Tytygigas

Aphex Twin - Syro as reviewed by Tytygigas

December 8, 2016
Absolute definition of a life-changing album. some of the best electronic music ever recorded, in my opinion.
goldybiscuit

Labor Of Love (3) - Edits 001 as reviewed by goldybiscuit

December 8, 2016
Perfect wee release- a definite must buy for any big funk / disco lovers
mondavino

Pushkins - EP as reviewed by mondavino

December 8, 2016
Ska with a new wave synth sound. Nice sounding ep probably a bit ahead of its time in 83.
goldybiscuit

Various - Schatzi Vol. 1 as reviewed by goldybiscuit

December 8, 2016
Beautiful wee gem this- highly recommend picking this one up. The vocals on A1 are a joy to mix into anything and the rest of the edits are very funky. Will get the crowd going without fail
78by29

James Horner - Aliens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) as reviewed by 78by29

December 8, 2016
edited about 2 hours ago
Sounds incredible to me even given all Horner's wonderful use of silence and near silence.
Bateriano

Orbital - In Sides as reviewed by Bateriano

December 8, 2016
edited about 3 hours ago
This is one of the finest electronic albums I ever heard in my entire life, for sure. It is absolutely brilliant. Wonderful landscapes sounds with outstanding beats. This is were classical music becomes in electronic music. This is a masterpiece. Best Orbital's album by far.
streetmouse

Park Avenue Playground - I Know / The Trip as reviewed by streetmouse

December 8, 2016
One question people have always ask me is ”What makes some records so expensive?” That’s a difficult question to answer, with more reasons than I care to think of, though in the case of this gem, the reason is rather simple. Released on USA Records in April of 1967, “The Trip” epitomized all things psychedelic, capturing a fuzzed out breezy song with a hard edged lyrical presentation , capturing a perfect in your face disjointed garage structured snapshot of the mild altering substance lysergic acid diethylamide. It was sort of a freak-flag freak-out of banner waving, a number that simply by hearing initiated one into the counter culture underground … and owning it, well that qualified you to run for President. There is a caveat here, the song was not taken from personal experience, it was all from the imagined standpoint of a 17 year old during those hazy days.

The flip side was not written by George Eder [later to take the name George Michael], and is a rather Beatle-ish number, a bit quieter, but with the same bizarre atmospheric presentation.

This record is highly prized and highly sought after, and I know those who’ve spent over one thousand dollars of this bit of wax. The reason why this 45 is so rare, is that USA refused to distribute the record, and in addition the overstock of records were kept in a basement which later flooded, destroy all of them. The vinyl that did survive were early copies that found their way to radio stations, or were given to friends by the artist, meaning that there are but a mere handful of these out there.

Oh, and the band’s name … Park Avenue Playground was just that, a playground on Park Avenue.

*** George Michael [George Elder] moved from New York to California, and now considers himself a musical journeymen, having played with and contributed to hundreds of artist and their outings.

While the 45 is impossible to find, Sundazed Records has reissued it as part of various artists production entitled 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60’s Garage & Psychedelia from USA and Destination Records as a 3 vinyl LP set and a double disc CD compilation … and is well worth your while to explore.

Review by Jenell Kesler
Marcousis

Señor Coconut - Gran Baile Con... as reviewed by Marcousis

December 8, 2016
Tasty and refreshing latin-flavoured music, this album bestows the genre with a new level of awareness, using electronic gear only, makes it sound even better than the traditional latin american approach and generally more appealing to a western ear. The rhythms are extremely addictive, even if you thought you could never like latin american music, Señor Coconut is going to prove you wrong, especially if you are already into quality electronic music. Go listen and buy the album is well worth it!!!
Oscarinberlin

Sugai Ken - 鯰上 - On The Quakefish as reviewed by Oscarinberlin

December 8, 2016
One of my favourite releases of the year, not seeing this one get enough of love!
mjb

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax as reviewed by mjb

December 8, 2016
edited about 3 hours ago
The 16-minute Sex/Original mix of "Relax" is not exactly a fun dance track, nor is the 8-minute edited version. It's more just a collectors' item. The entire arrangement is essentially just a meandering, endless "dub version" where samples and elements of the song's instrumentation come and go along with generous amounts of reverb, but none of the familiar lyrics or essential parts of the song are to be found. It's like a bunch of rejected samples and spare parts thrown together, providing the listener with something that sounds kinda like the hit song, but only as a reminder, like getting the smell of delicious food without the taste and texture. The thrown-in "kissy noise" samples are also obnoxiously placed, even by 1983 standards.

