Tuesday, 12 May 2009
H.E.A.D. - EFS
For my first post, a personal favourite piece of hallucinogenic electronica. A 1993 release on Blue Records, by Khan and Kerosene. This album perfectly represented all the best elements of the Cologne scene, much like the finest work of compatriots and collaborators Air Liquide. Trippy ambience, composed of samples and radio noise, provides a background for bubbling grooves created on 808s, 909s and a plethora of vintage synths, with 303s usually involved somewhere in the mix.
Many of these deeply acid-drenched releases were to find a perfect home when they were licensed to the revitalised Harvest imprint, the spiritual home of much of the greatest and weirdest 70s prog and psychedelia. Unfortunately the artwork never quite matched the brilliance of the iconic hipgnosis sleeve designs, but it was all about the music at the time, not the sleeves.