5 Notable Albums recorded in Shoreditch
White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
Everyone knows the riff to Seven Nations Army. It’s arguably the most notable guitar riff of the new millennium, and perhaps it noted the peak of the indie/garage movement of the early 00’s when guitars were all of the sudden cool again. Jack White, who since became a cultural icon and his partner in sound Meg White made a collection of songs you either loved or hated, but you couldn’t resist those hooks. It’s almost evident that more than 15 years down the line, this album endured the test of time and became a soundtrack of an era.
Nice Cave – Tender Prey (1988)
Nick Cave is an iconic figure. An artist that’s been with us for more than four decades, had very little chart success but seems to be going from strength to strength with his career. Viewed by many as his artistic peak, Tender Prey was released in 1988 and contained some of his most recognizable work to date – including The Mercy Seat (which is still being played on every show until today) and Dianna. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would reside in West Berlin at the time, and the recordings took place in Shoreditch, which gives us an idea about what Shoreditch felt like before the days of Boxpark and Pret.
The The – Dusk (1992)
Dusk is another great example of a musical act at its musical peak. Matt Johnson was by no means a newcomer by the time of the album’s release. With 4 albums released previously, as well as grandiose world tours, as well as rather ambitious films accompanying some of these album releases, The The may have had minor chart success but their artistic influence was much bigger. Recorded at Johnson’s very own studio, The Garden (in a building which was sold and now owned by Pret…), the album was recorded live on its most parts and contains rather dense energy, almost making the listener sweat on every listen. The the never repeated the success of this album which by many is hailed as a 90’s masterpiece and a soundtrack of an era.
Prodigy – Fat Of The Land (1997)
That album made everybody stop and listen. Never before did punk and electronica fuse so well together. They sounded (and looked) both intimidating and appealing and let’s face it – it is an irresistible collection of songs, that bridged the 90’s into the new millennium. It was a different way of making music - suddenly left-field producers could be classified as, well, pop, and this was one of the albums to possibly broke the paradigm of what is the role of a band and or band members in the context of modern music.
Jamiroquai – Emergency On Planet Earth (1992)
The debut album by this seminal band. This album was loved by many, but it was impossible to predict the global success of their future albums, who made Jamiroquai the biggest band in the world for a few minutes. This collection of songs showcased some very healthy funk & jazz moves coasted by Jay Kay’s soulful vocals as well as his elaborate hats and headgear. As a listener, it feels like you’re attending the best jam in town. They still do sometimes!