Jet Plane — Under An Atomic Sky
Brilliant song from a beautiful album, released only recently (read our review). Russian post rock act Jet Plane have been synonymous with quality for quite some time now and 'Pipe Dream' is their best work so far. The particular song is somewhere in the video below, but you should listen to the entire album anyway...
The Mission — Wasteland
Aah, gothrock, secretly perhaps one of my favorite genres and this song might secretly be one of my favorite within. EverytimeThe Mission's 'Wasteland' start playing, I end up with more energy and more pleasure in the things I do than before.
Fluke — Atom Bomb (Atomix 1)
Another one of the lost gems from the break beat era. This one made me turn up the volume, as it does each time it decedes to show up. Released in 1996, this must be the biggest hit English trio Fluke have ever had.
Radare — Burroughs
Last year, German dark jazz combo Radare became my ultimate discovery at Incubate. 'Im Argen' also won the album of the year award in the category "breeze". Now, more than a year after, this is still the most played dark jazz album in my collection and I'm eagerly awaiting something new, or at least a performance in Belgium...
Snowy Red — Never Alive
Snowy Red, real name Marcel Thiel, was a legend in Belgium, probably best known for his massive hit 'Euroshima/Wardance', which appears on many new beat compilations. Yet, we should not forget the eerie beauty of the rest of his 'The Right To Die' album. Minimal electronics have never sounded so powerful ever since...
Tragic Error - Tanzen
Another song that appears on those new beat compilations, showing the more silly side of the genre.Tragic Error was all about dancing and having fun. Their song 'Tanzen' was a gigantic hit and still gets people off their feet and on the dancefloor. Apparently, Tragic Error is working on a 'The Return Of The New Beat' album and remix compilation. I wouldn't mind a decent new beat revival, that's for sure...
Cypress Hill & Rusko — Roll It, Light It
I'm not that much of a dubstep fan, but as far as I'm concerned, this Cypress Hill & Rusko ep is one of the best things in today's dance industry. It's just a burst of energy, dressed in hi-end electronics and the always awesome raps of Cypress Hill. Fun shizzle...
Virgin Prunes — Caucasian Walk
Aah, The Virgin Prunes. Another one of my favorites from the goth rock era, and probably one of the weirdest bands in the entire scene. 'If I Die, I Die' is a stunning piece of work, pure avant garde noise rock with more theatre than Broadway.
Deutsch Nepal - Deutsch Nepals Cosmic Trigger
Speaking of avant garde, here is that 'Alcohology' album by Swedish darkwave act Deutsch Nepal again. It reached the album of the year award in our "Wind" category (read) and with good reason too. This is a collection of sing-alongs for the alternativos. It's still played a lot in here.
Until Death Overtakes Me - This Dark Day
Belgian one man actUntil Death Overtakes Me knows perfectly how to create depressive funeral doom, full of burden, sorrow, despair and knee-deep misery. I discovered this act years ago and with it the whole funeral doom genre.
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - Pearls For Swine
This has got to be one of Jason Kohnen's most impressive piece of music. From jazz to breakcore to post rock to I don't know, you decide. I'm just going to play it again...
Calva y Nada - Fernes Leid
My media player seemed to enjoy Calva Y Nada today, playing them three times while there are thousands of artists in there. Not that I mind, I love Calva Y Nada. To me, these guys have been one of the best industrial acts out there. This song can almost always make me dance.
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Pop music has never really been my thing, but I've always liked the music of The King Of Pop. 'Bad' was one of the first albums I bought, and 'Thriller' was recorded on a cassette I hid for my metal friends. I have both of them on vinyl, CD and digital now and I'm no longer ashamed to admit that Michael Jackson is rightfully a legend. He was an exceptional talent, that's for damn sure.
Lamb - Gabriel
Oh man, what a spine-chilling experience this song is, and pretty much always is. If someone asks me what trip-hop is, I usually recommend listening to either Massive Attack or this very song. For me, both acts are equal in quality and in emotional impact, but 'Gabriel' still often wins the battle for trip-hop domination in this house.
Bersarin Quartett - Niemals Zurück
Not many people can make music likeBersarinn Quartett can. Since this act first appeared in this household, his albums have been a constant on the "played regularly" shelf. My wife reviewed his latest album 'III' early this year and I have a feeling it'll be back when we write our end-year lists.
Tiny Fingers - Deuteronomy
From my review ofTiny Fingers' album 'The Fall': It had me staring at my speakers in disbelief; and soon after I was imagining this song live at Dunk Festival, which gave me an eargasm. It starts out like pretty much any post-rock track: a guitar line, minimal drums and some soundscapes but then it happens. The electronics come in, making you wonder what's going on. Then, suddenly the whole thing explodes into a massive blend of heavy post-rock, seventies electronica and dubstep.
CHVE - 10910
We end today's playlist with the entire '10910' album (read review) by Belgian ritual drone ambient artist CHVE. We think that's a very good decision since this is one of the most impressive albums to find their way to our mailbox this year.