By Mark Ferguson
in Personal, 12 Sep 2016
And they are coming thick and fast (well 2 in a fortnight anyway).
Well we're are in the realms of Top 3 here I'd say. I'd like to say I've always loved dance music, but that's a bit of a fib. Apart from the Kate Bush fixation, early Loaf collections were heavily rock influenced with little place for blokes messing about on a casio vialtone, but essentially it was all big meaty riffs. However on 1996 all that changed when Shaun bought the 'Second Toughest in the Infants' album by Underworld and played it to me and I was blown away.
The album opens with a suite of 3 parts which link seamlessly together (so well in fact it's difficult to discern where one stops and another starts). The first is classic high energy underworld, vocoded vocals and pounding drums. It then sort of breaks down a bit and then eventually leads into some crazy rambling over arpegiated synths. It's just shear techno brilliance and clocks in at a whopping 16 Minutes 35 Seconds.
If I'm honest it's probably one of my most played bits of music (i must listen to it at least once a week in some form or another), I can't put my finger on what makes it so great it just is. Also the rest of the album is outstanding so that probably helps (it's re-issue incorporated the lager swilling anthem 'Born Slippy NUXX' which coincidentally points fun at the very idiots who holler it, if only they knew :) ).
Oh and listen to Pearls Girl on there as well, it's incredible.
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