I got five words for you: "UK twelve inch white label"

Collecting vinyl since 2003.

East Coast, USA
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posted a comment on Grant (24) - Grant 002. 14 days ago
It's 2017, how long are we going to use samples that were stale 25 years ago? Not a good way to keep house music relevant.
posted a comment on Global (2) - No Boundaries EP. 15 days ago
You are just wrong. This is a really solid EP that has a nice mix of techno and hardcore. Kind of slow for 1992 but America was a little behind the times. I like playing Braindead at 45, it has a nice breakdown with wailing vocals and sounds like that ... See full review
posted a review of Hardfloor - Respect. 16 days ago
What to do? what to do? None of the tracks on the album do anything for me, it's just taking up space on my shelf. But the bonus 10" is really great! "AM Trip" is like a budget "Acid Eiffel" and "Lost In The Silver Box" is a banger.
posted a review of Propionic - 3. 16 days ago
"Break M Up" sounds like an AFX or Black Dog track - a bunch of layered breaks, a spacey bassline and in the middle of the track a rather pretty synth appears for a minute or two wandering about. It's a lot more than I expect from a bargain bin techno ... See full review
posted a review of Florian Kupfer - Post Present. about 1 month ago
Florian Kupfer reaching Omar S levels here with how much is accomplished with very little. Side A is the cut for me. A very catchy sample, simple but effective drum programming, a bassline and a synth going back and forth between two notes. That's it. ... See full review
posted a review of Nicolas Jaar - Sirens. about 1 month ago
I must be the only one who finds this album tedious and fussy without any of the melodicism of some of his earlier records. Except for the last track it all has the same somber mood. I don't rate albums based on the sheer amount of stuff the artist puts ... See full review
posted a review of Air Liquide - Space Brothers. 3 months ago
I don't know if it's the pressing - colored vinyl usually sounds like crap, or the plastic sleeve - it seems like all the records I keep in these PVC sleeves get some kind of gunk on them, but my copy has noise all over it. I bought it used and cleaning ... See full review
posted a comment on Speedy J - Rise. 3 months ago
I was young and foolish. I have since realized that Speedy J is indeed a master with a great melodic sense and even his simple club tracks, like the Public Energy stuff or "Something For Your Mind" on this EP, have found a warm place in my heart.
posted a review of Chris And Cosey* - Trance. 3 months ago
Despite the name, this has nothing to do with Trance as commonly understood (synth arpeggios, 140 bpm beat etc.). So, no, it's not one of the first trance albums. It does sound a little bit ahead of its time. "Impulse" has a tough electro beat similar to ... See full review
posted a comment on The Players Association - Love Hangover / I Like It. 3 months ago
"I Like It" has several moments, usually after a drum roll where it sounds like the record skips. I think it's just a bad tape edit but it's really jarring. Cutting tape is a lot harder than working in a sound editor. Or it could be that music is so ... See full review
posted a review of Samuel L Session. 3 months ago
I haven't heard anything from Samuel Session on over ten years now, didn't know he kept releasing material steadily. So I can't speak about his newer stuff. But you need about three SLS records. Doesn't matter which ones, they are all good but also all ... See full review
posted a review of Regis / Female - Unclean. 3 months ago
I prefer the inside tracks on this release. They are lighter than the pummeling outside tracks. On the Regis side the inside track has a one node bassline and on the Female side the drums are pitched to create a kind of melody over a stuttering kick. ... See full review
posted a review of Sticky. 4 months ago
I don't really know much about Sticky, all I know is that around 2001-2003 he released a string of absolutely banging tunes that left everyone else in the garage scene in the dust: "Boo", "Golly Gosh", "Things We Do". Strange that despite his talent he ... See full review
posted a review of Jay Denham. 5 months ago
Jay Denham's signature is a very deep, bassy kick drum with a long release. Sometimes it sounds like all the air is sucked out of the room. I don't mean it like a it's a bad thing. He really hit his stride in the late 90's, in my opinion, found his ... See full review
posted a comment on Rhythm Eclipse - 'Feel It' In The Air / Thru The Night. 6 months ago
That makes so much sense! Only goes to show you that whatever you do people will just make up their own interpretations. I was thinking since so many samples come from R&B/Disco records that it was from one of those and it's from right before the singer ... See full review
posted a review of Actress - Actress Meets Shangaan Electro. 6 months ago
Actress has made many brilliant tracks but side B here is the one I keep coming back to and thinking about. I don't know which track off the original compilation he remixed but it doesn't really matter, he just took a few very short samples and layered ... See full review
posted a comment on Dark Entries. about 1 year ago
Check the Dark Entries Editions series - https://www.discogs.com/label/671734-Dark-Entries-Editions That's where they reissue the classics
posted a review of Dynamo - Aufenthalt. about 1 year ago
Bears an uncanny resemblance to some of the dubstep records that began appearing nearly a decade later.
posted a comment on New Order Acid House Mixes By 808 State - New Order Acid House Mixes By 808 State (1988). about 1 year ago
I disagree. "Confusion" is totally unremarkable but "Blue Monday" is a nice twist on the original. The bassline is liquid and is quite true to the late 80's acid house sound which was more freewheeling. And I find the vocal sample very addictive. I would ... See full review
posted a comment on Dark Entries. about 1 year ago
I really appreciate the reissue program this label has been running. I've picked some of my favorite italo disco tracks from them. It's done with love and care - full picture sleeves, thick vinyl, good mastering, no extraneous remixes and a postcard ... See full review
posted a review of Prefab Sprout - If You Don't Love Me. about 1 year ago
The FSOL remix has almost all the same samples as "Papua New Guinea". I don't know which came out first. Was this a test run or a quick cash-in job?

