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biosphere - Patashnik
Originally released back in 1994, 'Patashnik' was an early look at the electronic ambient sound Geir Jenssen would make his signature, and an album which truly set the scene for what would become known as 'electronica'. At the time the world was looking towards dance music to show them the way, and little by little more horizontal sounds were emerging from similar techniques eschewing beats in favour of floating melodies and bubbling ambient sounds. Influenced by early pioneers such as Brian Eno, Jenssen began slowly to refine a style which he could totally call his own and would eventually become a standard reference for this kind of music. 'Patashnik' was the Norwegian musician's second album and saw him introduce submerged beats and rhythms, most obviously on the oddly upbeat 'Novelty Waves' (which would later be used on a Levi's commercial...) but the sounds were still much more suited to a cave in Northern Europe than a club. Bearing more than just a tentative comparison to the early work of a certain Richard D. James, most obviously the sublime first volume of 'Selected Ambient Works', this album should be snapped up by anyone lamenting the demise of the whole electronic sound. Not only does it still stand up as hugely enjoyable and devastatingly well-produced but it is an album which serves as an early look-in to a crucial and highly influential artist.