Monday, 21 December 2015
Oliver: LFO - What is House [LFO Remix] (5 January 1992)
House music may have seemed like it was purely based on appeals to the emotions and energies but a surprising number of tracks used the freedom of the format to try and put messages across to their audiences. CLSM's John Peel is Not Enough was perhaps the greatest example of a 128bpm Reith Lecture in Peel's lifetime, but there were plenty of other examples of DJs coming armed with a beat, a sample and a written manifesto.
LFO's What is House doesn't go overboard on this - mostly it's a set of names, some of which I recognise and others that I don't. You may question whether Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk count as house, but at least it confirms that LFO were more concerned with the ambient side of house music than the banging beats side.
Video courtesy of BenZomb.