Monday, April 19, 2010

Untitled, Not Unmixed

Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II is worth a second listen if you only caught shards of it the first time around. It's subtle, sneaky, and almost too clever for its own good, but it's also one of the least patronizing ambient listening experiences you're ever likely to have.

I stumbled upon Four Tet's remix of Untitled (SAW 2 CD1 Track 1) on Soma FM's unbelievably cool cliqhop station this weekend, but I didn't recognize it until halfway through the song. It's one of the coolest Aphex Twin remixes I think I've ever found, and I can't stop listening to it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Atjazz In The House

I first heard Atjazz in 1998. I spent the next six months tracking down every project I could find with his name attached to it. Some were good, some were forgettable, but then he dropped this remix for Carte Blanche Vol 1 in 2000, and all bets were off.

Beautiful melodies, crisp rhythms, and an attention to detail that would make Steely Dan's producer blush. A sonic fruit cocktail.