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Casey Tucker – Knoe 2/1 (Unknown Pasts)

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BST / Habit of Awareness / Momentum – Casey Tucker [For Those That Knoe]

With labels like Clone and Rush Hour bringing back a lot of old records from the nineties, its hard not to classify this Casey Tucker re-issue as a form revivalism. There is a difference though, between producers that look to re-appropriate the past, and those whose music was far ahead of its time when it was created. Beautiful melodies and acid lines make for three rare gems on this EP. Think along the lines of tracks like Choice – Acid Eiffel, and you are in the right ballpark.

Pick it up at Redeye here.

The Black Dog – Spanners (Unknown Pasts)

Our Unknown Pasts series features past electronic albums that have faded into the mists of time, but are still relevant to the contemporary electronic music landscape. This time around we’re getting nostalgic about The Black Dog‘s brilliant second album Spanners. This album was released in 1995 and combines various forms of electronic music from the heady era of the early to mid 90′s. The tracks on the LP range from short sound interludes and downtempo electronica, to wobbly IDM and melodic techno.

Acid lines, vocal snippets, and synth washes are used throughout this EP to great psychedelic effect. Some may consider Redshape’s Square to be a contemporary equivalent of this LP, as the mixture of genres on the two albums is very similar, as is the enigmatic character of both these artists. Almost twenty years later The Black Dog are just as relevant as ever and just released another unforgettable album The Liber Dogma this past year.

We’ve included what we are calling ‘the wall of clips’ here from the album for people to check out, which is slightly unorthodox but it should give you an idea of what the album is all about. They have been placed into as correct an order as possible, and we don’t have the album in its entirety here, so if you want to grab a copy of the album, check discogs for a cheap cd copy or a pricier vinyl.

Future Sound of London – Lifeforms (Unknown Pasts)

In the past year there were plenty of new experimental releases from the likes of labels such as PAN, and Editions Mego/Spectrum Spools. It’s not looking to slow down much in 2013, but it poses a question as to whether or not this music is truly a new phenomenon, or simply part of a cycle that is repeating itself throughout history.

The early 1990′s saw a variety of experimental electronic music that isn’t completely unlike the trends of today. Outfits like The Black Dog, KLF, Autechre, Aphex Twin and Global Communication, this list goes on and on. Those that were there at the time will remember a similar intermingling of ambient and noise based sounds with that of house and techno.

The Future Sound of London released Lifeforms in 1994, which was a landmark album for its time. This work takes on a very experimental form combining beats with ambiance and other strange quirks and oddities of sound. Its tracks are beautiful elegiac landscapes of sound that bring you to undiscovered places. Imaginative as they are complex, it is difficult to parse the tracks by using the human language and we’ll certainly not attempt to do so here.

By comparison, some of today’s drone and experimental producers fall flat of this level of density and subtlety of detail. Monotonic drone simply does not bring you to these otherworldly places, it doesn’t have a life unto itself the way this album does. One can only hope that we will soon return to the kind of stunning soundscapes of Lifeforms sometime in the near future, if the ’90s continues to repeat itself going forward.

1. Cascade
2. Ill Flower
3. Flak
4. Bird Wings
5. Dead Skin Cells
6. Lifeforms
7. Eggshell
8. Among Myselves

1. Domain
2. Spineless Jelly
3. Interstat
4. Vertical Pig
5. Cerebral
6. Life Form Ends
7. VIT
8. Omnipresence
9. Room 208
10. Elaborate Burn
11. Little Brother

F.U.S.E. – Dimension Intrusion 1993 (Unknown Pasts)

This may not be an entirely ‘unknown’ album to some folks out there, but it will be to most. What is composed of a mix of early Techno and Ambient tracks from an pre-plastikman Richie Hawtin, this LP was a great indicator of what was to follow in the 90s in electronic music. The tracks on this album were written in between 91 and 93. So I would assume this is basically the best collection of Richie Hawtin’s early work as there is out there. F.U.S.E. standing for ‘Further Underground Sound Experiments’ these sound experiments have stood the test of time in what is an intriguing
listen.

My apologies as the link to this album on youtube has now been taken down, check it out if you know where to look…

A New Day
F.U.
Slac
Dimension Intrusion
Substance Abuse
Train-Trac.1
Another Time (Revisited)
Theychx
UVA
Mantrax
Nitedrive
Into The Space
Logikal Nonsense

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