In 2004, Scottish electronic producer and DJ, Mylo, released his debut LP “Destroy Rock & Roll.” Real name Myles MacInnes, Mylo had thus created one of the best electronic dance albums of the decade, which sampled artists as varied as The Sandpipers, Boy Meets Girl, George Duke and Dusty Springfield.
To fully grasp the import of Mylo’s debut, it is essential to understand that 2004 was a curious time for electronica.
NYC’s Electroclash movement had crashed and burned. The Rapture hadn’t fully embraced electronic music. Trance had become a hilarious parody of itself. Daft Punk would remain missing-in-action until dropping “Human After All” in 2005 to confused fans everywhere, who only understood the LP’s genius when the “Alive” tour rolled through town. M83 hadn’t yet sunk into its extended John Hughes phase, and was set to release what I believe is its masterpiece, “Before the Dawn Heals Us.” In Sweden, The Knife had only just started to sketch out its style. From the shores of Australia, Cut Copy released the criminally-ignored “Bright Like Neon Love,” while a generation of indie kids across the globe hadn’t yet overdosed on synthesizers and bedroom production techniques.
The dance world was, quite simply, ripe for the picking, and Mylo took full advantage of the void. Soon after he was remixing The Knife, Kylie Minogue, Scissor Sisters, Amy Winehouse and The Killers, and following up that succession of activity with a mash-up of his track “Drop the Pressure” and Miami Sound Machine’s “Dr. Beat” to yield the track “Doctor Pressure.”
Ask any electronica fan these days about Mylo, however, and they will look upon you with distant, cloudy eyes, and return to their Tumblr account where the latest sub-genre is evolving at warp speed.
Now, I’m not going to offer up a full review of “Destroy Rock & Roll,” but simply embed a few of my favorite tracks from Mylo’s debut. Why? Mylo’s music always signals summer for me and my friends, and because he deserves it.
“Destroy Rock & Roll” is an album that swings from house and electro to lounge-y Air-inspired jams and New Wave, so there’s something for everyone here. Stream some of the select Mylo tracks below. Also below is a mix from Mylo at Wax:on in Leeds.
And, you’re welcome.
“In My Arms”
“Valley of the Dolls”
“Guilty of Love”