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Podcast Episode
Season
Ten
number
482
Type
Album Review
Post Date
4/7/2020

Boards of Canada

Music Has the Right to Children

Label
Warp, Skam, music70, Matador
Release year
1998
Producer
Marcus Eoin, Michael Sandison

The 1998 debut by Boards of Canada put a chill spin on the 90s trip-hop sound with an analog old school approach that hits the mark

Though not as lauded as grunge, Brit-pop, the rise of pop-punk or other 90s-centric genres, electronic music evolved throughout the decade as well thanks to subtler sounds coming out of the UK. While electronica and trip-hop each had their moments in the mainstream spotlight, groups like the brother-duo Boards of Canada from Scotland slid under the radar with slightly different takes, theirs being a more chill, downtempo approach utilizing vintage synths and drum machines, tape loops and field recordings. Music Has The Right To Children, their 1998 debut after several well-regarded singles and EPs, takes full advantage of the tools, creating atmospheric soundscapes backed by drum and bass loops that lived-in rather than dialed-up, giving the record a timeless element that so many of their contemporaries failed to achieve.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Telephasic Workshop
  • 18:06 - Roygbiv
  • 20:48 - Turquoise Hexagon Sun
  • 27:09 - Aquarius
  • Outro - Open The Light

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