Speedy J ‎– A Shocking Hobby

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Terre Zippy 3:05
Borax 5:02
Ferber Mudd 1:10
Balk Acid 6:39
Drill 8:00
Caligula 2:05
Vopak 3:32
Actor Nine 5:41
Sabina Seat 5:43
Amoco Cadiz 8:23
Manhasset 6:41

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NOMU74CD Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CD, Album, Car) NovaMute NOMU74CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
NOMU74LP Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(2xLP, Album) NovaMute NOMU74LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
6534-2 Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 6534-2 Brazil 2000 Sell This Version
NovaMute 3051-2 Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CD, Album) NovaMute NovaMute 3051-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
NOMU74CD Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CD, Album, Car) NovaMute NOMU74CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
NOMU74CD Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CD, Album, Car) NovaMute NOMU74CD Benelux 2000 Sell This Version
NovaMute 3051-2 Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CD, Album, Car) NovaMute NovaMute 3051-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
ANOMU74CD Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CD, Album, Promo) NovaMute ANOMU74CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(CDr, Album, Promo, Car) NovaMute none UK 2000 Sell This Version
NOMU74LP Speedy J A Shocking Hobby(2xLP, Album, RP) NovaMute NOMU74LP UK Unknown Sell This Version

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neurodynamo

neurodynamo

June 8, 2018
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD
No surprise to see all these great reviews - SImply amazing thanks :)
noviellion

noviellion

December 15, 2017
referencing A Shocking Hobby, 2xLP, Album, NOMU74LP
I have always been a Speedy J fan from the AI compilation on WARP. I've always was drawn towards the breakbeat tracks he made (the house tracks were ok). The new industrial-esque types of tracks he released just really blew me away. Kind of the Scorn feel that I'm just a sucker for. Glad I found this on vinyl recently.
turner_of_wheels

turner_of_wheels

October 26, 2017
edited 11 months ago
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD
Seventeen years after getting this album (tempus fugit huh) I still like tossing it on from time to time. There's just something about the slow grooves, dreamy background and enveloping distortion--sure it draws from the past--but the overall sound had quite a different feel than most of the distorted beat outings I had heard around then. Expansive, and wonderfully crafted. Probably my favorite Speedy J release.
Sectr

Sectr

October 21, 2016
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD
I got this album "acid"entally as a second hand 12" immediately after release date. Still unique a rocking. Happy to have this one i my collection.
stevenkemp

stevenkemp

April 24, 2011
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD
Back on form after the disapointing Public Energy No. 1. This takes the same Aphex Twin / Industrial references as its predecessor, but adds a bit more finesse. A much more satisfying listening experience.
noizstepper

noizstepper

February 20, 2010
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD

This album definately still kicks ass in a way less others do!
Here Speedy J sounds like a mixture of Aphex Twin and Deep Detroit Techno.
There are many grooving, guttearing Loops in here, which make the whole Album apear like a bodytrip.
This is definately what I would call a real "Cyberfunk" recording!
maroko

maroko

June 3, 2008
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD

I have to be honest here and say I've just now decided to jot down a few lines about Speedy J's much talked about album "A Shocking Hobby", and the main reason is that its true magnitude and greatness are only now crystal clear and palpable to me.
Eight years after it came out, and I can claim with enough confidence that in my ears, this still sounds like George Paap's production masterstroke.
Tracks like Drill, Actor Nine, Balk Acid and Amoco Cadiz are yet be surpassed in terms of production complexity, intensity and general sound quality.
Not for the candy ravers, not for laid back home listening, the type of music which would make your girlfriend question your sanity, the album remains a landmark classic. A benchmark in Speedy J's extensive opus, with potential to de(con)struct, taer apart, knock down and build back up from scratch listeners perception of music.
With a distinct and instinctive knack for provoking ample sets of moods, defying the odds and keeping a repellent attitude towards trends, "A Shocking Hobby" will continue giving rise to doubt, while its status of a unique work untainted by foreign factors remains in tact. One of the best albums I own. Heavy weight stuff this good doesn't come around very often, so missing out on this would be a capital mistake. 10/10.
kompressorkanonen

kompressorkanonen

May 10, 2003
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD
Given "A Shocking Hobby"'s harsh and abrasive character, you'd be forgiven to believe that Jochem Paap is a somewhat unbalanced person, when he's in fact an easy-going, polite and mild-mannered guy. Building on the same framework as its predecessor "Public Energy #1", this album combines sheer white noise, colossal breakbeats and deeply emotional strings to brilliant effect, perfectly balancing the contrasts between dystopian darkness and melancholic warmth. Sometimes depressing, sometimes hair-raising, sometimes beautiful and always breathtaking, "A Shocking Hobby" is a modern classic, although certainly not for the faint-hearted.
cthulhu303

cthulhu303

May 24, 2002
edited over 7 years ago
referencing A Shocking Hobby, 2xLP, Album, NOMU74LP
Although very slow, this album is full of energy. From the very first second, you get trapped into a storm and you can't escape. Speedy J delivers deep fat (and I mean FAT) bassdrum that make you feel the Earth is about to collapse.
The climax probably comes with "Actor nine": if you ever experience the birth of a volcano, this is what it has to sound like!
The closing track, "Manhasset" ends it all in a smooth way: the creator sits above his creation, right in the middle of an electric thunderstorm and quietly plays the piano, seemingly proud of what just came out of his mind.
Illabadilla

Illabadilla

September 16, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
referencing A Shocking Hobby, CD, Album, Car, NOMU74CD

I got this album when it was recommended to me by a guy that works at the record shop I shop at. I'm glad I bought it! Its somewhat minimalist drum n bass with some chilly atmospherics. The main focus seems to be the distorted trashcan-style beats. The everpresent distortion serves to really set the feel. "Ferber Acid" is the best track.