PRINT December 1999

Diedrich Diederichsen

1. Various Artists (Modulations & Transformations, Volume 4) The best archive of new electronic and post-electronic, activist and non-activist music was this Mille Plateaux series. Volume 4 is the most baffling, and full of cool contradictions.

2. Sun Ra (The Singles) The hero on whom all can agree—from postcolonialists to pop musicians, from afrofuturists to archaeologists of the essential—died at the start of a decade that became his alone. The last Gesamtkünstler of the century will project beyond it the longest.

3. X-102 (Rings of Saturn) This stands for Detroit techno as the best electronic music of the decade; for Sun Ra’s influence; and for Jeff Mills’s genius.

4. Timbaland (Tim’s Bio: From the Motion Picture: Life From da Basement) The best crossover beat of the decade. What Prince was for the ’80s.

5. Son of Bazerk (Bazerk! Bazerk! Bazerk!) A project unfortunately abandoned at the

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