Online music store Bleep have released a 55-track compilation charting “the historical emergence of electronic music” through landmark tracks from the 1930s to present day.
Looking at the compilation from its end point, its most recent material comes from James Blake (‘CMYK’) and Actress (‘Lost’). We’re then taken back through Burial’s ‘Archangel’, Skream’s ‘Midnight Request Line’ and J Dilla’s ‘Don’t Cry’, before hitting the year 2000 with GAS and SND. Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Basic Channel take us through the late-to-mid ’90s, while as you might expect, the early part of the decade is dominated by Joey Beltram, Robert Hood, A Guy Called Gerald et al.
Then, in the ’80s, we’re treated to Inner City, 808 State, Art of Noise and Model 500, before the compilation takes a slightly less dance-y turn with Throbbing Gristle and Dinosaur L (Arthur Russell). Popul Vuh, Bruce Haack and Jean Michel Jarre pop up in the ’70s section of the compilation, while pre-’70s slots are reserved for Daphne Oram, John Cage and more. Overall, for both beginners to electronic music and those who could do with learning more (so, all of us then), it looks pretty essential.