The top releases on Bleep, as selected by The Bug.
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
A record that me and Dylan bonded over, whilst recording the album. People would probably expect me to choose one of the first two VU albums, cause of Cale's dissonance, but i love the delicate beauty of these haunting ballads. Gorgeous.
Earth – Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method
The record that got me into EARTH, and the music of Dylan Carlson. I still find it utterly transfixing. Summons images of Cormac McCarthy, and conjures images of limitless horizons and desolate ghost towns. Bewitching.
William Basinski – A Shadow In Time
With Techno Animal, we explored loop based imaginary soundtracks, many years ago on 'Re-Entry'. But when i first heard Basinski, many years later, he took the crown as King of the shifting loops. I lose all sense of critique, with Basinski albums. Love em all. I invited him to perform in LA on the bill with me and Dylan in 2016 during the 'Concrete Desert' recording sessions. A lovely dude too.
The Necks – Unfold
Ive lost count of the time ive seen The Necks play live, and i'm never bored, and always crave more...same applies to their albums. With the album Dylan and i made, i wanted to try and originate a new form of deeply fuzzed, smacked out, tripped jazz. Dylan and i have talked for hours about Miles Davis and never reached a conclusion as to what Miles best album was, as there were so many greats..The Necks got me back into Jazz, after i had grown bored of the genre, due to over saturation.(Incidentally the first instruments i attempted to play were bass and sax).
African Head Charge – My Life In A Hole In The Ground
Adrian Sherwood's early dub productions were a MASSIVE inspiration for me when i first became a producer. The potent cocktail of heaviness and psychedelia, transported on huge basslines and swingin riddims electrified me. And again, Dylan Carlson and i are both Dub music addicts, so this is a no-brainer. Genius production.
Boards of Canada – In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
This was the first BOC release i ever heard, and their use of deeply melancholic melodies, stoned beatz and fx drenched synthesis has stuck with me ever since. On the album with Dylan, i guess i aspired for a similar sense of opiated drift and wide open spaces.
Joy Division – Closer
Graceful and gorgeous, deeply sad and thoroughly soulful, 'once I acclimatized to Ian Curtis goosebump vocals i was hooked for life. And as i began my journey as music producer, i realized just how much of a sonic genius Martin Hannett really was, and i feel this is his finest production.
Stars of the Lid – The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
SOTL always echoes a sense of America lost, as far as i'm concerned. Gorgeous string arrangments, distant drones and minimal ingredients lead to maximum bliss for me. I discovered them late, missing the boat when they first released music, so ive been playing catch up.
Abul Mogard – Works
Seemingly Abul retired very late in life from a lifelong factory job in Serbia before making music, and then made music as stunningly beautiful as this. His crossover between classical arrangement/melodies and electronic textures absolutely bewitched me. Ive been indelibly touched by the mood and majesty of these spellbinding compositions.
Porter Ricks – Biokinetics
Thomas Koner(Porter Ricks) once told me he was partially inspired to begin Porter Ricks, due to me introducing him to a Jah Shaka dub sound system experience. Flattering, because Thomas became one of my favourite producers. He and Andi mastered a futuristic sci-fi dub with PR, and proved to be enviable craftsmen of texture and tone. The mix of deepest subs, grey noise and shifting frequencies has continually influenced me.