The entire career of Breakbeat Era spanned about a year at the end of the last millennium. It was a unique collaboration between drum and bass producers Roni Size and DJ Die, fronted by captivating singer Leonie Laws. Their only album, Ultra-Obscene saw the light of day in 1999, peaking at #31 on the UK charts and, like pretty much every electronic album ever made, it barely registered in North America. Yet, to my mind, it remains not only one of the best drum’n'bass albums ever made, essential for anyone who finds Pendulum remotely interesting, but one of the all-time greatest electronic records in general. This video speaks for itself.
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The National dropped by Jimmy Fallon’s show last night to play “So Far Around the Bend” from Dark Was the Night.
Eight years ago this week, French electro group Daft Punk released Discovery, their follow-up to 1997’s Homework. Q gave the record five stars and we thought pretty highly of it too. The album spawned five singles and “Face to Face” went on to hit #1 on the Billboard club chart years later in 2004.
Daft Punk - “One More Time” [single released: 5 December 2000]
Daft Punk - “Aerodynamic” [single released: 28 March 2001]
Daft Punk - “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” [single released: 13 October 2001]
Daft Punk - “Face to Face” [single released: 10 October 2003]
Daft Punk - “Something About Us” [single released: 14 November 2003]
Five years ago this week, critical faves TV on the Radio dropped Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes on the greatful indie masses. Our very own Tim O’Neil said of the record: “Every once in a great while, something comes along that knocks you off your socks and restores your faith in the healing power of rock and roll. Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes is just such an album, a dynamically different and radically invigorating shot of intellectual rigor into a moribund retro-rock scene.” “Dreams” was the video off this release.
TV on the Radio - Dreams
TV on the Radio - Bomb Yourself (live)
TV on the Radio - The Wrong Way (live)
Eight years ago this week UK acoustic band Turin Brakes released their debut The Optimist LP. We loved the record back then and it still sounds fresh and timely. Devon Powers raved: “Turin Brakes have created a testament to singing and songwriting, and it’s impossible not to believe. The Optimist LP is a treasure chest of sparkly baubles and rare gems, and from top to bottom it is precious and priceless.” The record spawned a rash of videos highlighted below, plus, a live treat at the end of the batch.
Turin Brakes - Underdog (Save Me)
Turin Brakes - Emergency 72
Turin Brakes - Mind Over Money
Turin Brakes - The Door
Turin Brakes - Over & Over and Feeling Oblivion