Monday, 22 December 2008

Frog Noises

1) Duet (2:34)
2) Water Frogs (3:36)
3) Frog Chorus (44:29)

This album is quite literally frogs croaking. It turns any room into an instant rain forest and has nothing to that Paul McCartney Song.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Classic House from 1987

In my opinion 1987 was probably the best year for music in the entire history of mankind. Before sampling was stomped on, technology enabled people to come up with brand new noises and combine them in original and ground shaking new combinations.

1) Face It (Club Version)- Master C & J (4:32)
2) House Nation (Serious Mix) - House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House (4:31)
3) Carino (Club Mix) - T-Coy (4:31)
4) Everything Bamboo (Club Version) - Lenny Dee & Tommy Musto (4:32)
5) Fantasize Me (Mega Mix) - Pleasure Pump (4:24)
6) Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem) - Marshall Jefferson (4:30)
7) Hardcore (On The One) - Duane & Co. (4:29)
8) Jack The Groove (Hit Mix) - Raze (4:25)
9) This Brutal House (The Brutal Mix) - Nitro Deluxe (4:32)
10) It's All In Your Mind (This Mix) - Bamboo (4:21)
11) Do It Properly (Fierce Mix) - 2 Puerto Ricans, A Blackman And A Dominican (5:03)
12) Rok Da House (Remix) - The Beatmasters Featuring The Cookie Crew (4:21)
13) You Used To Hold Me (The Kenny "Jammin" Jason Mix) - Ralphi Rosario (4:20)
14) Can U Dance (Club Mix) - Kenny "Jammin" Jason (4:27)
15) Ma Foom Bay (Love Chant) - Cultural Vibe (4:32)
16) Doing It Properly Is XTC (Scoobie Swift Scratch Mix) - Denise Motto (4:36)

The tracks are hypnotic and really have the feel of an underground cultural force exploding from Chicago out into the mainstream. According to Discogs the tacks have been edited to fit on to a CD so despite saying "Full Length 12" Extended and Remixed Dance Versions" the tracks are all a bit shorter than they were on the original Serious Records LP or Tape compilations. They are, however, still amazing.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box Not Included

I Love 1991 - Classic Old Skool

This was given away free with Mixmag in 2001. It kicks off with, "Yeah check this next track out. You've got Asterix in space. Watch your bass bins, I'm telling ya." and then Altern 8's breakbeat hardcore classic explodes in a hurricane of Roland 808 bleeps. On the inside cover it does say, "The tracks on this CD were made on cheap gear and mixed on dusty ten-year old equipment so any crackles, pops or distortion are meant to be there." So even though this has been ripped at 320kbps the sound is slightly crackly at times but I didn't notice after a while because I was too busy waving my hands in the air while jumping around the house. I don't remember ever hearing the GTO's The Bullfrg back in 1991 but it's now my favourite track of all time becasue it has Sinclair Spectrum noises in the background. The Psychopaths's Nightmares is also amazing.

The tracklisting printed on the back of the CD is slightly wrong and has The Shamen and Sueno Latino written in the wrong order. This is the correct list:

1) Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202 (6:04)
2) New Atlantic - I Know (6:05)
3) React 2 Rhythm Intoxication (Leftfield Remix) (4:49)
4) Fortran 5 - Look To The Future (5:04)
5) Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom (2:55)
6) Scientist, The - The Bee (5:54)
7) Impedance - Tainted Love (3:23)
8) Shamen, The - Move Any Mountain (Beat Edit) (3:05)
9) Sueño Latino Sueno Latino (6:13)
10) GTO - The Bullfrog (5:25)
11) Joey Beltram - My Sound (1:48)
12) Psychopaths, The - Nightmares (2:41)
13) Ramirez - La Musica Tremenda (4:28)
14) Rising High Collective - Fever Called Love (7:46)
15) Nightmares On Wax - Dextrous (3:49)

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Classical Indian Ambience

A nice selection of mellow background classical Indian sounds. Much recommended.
1) Gandhandu Pooyyaruga Thyagaraja Keerthan
2) Varnam Ragam Mohana Adithala
3) Pahari (Folk Tune In Raga Form)
4) Devi Slokam
5) Meera Bhajan Ragam Mohana Kalyani
6) Bowli
7) Bhairveen (Raga Of The Morning)
8) Momil Rano
9) Siva Sthuthi
10) Ragam Kalyani
Wikipedia says:
Rāga refers to melodic modes used in Indian classical music. It is a series of five or more musical notes upon which a melody is formed. In the Indian musical tradition, rāgas are associated with different times of the day, or with seasons. Indian classical music is always set in a rāga. Non-classical music such as popular Indian film songs sometimes use rāgas in their compositions.

More Ambient Goodness

The Music of Hawaii

This is the musical equivalent of ham and pineapple.

1) Blue Hawaii
2) Wini-Wini
3) Hula Lady
4) Bora Bora
5) Paradise Island
6) Moana Rag
7) Hawaiian Wedding Song
8) Lovely Hula Hands
9) Kontiki
10) Farewell Hawaii
11) Harbour Lights
12) Aloha Land
13) Hawaii Tatoo
14) Song of Old Hawaii
15) Hawaiian War Chant
16) My Little Hula Girl
17) Song of the Islands
18) On the Beach at Waikiki
19) Vaya Con Dios
20) Aloha Oe