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Mighty Mighty Boosh Tones: Julian Barratt's Favourite LPs
Adrian Lobb , June 21st, 2017 09:00

As Julian Barratt releases 'You Can't Handcuff The Wind', a single by alter-ego Richard Thorncroft, he guides Adrian Lobb through 13 favourite albums, from Miles Davis to Zappa, Fela Kuti and the soundtracks of the Wicker Man and more


Steve Reich / Pat Methany (1987) - Electric Counterpoint
Minimalism? I don't really want to say much about it… No, I first stumbled across this because of the sample used on The Orb's Little Fluffy Clouds. I knew Pat Methany's early albums like Bright Size Life – and have always loved his playing.

On this, I was amazed to hear the electric guitar in a classical setting where it didn't sound cheesy. The strange, bell-like quality of that undistorted electric guitar building up chords track by track in a way I'd never heard before. I still love the record.

I don't know much about Steve Reich, but there are conceptual ideas are going on throughout his work, repeated phrases that become musical. I don't want to denigrate it, but I can have this music on when I am working and writing. It gets into my brain in a meditative way. It aids that state of mind.