A dancefloor favourite
Anyone who has heard me DJ my hip-hop/electronica set in the last 6 years - not that I do that very often anymore - should recognise this. It's one of my favourite crossover tracks.
Plaid are one of my favourite artists in the Warp Records family. They've never had the critical acclaim or attention of Boards of Canada, which is a shame, as they deserve to be seen as equals, if not as the influencing elder brothers.
Shackbu is taken from their second album, Rest Proof Clockwork, released in 1999.
'America Is Waiting' is taking from the seminal album 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts' which was produced in 1979/1980 by composer Brian Eno and David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame). To me this record always sounds fresh and interesting - despite some dated sounding synthisizers on it. It's testament to the compositional skills of the two players, and the skills of the musicians the employed to work on it.
Jason Forrest aka Donna Summer manages to answer that age old question 'How can I fit as many musical references as possible into one track?'. In the wise words of Pop Will Eat Itself 'Sample it, loop it, fuck it, eat it & spit it out'.
Forrest's hyperactive mind takes 36 tracks and condenses down into one 2 minute sonic assault. Part of the fun of this track is working out where the samples are from, part of it is just freaking out to it. Give a muso this album for Christmas and they can make 'spot the sample' their after lunch game. And it will get granny's blood pumping.