From Here We Go Sublime

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From Here We Go Sublime
Studio album by The Field
Released March 2007
Recorded 2004–06
Genre Techno[1]
Length 65:45
Label Kompakt
Producer Axel Willner
The Field chronology
From Here We Go Sublime
Yesterday and Today

From Here We Go Sublime is the debut studio album by Swedish electronic music producer The Field. The album, produced and recorded by Axel Willner, who goes by the name The Field, was released by Kompakt in March 2007.


From Here We Go Sublime consists primarily of tracks recorded by Willner as the field between 2004 and 2006, though the album also includes tracks produced before this period, one of which was originally recorded under a different alias.[2] Willner's production style is sample-based, employing cut-up and resequenced manipulations of snippets of other artists' music,[3] including Kate Bush's "Under Ice" on "Over the Ice",[4] Lionel Richie's "Hello" on "A Paw in My Face",[4] Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere" on "Everyday",[5] and The Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You" on "From Here We Go Sublime".[5]

Style and themes[edit]

Despite From Here We Go Sublime being released on the Kompakt label, known primarily for German techno, the album's sound has been described as "less techno than it is trance".[3] Jess Harvell of Pitchfork Media also noted the style's similarity due to an "anthemic bigness to Willner's little sounds, a certain shameless bombastic quality to the way he deploys his loops and builds his arpeggio" and the "elementary drum tracks, often just a deflated machine thump flecked with hi-hat hiss".[6]

The themes of the music on From Here We Go Sublime has been noted for its "unabashed emotionalism" with songs suggesting "bliss", "melancholy" and "loss".[7] From Here We Go Sublime's song titles have been described as vague, and the songs themselves having no intelligible lyrics beyond sampled vocals which have been edited and chopped up.[8][7] Willner dislikes lyrical content and chose to treat sampled vocals as instruments rather than as voices, as "it gives (the music) a special feeling."[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 90/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Boston Phoenix 3.5/4 stars[8]
Collective 5/5 stars[1]
NME 8/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 9.0/10[6]
PopMatters 8/10[11]
Resident Advisor 5/5[12]
Stylus Magazine A[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[13]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]

From Here We Go Sublime was released on compact disc and vinyl record by Kompakt.[3][15] The album was released to great critical acclaim from various publications, and was the best-received album of 2007 on the music critic aggregators site Metacritic.[16] It was named the 29th best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.[17] Willner was surprised by the positive reception to the album, stating that "since it is a bit different than (most) other techno, I thought that people wouldn't like it."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Over the Ice" – 6:56
  2. "A Paw in My Face" – 5:24
  3. "Good Things End" – 6:08
  4. "The Little Heart Beats So Fast" – 5:25
  5. "Everday" – 6:59
  6. "Silent" – 7:35
  7. "The Deal" – 10:03
  8. "Sun & Ice" – 6:34
  9. "Mobilia" – 6:28
  10. "From Here We Go Sublime" – 4:09


  1. ^ a b Power, Chris (5 April 2007). "the field: from here we go sublime (kompakt)". Collective. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c O'Donnell, Malory (27 April 2007). "The Field – Interview". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d Birchmeier, Jason. "From Here We Go Sublime – The Field". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c Miller, Derek (26 March 2007). "The Field – From Here We Go Sublime – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Harvilla, Rob (17 July 2007). "Sublime Frequencies". The Village Voice. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Harvell, Jess (26 March 2007). "The Field: From Here We Go Sublime". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Dusted Reviews: The Field". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  8. ^ a b Day, David (19 June 2007). "From Here We Go Sublime : Kompakt". The Phoenix. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Reviews for From Here We Go Sublime by The Field". Metacritic. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ Worthy, Stephen (30 April 2007). "The Field: From Here We Go Sublime". NME. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Fiander, Matthew (7 June 2007). "The Field: From Here We Go Sublime". PopMatters. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Wright, Jacob (21 March 2007). "The Field – From Here We Go Sublime". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Foster, Split. "The Field – From Here We Go Sublime". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Field: From Here We Go Sublime". Uncut (121): 99. June 2007. 
  15. ^ "Kompakt Official Site" (search "The Field"). Kompakt. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  16. ^ "Metacritic: Best albums of 2007". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  17. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 

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