The artist: Chemical Brothers
The track: The Private Psychedelic Reel
The year: 1997
The reason: Sounds just like the title suggests. The perfectly placed final track off a great album, “Dig Your Own Hole”, this brings the CD home and finishes off any day well – building, building, building, building and fiiiiiiiiiinally….. climaxing. An anthem for the evening.
Serving suggestion: Your chosen three-character substance (H2O?), surround sound, beat-responsive digital visualisation (kaleidoscope-esque), and no other lighting.
The artist: The Bionaut
The track: Lush Life Electronica
The year: 1995
The reason: I heard this for the first time just a few hours ago and it immediately took me to a place significant enough to endorse right now. Instrumental big-sounding electronica. Food for your ears. Do it.
Serving suggestion: A worthy listening companion, Bowmore single malt 17 year-old whisky (also hereby endorsed!), dark chocolate, dark room. An artificially bass-enhanced environment may add something but is not essential.
The artist: Eskimo Joe
The track: London Bombs
The year: 2006
The reason: The warmest track off an album (“Black Fingernails, Red Wine”) full of highlights. Check this Australian band out now. Go preview said album on iTunes or Rhapsody or wherever you obtain your music. You will not regret it.
Serving suggestion: Best absorbed with a nice espresso and a reflective mood.
The artist: Faithless
The track: Insomnia
The year: 1996
The reason: Most songs by this brilliant British act could (and will) qualify for this column. This anthemic floor-pounder rings in my ears everytime I’m required to be up late: “so here we are… half past three in the morning… let’s roll another one”, lying idle in bed: “Creaky noises make my skin creep, I need to get some sleep, I can’t get no sleep”, and several other memorable lyrics sitting nicely between memorable music and that unforgettable chorus loop. The original version is still the best – though there are many good remixes out there.
Serving suggestion: Best enjoyed in darkness, strobe light flickering, under the influence of a few G&Ts, with a makeshift lounge dancefloor, finished off with gracefully loud loudspeakers with tight and punchy bass.
The band: The Smiths
The track: How Soon Is Now
The year: 1985
The reason: One hell of a depressing song that, for some reason, makes me feel good every time I hear it. It’s one of the few Smiths tracks I can tolerate without needing air and sunshine soon after. That aside, this would easily rate in my top 50 tracks of ‘all time’. The wavy and soaring riffs take the song to another level, unmatched.
Serving suggestion: On a gloomy day, get some good whisky, dark chocolate, and have listen to this track. Just don’t keep anything sharp nearby.