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    Posted: May 09 2013 at 09:16
When the summer starts to get out of its hibernation, the electronic albums of my collection suddenly decide to flash themselves to me in a most alluring manner. This happens every summer, and here,in this poll, are some 20 albums which I all have and adore.

Vote away - and even if you only know of one or two - then feel free to write down your thoughts. I do these because of the banter - not the competitionSmile
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I'm pretty ignorant to this genre in general,   I think I've heard just two of these, and I voted for the Aphex Twin.  Alan (ColorofMoney91) recommended it a while back, and it a nice chilling album.  I think I've listened to that Material album as well (after hearing/reading your praises), and it was a doozy too.  But I'll pick Aphex.

Until fairly recently, I pretty much avoided/wrote off music like this, not really appreciating the synthetic buzzes, lack of guitars, robotic beats (in some of the stuff), and generally the static, ambient nature of a lot of it.  But I've expanded my tastes just a little bit over the past year.
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Lifeforms. Easy.
 
There are others but the brush is so broard there's no point in listing them.
 


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Good list!

My vote goes to FSOL. I think Lifeforms is one of the best albums ever recorded. In fact The Orbs ultraworld is not that far behind.
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Moon Safari is incredible
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Originally posted by HolyMoly

I'm pretty ignorant to this genre in general,   I think I've heard just two of these, and I voted for the Aphex Twin.  Alan (ColorofMoney91) recommended it a while back, and it a nice chilling album.  I think I've listened to that Material album as well (after hearing/reading your praises), and it was a doozy too.  But I'll pick Aphex.

Until fairly recently, I pretty much avoided/wrote off music like this, not really appreciating the synthetic buzzes, lack of guitars, robotic beats (in some of the stuff), and generally the static, ambient nature of a lot of it.  But I've expanded my tastes just a little bit over the past year.

Good pick Steve-O. Tell you the truth, I struggled a bit with electronic music to begin with too, but then I started meeting people in the know who "taught" me to stop my rock expectations, and I honestly haven't looked back since.
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Must admit that I had a sneaking suspicion that Blacksword would go for LifeformsLOL 
I'm glad you jumped on the bandwagon as well Dean. 
Truly a milestone album. I'm not at all surprised to know that Fripp was into these guys.
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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil

Moon Safari is incredible


Quite correctomundo. 
I remember writing it off back when it got released. Too much publicity and stardom from those MTV vids - that I didn't wanna touch them with a ten foot pole. I felt similarly about Prodigy. If it was mainstream, I was outta thereLOL 
It has since then grown immensely on me, and this is one of those magical albums that also speaks to women.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen

Must admit that I had a sneaking suspicion that Blacksword would go for LifeformsLOL 
I'm glad you jumped on the bandwagon as well Dean. 
Truly a milestone album. I'm not at all surprised to know that Fripp was into these guys.


Fripp also done some work with The Orb on the FFWD project. Worth a listen..

Global Communications 76:14 is also superb, and would definitely be in my top 3 electronica albums.

Also Pete Namlooks Definitive Ambient Collection Vol 1, is very good.

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Originally posted by Blacksword

Originally posted by Guldbamsen

Must admit that I had a sneaking suspicion that Blacksword would go for LifeformsLOL 
I'm glad you jumped on the bandwagon as well Dean. 
Truly a milestone album. I'm not at all surprised to know that Fripp was into these guys.


Fripp also done some work with The Orb on the FFWD project. Worth a listen..

Global Communications 76:14 is also superb, and would definitely be in my top 3 electronica albums.

Also Pete Namlooks Definitive Ambient Collection Vol 1, is very good.

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Thanks a lot for that clip. That was beautiful.

Agree about Global Communication - that album was actually one of the very first electronica albums I boughtBig smile I have however seen a fair deal of reviewers writing it off as boring....Ermm
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Several great albums here - voted for Aphex Twin
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen


Originally posted by Blacksword

Originally posted by Guldbamsen

Must admit that I had a sneaking suspicion that Blacksword would go for LifeformsLOL 
I'm glad you jumped on the bandwagon as well Dean. 
Truly a milestone album. I'm not at all surprised to know that Fripp was into these guys.


Fripp also done some work with The Orb on the FFWD project. Worth a listen..

Global Communications 76:14 is also superb, and would definitely be in my top 3 electronica albums.

Also Pete Namlooks Definitive Ambient Collection Vol 1, is very good.

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Thanks a lot for that clip. That was beautiful.
Agree about Global Communication - that album was actually one of the very first electronica albums I boughtBig smile I have however seen a fair deal of reviewers writing it off as boring....Ermm


You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it..

