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Records Revisited is a column about the renewed encounter with records that have been released long ago and about the question of their value. This can be artistical, historical such as personal. The result are texts about records and people.
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Music Column | posted 24.09.2021
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A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (1991)
It doesn’t get much better than that. At the beginning of the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest brought the flow to the point with their second album »The Low End Theory«. Without aggressive male poses, but with jazz, breaks and vibe.
Music Column | posted 23.09.2021
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Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
1991 – what a year for rock music. The albums by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers released September 24, 1991 made rock become popular again. But »Screamadelica« by Primal Scream changed the whole genre.
Music Column | posted 16.09.2021
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DJ Shadow – Endtroducing (1996)
25 years ago, »Endtroducing« was released, a hip-hop album that brought Björk together with Metallica and Finnish fusion. DJ Shadow was digging in the cellar for it. And found gold. He covered what he found with a touch of melancholy and created an album that seems to have fallen out of time.
Music Column | posted 01.09.2021
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John Coltrane – Africa/Brass (1961)
In 1961, »Africa/Brass« marked the dawn of a new age in several ways: for John Coltrane, it was the beginning of his Impulse! years; for many African countries, it was the start of independence. Tendentially, »Africa/Brass« may stand in the shadows. This is a construction with many inputs, which shows Coltrane developing an archaic-universal sound language. Roger McGuinn and Steve Reich were inspired by it.
Music Column | posted 27.08.2021
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Björk – Vespertine (2001)
Introverted standstill. Despite numerous positive reviews in August 2021 for the release of her fourth album “Vespertine”, Björk Guðmundsdóttir did not seem to fulfill the promise of her previous work with this record. Because this time she chose a completely different approach. Which makes »Vespertine« one of her best records to date.
Music Column | posted 23.07.2021
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Main Source – Breaking Atoms (1991)
In some ways, »Breaking Atoms,« Main Source’s debut album released 30 years ago, seems to have remained a second-tier classic. But Large Professor’s production has much more to offer than »Looking at the Front Door« and the world premiere of a rapper named Nas. It defined a signature sound for the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
Music Column | posted 22.07.2021
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LFO – Frequencie (1991)
With »Frequencies«, the low frequency oscillators LFO from Leeds created one of the first techno albums. Their high bleeps and low clonks made history in techno music. To this day, it is an invitation, er, order to dance.
Music Column | posted 12.07.2021
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Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)
With »Maggot Brain« Funkadelic 1971 goes to the dark side of funk. The triumphant pleasure principle is interspersed with dystopian eschatology, and juxtaposes the celebration of life with an oppressive doomsday mood.
Music Column | posted 16.06.2021
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The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)
Released in 1986, »The Queen Is Dead« is the culmination of the British band The Smiths’ career, which lasted only five years and four studio albums. It still sounds refreshingly idiosyncratic even after so long.
Music Column | posted 11.06.2021
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Porter Ricks – Biokinetics (1996)
When Porter Ricks released the album »Biokinetics« in 1996, it was more than just a collection of their first 12inches flanked by two bonus tracks. Over 70 minutes, Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig conveyed a version of dub techno in wide-reaching and finely modulated tracks that no longer mediated between two different musical styles alone, but between the body and the mind. It was a utopian attempt to expand upon tried and tested formulas.
Music Column | posted 21.05.2021
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Marvin Gaye – What's Going On (1971)
Is it even necessary to reminisce about this album? Not really. But you can listen to it again and again. And it has remained relevant to this day, for better or worse. Marvin Gaye’s »What’s Going On« is 50 years old.
Music Column | posted 11.05.2021
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Grace Jones – Nightclubbing, 1981
Nightlife for androids: On »Nightclubbing«, along with one of the world’s leading rhythm sections, Grace Jones made sure that reggae and new wave would develop a new life of its own in 80’s pop.
Music Column | posted 19.04.2021
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Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces Of A Man (1971)
He was called the “Godfather of Hip Hop” because he wrote about drugs, racism and the Divided States of America. Gil Scott-Heron’s most successful album is now 50 years old – and more timely than ever.
Music Column | posted 21.03.2021
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Yellow Magic Orchestra – BGM (1981)
Cues for the future: on their fourth album, »BGM«, the synth wizards of Yellow Magic Orchestra drafted background music for generations to come.
Music Column | posted 29.06.2019
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Lootpack – Soundpieces: Da Antidote! (1999)
The breakthrough: »Soundpieces: Da Antidote« lifted the still young West Coast label Stones Throw from the circle of experts to the cult Olympus. But it is also the first big statement of the still widely unknown producer Madlib and also the first performance of his alter ego Quasimoto. How much more relevance can be attributed to a single album? Now the underground classic is 20 years old.
Music Column | posted 22.08.2018
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J Dilla – The Shining (2006)
»The Shining« was J Dilla’s first posthumous album. It was released on August 22, 2006 on BBE Records. J Dilla thought it was 75% finished. Others say that only the mastering was missing. Karriem Riggins finally finished it. You get soul, you get funk, you get the tricky stuff, and you can also get this raw rap shit. You get the infinite forms of expression that J Dilla mastered. It’s a true classic.
Music Column | posted 03.07.2016
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Fennesz – Endless Summer (2001)
Endless summers. Endless longing. 20 years ago, the Viennese short-circuit provocateur Christian Fennesz got on a surfboard. And has been riding the perfect wave ever since.
Music Column | posted 27.03.2016
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Slint – Spiderland (1991)
In one of the most important years in recent music history, Slint released "Spiderland", the blueprint for every conceivable guitar sound to come: Math Rock, Post-Hardcore and Post-Rock. Slint were already history when the album was released in March 1991. Disbanded. But even the several reunions for live performances of the band could not harm the myth around this album. About one of the best strange albums that formed the sound of the 21st century.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 17.09.2021
Ross From Friends
Green Vinyl Edition: »Tread«
On November 5, 2021, the new album »Tread« by Ross From Friends will be released on Brainfeeder. Exclusively on HHV Records, there will be a limited green vinyl edition.
Music Review | posted 20.09.2021
Jan Jelinek
The Raw And The Cooked
With »The Raw And The Cooked«, Jan Jelinek has cooked up a nice soup for us. His work, originally composed for SWR, is now available on vinyl record. Delicious!
Music Column | posted 24.09.2021
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A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (1991)
It doesn’t get much better than that. At the beginning of the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest brought the flow to the point with their second album »The Low End Theory«. Without aggressive male poses, but with jazz, breaks and vibe.
Music Column | posted 23.09.2021
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Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
1991 – what a year for rock music. The albums by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers released September 24, 1991 made rock become popular again. But »Screamadelica« by Primal Scream changed the whole genre.
Music Review | posted 16.09.2021
Jolly Mare
Epsilon
Mediterranean summer music: You have to imagine the sea of Jolly Mare on »Epsilon« as a cheerful one.