The second one in the recommendation-series is Anklebiter. I’ve also interviewed him over here. Now it’s time to enter the realms of groundbreaking electronics, check this recommendation out!
Depeche Mode – Violator – Halo
Pure, unembarrassed, emotional synthpop of the absolute highest order. It has influenced decades of electronic pop music. The iconic filtered bass riff, breathy snare and percussion, and unusually (for DM) focused song writing are perfectly matched with the vocal performance – Dave Gahan here began his transformation into a truly excellent pop singer. This album also showcases the extraordinary production talents of Alan Wilder and Flood, who would unfortunately only produce one more album with Depeche Mode – their absence has been missed in the past 15 years.
Autechre – Chiastic Slide – Cipater
Powerful danceable electronics with a simple, chilling melodic hook. This album helped create IDM as we know it today. “Intelligent dance music” is a condescending term, implying that glitchy electronics are the key to high quality danceable music. I’ve long thought of this genre as “sad dance music” – tight simple rhythms and haunting, sparse melodics that are somewhat cathartic even as they induce tears. As much as I love their much more abstract output in the following years, for me this is Autechre at their peak.
Low – The Great Destroyer – Monkey
The great midwest slow-core band plugs in and blows our fucking minds with their intensity. I first heard them when they toured with The Swans in the mid 1990s; how fitting that their later output would follow the Swans’ example, pairing their unbelievably delicate and haunting vocal harmonies with fat loads of rock and roll guitar and feedback.
Prince – Purple Rain – Purple Rain
When America’s legendary one-man funk genius pulls the scars off his wounds, the results are haunting and unforgettable. A masterpiece of sad balladry that in context of the film provides a devastating climax to a challenging emotional arc. Prince’s best work is so steeped in goofy 1980s imagery that it is easy to forget just how meaningful and essential his work can be. Play this in the dark and tell me that you don’t feel a soul coming undone.
Bjork – Homogenic – All is Full of Love
Paired with Chris Cunningham’s iconic video, the radio mix moves me to tears, every time. The album mix does not have the same power.