Fluke – Risotto (Epic 2017 #088)

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Fluke – Risotto (1997)

Risotto was Fluke’s fourth album, released on 26 May 1997 on Circa Records and 30 September on Astralwerks.

Many of the tracks that brought Fluke to a larger audience are featured on this album, including “Atom Bomb”, used on the Wipeout 2097 (game) soundtrack, and “Absurd,” used in many films/trailers, including a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle commercial, Sin City in 2005, and the episode “Chaos” from the show “Spaced”.

The album artwork was designed by The Designers Republic and features a chrome-plated KitchenAid blende

Fatboy Slim – Palookaville (Epic 2017 #081)

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Fatboy Slim – Palookaville (2004)

Good to have some local flavour in this series. So here’s one from Fatboy Slim who technically lives in Shoreham. I say technically because his house is in ‘millionaires row’ on the beach at the eastern end of Shoreham Harbour – some 5-6 miles from Shoreham town itself. However, he’s still a local boy.

Palookaville was his fourth studio album released on 4 October 2004, approximately four years after the previous one. Football club Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. temporarily named their Withdean Stadium after it following their sponsorship deal with Skint Records. The album was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.

Enigma – MCMXC AD (Epic 2017 #068)

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Enigma – MCMXC AD (1990)

MCMXC a.D. (“1990″ in Roman numerals followed by an abbreviation of Anno Domini) is the first studio album by the German music project Enigma, headed by Romanian-German musician Michael Cretu, released on 10 December 1990 by Virgin Records in the United Kingdom and on 28 January 1991 by Charisma Records in the United States.

Before he founded Enigma, Cretu had released several solo records, collaborated with various artists, and produced albums for his then wife, German pop singer Sandra. Following their marriage in 1988, Cretu developed an idea for a New-age music project named Enigma, and recorded MCMXC a.D. in eight months at A.R.T. Studios, his home studio located in Ibiza, Spain. It is one of the first albums recorded onto a hard disk drive. Cretu makes extensive use of Gregorian chants, dance beats, and flute sounds.

MCMXC a.D. received some criticism for its sexual and religious themes and connotations but it became a worldwide success, reaching the top 10 in ten countries, including the United Kingdom, and No. 6 in the United States where it sold over 4 million copies and stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for 282 weeks. Four singles from the album were released—”Sadeness (Part I)”, “Mea Culpa (Part II)”, “Principles of Lust”, and “The Rivers of Belief”. “Sadeness (Part 1)” topped the singles charts worldwide and remains Enigma’s most successful single.

Death in Vegas – Dead Elvis (Epic 2017 #051)

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Death in Vegas – Dead Elvis (1997)

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Dead Elvis is the band’s debut studio album released on March 10, 1997 in the United Kingdom and on September 16, 1997 in the United States. This was the only Death in Vegas album to feature original member Steve Hellier. The British release features coloured Elvis graffiti on the cover, while the US version features a tattoo artist.

Death in Vegas was formed in 1994 by Richard Fearless and Steve Hellier and signed to Concrete Records under the name of “Dead Elvis”. However, there was an Irish record label of the same name at the time, and Dead Elvis became the title of their first album instead. Rankin Roger’s (of ‘The Beat’ fame) vocals feature throughout the album but most notably on the opening track – ‘All that glitters’ featured here.

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Epic 2017 #045)

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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (2013)

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This was the French duo’s fourth studio album, released on 17 May 2013 by Daft Life and Columbia Records. The album pays tribute to the late 1970s and early 1980s American music, particularly from Los Angeles, the theme reflected in the album’s packaging, as well as its promotional campaign, which included billboards, television advertisements and a web series.

Unlike their previous albums, 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. It is the first Daft Punk album released by Columbia Records.

Arkana – Fresh Meat (Epic 2017 #011)

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Arkana – Fresh Meat (1997)

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Arkana is an English electronic band formed in 1994. Originally comprising Ollie Jacobs (vox and keyboards), James Barnett (guitars and vox) and Lalo Creme (guitars), the line-up now comprises Jacobs and Matt Hart on guitar. They were signed to WEA in June 1995 and released their debut album as a follow-up to the platinum-selling single ‘House on Fire.

There are about 69 million Indonesian subscribers on the band’s Facebook page, so on August 17, 2015, Arkana were summoned to Indonesia to launch a new single Kebyar-Kebyar in Indonesian to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the independence of Indonesia.