Blockhead ‎– Music By Cavelight

Genre:
Style:
Year:

Tracklist

Insomniac Olympics 5:06
Carnivores Unite 4:45
You've Got Maelstrom 4:47
Sunday Seance 5:26
A Better Place 4:26
Road Rage Breakdown 4:15
Triptych Pt. 1 4:03
Triptych Pt. 2 3:04
Triptych Pt. 3 2:53
Jet Son 3:48
Breath And Start 4:22
Music By Cavelight 4:12
Insomniac Olympics 3:31

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZEN CD88 Blockhead Music By Cavelight(CD, Album, Enh) Ninja Tune ZEN CD88 UK 2004 Sell This Version
ZZ-04YEG00001431 Blockhead Music By Cavelight(CD, Album, Unofficial) Par Media Music ZZ-04YEG00001431 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
ZEN CD88, ZEN CD88X Blockhead Music By Cavelight(2xCD, Album, Enh, Ltd) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZEN CD88, ZEN CD88X UK 2004 Sell This Version
ZEN 88 Blockhead Music By Cavelight(2xLP, Album) Ninja Tune ZEN 88 UK 2004 Sell This Version
ZEN 88, ZEN 88X Blockhead Music By Cavelight(2xLP, Album + 12", Promo + Ltd) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZEN 88, ZEN 88X UK 2004 Sell This Version
ZEN CD88 Blockhead Music By Cavelight(CD, Album, Enh) Ninja Tune ZEN CD88 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
ZEN CD88 Blockhead Music By Cavelight(CD, Album, Enh + CD, Ltd) Ninja Tune ZEN CD88 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
ZEN CD88P Blockhead Music By Cavelight(CD, Album, Promo) Ninja Tune ZEN CD88P UK 2004 Sell This Version
ZEN 88, ZEN 88X Blockhead Music By Cavelight(2xLP, Album, RE, 180 + 12", RE, 180) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZEN 88, ZEN 88X UK 2013 Sell This Version

Recommendations

Reviews Show All 5 Reviews

Add Review

Gabadenis

Gabadenis

November 17, 2015
referencing Music By Cavelight, 2xLP, Album + 12", Promo + Ltd, ZEN 88, ZEN 88X
Great bundle for one of my favorite albums!
cyclo-bob

cyclo-bob

August 1, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Music By Cavelight, CD, Album, Enh, ZEN CD88
At the beginning I have had problems with some high pitched chant samples on this album but apart from that this is just a great album. I recommend to have a listen to 'Carnivores Unite', 'Sunday Seance' (It contains a sample from Keith Jarrett's 'Köln Concert' and this harmonica sample in it blows me away every time), the three 'Triptych' parts and of course 'Insomniac Olympics'. Not a lot of albums out there with such a harmonic well done structure based on sampled material, it all works great together! And after a while I even begin to love the high pitched chant stuff :-) You see...
8vis

8vis

June 7, 2013
referencing Music By Cavelight, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180 + 12", RE, 180, ZEN 88, ZEN 88X
Does anybody have compared this Repress version to the original? Is the new mastering better than the 1st LP's one ?
scoundrel

scoundrel

January 14, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Music By Cavelight, CD, Album, Enh, ZEN CD88

Ninja Tune has always been a reliable label for new discoveries, and MUSIC BY CAVELIGHT, the debut from Blockhead, is no different. An album of sample-heavy collages, the music ranges from Kid Koala-like humor (“Intro: Hello Popartz”) to more moody soundscapes (“You’ve Got Maelstrom” or the martial “Sunday Séance”). Blockhead carefully merges tonal qualities, like the sad strings and funk bass of “Carnivores Unite” or the outer-space zither of “Jet Son.” “Road Rage Breakdown” switches gears beautifully halfway through, going from an OK track to a surprisingly good one. And “Insomniac Olympics” takes the familiar horn section from the Olympics theme and transforms it completely. Less successful tracks (“Cavelight”) are quickly erased by stronger ones (“Breath and Start”). But, undoubtedly, the highpoint of the album is “Triptych Pt. 1,” which turns just one line from a song into its own chorus, alternating between being slowed-down and sped-up to a melancholy piano. A simple idea, yet remarkably beautiful. And while “Pt. 2” is unremarkable, “Pt. 3” picks things back up with an electric bass. An auspicious debut and another Ninja coup.
deejsasqui

deejsasqui

March 29, 2004
referencing Music By Cavelight, CD, Album, Enh + CD, Ltd, ZEN CD88

When I saw Blockhead live, I picked up this 2CD set, and was quite happy after the fact. To be honest, I hadn't heard of this chap before his set. I was a bit confused why he played a couple Aesop Rock tracks during his show, and now I know why (<i>Blockhead produced them</i>).

This album is a nice blend of dowtempo melodies and hiphop beats, plus some odd samples. <b>Triptych Pt. 1</b> features a tweaked vocal sample, which could have been misused, but somehow fits right in. The other track which has gotten lodged in my head is <b>Insomniac Olympics</b>, although the video is a bit of a let-down.

Over-all, a good album, with some splendid moments. The Aesop Rock instrumentals are a nice bonus, but the vocals make the tracks complete.