Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (The ’59) #336

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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (2013)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 55 – 2013.

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk’s fourth studio album, was released on 17 May 2013 on the duo’s imprint label “Daft Life” and Columbia Records.

Daft Punk recruited session musicians to perform live instrumentation and limited the use of electronic instruments to drum machines, a custom-built modular synthesizer, and vintage vocoders. The album features collaborations with Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams.

The lead single “Get Lucky” was a critical and commercial success, topping the charts in more than 30 countries and becoming one of the best-selling digital to date.

At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014, the album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and “Get Lucky” won for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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Underworld – Barking (The ’59) #317

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Underworld – Barking (2010)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached a new decade – the twentytens and year 52 – 2010.

Barking was the eighth studio album from Underworld, released on 2 September 2010. The lead single, “Scribble”, produced with Welsh drum and bass producer High Contrast, had preceded it in June, although the band had released a radio edit of the track for free download on their website on 13 May 2010.

Each track on the album was written by band members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith in Essex, before being sent to producers well known for their contributions to trance, drum and bass and dubstep. The album sees further collaboration with Mark Knight and D. Ramirez, whose 2009 single, “Downpipe”, featured lyrics and vocals by Hyde.

There are seven slightly modified variations of the cover artwork – depending on edition and format – all created by John Warwicker. The album’s title comes not from a canine feature but from an east London borough.

Underworld – Oblivion with Bells (The ’59) #298

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Underworld – Oblivion with Bells (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 49 – 2007.

Oblivion with Bells is the seventh studio album from Underworld, released in October 2007 i

Two singles were released – “Crocodile” and “To Heal”, the latter of which was the central theme in the film ‘Sunshine’.

In the summer of 2008, the Shoreham based ‘Beach Bateria’ samba band sampled the ‘mess with your head’ signature of the drum pattern at the back end of ‘Beautiful Burnout’, using the same name to create a signature piece subsequently used in most of our live performances. Although the idea and the sampling was mine, it still took several weeks to master the surdo line we created from the main pattern. But master it we did.

Underworld – A hundred days off (The ’59) #268

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Underworld – A hundred days off (2002)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 44 – 2002.

A Hundred Days Off was Underworld’s sixth, released in September 2002.

It produced two UK Singles Chart entries: “Two Months Off”, which reached no. 12 and “Dinosaur Adventure 3D”, which reached no. 34.

Although this was the first album since Darren Emerson’s departure from the group in 2001, the album is not a huge stylistic makeover as the main focus of the band is still trance, techno and house, although without the beats that defined 1999’s ‘Beaucoup Fish’.

Generally positive reviews from music critics followed its release. NME gave it 8/10 describing it as…

Their best album since their Dubnobasswithmyheadman debut, Karl and Rick have pulled off a comeback in fine style and laid some demons to rest. Underworld prove that you’re only as old as the technology you use”.

Stateside, Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying that…

The beauty of A Hundred Days Off is that it pumps and churns so suggestively; it somehow evokes the blues of the otherwise successful modern man, who goes out every night and dances alone in his head.

‘A Hundred Days Off’ rose to No.16 on the UK Albums Charts and No. 122 on the US Billboard 200.

Moby – Play (The ’59) #252

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Moby – Play (1999)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 41 – 1999.

Play was Moby’s fifth studio album, released on May 17 1999 by Mute and V2.

Recording of the album began in 1998, following the 1996 release of ‘Animal Rights’ which had deviated from Moby’s electronica style; his goal for “Play” was to return to this.

The album was both a critical success and a commercial phenomenon, introducing Moby to a worldwide mainstream audience. This was helped no end through a large number of hit singles that helped the album to dominate worldwide charts for two years, and through unprecedented licensing of his music in films, television, and commercial advertisements. It eventually became the biggest-selling electronica album of all time, with over 12 million copies sold worldwide.

In 2003 and 2012, the album was ranked number 341 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for both a Grammy Award and Brit Award, was the UK’s biggest-selling independent album of 2000.

Fatboy Slim – You’ve come a long way baby (The ’59) #248

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Fatboy Slim – You’ve come a long way baby (1998)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 40 – 1998.

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby was the second studio album by Shoreham based DJ/producer Fatboy Slim. It was released on 19 October 1998 in the UK on Skint and in the US by Astralwerks. The album was recorded and produced at Cook’s home studio , “The House of Love” in Brighton.

The album was a critical and commercial success, containing four top ten singles. It peaked at No.1 on the UK albums chart, No.1  in New Zealand, No.2  in Australia, and No.34 on the US Billboard 200.

The album’s singles were “The Rockafeller Skank”, “Gangster Tripping”, “Praise You”, and “Right Here, Right Now”, each of which reached the top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. “Build It Up – Tear It Down” was also released as a promo, but not as a commercial single.

‘You’ve come a long way baby’ earned Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) a Brit award in 1999.

Massive Attack – Mezzanine (The ’59) #247

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Massive Attack – Mezzanine (1998)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 40 – 1998.

Mezzanine was Massive Attack’s third studio, released on 20 April 1998 by Circa and Virgin Records. It was the first album produced by Neil Davidge.

For legal reasons. the album was first made available as a legal download from the band’s website prior to its hard copy release.

Mezzanine topped the charts in the UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, becoming the group’s most commercially successful album to date. It spawned four singles: “Risingson”, “Teardrop”, “Angel”, and “Inertia Creeps”