January 2021 Hi-Fi – In Kontakte With Harmonious Ultraworlds.

Oh hello 2021 – here’s what I’ve been listening to as of late….

The Orb – Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld

It’s been years since I last visited this place beyond the place ruled by a huge, Minnie Riperton loving pulsating brain – long enough for it to all sound fresh again too.

This one was already well a established Hi-Fi choice for mornings after very, very warped nights by the time I got around to it – and listening back definitely triggers a kind of yearning chemical nostalgia – ‘Perpetual Dawn’ especially.

It must have been a mindblowing interesting record back when it was released – a younger brother to Eno & Bynre’s ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’ that you’d much prefer a spliff and a cup of tea with at 6.30am on a hazy Sunday morning.

And on the subject of Brian…..

Harmonia & Eno ‘76 Tracks & Traces

Got this a couple of months back, loved it and then failed to give it the further listens it deserves. Remedying that now and glad too because it’s fantastic – a blend of all the best parts of Eno, Cluster and Neu.

For Eno’s part it makes sense his contributions are good – he’s likely buzzing as it was recorded en route to Bowie’s ‘Low’ sessions. Who wouldn’t be psyched?

Stockhausen – Kontakte

Staying in Germanic territory – which is of course a damn fine territory – Stockhausen has been one that’s on been my radar over the years who I’ve never really gotten around to listening to. Since this was the only one I could easily get on vinyl I opted for it when reading about the composer in David Stubbs ‘Mars by 1980’.

I have to be in the right mood to be receptive to this kind of composition but it’s weird resonances and unpredictable sonic assaults hit sensory corners other music couldn’t dream to reach.

And yes – that is a compliment.

Apple Music playlist of picks from these here

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