Various Artists

Miracle Steps: Music from the Fourth World 1983-2017
Various Artists
Miracle Steps: Music from the Fourth World 1983-2017

Re-press, ships Friday 8th September.

Another chance to grab this fine comp if you missed it. Put together by Fergus Clark (12th Isle) and JD Twitch, it’s a selection of persies and high-impact/high-value oddities that probably comes closer to nailing the essence of “fourth world” than any more formal retrospective would have (and what exactly would that formal retrospective look like anyway?). Still, to its credit it’s not pointlessly contrarian, and big-dog Jon Hassell is given rightful centre-stage: ‘Miracle Steps’ (from 1986's ECM jag Power Spot), which lends the comp its title, is both quintessential Hass and at the same time an airier, more percussive counterpoint to his more familiar (and more close, more claustrophobic) Eno-augmented work.

Other familiar names include Jorge Reyes, the always good-value O Yuki Conjugate (Dark Side of The Panpipe Moods..?.), David Cunningham (the gorgeously understated 'Blue River') and Rapoon: inclusions which pay careful and just attention to Fourth World’s intersection with - and influence on industrial, Isolationism and other more mellifluous strains of ambient techno / global chillage (sorry). If there’s one criticism of Miracle Steps, it that it's so flawlessly tasteful that you find yourself craving some garishness or disruption… but who’s being contrary now. 

 

 

£19.99

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