Re: Techno

Jim Whitehead (
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 11:35:33 -0700


>Unfortunately, the only two you ever set me up with were Orbital and
>Chemical Brothers. Both of which are now so past hip they're MTV. I
>just picked up a used 1991 Orbital CD, but that's the end of the line
>for me: I have the rest.
> I don't buy what hasn't been recommended.

This is one of the worst cases of techno addiction I've ever heard of. You
definitely need to get inside the broadcast range of KUCI pronto.

I agree Chemical Bros. has gone totally mainstream. I had an eerie
experience at Target the other day. I was strolling through their music
section when I looked up at their video screen, and "Block Rockin' Beats"
was the video of the moment. At the end, I swear the words, "The hot new
sound of the Chemical Brothers is now available at Target," came over the
speakers. It was sort of like the Steven Wright joke, what if the world
was replaced overnight by one that was exactly the same (except for some
minor difference...)

Anyway, some recommendations.

I've been off in the Ambient side of things recently, so my recommendations
are not hard-core techo, but they're pretty excellent. The listings below
are (name of group), (name of album).

The Orb, The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (Little Fluffy Clouds
is a masterpiece, and you've gotta love the title of the last song, "a huge
ever growing pulsating brain that rules from the centre of the ultraworld:
live mix mk 10")
Aphex Twin, Collected Ambient Works (the earlier one, there's two
collections out I believe)
Global Communication, Global Communication (morse code, ear on cover)
The Orb, UFOrb
The Orb, Orblivion
Seefeel, Quique
Future Sound of London, Lifeforms

- Jim