You remember The Shamen! They did all those cheesy dance tracks with the none-too-subtle drug references! Well yes, and also they made a whole load of other more interesting music too – there’s a lot more too them than you ever realised in the early 1990s.
Ebeneezer Goode, Boss Drum, Phorever People, LSI, and actually the entirety of the Boss Drum album (1992). And not forgetting Move Any Mountain (1991).
Where to start
Why not start by revisiting all the hits with The Shamen Collection (1996)? You’ll get a hint of some of their earlier and more obscure work, and a slightly pointless megamix disc too.
What to buy
Track down Axis Mutatis (1995), and also the weird narcotic world of Hempton Manor (1996). Then jump all the way back to Drop (1987) to hear how it all began.
Don’t bother with
Don’t actually bother with Boss Drum, as all the good tracks are on the compilation above. 1998’s UV is a bit iffy in places, as, surprisingly, is En-Tact (1991).
Move Any Mountain 96 is probably the best of the versions, if you can find it anywhere, and also Axis Mutatis‘s secret bonus disc Arbor Bona Arbor Mala is a quite exceptional album in its own right, but it may be hard to find these days.
- The BRIT Awards 1994 – nominated for Best Dance Act (February 2013)
- Playlist for stowaways – Soundscapes – including Xochipili’s Return (September 2013)