Sorcerer – Tangerine Dream
In my opinion, “Sorcerer” is William Friedkin’s best movie. And Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack matches perfectly. I was totally mesmerized when I saw it for the first time. I also like Tangerine Dream’s work for Michael Mann’s “Thief” and “The Keep » or “Miracle Mile” by Steve de Jarnatt.
Palmbomen II – Palmbomen II
A great album with X-Files character’s names for each track title. Love the sound and the melancholic vibes. Also love the videos, it reminds me of Twin Peaks or Michael Haneke movies sometimes.
L’Homme à tête de chou – Serge Gainsbourg
Such a rich album, recorded in a few days. It’s a concept album where he relates his fictive tragic love story with Marilou. The final track is a mental and beautiful ending.
Essential – Soulwax
Deewee is a label based in Ghent, Belgium. Founded by the Dewaele Brothers, also known as Soulwax or 2 Many DJ’s. Last year they made this brilliant dance record, minimalist and super well-produced. The other artists of the label are great too, I particularly like Asa Moto and Philippi & Rodrigo.
Music for 18 Musicians – Steve Reich
My favorite record so far. All the pieces fit together. I’ve the same feeling every time I listen to it.
Batman – Prince
Hard to choose one Prince’s album. I pick this one ‘cause I’ve always liked the parallel between Joker’s character and him (go check the awesome Batdance videoclip).
Présence Humaine – Michel Houellebecq
A great album from a great French label, Tricatel, founded by Bertrand Burgalat. My favourite is
Barry Lyndon Original Soundtrack
My favourite Kubrick movie. The soundtrack gathers Irish folklore and classical music from the 17th and 18th century. Heartbreaking.
1990 – Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston wrote hundreds of the most beautiful songs in pop history. “1990” contains some. But his all discography is a gold mine. There is a great documentary about him and his story called “The Devil and Daniel Johnston ».
Odelay – Beck
Beck’s masterpiece. Many samples, pieces put together in a giant puzzle. His grand-father Al Hansen was a member of Fluxus and an artistic mentor for him. One of my favorite album when I was a teenager. 3 years after Odelay, Beck followed the same method to make another great album called “Midnite Vultures”.
Azur – 2 EP (Partyfine)
French producer and drummer Antoine Pouilly makes elegant electronic music where a keen sense of melody, a touch of melancholy and the zest of exoticism all coalesce into fresh grooves. This 2nd EP on the label is more direct and influenced by the grey wave of New Hollywood, with elements of acid and a raw aesthetic. Opener ‘Debbies’ is a strobe lit cut with laser like synths and supersized hi hats. Rugged bass and acid twitches get layered up over a libidinous vocal and make for a track that is both intense yet soulful. The fantastic ‘Needle Park’ is a mid tempo acid chugger with ghoulish effects and mechanical drums all making for something perfectly suited to a dark and intimate club. ‘Pluie Acide’ is a brilliantly jacking acid assault, with cowbells and rasping bass and 303s firing off in all directions to make for something edgy and bristling. Last of all, the cosmic and uplifting ‘Hundred and Five’ slows things down but is just as rugged and raw, with arpeggiated synths but more of those diffuse female vocals adding a softer human element.
Release: 4th July 2019 Azur – 2 EP (Partyfine) Cat No: FINE055EP