Barcelona's Bluermutt creates miniature
electronic pop epics, and his latest, Decivilize After Consumption,
is an "avant-mess of techno,
electro-pop, and post-rock" according to Indieville's Matt Shimmer.
His ten crucial records list reflects his interest in electronic music and
unconventional pop. Read on!
Matmos - The West
Since I listened to this album I had no doubt about Matmos being my
favorite band. At that time my friend Toni was passing me lot of
extraordinary records and I was discovering new sounds all the time but
this mix of acoustic sources, ever-changing
structure, voices, humor, digital treatments and concepts,
was all I would dream of in music.
Leafcutter John - the Housebound Spirit
Mind blowing. When I listen to this I almost suffer for the intensity
and for the fact that I can't stop thinking about how each sound has been
crafted. I spent so much time trying to emulate the sounds
on this album ;-)
Anyways, what strikes me more is that I
feel like these
compositions are such a far place to get to...
it's simply unique, a world apart.
Fugees - The Score
I was 13 when this album came out and I remember me and my best friend
went to buy the tape together... I still have it
somewhere. I was so into hip-hop, writing rhymes myself and programming
cheap beats on an Atari running Cubase.. and The
Score was just so full of ideas, definitely hip-hop but so pop at the same
time... I loved it and I ended up loving pop more than
Moloko - I'm Not a Doctor
I wish this came out tomorrow... I never get tired of going trough this
album; it's so filled with
cool solutions, weird arrangements, great electronic and acoustic sounds;
and the songs are simply amazing. At some point
I thought this album was kind of the perfect production and I still think
this is the closest thing to what I want to
sound like at some point in my life... I'm
probably a bit late...
Fatboy Slim - You've Come a Long Way, Baby
I haven't listened to this album for some years now but when it came
out I was so into it, mainly fascinated by the absurd collage of samples
it is made of. My music has nothing to do with big beat but I think the
tunes here deeply influenced me at some point of my learning process,
and I totally loved the studio picture in the CD
Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy
I gotta admit that I started to dig Squarepusher when a friend of mine
gave me a bunch of mp3s, so I
kind of listened stuff from different albums at the same time. Anyway, the
first Squarepusher song that I loved was "Beep Street" so it kind of make
sense. Sorry about this but I definitely had to include
Mr. Tom Jenkinson.
Radiohead - Kid A
I started to love Radiohead when they released Kid A and since then I
kept loving them. The aspect I dig most here is
the fact that tons of people love these songs
but they have so much unusual stuff in them.
That's definitely what I prefer: pop results through
experimental intentions (or the contrary...).
Karate - Unsolved
The perfect album to remix.
People may not like the jazziness here but I
tend to like some sort of cheesyness in music,
and those clean guitars on inventive basslines create a really
comfortable place to go when you don't feel like
taking a risk, but still the usual bar is not
what you're up to.
Portishead - Dummy
This album is a translation of lot of the elements I had been loving in
hip-hop (warm beats, samples cut-up...) to a new
dimension. There are still a few elements in the
mix but they're so well placed, every sound
exploited to his maximum possibilities and topped by outer space vocals.
An easy way in to the darkness, a la David Lynch.
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
Ok, this just had to be here. "You had the
Beatles mum, we got the Aphex Twin. And the Internet..."
I used to think this... and it still kind of makes
sense to me...
(Feb 27, 2009)