Two thousand arrived with a leaden sky over bristol, drenched with the nicotine orange glow of the street lights below and the underwhelming flash of celebratory fireworks disappearing into the clouds never to be seen again. It rained at the stroke of midnight. I stood in the room of my bedsit wondering ‘Is that all there is?…Is that all there is?’
Still, once the new year had loped fully in, there was a brief break in the clouds when I joined my family for a holiday in Greece during the Summer. Summer turned to Autumn, I piddled around designing virtual reality environments that could be explored online. Autumn turned to Winter, I cut off all my long hair and blew a raspberry. All the while music was playing.
Ten go mad in Amsterdam. 1999 saw amongst many things, a May bank holiday weekend to Amsterdam, many of the tracks on this playlist are lifted from the mix CD I had with me at the time.
An eclectic mix of mellow electronica, symphonic crooning and a bit
of something nasty from the basement. Somehow it just works.
Twenty-plus tracks including music by Air, Barry Adamson, and DJ Camm.
(*Warning! Contains no ‘Funk’)
Life lessons learnt: ‘When you’re looking for direction,
it would be really useful if you didn’t burn the fucking map!’
Fourteen tracks including music by Beamish & Fly, Crash Test Dummies, and David Bowie.
Didn’t Saturn return?
Something so right yet so wrong.
My original situation in Bristol had gone off the rails within about four months of living there. I needed a new place to live and found a bedsit not far away from my first dwellings. Thus began a new era lasting roughly a year. It was a year of twenty-something mayhem. This playlist reflects many of the influences swarming my audio hungry ears at the time.
This is a history lesson, a snapshot and a soundtrack to a hiab-x era. Base HQ Imperial Road.
The micro tumultus of living in three different houses in the span of less than a year. This collection of tunes was broadcasting from all three locations and sums up the varied mood of the time.