“Show me your vision” – The Stone Roses in 1990

The Stone Roses

We're all familiar with the "difficult second album", but "difficult seventh single"? Not so much. It's ironic that 1990's most anticipated record - the follow-up to a majestic debut album and groundbreaking 10-minute rock/dance hybrid - should now be the one moment from the Stone Roses' glorious 'Madchester' period that's least-discussed. It's time to look … Continue reading “Show me your vision” – The Stone Roses in 1990

Slip Inside This House – cover versions in the age of sampling

The rapid spread of sampling in pop music in the late 80s made the idea of a cover version passé. A cover, after all, was generally a form of tribute to pop's rich history. Sampling as an artform ripped snatches of that history from its original context, juxtaposed it next to other slices, and created … Continue reading Slip Inside This House – cover versions in the age of sampling

F.U.S.E. – “Dimension Intrusion / Computer Space (25th anniversary edition)”

I know, I know. I said once before that I'm not going to blog about music. That post was about Warp's 'Artificial Intelligence' series from 1992-4, of which Dimension Intrusion - the debut album by English-born Canadian DJ & musician Richie Hawtin - was my favourite release. Now re-released, remastered and packaged with a load … Continue reading F.U.S.E. – “Dimension Intrusion / Computer Space (25th anniversary edition)”

Warp Records’ “Artificial Intelligence” series, 25 years on

I don't intend to write often about music on this blog, but a recent Guardian article reminded me that a group of albums that I love are approaching their quarter-century. Given that they transformed my musical tastes, I thought it worth revisiting them and the effect they had on me. Also, in an era where … Continue reading Warp Records’ “Artificial Intelligence” series, 25 years on