Saturday, September 18, 2010

Recent Stuff I Like

This Gold Panda song is a year old, but you can hear the entirety of his excellent new album on his website. So far almost all of my favorite albums from 2010 as well as many of the reissues have fallen under the perhaps pointlessly large umbrella of electronic music:

I chose that song as a cute segue to this song, "Raga Megh Malhar," from the 1982 album Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, which was recently reissued by Bombay Connection. With its Roland beats and basslines, this is something of a precursor to acid house. And while it likely didn't influence anyone in Chicago or Detroit, its prototechno qualities and its fidelity to classical Indian musical rules make a bizarre but compelling combination. Geeta Dayal wrote a good piece about the album here: