Steve Reich – Electronic Counterpoint
Every show needs a theme tune, and here’s ours. We love Stevie, but the name ‘Steve Reich In The Afternoon’ was chosen purely for comedy value, and will make absolutely no sense to you if you’re below a certain age. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. Just go with it. Steve Reich is one of the giants of ‘minimal’ music, making great use of repetition, phasing, tape loops.
Manuel Gottsching – E2-E4
Difficult to believe that this came out in 1984. It’s totally bonkers. It caught the ear of Larry Levan, one of the seminal figures in the history of house music, who used to put it on at 6am at Paradise Garage in New York. Wish I’d been there. An incredibly influential record, influenced itself by Steve Reich amongst others.
Spiritualized – Broken Heart
Well… this is just beautiful, and that’s why it’s here. Influenced by Jason Pierce listening to a lot of Patsy Cline and Jimmy Scott, apparently.
Michael Nyman – Fish Beach
Another minimalist dude, but with added melody. This one is originally from Peter Greenaway’s astonishing film ‘The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover’, and has since taken on a life of its own and been used on other things such as ‘Man On A Wire’. There’s just something about it.
Shut Up And Dance – The Green Man
Oldskool rave classic from Shut Up And Dance, fusing hip-hop, house, hardcore and a genius Ryuichi Sakamoto sample. “True pioneers of UK dance music”, they pretty much invented what became known as jungle.