My Favourite Electronic Music Albums
Here’s my list, in random order, that will live on forever in my mind:
Booka Shade — Movements
I can’t remember any other album introducing minimal to a wide audience. “Body Language” hit it off in clubs and at parties all over the world, making teenagers dance in ways that were never seen before. This was the beginning of a new era, the “minimal era”. Arguably, “Mandarine Girl” was equally popular to it’s more soft and melodic counterpart. But it’s the rest of the album where Booka Shade really comes to life. Those subtle differences in pace, pitch, rhytm and feeling make this an absolute masterpiece.
Fatboy Slim — You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby
In 1996, Norman Cook adopted his stage name Fatboy Slim stating “it doesn’t really mean anything. It kind of suits me — it’s kind of goofy and ironic.” That is also how we will remember his music. Don’t try to put a label on Fatboy Slim. There is no fitting term for the holder of a brain producing gems like “Right Here, Right Now”, “The Rockafeller Skank” and “Praise You”. This album closes out with one of my absolute favorites, “Acid 8000” completely breaking out the tempo before finishing a CD that should have kept going forever.
Extrawelt — Schöne Neue Extrawelt
Have you ever wanted to enter an alternate reality without having to move out of your comfy sofa? Take a break, sit back and fly into space with Extrawelt. If Mozart had lived on Mars, this would’ve been “The Magic Flute”.
Paul Kalkbrenner — Berlin Calling
Although some argue the hype around Paul Kalkbrenner is overstated, this man is a master of converting emotions into music. Every track on Berlin Calling has it’s own pace and feel. From the slow, melancholic “Sky and Sand” to the fast-paced, angry “Revolte” or the dark and chaotic “Absynthe”. Put your speakers on and dive into the deep!
Claude VonStroke — Beware Of The Bird
The French made a huge impact on electronic music, featuring artists such as Laurent Garnier, David Guetta, Daft Punk, Vitalic, Mr. Oizo and many others. Among the “crême de la crême” is Claude VonStroke, who produced this killer album. Get warmed up with “Warming Up The Bass Machines” and enjoy the party! The grand audience will remember him for “Who’s Afraid Of Detroit?” but for me his name is inadvertently linked with “Chimps”.
Daft Punk — Homework
Inarguably one of the most famous duo’s in music ever. Their legend will roam the musical spirit of the 90’s forever. When Homework hit the record stores in 1997, things took off like a fighter jet in a medieval battle. The singles of “Da Funk” and “Around The World” are considered absolute classics. And because Daft Punk has hints of so many different genres they brought people together in ways never seen before. And for the love of God, just listen to those head-spinning acid sounds on “Rollin’ & Scratchin” and “Rock ‘n Roll”!