Sunday, 14 April 2013

1: Kraftwerk - Das Model (1978)

We finally reach our number one. They come from Germany and can be considered the origin of modern electronic music. Of course, we are talking about Kraftwerk, and we have the strong believe that this is the best way to finish our blog. With a hymn: Das Model.

In the following link you can find the tracklist and stats of this blog, where you can check the 54 countries we have traveled to: Tracklist and Stats

However, this is not the end. We take this opportunity to announce our next adventure: a brand new blog, written in Spanish language this time, in which we will travel through our particular selection of great electronic soundtrack songs. Welcome to 51 Grandes Temas Electrónicos de Bandas Sonoras.

R.O.C. & Civ

Thursday, 28 March 2013

2: La Mode - La evolución de las costumbres (1986)

Yes, we stay in Spain to meet our second position. We should be really proud to have had a band like La Mode, because in many other countries they would be recognized as they deserve, however, in Spain, we never appreciate genious even when we have it under our nose. La Mode, formed by El Zurdo after his previous band Paraíso, published only four albums with some of the best songs that emerged from La Movida. It has been really difficult to choose only one, but this is one of my favorite. As we can see, the lyrics are still up to date.


Sunday, 17 March 2013

3: Cabaret Voltaire - I Want You (1985)

 Our number three goes to... England! And what better choice than Cabaret Voltaire? The famous English band, formed in 1973, experimented with all kind of obscure and bizarre electronic sounds, specially in the industrial, post-punk, minimal, synthpop and new wave genres. A reference in the eighties, the band led by  Richard H. Kirk and vocalist Stephen Mallinder has influenced innumerable groups, releasing more than 15  studio albums till their dissolution in 1994. The chosen I Want You is a song very representative of their style: possessive sounds, obscure voices, hypnotic rhythm and industrial, almost evil, atmosphere. Very appropriate for an horror film.


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

4: Luomo ‎- Tessio (2000)

   Our number four comes from Finland, and he is one of the most respected and prolific electronic artist from the Nordic countries. Luomo (also known as Vlasilav Delay, although his real name is Sasu Ripatti) has published tens of albums and singles, playing different styles (ambient, techno, house…) and experimenting with all kind of sounds. The album “Vocalcity” is considered by many specialized critics as one of the most important of the last decade. This song is one of the pieces of that wonderful puzzle. Twelve minutes of pleasure.


Monday, 4 March 2013

5: Miss Kittin & The Hacker ‎- Party In My Head (Mr Pauli Remix) (2009)

 Our trip being almost finished, time we listened to great electro stuff. In 2009 the French duo Miss Kittin & The Hacker (Caroline Hervé and Michel Amato) released a single called Party In My Head, including a remix version from a Dutch producer, Ingmar Pauli (a.k.a. Mr. Pauli), which was a synthetic bomb, mixing spacey italo sounds with the best electro rhythm, an outstanding and original mixture. Definitely, with this kind of songs there is a party in our head!


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

6: Club 8 - Missing You (1998)

Sweden had to be in our top ten, and Club 8 had to be in one of our blog adventures. Formed in 1995 and consisting  of Karolina Komstedt and Johan Angergård, one curious point about this band is that their musical career started when they were signed to a Spanish record label (Siesta). Since then, their thrilling and beautiful pop songs have accompanied us throughout seven excellent albums. This track was their second single and shows their most electronic side.


Sunday, 17 February 2013

7: Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart (1990)

 Groove Is In The Heart was an original song, a hit there in the early nighties. The US band Deee-Lite, formed in New York, offers an interesting mixture of funk, house, disco and dance-pop sounds, with wind instruments, guitar and even rap parts. Lady Miss Kier's voice and the funny video totally makes us travel back in time to the colorful sixties.


Friday, 8 February 2013

8: Amon Tobin - Chronic Tronic (2002)

This is a cyberpunk week, so it´s a good chance to travel to Brazil (maybe to New Rio de Janeiro?). There we find Amon Tobin, one of the most interesting and surprising electronic musicians I have ever enjoyed. When I first listened to his album “Out from Out Where” in 2002, it really shocked me. All that mixture of sounds and tunes… I could imagine hundreds of futuristic scenes in my mind, it was an incredible experience. It was music from a dark future. And future is now.


Saturday, 2 February 2013

9: Texas - Getaway (2005)

 Texas is a well-known Scottish synhtpop band, everybody has enjoyed more than once their international hits I Don't Want A Lover, Say What You Want, Black Eyed BoySummer Son and probably my favourite: Inner Smile. Well, maybe that's not right. Recently I have changed my mine and I prefer a song released as a single in 2005 that should have been paid more attention to. I'm talking about a tender song, a classic and joyful tune full of romance and dressed with Sharleen's elegance (this girl is so cool!). I'm talking about Getaway.


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

10: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. - Bang Bang Bang (2010)

Here begins the final countdown for this blog, and I have chosen one of my favorite songs of recent years for it. Mark Ronson is an English DJ, musician, producer and co-founder of a record label, and moreover, he is the mastermind behind a lot of fantastic tracks clearly influenced by 80`s sounds. This one, featuring the rapper Q-Tip and the singer of MNDR, is a perfect example of his influences and his abilities creating good tunes (and a great videoclip too!).