25 From 91

In a similar spirit to last year, the list crew decided to put together a chart around a specific year. Last year was my call, so I chose 1997 for its pivotal significance in my own musical life (after all, it's the year I tripped and fell into the wonderful world of beats in the … Continue reading 25 From 91

Acen

Ardkore's deep space auteur I remember back when Woebot unleashed his list of The 100 Greatest Records Ever on an unsuspecting public, he commented that Only in a genre as merciless, functional and transitory as ardkore could a talent like Acen just fall off the map. One can hardly imagine him being inducted into the … Continue reading Acen

Genaside II – Narra Mine

Genaside II Narra Mine/Sirens Of Acre Lane Hardcore Urban Music 1991 Genocide makes me nervous, genocide makes me nervous, genocide makes me..." So begins the record, with a snatch of wordplay from Guru — taken from Gang Starr's Beyond Comprehension — retooled here as a rallying cry for the hardest crew in jungle. That this play of signifiers makes … Continue reading Genaside II – Narra Mine

Terminal Vibration: On A Ragga Trip

Baaaaaaabylooooon faaaaaaaalllllllll! Like the Island Disco bonus round, here's another brace of records that fell through the cracks in the Terminal Vibration schema. In truth, they probably wouldn't have if Chapter One hadn't been a placeholder. This might have found a spot between the Imperial Slates chapter — which this bonus round runs perpendicular to — and the Edge … Continue reading Terminal Vibration: On A Ragga Trip

Garden Grooves 004

In the final crisp days of winter, we descended upon the weeds that had begun to take over the Gardens, encroaching on anything and everything the way only winter weeds can do. Veering from trip hop into soul/techno/jazz and then finally rock 'n roll, the soundtrack set the pace for the long project of bringing … Continue reading Garden Grooves 004

Students Of The Future

The Bay.. The Bowl... The Universe This time of year — when late autumn begins giving way to the dawning chill of winter — often takes me back to the year 2001, when I spent my days going to community college out in Grossmont and shelving books at the Clairemont Library to make a little money. Then, I'd spend … Continue reading Students Of The Future

Terminal Vibration IX (Elevator Music)

The subject turns to techno, house and other things... The music is just like Detroit — a complete mistake. It's like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator. Derrick May1a When discussing dance music — particularly of the electronic variety — the next logical step onward after electro crept out of cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit at the … Continue reading Terminal Vibration IX (Elevator Music)