Personally I'm a little tired of "Papua New Guinea" so this is the one I go for. "Papua New Guinea" has ... See full review
posted a comment on Vivien Vee - With Vivien Vee. about 1 year ago
Because it's a great record. The production is top notch. The writing and singing are great. There's a variety of sounds/styles on the album. If you don't understand it then it cannot really be explained. Just listen again.
submitted X-313 - World Sonik Domination EP. about 1 year ago
submitted Various - Untitled. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Mirage (25) - Woman. about 1 year ago
The synth line during the chorus bears a slight resemblance to Gino Soccio's "There's A Woman".
posted a comment on 78th Street Project - A S.U.R.E. Shot Mix. over 2 years ago
I wonder how this 12" wound up on this label. It hadn't released anything for five years. Then almost nothing again.

Very clean production on these. Feel like they are playing in a big hall like Beltram's later releases. But the drums are more ... See full review
posted a comment on 78th Street Project - A S.U.R.E. Shot Mix. over 2 years ago
Funny because "Meltdown" samples "Voodoo Ray" from A Guy Called Gerald.
posted a comment on Atari Teenage Riot - Sick To Death E.P.. over 2 years ago
'Sick To Death' is a sort-of cover of Sick Of You
posted a comment on Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Galaxy 2 Galaxy. over 2 years ago
"Hi-Tech Jazz" appears here in an edited down version. There's a fake outro in the original version and then it picks back up again for a reprise. You are not really missing much in the version that appears here but it was nice to have a couple of ... See full review
posted a comment on Acid Scout - Pot / Junkyard. over 2 years ago
I disagree. The A-side track does get a little repetitive but it has such a powerful bassline. I think that played for a couple of minutes it will grab attention. The track has a good outro too, something most producers don't really bother with other ... See full review
posted a review of Justin Berkovi - Dusk Settles, Things Happen. over 2 years ago
A2 and B1 really remind me of Derrick May. Maybe they even sample his work?
posted a comment on Manu Le Malin - Bloc 46/006 Remix Project. over 2 years ago
Ghost Train Remix is very similar to one of the tracks on the Pony EP. A little lazy of Vitalic.
posted a review of Vince Watson - Bio Re-Shapes Volume One. over 2 years ago
I'm not really a fan of three of the tracks here - very boomy, minimal, dark room techno that doesn't stand out. But the Paul Mac remix is good melodic techno though still pretty minimal. A little bit of that Transmat feel.
posted a review of Various - Disco Madness. over 2 years ago
If you casually glance at the tracklist you may think that it's just another Salsoul compilation. But these are actually Walter Gibbons remixes and he is a genius of a remixer and also the first one. Ok, so I think I've only actually heard "It's Good For ... See full review
posted a comment on System 7 - Alpha Wave. over 2 years ago
That seems wrong to me. I've only heard bits of the original but it sounds like the one big acid note that defines the track is a sample from the original.

