Serengeti & Polyphonic

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Patato & Totico, Patato & Totico

This is about as funky and beautiful as you can get; the masters Patato on congas, Cachao on bass, Totico's vocals soaring above. Deep Afro-Cuban rumba done with great melodic sense. It's minimal and yet so complex – these rhythms give me spine tingles. —Polyphonic

Terry Riley, A Rainbow in Curved Air
Terry Riley is a bad ass guru. Released in 1967, this is a cornerstone of minimal composition and electronic music that to me is the sound of freedom and future. The synths move in rhythmic patterns and shifting timbres creating glorious arches of sound. —Polyphonic

Digable Planets, Blowout Comb

When I bought this record in 1994 I thought my stereo was broken. Distant echoey vocals, dubbed out production… I was hypnotized. This was the subtle, shadowy, abstract rap music I wanted to hear. Spaced-out ambitious hip-hop defiantly not watered down for the kids. —Polyphonic

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat