45 From The 70s

This list came about naturally enough a couple months back, when my sister-in-law Leah decided that she'd like to do a 'top 45 of the '70s' list for her 45th birthday. Although she's Gen X to the core, the 1970s were crucial in shaping her musical tastes — which roughly put center primarily on canyon, country, and … Continue reading 45 From The 70s

Van Halen

If there was one band that served as the axis on which seventies hard rock gave way to eighties heavy metal, it was Van Halen. Arriving on the scene just as many of metal's first wave giants were running out of steam, their flashy, glamorous sound set the stage for the next decade of rock … Continue reading Van Halen

Tournesol – Tournesol

Tournesol Tournesol (R&S: 1993) Tournesol were just one among dozens of artists pushed out into the wider world by the towering edifice that was R&S Records in the early nineties, an era when the various strands of eighties-derived dance music wove together in a vibrant tapestry of sound under the aegis of a post-ecstasy dance … Continue reading Tournesol – Tournesol

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk: At the way station to the future With Florian Schneider’s passing this spring, one of the great institutions of modern music was laid to rest. Kraftwerk’s reputation truly precedes them, to the point that introductions are hardly even necessary at this point. Suffice it to say that the group took all of early krautrock's … Continue reading Kraftwerk

Tony Allen – N.E.P.A.

Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000 N.E.P.A (Never Expect Power Always) Mercury: 1984 In the course of writing last week's tribute to Tony Allen, I was purposefully brief when discussing this record because I knew I'd have to return to it for a full-length feature in its own right. After all, it comes in at a … Continue reading Tony Allen – N.E.P.A.

Quazar – This Is Music

Quazar This Is MusicSeven Stars 1997 On that very particular day within a month that perfectly mirrors the month within a year, it seemed only natural to return to a certain oddball house 12" that's always held a special place in my heart. I can still remember the first time I heard it, downloaded from … Continue reading Quazar – This Is Music

Allied Heights

Shadez Of Colour presents Allied Heights: DJ Slye In The MixInterplanetary Transmissions 2002 Now what we're gonna do right now is go back... way back. Rewind your mind back to fall 2002: Futureform had just parted ways, with Snakes venturing into the wide open trance-states of the high desert and Slye back to the city … Continue reading Allied Heights

Motion 004

Motion 004: Infoworld Motion 004 happens at the axis of electronics and rhythm. Taking its name from Juan Atkins' key track in the transition from the Model 500 eighties to the Infiniti nineties, this mix draws its inspiration from the lost highway sound of Infoworld (Magic Juan's R-Theme?). Conceived just as the heaviest rainstorm of … Continue reading Motion 004