What are you listening to now? : Non-metal Edition

November 22, 2020 07:05 PM

Underworld - "Dubnobasswithmyheadman" (1994)

Underworld make the incredible transition from a radio-friendly new wave/synth pop outfit into one of the most influential progressive house/techno artists of all time. An incredibly important release for dance music in general which never gets old..

December 18, 2020 06:53 AM

Some of the synth-wave artists my brother and I have been enjoying during my break so far:

Patrick Russell - YouTuber known for his synthwave covers of rock/metal songs.

Dynatron - Danish synthwave music producer since 2012.

December 24, 2020 02:51 PM

Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You (1970)

Since listening to Oranssi Pazuzu yesterday I immediately went on a Hawkwind trip and have found myself on a backward journey regressing into the 70's.  After some Edgar Broughton Band I ended up settling next on some Atomic Rooster for my old school itch.

December 24, 2020 07:43 PM

Wow, that's an oldie, but goodie!!

And yes, OP sound massively like Hawkwing nowadays don't they.

I got turned onto this earlier this week, some real heavy pre-1970 shit:


December 28, 2020 11:56 PM

Wanna know how I've heard of Isaac Asimov? From the epic music production company I've told you about before, Two Steps From Hell:

Also since I'm here, I already told you that I was listening to Patrick Russell's synthwave covers of rock/metal songs during the stricter part of my metal break, but why stop at synthwave? I've also been listening to dimtry_kl, a YouTuber known for his acoustic covers of rock/metal songs with the same energy as the heavier originals. Check out his videos at this link: https://www.youtube.com/c/kleeo1991


December 31, 2020 11:54 AM

Drexciya - "The Quest" (1997)

A double compilation album made up of the best work from this second tier Detroit techno/electro legend.

February 11, 2021 08:04 PM

La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela - "31 VII 69 10:26-10:49 PM / 23 VIII 64 2:50:45-3:11 AM [aka The Black Record]" (1969)

This was the first collaborative project for this experimental US husband & wife team & was one that saw them giving birth to the drone genre in the process. "The Black Record" encapsulates two 20+ minute pieces that require patience & the right mind-set to fully understand. Unfortunately the first of them is 23 minutes of the couple making obscure vocal sounds & I find it to be pretty intolerable however the second piece offers a much darker & more industrial atmosphere that really appeals to me. This is music that's best consumed as background noise or a meditative accompaniment rather than being a primary focal point. It's a more interesting listen that it is an enjoyable one to be honest & I'd only recommend you investigate it as an historical reference point.

3/5

February 23, 2021 10:21 AM

An epic orchestral hip-hop track from my days of trailer music and TSFH, that I just rediscovered recently:

I also made this rap (The "Big Bad World" Epic Rap) that this track would accompany, fictionally based on the perils of trying to live a rich hip-hop lifestyle on your own by buying expensive cars to impress a girl and the tragic results of depression and isolation. This might be on real life fiascos from people I know, but it's entirely made up and meant to teach people to find a healthy balance to a lifestyle they want to follow. Enjoy!


Lyrics (start at 0:09):


Yo, welcome to this harrowing story of me

And our relationship that failed to be

I'm a young man in a wealthy family

But my parents are gone so tragically


My only hope is this girl from school

She's pretty and kind and super cool

I would see her at our school every weekday

Of course you said hi, did you hear me say HEY?


One day you were moving to another state

You gave me your address in case we can date

I now know it's time for me to make my move

I moved to her new state and all that groove


We dated and I would take her for a ride

All over the state with nothing to hide

I impressed her with my wealth by buying cars

An addiction that would cost us money, no farce


This caused you to write me a restraining order

But I wouldn't even commit a slight murder

No matter, you were moving really far away

You didn't say bye, I'm just left in the HAY


Depression has filled my heart, mind, and all

I moved back to my parents' home and built a wall

To keep myself trapped in isolation

With nothing to cure my devastation


A premonition would later shine on me

A spark of hope would be what I see

I might just have my girlfriend come back

And maybe she can get my life on track


It was a tough mission that I must achieve

Via email with all that I could believe

Could she forgive me for the pain we've been through?

Girl, could you see my desperate message for you?


Why...

Did you...

Leave me...

In this...big...bad...world?


Why...

Did you...

Leave me...

In this - big - bad - world?


Surprisingly, she has the same story as me

So our relationship might not fail to be

She's a young girl in a wealthy family

But her parents are gone so tragically


She said if I could prevent my fate

We could continue our love and date

I now know it's time for me to make my move

I will tear down my wall and all that groove


But sadly all my money and food is wasted

And so was all this time that was hasted

There's no way out of this dilemma ever

I could just fade away into the never


All I could envision is my impending death

And I rest until my last fading breath

There ain't an ever after, no forevermore

1, 2, 3, 4


Why...

Did you...

Leave me...

In this...big...bad...world?


Why...

Did you...

Leave me...

In this - big - bad - world?


1, 2, 3, 4

The end

February 27, 2021 05:07 AM

Crocheted Donut Ring - "Two Little Ladies (Azalea & Rhododendron) / Nice" single (1967)

A sweet little 7" single that combines The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" & "Magical Mystery Tour" era psychedelic pop sound with Brian Eno style ambient. It's actually really good & I'm not sure I've heard an earlier example of legitimate ambient music than the B-side "Nice" which is the highlight here.

4/5

March 21, 2021 10:53 AM

Wardruna - Kvitravn (2021)

Playing copious amounts of Assassin's Creed : Valhalla has put me right in the mood for some of Einar Selvik's output from his day job with Lindy-Fay Hella.  I am fucking obsessed with Wardruna.  They are one of the few bands outside of the metal genre than can generate that same menace and emotion despite using very little of the metal methodology in the process.  I could listen to the title track off here all day and not get bored.  My favourite artist right now by some stretch.

4.5/5

April 07, 2021 06:42 PM

One of my all-time favourite proto-metal tracks:

THis band are so much more than Don't Fear the Fuckin' Reaper!!

April 10, 2021 01:01 AM

Juan Atkins - "20 Years 1985-2005" (2005)

A double best-of compilation album from Detroit's true godfather of techno featuring work from many of his various aliases (Cybotron, Model 500, Infiniti, 3MB, Visions). You can expect a fair bit of electro in the earlier material as he developed his sound. Quite a few big dancefloor tracks for me when I was DJing included here too. For fans of Drexciya, Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson.