After a few albums of “serious” music, I decided to take a look at one of my favorite “dance” albums, although this type of dance music is of the Latin variety. Elvis Crespo’s debut solo album is pure fire! From the titled track “Suavemente” to the energetic “Tu Sonrisa”, the Merengue-styled music will keep your feet moving and get your heart racing from start to finish.
Talk about some trippy stuff! It’s very hard to describe what this album sounds like, in terms of genre, but it is made up of long, instrumental movements that are sprinkled with field recordings and spoken word passages. I am probably not doing this album justice with my description, but it’s due to the fact that I can’t find the right words. The original vinyl version doesn’t even have any titles for the tracks, so perhaps words were never really meant to describe this sound. Anyway, check it out!
Before discovering this album, I was listening to a lot of DJ Cam and DJ Krush. I was really getting into the moodier, instrumental side of Hip Hop and so DJ Shadow was the logical next choice of producers that I came across. ”Changeling” and “Midnight In A Perfect World” stand out as timeless classics for me, but listening to the album from start to finish is the best way to enjoy this masterpiece.
"Midnight In A Perfect World"
I’m not a huge fan of Drum N Bass, but Goldie’s debut album is definitely worth a listen. Combining choppy breakbeats and symphonic strings, Timeless creates an expansive atmosphere of polyrhythmic drums and sweeping orchestrations.
"A Sense Of Rage (Sensual V.I.P. Mix)"
"You & Me"
In my opinion, this is THE R&B album of the 90s. It has both the upbeat jams and the slow jams, the party tunes and the romantic ballads. My favorite track on the album, “Vibin”, is a great mix of laid back attitude and soulful rhythms that will lift your spirits and move your feet.
"I’ll Make Love To You"
"On Bended Knee"
An all time favorite album from the IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) genre, Autechre’s Incunabula is a tour de force of ambient textures, electronic blips and nuanced melodies. It’s great music to play whilst working on creative projects or cruising down a lonely highway late at night.
This simply just a fun album! While G-Funk sound that was coming out of Death Row Records was more commercially successful, the Pharcyde’s take on Hip Hop was definitely a lot more playful. The lyrical content of their rapping is more narrative and playful, and the production is full of jazzy overtones and feel good vibes.
"Soul Flower (Remix)"
"Passin’ Me By"
"Return Of The B-Boy"
1991 was a great year for music. Nirvana released their seminal album Nevermind, A Tribe Called Quest dropped The Low End Theory on the Hip Hop world, and The Orb took us on Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. But when it came time for me to pick one album to represent this year, Massive Attack’s Blue Lines was a logical choice.
Ambient House? Impressionist Soundtrack? This album has been called many things, and to tell you the truth I’m not really sure how to describe it in words. It’s one of those albums that must be experienced in its entirety in order to get the full effect, but if you must only listen to a few tracks than I would suggest “Madrugada Eterna” or “Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul”.
"Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul"