51 for 50 – 1996

In my hip-hop obsessed teens, alongside the Run DMCs and Mantronixs, I had a special thing for the cut-up merchants like Double Dee and Steinski and I guess to an extent people like The Art of Noise. Beats and pieces sampled and scratched together to produce audio collages. Roll forward into my music-obsessed twenties, and … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1996

51 for 50 – 1994

Ah, the battle of Britpop. Blur vs Oasis. Let me nail my colours to my mast. I’m Blur. Parklife is a cracking album, The androgyny of Girls and Boys, the laddishness of the title track. And it’s not the Gallagher Brothers. https://open.spotify.com/album/0DBkFC6739trhCoVreZyds You can see the #51for50 project to date here: https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/category/projects/51-for-50/

51 for 50 – 1993

I’ve dabbled with electronic music since my teens. Orbital felt like the sort of music that I would have created if I had had more time and a bit more talent. It’s very British music. It’s very electronic music. And their second album (the Brown one) is a wonderful work. https://open.spotify.com/album/1JYyYFJSYrXMHLe7Dz1B3W You can see the … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1993

51 for 50 – 1991

Funnily enough, although the late teens were about guitar music, my university years saw me start to get back into electronica and hip hop. The Orb’s amazing ambient work Adventure’s Beyond the Ultraworld was one of the pieces of music that helped me on that journey. When I started at Loughborough, I was super keen … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1991

51 for 50 – 1990

If there’s one album that perfectly encapsulates the guitar music of Britain’s indie scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic is it. Jangly, cute, poppy but maybe slightly sad. It was music like this that led me into my University days up in Loughborough. https://open.spotify.com/album/6CmJJCI3lOn5XVZ68hP9kY You can see the #51for50 … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1990

51 for 50 – 1989

The final of the late 1980s trilogy is The The’s Mindbomb, Matt Johnson’s fourth album and to my mind his best. Working with Johnny Marr, late of The Smiths, created a wonderful piece of work, sensual and political. Quiet and loud. Structured and abstract. At the end of my first attempt at A Levels, I … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1989