LFO followed on from this tradition with a zeitgeist-capturing album that takes the sweat and vibes of the late 80s acid-house scene and distils it on to wax. Cuts like the afore-mentioned "LFO", "Nurture", "We Are Back", "You Have To Understand", "Love Is the Message" and "Mentok" are timeless and with their Derrick May-esque touches of symphonic elegance, dystopian drum kicks and hallucinogenic dream-textures, make Frequencies one of the standout albums of the dance era. They don't make them like this anymore. --Paul Sullivan
This album really did show that electronic music could have emotion and fealing. I remember buying purely for the second track, "LFO". This had been a single that had the most phenominal bass sound at a time when rave culture and warehouse parties were growing at massive rate. On first listen I was a little dissapointed, where was the album full of hard pumping dance anthems that I had expected.
As I listened to the album again a few days later I began to find more. I began to apreciate, the softer, gentler, whispering side of electronic music (El Ef Oh, Tan Ta Ra).
This is an album to imerse yourself in, shut the curtains, lie down and listen with headphones. Some may say that it sounds dated, but only as much as the universally excepted inovators, Kraftwerk. It's a thought provoking classic, not like the up-to-the-minute batery farmed dance hits currently being churned out.
If you like beautiful, "different", electronic music, like Moby or Leftfield, try this out. While it's not the same,it may just provoke a new inspiration in you.
For me this is a VERY influential album indeed. When I first heard this album in 1991 I was completely blown away... I'd never heard anything sound so...so....so "shiny!", "pristine", "dark", "beautiful" add as many adjectives you like... it's all here.
The difference though between this and many other favourite electronic albums, is that NOW (nearly 9 years later & hundreds of other great electronic albums listened to) every time I listen to this album I am STILL completely blown away.
I would heartily recommend this album to:
a) People who like electronic music b) People who don't like electronic music, c) and anybody else.
This album starts with the question "House, what IS house? KLF, Technotronic, or something you just live in?" and then proceeds to show that "house" (in it's original sense) is much much more than all that, it's beautiful enough to make you cry, dirty enough to make you marvel at it's textures & intricate enough to astound ya with skills.
Every track is a classic, from the spine tingling beauty of the incredible "Simon From Sydney", the landmark "Bleep tune" - "LFO" to the lovely "Tan Ta Ra"
If you are new to the wonders of WARP (and let's face it - everything that gets a Warp release is worth checking out) buy this album, take it home, listen to it, love it, let it accompany you in whatever you do... hell you might even end up sleeping with it, it is THAT good. One thing that is for sure is that you will have had a taste of one of (well, I won't mince words) - THE BEST INDEPENDANT LABEL IN THE WORLD... I defy you not to want to check out some of their other releases.... Read more ›
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