Fila Brazillia - Weasel Out the Muck
Fila Brazillia has influenced my taste and standards for years because of their attention to detail and production quality. Their sounds originate somewhere between jazz and rock, dance and pop, but with each album, they became much more. They ascribe to none and every genre, and for that they take a special place in my heart. As a duo they have been pressing albums since the early 90′s, this song specifically being from their 1997 release Luck Be A Weirdo Tonight. The space opera picture it paints is the perfect backdrop for Terence McKenna to have his say. A fantastic introduction to the song and this playlist.
Amon Tobin - Sordid
Amon Tobin has been surprising me for years. I found him quite some time ago, but still after he had quite respectively made a name for himself. For years as I listened to him I thought he was a jazz drummer and bassist who recorded himself and layered it with production. With time I learned that wasn’t exactly true. Most of his earlier work was comprised completely of sampled music, playing collage artist more than drummer or bassist. In recent years however, he has stepped his game up into something completely new, incorporating recorded sounds (watch his documentary Foley Room !) though still retaining his signature feel and touch. With his production of ISAM (which I have seen live and is breathtaking) and his newest music project Two Fingers, Amon continues to be a gamechanger. The fashion in which he has surprised and amazed me in the past leads me to believe he isn’t about to stop now.
Bjork’s influence on music as a whole is almost inexplicable. She is a philanthropist, a humanist, and a global sympathisizer, not to mention a from-the-heart singer-songwriter-musician-producer. She blurs every boundary and has worked with countless artists of countless genres. However, it is not simply the resume she has built with all of the golden names, but how she has done it. She has shared her music and humbly called to other artists to take, bite, chop, and screw what she has done and displays childlike joy in response to the product. Without that energy in the world, art wouldn’t happen. Neither would drum N bass…
Deltron 3030 - Love Story
You may know him from the Gorillaz. You may know him from his works with Dan the Automator or George Clinton. Doesn’t matter how you know him, just that you do. Del is one of the zaniest motherfuckers making music today. His intergalactic-comic-book-action-film style is one of my favorites of all time. It was hard to choose one song, but this has been my favorite for a long time. Let him take you on the journey through time, space, sound, robot battles and herb smoking…
Lemon Jelly is a British duo who have known each other for a long time, but didn’t start producing music together until the late 90′s. They released three albums in the next decade, and have since been on hiatus (doing solo projects for the time being). You may know them from “It’s Nice Weather For Ducks” which has been popular in the past. But like most of the artists of this list, they truly shine when you listen to their albums as a whole. This particular tune comes from their dancey, bossanova-inspired side, though it doesn’t fail to kick into a higher gear, of something more contemporary…yet still an homage to the past, and to the ancient. Their songs will transport you to distant worlds; the tops of mountains, the depths of caves, coral reefs, or smack dab in the middle of a pulsing metropolis.
DJ Food is more than just a person or a DJ. He is a series of ideas, ideals, and fundamentals in rhythm. His work includes a medley of styles and tempos, but I love him most when he goes into his dark, deep, creepy places. This song is a fantastic example, as is Full Bleed from his 2000 album Kaleidoscope, another of my favorites. This Spiral jawn has to take the cake though. As far as intergalactic voyages go, and I’m all about intergalactic voyages if you haven’t noticed yet, this paints the picture. This song is almost 10 years old and this type of music is only starting to get popular worldwide. He’s not just a DJ he’s a frickin’ prophet. Respect.
Bonobo sounds like a whole orchestra, but he is one man with many ideas. I have been loving his tunes since I heard his album Animal Magic in the early 2000′s. His style has evolved and blossomed into something new but still very signature. He is also a testament to the eye of Ninja Tune who signed him 10 years ago. Since then he has exploded into being an international superstar, wowing crowds from Moscow to LA. Can’t say I didn’t see this coming.