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marc weber
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If there was one song that got me into electronic music, it was "O.B.E." by Rabbit in the Moon. That track appeared in 1993, and I discovered it on URB's first Urbal Beats compilation in 1997 -- the same year URB's readers voted Rabbit in the Moon the "#1 live performance act in the country." In 2003, Muzik magazine cited "O.B.E." as the "number one most sought after record in the last decade." (Ref: Contagious Musiq press kit. Although for context, we are talking clubbers and 12" vinyl junkies -- not mainstream CD consumers.)

Now, URB is increasingly pushing the alt rock that's getting "hip" again, and I'm feeling old for still listening to that '90s trip-hop and electronica (let alone for being a new wave guitarist in the '80s). And...

Rabbit in the Moon is finally getting around to their first full-length original release. Decade is due in stores on July 10. Am I the only one still interested?
 
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I'm interested, but I've been burned by these electronica hangers-on before (I'm looking at you, Prodigy).
It seems that every time I stumble upon a good act/mix it predates the internet. And yes, that makes me feel old. Excuse me while I go back to watching Blondie on Youtube.
 
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I've never heard of them but I thought I'd give it a try. Looks like the track you mention is available for download from rabbit in the Moon's (horrible, flash) website:

http://www.rabbitinthemoon.com/downloads/music/OutOfBodyExperience.zip

Is that the same one?
 
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
...Is that the same one?

That's it.
 
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Originally posted by Joe Ess:
I'm interested, but I've been burned by these electronica hangers-on before...

Yeah, there's no shortage of bad electronica. But then, there's no shortage of "bad" music in any genre. For me, just seeking this stuff out has become a hobby in itself. Here are some of my favorites...

Instrumental Electronica:
  • Dead Cities by Future Sound of London
  • Music has the Right to Children by Boards of Canada
  • Duniya by Loop Guru
  • 3 by Pole
  • ep7 by Autechre
  • Vocal Electronica:
  • Felt Mountain by Goldfrapp
  • Lamb by Lamb
  • Second Toughest in the Infants by Underworld
  • Luminous by Luminous
  • Trip-Hop/Downtempo:
  • Dummy by Portishead
  • Who Can You Trust? by Morcheeba
  • DJ/Turntablism...
  • Endtroducing... by DJ Shadow
  • ColdKrushCuts by Coldcut, DJ Food, and DJ Krush
  • Live at the Future Primitive Soundsession, Version 1.1 by Cut Chemist and Shortcut
  • Ki-Oku by DJ Krush and Toshinori Kondo
  • Hello Friends by Jack Dangers
  • USSR Repertoire (The Theory of Verticality) by DJ Vadim
  • Outer Perimeter by Presage
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    Joe Ess
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    Yo Marc:
    Has Rabbit in the Moon stood the test of time?
     
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    Originally posted by Joe Ess:
    Yo Marc:
    Has Rabbit in the Moon stood the test of time?

    Well, there's some new music (and some old music I haven't heard before), but there's nothing too "fresh" on this CD. The style makes it sounds like a really solid release that could have come out in the late 90's. But that's fine with me!
    [ August 22, 2007: Message edited by: marc weber ]
     
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    Originally posted by marc weber:

    Lamb by Lamb


  • ++1
    Add to that Goreki, Bonfire.
     
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    Originally posted by marc weber:

    That's it.


    You know this is 'Precious Things' by Tori Amos, right?
     
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    Originally posted by Ben Souther:
    You know this is 'Precious Things' by Tori Amos, right?

    Yes, that's the main sample.
     
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    Originally posted by Ben Souther:
    ... Add to that Goreki, Bonfire.

    I think it was the late '90s when I saw Lamb at The Quest in Minneapolis. Instead of playing the main room, they were in a small upstairs area that didn't even have a stage. I was just a few feet from them as they performed. That was an experience!

    Years earlier, I had seen Miles Davis at the same club (in the main room). Watching Lamb perform with a muted trumpet player, I had this weird feeling that Miles would have been into it.
     
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    Originally posted by marc weber:
    I had this weird feeling that Miles would have been into it.


    Probably.
    Myles was much more open minded than most of his contemporaries.
    His later stuff 'Tutu' et al.. was very much headed in that direction.
     
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    That's a great list Marc -

    There are some there that I haven't heard, and enough on your list to feel right at home

    Here are a few more that I like:

    Delerium
    Zero 7
    Markus Schulz
    Balligomingo
    Banco de Gaia

    (i'm surely misspelling most of these)

    Enigma
    LTJ Bukem
    Tangerine Dream
    Combustible Edison
    Elemental Chill
    Ulrich Schnauss
     
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    Those are names I'll be checking soon
     
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    Markus Schulz, Balligomingo, and Ulrich Schnauss are new to me. I took a quick look at allmusic.com, and Schnauss especially looks interesting!

    Tangerine Dream... Reminds me I forgot to include another innovator, Jean Michel Jarre. His Oxygene and Equinoxe discs from the 70's are classic, and Sessions 2000 is surprisingly good with an updated sound.

    (Although I'm liking the new Rabbit in the Moon disc, Decade, it doesn't quite make my above lists.)
     
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    Jean Michel Jarre ! I've got plenty. I don't get tired of listening to him. Actually, I think the time I got interested in electronic music was after listening to Oxygene 2 and 4. I also remember one television program whose music thema was Zoolookologie. I loved that one.
    [ August 24, 2007: Message edited by: Christophe Verre ]
     
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