Global Communication did a one off gig at the British Library in London a few years back. They played all of 76:14. It was quite a night, and coincided with a Sci Fi convention at the library. So some of the audience were dressed as Wookies and storm troopers! That place took on a very strange atmosphere that night, I can tell you..
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I know very few, but Selected Ambient Works pt 1 is quite excellent in every way.
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I always considered that KLF release as more of a straight up dance record, though fun nevertheless. I'll go with FSOL's Lifeforms, although I'm actually a bit more partial to Dead Cities.
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Originally posted by Prog Sothoth

I always considered that KLF release as more of a straight up dance
record, though fun nevertheless. I'll go with FSOL's Lifeforms, although
I'm actually a bit more partial to Dead Cities.



I agree about KLF.

However, if you have 44 mins to spare check out this KLF album "Chill Out" Totally different vibe.

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I'll go with Global Communication's classic. So relaxing and chilled, with great melodies... It's the kind of music I love listening to on long airplane trips... and since I'm not going anywhere far this summer (UnhappyCry), it'll have to do... The track "14:31"s the most well-known classic - didn't Air sample this for one of their tracks? - but everything on it is great.

I know you limited it to 20 - I'd have added 808 State's Ex:el and Underworld's Dubnobasswithmyheadman, two classics that mixed 'indie' with e music (they're in that 1991 poll about Nirvana, that's why I'm thinking of those lately...).

This one's much more recent, but every time I hear something off of Trentemoller's album The Last Resort, I'm blow away...


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I particularly liked that Aphex Twin record.
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Originally posted by jude111




I'll go with Global Communication's classic. So relaxing and chilled, with great melodies... It's the kind of music I love listening to on long airplane trips... and since I'm not going anywhere far this summer (UnhappyCry), it'll have to do... The track "14:31"s the most well-known classic - didn't Air sample this for one of their tracks? - but everything on it is great.
I know you limited it to 20 - I'd have added 808 State's Ex:el and Underworld's Dubnobasswithmyheadman, two classics that mixed 'indie' with e music (they're in that 1991 poll about Nirvana, that's why I'm thinking of those lately...).
This one's much more recent, but every time I hear something off of Trentemoller's album The Last Resort, I'm blow away...




I probably should and could've listed 25 albums(let's face it, I could very easily do one with double that. The 90s were brilliant in that aspect), but I was fixing to meet up with a friend of mine when I was making the poll, and I just didn't have time for more.... Love that Underworld album too.

Anyways to the saucy bit: you know Trentemøller? I had no idea people outside of Denmark know of him.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen


Originally posted by Triceratopsoil

Moon Safari is incredible


Quite correctomundo. 
I remember writing it off back when it got released. Too much publicity and stardom from those MTV vids - that I didn't wanna touch them with a ten foot pole. I felt similarly about Prodigy. If it was mainstream, I was outta thereLOL 
It has since then grown immensely on me, and this is one of those magical albums that also speaks to women.

Dave, my friend, I think they became much more interesting after `Moon Safari', as good as it is. Like you, I tend to think it overshadows everything else they've done, kind of like that first Portishead album got taken up by the yuppie/dinner party crowd too. I LOVE LOVE LOVE `Pocket Sympohonies', such an icy, cold album from them. All their albums are interesting, now that I think about it.

But I voted for the Orb's first, that bubbly little double album! I have a lot of love ORBLivion too.

I also love those original versions of the early Porcupine Tree albums like `Up The DownStair', `The Sky Moves Sideways', `Voyage 34' etc with the programmed drumming, made me think `this is what the Orb might sound like if they were a prog band'! That was when PTree fused electronic dance with prog to wonderful results!
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I only have Moon Safari and Virgin Suicides from them, of which I like the latter more. I just thought people would respond better to this one in a poll(let's face it, PA is the world turned upside-down when it comes to most modern music).

Portishead went on to do better things, I agree as well. Third is far superior imo, and I vividly remember those pre-indie-emo kids(who in fact just were yuppies with hippie philosophies) that instantly took them in, and sorta made Portishead into a 'niche' band, if that makes any sort of sense. It's also around that time, when people(read:music magazines) started calling them trip hop.

Back to electronic, I had a feeling you'd go for Orb. Brilliant album and one of my fave chill out resources. Incidentally Mikedimike, did you catch their collaboration with Gilmour from 10 called Metallic Spheres? Man I love that record!

Early PT? Is early PT. You know I am a sucker for those years, and you have a point about The Orb connection, and call me crazy, but don't you think that Steven(who is widely renown for knowing 90% of the recorded music history) drew a little influence from there?

Gotta admit though, as much as I love the early original versions, I do have quite a thing for the updated version of Up the Downstairs with Gavin on the drums. Still very much like the original, only with drumming.

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