label’s most innovative lights: an excitable – and highly enjoyable – bunny known only as Brixton.
Reckon a DJ just stands there, fiddling with a Roland TB-303, a Roland TR-909, or whatnot?
Trust Brixton to put the LIVE into live set!
And remember: if at first you don’t succeed… just dance!
“What just happened? Please tell me nobody kissed me…” – Tony Stark.