Coldcut – Atomic Moog 2000
The story of Coldcut (abridged): two massive pop hits ('People Hold On' and 'The Only Way is Up') in the late eighties followed by setting up the Ninja Tune label and being some of the most innovative DJs (and latterly VJs) on the scene.
The label and offshoots have produced some cracking acts: Mr Scruff, Amon Tobin, Fink and Roots Manuva amongst others. Coldcut were also responsible for one of my few nights in a nightclub which I wholeheartedly enjoyed: at the Imperial Gardens in Camberwell in about 1997 in the days before LED Walls and cheap LCD projectors meant that if you wanted to produce an incredible visual display you needed to improvise (in that case with 35mm slide shows and 16mm film loops, all strung together with a fire hazard of extension sockets slung around the upper balcony ('Very Important Ninja') area of the club. A wonderful night.
Number one on my birthday in 1997: Various Artists – Perfect Day: The BBC Advert soundtrack that involved so many artists that it was obviously impossible to sign off the rights agreements to get it onto Spotify.
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