Folk

‘Our Mother The Mountain’ (1969) – Townes Van Zandt

After watching ‘Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt,’ you are left in no doubt about how singular a character this man was. Having to endure bouts of harmful insulin shock therapy as a young man and stints of heroin addiction and a near lifelong alcohol dependency, his time on earth… Continue reading ‘Our Mother The Mountain’ (1969) – Townes Van Zandt

Italo-disco

‘Italo Hula Hoops’ (2010) – Flemming Dalum

Flemming Dalum: the first artist I have reviewed twice on this blog. I told myself I wouldn’t do this to keep it varied but I couldn’t resist after I heard this mix – without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best that I have heard of any genre. I can confirm at this… Continue reading ‘Italo Hula Hoops’ (2010) – Flemming Dalum

Trance

‘Magik One: First Flight’ (1997) – DJ Tiësto

‘Greatest DJ of All Time’ I think not, but the man must be saluted for his contribution to trance music. Churning out a slew of memorable mix CDs during the late 90s and early 00s, Tiësto exhibited the genre’s many shades. Whether it was the sultry vocal trance of his ‘In Search of Sunrise’ series,… Continue reading ‘Magik One: First Flight’ (1997) – DJ Tiësto

Deep House

‘These Branching Moments’ (1996) – Wamdue Kids

1996 – when the label ‘deep house’ pretty much did what it said on the tin: mellow, organic house music that tastefully borrowed soul or jazz elements that was distinguishable from more dancefloor oriented variations of the genre. Quite distinct from the ‘future house’ and ‘tropical house’ trends that the term is now also sometimes… Continue reading ‘These Branching Moments’ (1996) – Wamdue Kids

Ambient

‘Together Is The New Alone’ (2001) – Donnacha Costello

‘For me – and I’ve said this a lot over the years – music has always been about emotional communication.’ ‘Donnacha Costello: Slowly Sinking In’ – Resident Advisor, 2015 Donnacha Costello is a producer with an acute awareness of the emotive intent behind his music. That much was evident upon my first listening of ‘Together… Continue reading ‘Together Is The New Alone’ (2001) – Donnacha Costello

IDM

‘Drowning In A Sea Of Love’ (2006) – Nathan Fake

Before I listened to this album, Nathan Fake was a name that had already appeared on my radar: his track ‘Outhouse’ was a standout track on James Holden’s immaculate Balance entry and later Holden’s ubiquitous remix of ‘The Sky Was Pink’ ensured everyone knew his name. Despite these glowing allusions to his ability, I wasn’t… Continue reading ‘Drowning In A Sea Of Love’ (2006) – Nathan Fake