In this weekly series of articles you will discover what are the business insider’s favorite albums and tracks. We have contacted a broad selection of industry experts and each Wednesday you can discover one of those guy’s favorite albums and why this is so. Check out our previous “Favorite album of” articles here: https://headfonia.com/category/fav-album-of/
This week’s honor goes to Natan Wright. Most of you will know Nathan as he’s my partner in crime here on Headfonia.com but actually he does a lot more…
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Since I was 18, I’ve been religious about a few bands, Depeche Mode being chief among them. But because I’m a sucker for working-class pathos, New Order, Bruce Springsteen, and Joy Division, take up more ear time.
I agree with Cosmic Ears’s CEO, Phil Gartell, Black Celebration defines what Depeche Mode’s became and still are. But my favourite album is actually from Faithless. It is called Sunday 8pm. It is their second album. The why is simple: Faithless nailed the pathos inherent in movement, change, and separation. And typical to Faithless, it is diverse: hip hop, trance, trip-hop, instrumental. It’s got it all.
The second album from U.K. electronic dance collective Faithless, Sunday 8pm has neither the rampant grooves nor the arrogant idealism to qualify it as anything more than a random, standard dancefloor record with redundant beats and hoary ideas. Clearly, though, more was intended; the theme running throughout Sunday 8pm is one that celebrates club life with an almost religious enthusiasm. The dreamy soundscapes here alternate between elegantly spiritual (and very new age) drifts and dull, tuneless forays into spacy nowhereland — and the occasional misguided R&B trips lack soul (not all that surprising, considering the coldness of this band’s electronica). The one keeper is “God Is a DJ,” eight minutes of club worship that repeats the refrain “This is my church” so relentlessly that you begin to wonder if the Faithless altar includes a turntable and synthesizer along with the usual celebratory offerings. ~ Michael Gallucci ~ Tidal
My favorite song from that album is called She’s My Baby. Maxi Jazz tears up the mic, whilst recounting a familiar teenage, if not lingering fantasy: getting it on with a hot lady neighbor. I’m married now, and my fantasy life has taken a different turn. What won’t every change is this song’s dance-able, uplifting pace. Despite my love of pathos, this latecomer is the pathos-free fulcrum upon which a delicate happiness teeters.
Chase Jarvis’s book, The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You, best describes my listening philosophy. While I have a favourite earphone, I get perfectly on with any earphone that stays in and stays comfy. The same goes for the machine that spits the music to the earphones or speakers. That machine is an iPhone SE. It’s always in my pocket. It holds a lot of music. It nails gapless albums. It is easy to navigate. It gets great battery life. And, if I feel the need for better output, I plug in any of the following: Cozoy TAKT, Apple Lightning to 3,5mm headphone adapter, Cozoy REI, or any of a growing list of great Bluetooth DACs.
✴︎ Ken Ball never said that.
If you want to check out Nathan’s favorite album, you can do so here:
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Thank you Nathan for being on the series and for giving us a little insight in what you like to listen to. If you have suggestions of who we should feature in this article series, let us know in the comments!
Up to next week…