Back in the onions of history, I started a contest to decide the best electronic music album of 1995.
16 albums butted against each other in the most brutal battle since Genghis Khan laid siege to Milton Keynes. The Chemical Brothers and Autechre were some of those who fell by the wayside in the first round: it was not pretty. Since I finished that first round, the entire of civilisation seems to have collapsed, and we are left with just eight albums gingerly staggering towards the quarter finals.
It is now time for those quarter finals.
The following albums will face each other daily in a battle so apocalyptic, a butterfly will faint on the other side of the universe. The remaining contestants are:
Quarter final 1:
Freefloater by Higher Intelligence Agency
Timeless by Goldie
Quarter final 2:
Maxinquaye by Tricky
Everything Is Wrong by Moby
Quarter final 3:
Post by Bjork
...I Care Because You Do by Aphex Twin
Quarter final 4:
Landcruising by Carl Craig
Leftism by Leftfield
Some heavyweight candidates there. Which would you choose as the best electronic music album of 1995? Who do you think is going to struggle?
I don't care how you answered those questions. This is because there's a twist in this contest: it isn't open to a public vote. The winners of each bout are decided by a panel of very experienced experts. The panel consists of, in no particular order:
3. That's it.
That's right. It's a dictatorship. It's a despotic autocracy. It's a flipping con. The first round saw me eliminating albums on the basis of which would make the best biscuit, or which was best suited to egg-themed karaoke.
In the upcoming quarter-finals, there will be some different yet equally unhelpful criteria on which the judging panel (me) will make their (my) decisions.
Expect a quarter final daily over the next four days. Don your marigolds and stuck a broom up your bum: this is going to get messy. In the meantime, see the series so far here, and see the 16 albums I started off with here.