Looking back, loads of great albums were released this time ten years ago. If you caught our Jamie T retrospective last week, you’ll have seen how we nostalgically championed his debut album (click here if you missed it!), the time around which it was released and the entire build to his incredible beginning. Only one band in the month of January, 2007, may have topped it and it’s the nu-rave pioneers, Klaxons.
Now of course, nu-rave never really carried on as a concept but with bands like Enter Shikari and Hadouken making themselves known and becoming tremendously popular around the same time, a movement certainly began, whether its end was closer than anticipated or not. Klaxons on the other hand superseded their peer’s achievements and found huge success almost immediately. Their debut album ‘Myths of the Near Future’ featured a multitude of huge tracks, ranging in sound and style, tempo and substance, but most hold one very special quality, and it’s the longevity they’d end up sustaining. ‘Golden Skans’ sounded like a classic the first time I heard it, and sounds just as good today, ten years on.
‘Atlantis to Interzone’ still has the magic power, that after only having heard the opening few seconds of the track, I reach some kind of animalistic state in which I want to head into town, smash twenty shots of vodka and start a mosh pit in the seediest bar in town. Tracks like ‘Magick’ and ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ featured an energy that make it obvious that the test of time wouldn’t be an issue, sounding as fresh and as cool as anything before or after it. Trends have changed from the indie invasions to the house and techno scene, but I say that these tracks would stand up proudly in either, and have people’s attention at all times.
It’s always odd when bands cover classic tunes, and even more of a gamble when they release them as singles but Klaxons got this down perfectly when they released the fifth single from the album, a cover of the trance standard from the mid nineties, ‘Not Over Yet’ by Grace, and without changing anything about it really, they exaggerated and amplified everything about it and turned a classic into a re-imagined modern classic, with ease. With all of these attributes and more it was a well deserved accolade when the London upstarts took the 2007 Mercury prize for best album as well as NME awards in the UK and the USA. If you haven’t heard this album and are struggling for motivation to head out in town for a mad one, then get it on immediately. If you’ve never heard this album generally, make sure you do.
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)