The reason for this situation, as Trevor Horn likes to tell it, is that Horn had never been to a disco before. He didn't understand how DJs were mixing dance records, and what kinds of song structures did & didn't work on the dancefloor. After a visit to a New York club in late 1983, he finally "got it" and set out to make the New York Mix, which is the harder, more traditionally structured, 7-and-a-half minute extended version that's found on most of the other 12" releases.

I don't know whether to really believe this story. I mean, disco had long been established and had run its course by then. His band Buggles even scored huge disco-pop hit several years earlier with "Video Killed the Radio Star". So even if he was otherwise living under a rock, he surely knew what kinds of sounds would get people's booties shaking. It seems unlikely that he would have no clue that stripping the song of all of its interesting parts and then filling up an entire side of a 12" with leftovers wouldn't get people excited. Maybe he's just printing the legend because he's embarrassed. Or maybe he's trying to spin the decision to release numerous versions of the same song as fixing a mistake rather than crass commercialism.
simmo506

Nightwish - Nemo as reviewed by simmo506

December 8, 2016
Fantastic, underrated, group that demands a listen and should be in everyone's collection.
meinolfbrune

Retribution Gospel Choir - Retribution Gospel Choir as reviewed by meinolfbrune

December 8, 2016
"1000 copies on blue vinyl"
My copy has the hand-numbered number 1144/1500.
Sounds fantastic!!
noonanthebruce

Serge Gainsbourg - Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin as reviewed by noonanthebruce

December 8, 2016
This is a very nice compilation of early Gainsbourg EPs. The pressing is quiet and sounds really quite nice. There has been lots of discussion on Doxy releases regarding dubious sources and quality but my copy is great. If it is sourced from a CD or not, I cannot tell but (again) the sound quality is clear and dynamic. Doxy could clear up a lot by simply adding some source info to their reissues. The outer sleeve is glossy and the printing is nice, I only wish it had some release information. Why not include credits, history, etc? It came in a poly lined paper sleeve for extra protection....so that's nice. Recommended budget release and a great way to get a bunch of that early Gainsbourg in the US.
Jstrout

Beck - Sea Change as reviewed by Jstrout

December 8, 2016
Just confirmed with a UME rep that the exact same individual reels that were used for the MFSL pressing were used with this year's Sea Change repressing. So essentially, you are hearing the exact same thing on both pressings, because they were both sourced from the same reels. Anyone claiming that this new pressing is "inferior" is just attacking a straw man, I'm afraid..
Jstrout

Beck - Sea Change as reviewed by Jstrout

December 8, 2016
Just confirmed with a UME rep that the exact same individual reels that were used for the MFSL pressing were used with this year's Sea Change repressing. So essentially, you are hearing the exact same thing on both pressings, because they were both sourced from the same reels. Anyone claiming that this new pressing is "inferior" is just attacking a straw man, I'm afraid..
rssarma

Pink Floyd - Animals as reviewed by rssarma

December 8, 2016
Compared to this release, Pink Floyd - Animals - JC 34474, the 2016 remaster sounds more digital and tinny. I'm especially disappointed with the album art, it seems like someone took the original and put it through an Instagram filter to come up with the album art for this re-master. Overall, I'm disappointed, but not enough to return my copy, only because this is my favorite Pink Floyd album!
markovela

Barac & Lyonel Bauchet - Buchla Market as reviewed by markovela

December 8, 2016
this release is without a doubt a true masterpiece. instant classic!
chesterstone

B.B. King - On Stage. Live as reviewed by chesterstone

December 8, 2016
It's too bad there's this chick in the audience who's screaming the whole time
LeonardoA

The Beatles - Rubber Soul as reviewed by LeonardoA

December 8, 2016
Rubber Soul is the first true masterpiece of The Beatles and for many it is a favorite. The songs sound lively and spontaneous and cannot but be struck by the originality, both in composition and in sound and arrangement. It is a perfect reflection of the vital spirit of the 1960s, which The Beatles were able to catch like no other. Indian music (sitar) is for the first time prominent in Norwegian Wood, also by the cynical text a highlight in Lennons work. Bob Dylan was clearly a source of inspiration; but also Stax-soul (Drive My Car), The Byrds ("If I Needed Someone), Debussy (Michelle) and The Beach Boys (You Won't See Me, Nowhere Man) are traceable as influences. Lennon and McCartney both on Rubber Soul come to fruition as song writer, but Lennon makes the most impression with the socially critical Nowhere Man, the villainous Girl (with Naughty Talbot-Talbot-Talbot choirs) and the moving In My Life. McCartney is more and more moneys on bass (formerly an undervalued tool in pop), with the distorted bass part of Think For Yourself as provisional. Establishing Rubber Soul as the first album that was more than a collection of singles with some fillers. The pop album as art form with this record was born.
LeonardoA