Anyway, obviously the track is a huge statement - 15 minutes of just a tiny number of elements. I ... See full review
posted a review of DBX - Losing Control. over 2 years ago
I first heard this track sometime in the mid 90's when dial up speeds meant that you couldn't really download full tracks and one site had the brilliant idea of just serving up short loops of some tracks. The deadpan voice sounded pretty cool, nice round ... See full review
posted a comment on Flag - Four Tracker. over 2 years ago
I knew about "Eruption" and bought the record because of it. What a pleasant surprise to find "Hypnotised" which I recognized from Hit The Decks Volume Two - The Battle Of The DJ's - The Ultimate Hardcore Megamix. It has a monstrous synth riff that reminds me of "Technarchy". It's more of a techno track, no breakbeats in it. ... See full review
posted a review of Menace Makes 3 - Do You Feel What I'm Feeling / Pure Hysteria. over 2 years ago
I must be the only one who finds "Do You Feel..." overrated. The pianos are great and combine well with the sample. But for the rest of the track I find myself waiting for the piano to return as there's absolutely nothing interesting going on. I find the ... See full review
posted a review of La She Ba - You've Been Hunchin'. over 2 years ago
I love everything Patrick Adams has been involved in but one thing about a lot of those songs - the groove is killer for a minute or two but it starts to wear on me after that, especially by the fifth minute. it's almost stupid to say this about disco ... See full review
posted a comment on Rhythm Eclipse - 'Feel It' In The Air / Thru The Night. over 2 years ago
About midway through the record you hear a sample that appears nowhere else on the record. It just goes "boy" and then the pianos kick in. One of my favorite moments in the history of recorded music.
posted a review of Smith Inc - Music And Life E.P. (Remixes). over 2 years ago
"Jungle" - wow, what an unimaginative name. But then you listen to it - crunchy, lo-fi amens in a sort of tribal pattern, just about a one note bassline, timestretched "jungle" vocal sample. It's so simple it's almost stupid but it is definitely Jungle ... See full review
posted a review of D'Ammond - I Want You. over 2 years ago
A nice rave tune that I think gets overlooked because it came out on a German label more known for acid and trance. Sure it's dated now but if you like '92 style hardcore it's a pretty nice find. It doesn't have actual breakbeats, all the beats sound ... See full review
posted a review of Wonder* - What / Asia. over 2 years ago
"What" is a big riddim, very menacing bassline and a sort of cowbell sound providing the barest bones of a melody. But it sounds like a rip-off of Wiley's "The Morgue" down to the hi-hat pattern. Now, I don't know who did it first but it does sound like ... See full review
posted a comment on Force Mass Motion - Force Mass Motion E.P. over 2 years ago
My least favorite of the early Rabbit City / Force Mass Motion releases (up through #7...the rest I don't even care about). This one really has that messy, dense 8-bit sound and lacks the hooks of the later FMM records.
posted a comment on Energenic - Energenic. over 2 years ago
I was excited to find an unknown to me rave white label. But while it was not much worse than many other records from the period (including an ill-advised replaying of the intro "Thus Spake Zarathustra" on a synth) it was hard to include in a set because ... See full review
posted a comment on Phenix* - Mass Hysteria. over 2 years ago
"2 Mosh 2" samples one of the hidden tracks from Tyranny >For You<, I guess "Hard Rock", and some metal record. Sounds like proto-gabber. Simon Reynolds mentions in "Energy Flash" that a lot of the New York ravers were into metal so maybe this is a nod to that. ... See full review
posted a comment on Abdulla Rashim - Asayita. over 2 years ago
I wouldn't use Youtube as a reference - it really mangles audio during compression especially the higher frequencies.
submitted Linda Evans - You Control Me. over 2 years ago
submitted Tevatron - Drumscape E.P.. over 2 years ago
posted a comment on Various - Chicago Service. over 3 years ago
Sign of the times here. You can also see it in labels like Macadam Mambo. You either get disco edits recyling old records or when original material is presented it's a drum machine jam. I have nothing against the Hugo H track - it does the business quite ... See full review