Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(2008)

This album blew my mind completely. It not only shows a personal side to Kanye as a song-writer. The coolest thing is that the album could more or less have been produced in any bedroom studio in the world. We all have the tools at home to make this album... we are just not as good as Kanye. Damn!

That is the last milestone for now...


Burial - Burial

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(2006)

I stumbled upon this album on bleep.com by mistake. What a find. So dirty. So atmospheric. Nothing like "normal" Dub Step. Really in a genre of his own. It also helped that he (William Bevan) remained very anonymous for a very long time. No interviews, no real name, nothing. The lines spoken by Benicio del Toro and Forrest Whittaker (I believe they are real samples and not re-creations) help set the spooky mood of the album.


Cliff Martinez - Solaris OST

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(2002)

This soundtrack is a pure flash of genius. I'd say it has a lot to do with making the film a pretty good film and on its own the music is just as good. Watching Solaris for the first time I could not wait for the credits so I could see who had made this magical music. I love walking with this music in my headphones. It turn the most boring walk into a surreal experience.


Photek - Modus Operandi

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(1997)

I love a lot of Rupert's work but Modus Operandi was the one that made me take notice in the tidal wave of half-assed D'n'B from the late '90s. To get the best of Photek, though, you need to dig out the rarer tracks. My old favorites are Knightvision and Ni Ten Ichi Ryu. These days I listen to his brief stint in the more laid back arena. Halogen and Lost Blue Heaven from Solaris (the album, not the soundtrack) the tracks I am referring to. The rest of that album is not to my taste though.


Lamb - Lamb

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(1997)

The first I heard of Lamb was a remix of Gold on a Future Music cover CD. Lamb also have some great tracks on their later albums, but never managed to equal their debut. D'n'B with real vocals and real instruments... and on top of this in 3/4 and 7/8 and whatever else Andy and Lou could come up with. Inspiring and still sounds fresh today. This is the kind of music I which I could and repeatedly fail in attempting to make. Notable mention goes to Lullaby from Fear of Fours. Fantastic track.


DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(1996)

Compiling this list I cannot now recall how I first came in contact with this album. I was tending bar and DJing at university at the time so possibly from a fellow barman/DJ. Endtroducing... was one of a few albums that really gave me the MPC bug. I felt I had to have one of those one day! And now I do. Don't use it much. Thinking of selling it. C'est la vie. This album is still very much a favorite though. The cinematic samples, the eclectic soundscapes and intricate sample editing... mastery of his craft, no doubt.


Tricky - Maxinquaye

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(1995)

This was love at second sight. Being a Public Enemy fan I thought the single was a bit cheeky. But I truly love the rest of the album. All of it. It was released while I was an intern at IXM, a creative multimedia agency in Milan, Italy. Bought in a small record shop somewhere in the maze of central Milan, this album became the soundtrack to my time there. Ahh... CD-walkman. Those were the days.


Portishead - Dummy

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(1994)

Another revolution that blew my mind completely from the first note. I remember hearing Glory Box on the radio on the way to the ski slopes, instantly pulling over and scrabbling for a pen and paper in the glove box... I was not going to miss the name of this band. Portishead are unbeatable at their game. I love everything I have been able to get my hands on. Bootlegs, remixes and all.


Massive Attack - Protection

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(1994)

I heard Better Things on the cover-CD from some magazine. I forget which. Tracy's voice and the very stylized music gripped me instantly. Protection is probably still my favorite album by Massive Attack. It sets itself apart from all other albums they have made by the very clean production and of-course: Tracy.


The Prodigy - Experience

by Martin Westin in


Part of the series Milestones in Music

(1992)

What a groundbreaking album. Still the best one from Prodigy in my mind. I don't really care for the electro-punk type stuff of recent years. I bought a Roland sampler in, like 1998. It was the rack-mount sibling to Liams favorite W30 sampler. Anything you sampled into that thing sounded like the Prodigy. Beats never sounded better, any boring string sample could be given the "Out Of Space"-treatment in minutes.... fabulous! Notable rare tracks from Prodigy are the B-side Molotov Bitch and the remix of Method Man's Release Yo Delf. My kind of Hip Hop.