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

Relateds Products from Low Company

Cav Empt Tape
Cav Empt
Vice Versa
Alga Marghen
Opus 17
Alga Marghen
First Grade
Haunter
Frankie Gunns
Paradox Music
Stations
I Dischi Del Barone
Bimini Twist
Tiny Global Productions
Stratosphere
Man Band
Mind In Camden
Jolly Discs
MOS-002
Not On Label
Muscle Barbie
Harbinger Sound
9.12+4
VIS
Upset The Rhythm
Start To End
La Beauté Du Négatif
Circulation
Kashual Plastik
Monarchy
7th Storey Projects
Parts 1 (reissue)
Accidental Jnr
The Deepest Sound of Blaze
Groovin Recordings
Bank of England
A Colourful Storm