Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Black Strobe - Essential Mix 11.28.2004
Black Strobe, BBC Radio Essential Mix November 28, 2004 (YSI link) (Sendspace link) tracklisting in comments
Okay, I've been trying to get back into the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix posts, think I finally have the perfect entry point. This is the real deal, death disco and haunted house, spun by the dudes who helped bring the underground back to dance music, Ivan Smagghe and Arnaud Rebotini, a.k.a. Black Strobe.
We've talked about them recently, but I don't think that their most recent work, which Smagghe doesn't seem to be involved in, doesn't hold a candle to the stuff that they were doing at the turn of this decade. You can get a good sense of that with this 2-hour mix, which moves effortlessly from twisted house and disco to electro and industrial, a journey into the darker side of dance music. Lots of familiar names like Depeche Mode, Metro Area, Ricardo Villalobos, Phuture, Front 242, Joey Beltram, Playgroup, Miss Kittin and Hacker, Ministry and Sisters of Mercy, plus lots more shit that will hopefully become more familiar. I cannot recommend this more highly, in many ways it's a primer course in many of the main threads of music at Pound for Pound.