Saturday, January 13, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
This is a great mix if you want to set a "vaguely Eighties but somehow futuristic" mood. This reminds me of a more dance-able Stranger Things soundtrack. For gaming background, this brings to mind science fiction, espionage, or any mysterious sort of adventure (I like it for a "fantasy with anachronistic music"thing). A very solid two hours.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
I've been on a wave of 1980s nostalgia lately in terms of music. I never listened to much new wave music back in the day - not exclusively, anyway. With a few exceptions, my musical tastes at the time were misguided. Today, I'm catching up on these (to me) long last classics. There are a lot of mixes out there, but this one from Generic Male DJs is the best I've come across. With 30+ volumes, you can listen for days on end. This channel has been a good companion lately. Expected hits and obscure singles are both here.
Friday, January 5, 2018
Watermelon Man and the other tracks on Herbie Hancock's first album - that's just straight-up classic bluesy jazz. Growing up in the 1980s, though, my intro to Hancock was his work with the Rockit Band. I didn't hate it, but I didn't own any records. Iconic hits like this one were just part of the overall background music of my coming-of-age. Lately, I've felt a lot of 80s-nostalgia, so I pulled Sound-System out of ye olde record collection. It's the second of those "Rockit" albums, and won a Grammy, for what that's worth. If you want to hear the 1980s you could do a lot worse. Likely you won't remember any specific tracks here except perhaps for Hardrock - and yet this record will feel familiar. Standout track for me is the title track, placed last on the record. It's about six minutes of dyed-in-the-wool electronic r&b. It sounds like it would stand in perfectly as the soundtrack for Fletch or Beverly Hills Cop. This record was released in 1984 and sounds like it (in a good way). If you're in the mood for that sort of thing, it's worth a listen.