My past three weeks were loaded down with international adoption travel and readjustment at home, so I’m playing catch-up on pretty much everything, including space music.
Up first, DJ Food brings us yet another spacey mix and this one is a top contender for Solid Steel resident DJ mix of the year in my book. Plug into “Out of the Future” and soak your imagination in the dark synth styling of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, Sinoia Caves, Boards of Canada, Fourtet and Gary Newman. Plus the samples range from an old Micronaut commercial to “Beyond the Black Rainbow.” Given my recent listening habits, it was pretty much the perfect mix for me to return home to.
Plus, “Deltron 3030: Event II” is upon us. It’s the first album in 13 years from Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura and DJ Kid Koala. You’ll have to wait till next week to legally own the new album, but for now you can stream the entire thing over at Pitchfork. I’ve only given it a couple of listens thus far, but it’s already a favorite. Imagine a post-apocalyptic rap opera and you’re on the right track. Damon Albarn drops in on a track, but so does comedian David Cross and chef David Chang. So you know it’s a weird, wonderful ride.
Finally, I got around to buying Brian Eno’s “Music for Films” and “More Music for Films,” his ambient collection of soundtrack cuts for imaginary films. The albums first popped up on my radar after hearing the Dave Fogg CineMan Mix, which compiled tracks that influenced the spectacular synth soundtrack to 2011′s “Drive.” As you’d expect from the concept, the albums feature tracks of varying emotional ambiance, ranging from the sweet and serene to the tense and threatening. I don’t have any good streams for Eno’s work, but here’s the Fogg mix in question, which makes great use of Eno’s “Task Force” as its second track.
About the author: Robert Lamb is a senior writer and podcaster at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind with Julie Douglas. He has a love for monsters, an aversion to slugs and a hankering for electronic music.