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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Great Bleep Backward: MOJO's Top 50 Electronic Records

Posted by on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The Sept. 2012 issue of MOJO—with that mad synth wizard David Bowie on the cover—boasts a feature on the 50 greatest electronic records. The list includes a lot of indisputable essentials, but as with any litany of this nature, there are some head-scratching omissions. I’d include something by Vangelis, Conrad Schnitzler, Boards of Canada, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, Steve Reich, Porter Ricks, Basic Channel, Jeff Mills, and Shackleton [see clip after the cut]. At least. You may find some puzzling oversights, too. Also, the mag didn’t even pick Oval’s best album; that would be 94 Diskont. Ah, whattayagonnado?

To read the piece, you have to buy a physical copy of the publication (it sells for $10 in the US and comes with a nice CD comp featuring cuts by Can, Plastikman, Throbbing Gristle, Renegade Soundwave, Pan_Sonic, Non, and others from the Mute Records stable, as chosen by Daniel "The Normal" Miller). But MOJO has posted a Spotify playlist here if you want to sample the music it has commemorated.


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