Hype Williams - "The New Jersey House Sound Vol. 1"
This short & sweet mixtape from a few years ago features a bunch of old 8-bit theme tunes from the 1980s/early nineties world of arcade machines and the Nintendo Entertainment System. Growing up, it was a world I endlessly mythologised in my own head - and it is a world that my imagination will forever be indelibly imprinted with.
Less about nostalgia as it is about psychotherapy
Hype Williams overdub the tunes with off-key, woozy & disorientating sound design - trademark sonics that will be no stranger to anyone who is a fan of their albums. Hype Williams make drugged-up music - weed, xanax and codeine milkshakes - and as such it provides a crucial antidote to the pristine, straight-laced sterility of electronic music in 2011. I bloody love them.