I don't think I've told you guys how much I admire visionary musician Daniel Miller and how great of an inspiration he is to me.
The founder and CEO of Mute Records was a maverick electronic musician back in the 70s. Some of you, who have, let's say, been on ol' planet Earth longer than myself might remember his The Normal EP of 1978. Side A, if I'm not mistaken, contained TVOD, another masterpiece, but we shan't discuss it now.
This song emulates a drill that drives its piercing sound straight into your brain, and the overall effect is fantastic. Both its coarse, industrial, artificial sound texture and its lyrics are inspired by J.G. Ballard's cult novel Crash (1973). Now, I must confess I have that book, its Romanian version, lying on the shelf somewhere, and never got around to finish it due to its graphic nature. It's not a book for everyone, definitely. Some of its first reviewers deemed it the work of a deranged madman. Ironically, JG Ballard was one of the most lucid people on Earth, in my opinion. He created a near-future dystopia wherein humans were driven by machine-like instincts, and car crashes were the equivalent of sexual ecstasy. But, take it from me, the book is about so much more, it's about a philosophy of how far the man-technology relationship can go, and at what costs.
Either way, whether you've read the book or seen its David Cronenberg adaptation, you'll surely be as pleasantly surprised as me to see this mindblowing tribute to both Miller and Ballard, by some of today's hypest musicians:
Don't the beats sound incredibly crisp and fresh?