If my musical horizons were expanded by the big-beat electronica of Junkie XL’s 2004 release “Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin,” they were flung even further open by the Internet and the rapid availability of music that you could buy legally through iTunes.
The year 2004 brought my first introduction to the iTunes Music Store. That emerging technology became a major tool for me to discover brand-new music without setting foot in a store, and it’s how I found the #7 Most Significant Album on my list.
I was perusing the New Releases section in the Dance music section, and lo and behold I stumbled upon Mylo’s album “Destroy Rock and Roll.” Around this same time, I saw the music video for the album’s title track on MTV2 (yes, they actually showed music videos at one time).
The album’s sound was something different than I had ever heard with electronica before. It sounded like it was made on a home computer (turns out it was), but it was very polished and the samples used in the album were motivated and fit well. “Destroy Rock and Roll” became significant to me because it was another one of those albums that I could listen to each track on and enjoy a mix of downtempo and uptempo electronica — basically I consider it electronic folk music, if that makes any sense.
The major reason “Destroy Rock and Roll” is #7 on my list is that I had this album on repeat during my time in Iraq. I listened to it very frequently when we were out on missions, and it helped drown out the constant whirring of the fans in the Humvee as we drove down Route Irish between Baghdad and points north and south.
All in all, the album helped keep me sane and calm. I prefer danceable electronica music, but this overall was such a good relaxer for me that I couldn’t help but include it on this list.
Most of the tracks are instrumental, and I have a feeling you might enjoy a few of them. Personal highlights are “Destroy Rock and Roll,” “In My Arms” and one of the bonus tracks, “Soft Rock.” “Emotion 98.6″ is reminiscent of a drive down U.S. Highway 30 from my hometown of Rainier, Oregon to the coast during sunset.
Sad to say that Mylo has not released a full album since this, but he has been very active DJing live sets in Scotland, England and throughout Europe. Here’s to hoping he returns with another proper release soon.
Listen to the full album here:
BONUS: Here’s an unreleased track by Mylo that made the rounds on the Internet in 2009. It’s called “Macrobiotic” and I rather enjoy it.