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...and what should I expect?
Songs about My Cats and Making Orange Things are his two 'classic' early albums, so if you want a kind of overview start there then go on to Huge Chrome Cylinder Box then the classical ones.
But if you want the kind of weirder, more progressive stuff and don't have that much cash, go to Rossz csillag alatt született, Meathole or My Downfall which all integrate his breakcore with classical stuff (My Downfall, most so).
Full-on breakcore and slightly less batshit IDM.
Of the former, I'd recommend:
Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972 - 2006
and of the latter:
Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett (his best - there's some proper emotional shit on there, along with his catchiest tunes. One of my favourite albums)
Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding
I sort of lost track of him after Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pompoms. But it's nice to know that at any point there's still another couple of his albums I've never heard.
exactly, so much so, that the ^this needed a reply
I like Hospitality a lot too.
I love "Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett" so much but then "My Downfall" didn't really do it for me, despite its similarly orchestral feel. I've had a decent browse of Youtube videos and found an EP called "Moonglow/This Bitter Earth" which has the spacious jazzy elements of Rossz that I love. Unfortunately it was limited to 500 copies. I'm going to have to download that.
Can anyone recommend other releases by him similar to those that I might actually be able to get hold of? The fusion of jazzy instrumentation, occasional samples and odd time signature beats taking from breakcore is just perfect to me.
Of course he's more known for his full-on breakcore music and I'll certainly check out Meathole.
which was similarly out-of-character in its un-relentlessness, and shortly after that he put out the first Kilimanjiro Darkjazz Ensemble album.
So I recommend the EP, but [even though it isn't VSnares], I recommend that tKDE album even more. Also on Planet Mu.
Probably my favourite Venetian Snares track - It's just a masterpiece. You're not going to like this, but i sold all my vinyl about 5 years ago. This EP was one of the last few records that i found very difficult to let go of, eventually i sold it on ebay...for just £5 :(
I haven't got a vinyl player so it'd have been useless for me to own, so I'm not that sad. It's a seriously good track though.
Does he honestly have nothing else like it then?
Chocolate Wheelchair album is bloody insane though.
Think i'll start with 'Rossz...' before checking out the more insane stuff. Start at the shallow end and all.
He's pretty much Planet Mu's main cash-cow (since Mike P doesn't release too much of his own anhy more), so they keep his stuff in print as much as possible, as far as I can tell.
I think in that decade he peaked in 2004-2006.
My favourites are
Calvacade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms
Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding
They're his most tuneful, pure, measured and fun and contain some of my favourite songs ever.
No one has mentioned his Chocolate Wheelchair album. To my ears one of the greatest things hes done- very consistant, only 10 tracks long and the quality doesnt really dip. Some of the songs are even 'catchy'. Sort of. Probaly my 2nd favourite Snares album.
... I think all the vocal samples he uses really adds definition to each song, the X-Ray Specs sample is a classic!
I need to hear that.
Get straight in at the deep end, amazing album.
is a good place to start I think; not too mental, but dark as fuck. Rossz is the best one though