BEAUMONT HANNANT – Basic Dialog [General Production Recordings, 1993]
The wonderful opening track of Tastes and Textures Vol. 2. Beaumont Hannant was highly prolific during his seemingly short career and a lot of his music has found its way into my sets. Loads of records from this time and place may sound alike, but I dare say the production in this track is quite unique - worth mentioning too, is the significance of General Production Recordings in the development of this sound.
DYNAMO – Aufenthalt 2 [DIN, 1997]
An alias of Torsten Pröfrock, who is probably best known as T++. Pröfrock's music has accompanied me on many late nights but there's really nothing like hearing and playing it where it belongs: in the dance. Like most, if not all of his other work, this track comes into its own (and obliterates everything else) on a decent sound system.
ERIC ZANN - Voolas [Ghost Box, 2005]
I'm a fan of the Ghost Box axis of things - from the impeccably designed covers to the fantastic narrative and storytelling - and Eric Zann's Ouroborindra album is probably my favourite release on the label. It was made as a CD-R in 2005 and features all the sample-heavy, filmic tropes of their other records from that era, though shot through a ghostly, hauntological lens. I'd recommend Drew Mulholland's Mount Vernon Arts Lab project and the work of Jon Brooks, too.
TUXEDOMOON – Dorian [Crammed Discs, 2014]
Tuxedomoon were an outfit who always intrigued me with their baroque instrumentation, grandiose gestures and cabaret-style theatrics. On paper this reads like a recipe for disaster but I guess they knew the risks of absurdity (and value of restraint). This piece is from their “renaissance” period, originally recorded in 2011 as part of a soundtrack for James Bidgood's film Pink Narcissus.
PIETER NOOTEN & MICHAEL BROOK – Finally I [4AD, 1987]
Inspired collaboration between Pieter Nooten, one of the original songwriters of Clan of Xymox and famed guitarist and composer Michael Brook. Kiran (Sande, Blackest Ever Black) introduced this to me via one of his early mixtapes, and like a lot of the other tracks on that tape and records on 4AD from this era, hearing it for the first time somehow felt like I'd known it my entire life.
YONI – Spirit Of Adventure [Source, 1994]
Back where we started... sort of. Yoni was one of the earliest projects of Thomas Melchoir and Tim Hutton and their album My Little Yoni is exceptional. To my ears, this sounds like a subdued, distilled and extended version of early '90s rave music - a ten minute roller that never outstays its welcome. Alarmingly, it might not even be the best track on the album. You can hear the cues here which informed the duo's later work: shuffling drums, quirky effects and a bassline which I can only describe as stupendous.