15th January 2013


A wondrous mix made exclusively for Nightvision, introduced here by Moon Wiring Club’s Ian Hodgson:


01. Eo. A.D. 2600
02. Beaumont Hannant. SYm-phon5
03. Reload. Le Soleil Et La Mer (Black Dog Productions Remix)
04. Ecstasy of Saint Theresa. Sooper Kosmos
05. Celia Green. Lucidity
06. Panasonic. Urania
07. LFO. Goodnight Vienna
08. Robert Leiner. Autopia
09. Claude Young. Multiplicity of Zeros and Ones
10. Jeff Mills. Man From Tomorrow
11. LFO. Tied Up Electro
12. FSOL. Everyone in the World is Doing Something Without Me
13. Microglobe. Trust
14. Slowdive. In Mind Bandulu Remix (Out Mind)
15. Soft Ballet. Ride (Global Communication Dub Mix)
16. FSOL. Antique Toy
17. Woob. Amoeba
18. Luke Slater’s 7th Plane. Shades Amaze
19. Biosphere. Novelty Waves (Arctic Mix)
20. Speedy J. The Fun Equations
21. Octagon Man. Klunk
22. Beautyon. Rustless
23. Autocreation. Snatch
24. Baby Ford. Dead Eye
25. Anthony Manning. Concision
26. Saint Etienne. Like a Motorway (Skin up, you’re already Dead by Autechre)
27. Bradley Strider. Bradley’s Robot
28. Mira Calix. Khala (assisted by Gescom)
29. David Holmes. Johnny Favourite (exploding plastic ambience mix)
30. Bola. Vespers
31. Bandulu. Phaze In (Remix)

‘It’s Midnight in Europe: a mixed selection of favourite electronic records from the 90s. (1990s). You could call this music Electronica, or Ambient Techno, or Post-rave, or maybe even Trance, but whatever you decide upon, it all shares a distinctive feel. There’s a uniformity here that dates the music, a pre-laptop sound. Large boxes and keyboards are being squeezed together. Some of these tracks are almost twenty years old (and getting older). However, as time passes by, many of them also retain a curious freshness, a quality that happily places them outside of time…

It makes perfect sense to start with Eo’s A.D.2600, an ear-grabbing tune that paints a vivid picture of the future from 17 years ago. Beaumont Hannant released some of the most beautiful music of the 90s then vanished. Cheers Beaumont. The Black Dog remix of Reload’s Le Soleil Et La Mer is a melodious wonder, here gently blended into Sooper Kosmos by everybody’s favourite Czech shoegaze/electonica act EoST, alongside renegade academic Celia Green who narrated the intriguing Lucid Dreams CD, released by the equally intriguing EM:T label. Panasonic are up next before their second ‘a’ fell off. Urania offers a pulsating template of controlled power that majestically fizzles to this very day. LFO loom in the background with a future Optimum Logo-tone, while the lurching rhythms and euphoric melodies of Robert Leiner provide a classy European flavour. Across the Herring Pond, Claude Young and the unmistakable, flawless Jeff Mills mix things up a bit before we’re listening to LFO at their feisty finest via the exceptional Electro mix of Tied Up. With the phase-howl of FSOL keening in the distance, Microglobe supply a deep dose of aqua-ambience that almost certainly wouldn’t surface today. When it comes to bouncy percussion, Bandulu clearly take the biscuit with their cracking Slowdive remix, while Global Communication dub Soft Ballet with a breakbeat/bassline combo you cannot tire of. After a Polygon segway, FSOL wind-up their timeless Antique Toy, providing such enjoyment you’ll be needing a brief breather with Woob’s wistful Amoeba.

Suitably refreshed? Then drift away on Luke Slater’s 7th Plane - the distinctive reverb on Shades Amaze is so sweetly thick you could ice a cake with it. It’s all gone hypnotic-frosty as the Arctic Mix of Biosphere’s CHART SMASH, Novelty Waves, supplies exceptional laughing ghost-seagull noises, then the quality breakbeats return with Speedy J and his thematic Fun Equations. A fine slab of analogue is provided by the Octagon Man’s Klunk, while unknown oddity Beautyon leads us into the murky, delicious, contemporary sounding decay of one-album wonders Autocreation. Dead Eye is a perfect, dark UK techno gem glowering alone - you could get lost in those chords forever. Conjuring extra gloom is influential mystery-man Anthony Manning, who manages to coax a miasma of glorious dread using nearly nothing. S-s-s-s-scared? It must be the classic Autechre remix of Saint Etienne, but then the soothing beat of Bradley’s Robot breaks through the fog like a lovely lighthouse. There’s night at the end of the tunnel, as the delayed delivery of Mira Calix’s Khala informs us that Night-time is the right time for tears, and David Holmes unexpectedly pops up with a charming pre-Hollywood moment. To round things off, Bola’s sublime Vespers confuses the mix by being released in the year 2000, but we’ll pretend that didn’t happen and peter owt with the endless shimming haze of Phaze-in. ’

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