this is what repetitive looping music can do to your complexion
Well if there's a silver lining to the cloud, word on illegal torrent street *ahem* is that the album is a monolithic return to form after a decidedly unsure-of-itself second album. We'll have a good deep consideration of it here in due course.
12: Metro Area - Metro Area
This slick album takes the bit in the Billie Jean video where Michael Jackson struts down an illuminated pavement and sexes off with it into a sexy future where techno and disco copulate mechanistically with each other on a glass table. Listening to Metro Area at home can turn a mundane task such as ironing one's boxers into a fun adventure towards erotic oblivion, the sort where you wake up a week later on an oily mat in a semi detached house in Drogheda with the faint smell of poppers in your nostrils. All because you pressed play on your iPod.
MP3: Metro Area-Miura
11: Pantha Du Prince - This Bliss
At this point, I must stress that this list isn't ranked. I wrote the names of fifteen albums down on a notepad a few weeks ago and now I am crossing them off in no particular order. If it was ranked, however, This Bliss would be a strong contender in the jostle for the top spot. It is an achievement of extraordinary scope and musicianship that only grows in stature as time passes. It is at once airy and spacious but filled with a cathedral-worthy amount of glassy detail - and to me, to balance such a sense of space with well wrought detail is an accomplished trick that very few producers manage to pull off when they attempt this sort of lush orchestral techno.
Come to think of it This Bliss might well be the consummate home listening techno album. Its emotional sophistication, aesthetically perfect sonic architecture, and relatively contemplative pacing, all add up to a fairly unbeatable experience for vibing out on headphones. It's a masterpiece.
MP3: Pantha Du Prince-Walden 2