The Beatles - Revolver as reviewed by LeonardoA

December 8, 2016
Revolver was the first album on which The Beatles without inhibitions experimenting. The first song she immediately put the recordings show. Tomorrow Never Knows, that eventually the album shutter would be accumulated from loops, was a drone, inspired by Indian music, with a text directly from the Tibetan Book Of The Death of hippie guru Timothy Leary. Much further from Love Me Do The Beatles could not. Also the rest of the album breathes innovation and experimentation, handsome enough without sacrificing accessibility. Revolver spot with all the unwritten laws of the pop album, each track sounds completely different. McCartney delivers three brilliant ballads (Eleanor Rigby, Here There & Everywhere, For No One) and a soul stomper (Got To Get You Into My Life) while Lennon provides the pointed rockers. Harrison delves deeper into the Indian music (Love You To) but also writes the funky opener Taxman, a cynical sneer at the tax authorities. Drug references are plentiful: the lyrics are dreamy and surreal (And Your Bird Can Sing) and guitars are recorded backwards (I'm Only sleeping). An extremely colorful album, on which even a children's song as Yellow Submarine (one of the most popular songs of The Beatles ever) is in place. Revolver is still considered as one of the best pop albums of all time.
snowbo

Edvard Grieg - Eivind Aadland, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln - Complete Symphonic Works • Vol. 1 as reviewed by snowbo

December 8, 2016
It´s a fantastic sounding version of this music - seems no one knows it
LeonardoA

Masters Of Reality - Deep In The Hole as reviewed by LeonardoA

December 8, 2016
In 1988 the first eponymous album by Masters Of Reality. This received very good reviews despite the fact that it is a "normal" rock plate was. The main responsibility for this, Chris Goss, would from that moment a huge influence on the progressive rock, not only as a musician but also as a producer for Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, bands that now fall under the heading of Stoner rock. The successor plates by Masters Of Reality, which, by the way, the only constant member, Goss going more and more towards the dark stonerrockgeluid, ultimately resulting is the excellent Welcome To The Western Lodge in 1999. Now it pops up so Deep In The Hole. There I can brief: this record is strong from start to finish. First of all, seizes Goss back on the debut record with songs like Counting Horses and High Noon Amsterdam. Next is the Stoner rock with, among others, Third Man On The Moon, A Wish For A Fish and Shotgun Sun more than ever present, something that also has to do with contributions from members of Queens Of The Stone Age, A Perfect Circle and Screaming Trees. And last, the lovers of Welcome To The Western Lodge not forget with wonderful songs as Major Lance and Roof Of The Shed. Deep In The Hole therefore unites all the goodness of Masters Of Reality and therefore deserves the title ' world record '.
LeonardoA

Madonna - Music as reviewed by LeonardoA

December 8, 2016
The successor of Madonna's Ray Of Light came quite some time for the release in the news by the fact that the whole plate already to download was via the controversial Napster program. Or this publicity eventually positive or negative turns out for the success of the cd the question remains, it is a fact that the singer also in the year 2000 in the news again. Madonna made Music for the most part together with the French electro/popproducer and musician Mirwais Ahmadzaï. The production contributions from William Orbit and Mark ' Spike ' Stent ensure that the cd has become a varied collection of dance pop songs with on the one hand numbers which are in line with the technotrack on the 80 's inspired Music and on the other hand, songs that build on the sound of the earlier single American Pie. The pure pop songs I Deserve It and Gone are there exactly in between.
LeonardoA

The Walkabouts - Nighttown as reviewed by LeonardoA

December 8, 2016
Productivity is The Walkabouts never failed. Nighttown is the successor of the early ' 97 released album Death Valley Days, a collection of obscure recordings and rarities. For this new cd they have this time not be inspired by life in the countryside. New inspiration was found in living in the overcrowded cities of America. New are also the strings in many of the songs that as always of high quality. Carla Torgerson took again most vocals. Her unemotional voice is as always atmosphere determines the often mysterious-sounding music of The Walkabouts. Highlights include the with husband Chris Eckman Sung Tremble (Goes The Night), Lift Your Burdens Up and Nightbirds.