E-2 - E4
by Manuel Göttsching
Some might say that certain sorts of genres (space disco, soft house) wouldn't even exist were it not for this seminal release from way back (1984! I was 14 when this came out - argh). I remember the first time I heard it was in a tiny DJ-friendly record store in SoBe (Yesterday & Today Records) and for the 58 minutes that this played I kept thinking to myself 'What is this!?
'. I remember asking the shop clerk and he just pointed to the vinyl behind the counter without saying anything, while the sounds plink ponked all around me. It certainly sounded like NOTHING that anyone else was playing at that time (Rave was just taking off). Now, it sounds incredibly fresh and extremely relevant. Those space disco kids (Terje, Lindstrom, DFA, etc) live for this sh*t.
I play this (and sometimes Michael Mayer's Fabric mix) when I have people over for dinner parties, so I don't have to fuss with creating an iTunes playlist, knowing that, at least for it's entire length, it will be perfectly engaging
background music. Nonetheless, in today's short-attention-span-fast-lifestyle
we live in, many people couldn't sit down for that long to listen to any music. Which is sort of sad. For those of you up for the challenge, you can start on YouTube (with Part 1 of 6) here