November 17, 2016

The KLF - The White Room (1991)

The White Room is the final album by The KLF (also known as The JAMs), and is their biggest accomplishment. The album is almost like a compilation of tracks they'd been working on since 1989; the duo's release-schedule, remixes, and project ambitions is as dramatic as the art itself, but you can look them up on Wikipedia for that. It's hard to compare The White Room to their previous release, an entirely ambient album called Chill Out, but it is a definitive step above their work in the late 80s as The JAMs. The music has a raw backbone, but is heavily lavished with smooth 80s-type synths and a deeper attention to detail in the drum programming and break sampling. The rapping fits its purpose well, nothing groundbreaking to be sure, but these guys are skilled at MCing. I wish I could tell you more about these vocalists, but European hip hop is sadly not my forte. The KLF is one of the most unique electronic groups ever; they shamelessly stretch from bass music to acid house to ambient to synth pop and then of course one of the guys plays slide guitar on each of their releases for good measure. The KFL was a colorful force in the 80s and 90s--I mean that in terms of their awkward embrace of the media and fans, live performances, and stage/video visuals--and it reflects in their music. If you want some feel-good dance oriented stuff that is an accurate representation of youth music movements in the early 90s, then this is what you need to hear.

Sample [Non-album version]

The White Room