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Electronic - Released January 1, 1998 | Virgin

The proper debut by Donaldson's Q-Burns Abstract Message project is a bright spot for leftfield American electronica, easily comparable to more celebrated British producers from Orbital to the Chemical Brothers. Feng Shui is a bit more melodic and also more tied to Florida's breakbeat rave scene, but Donaldson ranges far and wide for his musical ideas, with nods to Latin, psychedelia, R&B and even Krautrock (the results of which include an unlikely Faust cover -- "Jennifer" from Faust IV -- that manages reverence for the original as well as a pioneering spirit of its own). Though worldwide listeners often look to Britain for full-length electronica odysseys, Feng Shui proves they're found all over. © John Bush /TiVo

Electronic - Released January 1, 1998 | Astralwerks

An excellent introduction to the Q-Burns aesthetic, Oeuvre assembles eight tracks previously available only as singles and compilation tracks -- among them "Toast," "141 Revenge Street" and "Flava Lamp" -- as well as the outtakes "Bugeyed Sunglasses" and "Puff the Magic." Most intriguing is the all-new "Touchin' on Something," intended as an appetizer for the upcoming full-length Feng Shui. © Jason Ankeny /TiVo

House - Released March 24, 2008 | Eighth Dimension

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Dance - Released January 1, 2001 | Astralwerks

Q-Burns Abstract Message's third album, 2001's Invisible Airline, signals his wide-ranging intentions by kicking off with a decidedly lo-fi indie rock intro and rapidly encompassing mid-tempo house, hip-hop, trip-hop, U2-style arena rock, and Moby-style R&B poaching. The house music fetish of Q-Burns' éminence grise DJ/producer Michael Donaldson, previously displayed on his debut singles collection Ouevre and sophomore effort Feng Shui, connects the dots in this quicksilver vocal and instrumental collection, supplying a unifying backdrop that's fleshed out with his bred-in-the-bone organic eclecticism. Featured vocalist Lisa Shaw is ideally suited to Donaldson's twists and turns, conjuring by turns a breathy Portishead-style ice-queen persona on "Differently"; a traditional pop singer on the infectious "Shame"; and on "Drifting Off," a diva who is one part Kirsty MacColl, two parts Debbie Harry, and wholly unique. Elsewhere, the traditional "Motherless Children" gets a new infusion of life as "Mother's Dead," co-opting the authentic Delta vocals of Fat Possum recording artist Elmo Williams along the way and incorporating an eccentric guitar that slides in and out of the mix like an alligator through Mississippi mud. Where Invisible Airline could have been a wild, bumpy ride through early 21st century pop idioms, Donaldson's savvy, seamless production ensures maximum listener compatibility. © Steve Goulding /TiVo

House - Released April 19, 2019 | 8D Industries


House - Released January 27, 2007 | Slip 'N' Slide


House - Released January 18, 2002 | Slip 'N' Slide


Disco - Released July 28, 2011 | Eighth Dimension

House - Released May 6, 2015 | Eighth Dimension

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The remix album usually exists for one of two reasons: Either the initial album was such a hit that the record label figures that the public will gobble up more of the same, or the album is a bit of a disappointment and the record label figures a few top-name remixers might help the album find a second life on the dancefloor. Here listeners can assume that Re-Routed is the second of the two, since despite his mysteriously high-media profile, no one actually bought the original Invisible Airline album. The clubby remixes are right at the fore, with Rivera Rotation and Thunderball both providing standard Latin rhythms. Funky Transport turns in a surprisingly minimal and funky mix of "Differently" that unfortunately breaks into some sort of shimmering ambient trance in the middle of what could have been a solid effort. Veteran tech-house producer Hakan Lidbo strips "Shame" down to a solitary pulsing bassline that does little more than mark time for vocalist Lisa Shaw, who was featured on many of Invisible Airline's tracks. King Britt also takes a hands-off attitude toward Shaw's singing on "Innocent," a much more prudent decision than the one made by Lovesky, who remixes the same cut. The most interesting remix comes courtesy of Q-Burns himself, who transforms "This Time" into a gliding electro vehicle with Italo-aliens dueting with Shaw. None of these remixes add anything substantial to the original work. At least the original album, no matter how flawed, attempted to expand Q-Burns' musical palette. © Joshua Glazer /TiVo

House - Released May 31, 2016 | 4 House Digital


House - Released January 13, 2016 | Blue Pie Records

Pop - Released January 1, 2001 | Astralwerks

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Pop - Released January 1, 2001 | Astralwerks

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