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Baker's Dozen

The Death Of Dissent: Richard H Kirk's Baker's Dozen
Kiran Acharya , December 5th, 2016 10:43

With the release of the Richard H Kirk and Sandoz box sets, the Cabaret Voltaire lynchpin takes us through thirteen of his favourite and most enduring albums


Miles Davis – Agharta
Agharta sticks with me because it was probably the first Miles Davis album I'd heard. I went back and investigated his past and really got into him as an artist but this is special because when we were working in Chris Watson's loft at his parent's place, when his parents weren't around we'd go to the living room and listen to stuff on the stereo quite loud and be smoking a spliff or drinking some cheap wine. Loads of times we'd be sitting around listening to Agharta which has a bit of everything in there. Nice electronics, really nice grooves, I love the cover which is some kind of African psychedelia. A lot of Miles covers were really interesting. I can see how this album might have annoyed people but for me it was really nice grooves with improvisation and would open out and become more minimal. Everything seemed to go through a wah-wah pedal. It's probably an odd choice and probably not the best Miles Davis album but I like what he was doing in the late 60s and early 70s when he was listening to James Brown and getting funky. And that's what I admire about Miles Davis. He would never go back, which I take as kind of a personal mantra.