Music endorsement: Ulrich Schnauss – “Monday-Paracetamol”

The artist: Ulrich Schnauss

The track: Monday-Paracetamol

The year: 2003

The reason: Simplicity is a great thing. This instrumental track, has, at its core, just a few simple notes. It’s the brilliant production work that creates atmospherics and a resulting mood that turn this into one phenomenal piece of artwork. It’s so good that it has become my hi-fi reference track – that which is played to test the worthiness of equipment such as loudspeakers and amplifiers. A particular highlight is one particular bass note that, with the right furniture/speaker placement conditions, will vibrate windows in an entire house. A moment to cherish.

Serving suggestion: Lights off or eyes shut, or both. Ears wide open. Sitting upright, centred between two good loudspeakers, placed in a way that subtly and gracefully amplifies the lowest bass frequencies. Best enjoyed loud.

Music endorsement: Faithless – “Insomnia”

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.