Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #15 Amon Tobin


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#15 Amon Tobin

During the '90s, Amon Tobin was busy inventing the trip-hop sound, albeit with much more attention to the funkier elements of jazz than his colleagues. But, once the century turned, Tobin managed to take his sound into a new direction. Released in 2000, Supermodified combined the fundamental elements of each experimental electronic sound and melded them into an ironically accessible sound. Whether it be drum & bass, trip-hop, techno, big beat, ambient, jungle, you name it, Tobin added it to his potion, an eclectic remedy for the post-rave era scenesters that still loved their Squarepushers and Aphex Twins, but craved something more suitable for the after-party, rather than the party. And, if Supermodified was Tobin's, relatively speaking, turn towards the norm, then 2002's Out From Out Where was a complete 180 from that direction. Out From Out Where dove into the depths of Tobin's brain where the darkest of thoughts groaned. The album is sonically cavernous as if it was composed in an abyss. A far departure from Tobin's roots, Out From Out Where was a statement of Tobin's ability to conjure such extreme emotions, almost nightmares, from virtual noise - an ability that very few artists have managed to master. Amon Tobin is an explorer of sound that has discovered some of the most brilliant sonic terrains the world has ever heard. We can surely expect many more discoveries from him.

- Caleb Morairty

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] Amon Tobin - The Lighthouse

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