#135 The Beta Band – The Best Of

A cult, indie, predominantly Scottish, band whose distinctive and unusual style heralded an entirely new genre: folktronica. Sounding not unlike Beck in his early days, although less grungy, more surreally abstract in lyrical content and (quite possibly) more stoned. This is music to kick back and get high to. Or in my case, drink a … Continue reading #135 The Beta Band – The Best Of

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#581 Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

I bought this on its release having heard the lead single Lovely Head. I loved it instantly. A little like Portishead’s debut in 1994, when this came out in 2000, it sounded like nothing else around. It sounded the voices in the head, the music and mood in mind and an untapped yearning for something … Continue reading #581 Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

#826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Interesting that this turned up on the Randometer so soon after The Flaming Lips, since MGMT are shooting in the same direction and even use Dave Fridmann, longtime Lips producer, on this album. It’s a production to be proud of, befitting its grand title: multiple-layers, big drums, shimmering guitars, delays, fuzzboxes, distorted sounds and vocals, … Continue reading #826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

#84 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music

This is a good if far from definitive primer of the Beeb’s electronic soundsmiths beeps and blips at the coalface of electronic music. In the UK at least. It is a 2002 CD release and remastered version of the original 1968 album. As Desmond Briscoe (one of the co-founders, along with Daphne Oram, whose work … Continue reading #84 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music

#1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

This is the second of a two CD 1980s electro-synth pop compilation, or Level 2 as they like to call it. The first one has already popped up on the randometer a few months back. Its much the same as the first, a brilliant 2 CD, 40 song selection of the toppest of the poppest … Continue reading #1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

#510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Frankie Goes To Hollywood (the name taken from a newspaper headline about Frank Sinatra) burst onto the British pop scene in an explosion of glitter and leather. A debut number one album. Three consecutive number one singles, an iconic T-shirt marketing campaign, a uniquely memorably moment of broadcasting history when their debut … Continue reading #510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome

#727 Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

Electronic pioneers, their sound and image an equally well-crafted work of genius, Kraftwerk captured the industrial expansion of a divided Germany, looking to the future whilst still weighed down by its past. The motorik beat, the swathes of chugging synthesised keyboard chords, the deadpan vocals and even deader stage image are unmistakable. They’ve influenced everything … Continue reading #727 Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express