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

Collecting vinyl since 2003.

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posted a review of Jay Denham. 27 days 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. 2 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. 2 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. 8 months 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. 11 months 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year ago
Funny because "Meltdown" samples "Voodoo Ray" from A Guy Called Gerald.
posted a comment on Atari Teenage Riot - Sick To Death E.P.. about 1 year ago
'Sick To Death' is a sort-of cover of Sick Of You
posted a comment on Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Galaxy 2 Galaxy. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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 2 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
submitted Marco Bailey - East-West Pacific EP. over 3 years ago
submitted Unknown Force - Circuit Maximus / Internal Drive. over 3 years ago
posted a comment on Quazar - Here & Now (Remix) / Midsummernight's Dream. over 3 years ago
"Playing With Knives" is the best rave tune of all time or at least the most emblematic. "Midsummernight's Dream" is clearly in the same mold and almost as good. Nosebleed synths alternate with euphoric riffs. The particular melody here is pretty much ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Remolino De Oro - Coastal Cumbias From Colombia's Discos Fuentes 1961-1973. over 3 years ago
Before I picked up this compilation I had barely heard any cumbia, I just somehow knew that I liked it. Well I doubt I could have picked a better introduction. Some really amazing songs are featured on here. I was a little surprised by the quality of the ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Dabke - Sounds Of The Syrian Houran. over 3 years ago
I saw this in a record store and decided to pick it up, hoping for the best. The cover looked terrible. Seeing the wedding track on there sealed the deal, however. In my experience you rarely go wrong with wedding music - it's always boisterous and fun. ... See full review
posted a review of Dragon Fly - Dis Jah Little Sound EP. over 3 years ago
Considering all the hype around "Visions Of Rage" I don't understand why this 12" goes for pennies. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better hardcore 4 tracker. All four tracks are equally good. Very much a late '92 sound: around 150bpm, lots of ... See full review
posted a review of Free Spirit (2) - Illusion EP. over 3 years ago
I was going to post a review of this years ago saying how it's the most overlooked breakbeat hardcore record I know. I've never heard it in a mix and it wasn't even on Youtube. Well, someone went and put it on Youtube and it's even been featured on a ... See full review
posted a review of Inner City - Follow Your Heart. over 3 years ago
What a strange record to put on these days. You can easily slip the MK mix into a set while the Altern 8 mix sounds very much of its time and would stick out like the proverbial sore thumb.

I picked it up because I realized that pretty much everything ... See full review
submitted Susumu Yokota - Dreamer. over 4 years ago
posted a review of Sy-Kick - Hysteria E.P.. over 6 years ago
Unfortunately this EP is nowhere near as good as the previous Sy-Kick releases. It's has more house-y feel with some happy hardcore elements creeping in. I would advise everyone to stay away from this release if it wasn't for "New Day". It sounds like ... See full review
posted a comment on Model 500 - Outer Space. over 6 years ago
Really embarrassing release for Mr. Atkins. Sounds like he was influenced by Underground Resistance which is all well and good but the beat and bassline on this track are ridiculously simple and use the most basic out-of-the-box sounds. The bleepy synth ... See full review
posted a comment on ZET. over 6 years ago
This label illustrates the value of good design. However it is as a negative example. There are some good tracks on the label but because of the cheap-looking design of the labels I have to fight myself not to dismiss these tracks as discount bin techno.
posted a review of UK Gold - Arise. over 6 years ago
I never liked DJ Rush and regard Primeval as a junk label - when you are a sublabel of an imprint already known for mass producing indistinguishable loop fodder you know you are dealing with real dregs. However despite all this the DJ Rush mix here is a ... See full review