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posted a review of Popol Vuh - Nachts: Schnee / Aguirre I. over 10 years ago
Who would have thought that Mego would ever get the chance to corrupt the pure, almost spiritual sounds of Popol Vuh? In fact it proves to be inspired, although Finn Mika Vainio captures the essence of Vuh's elegant yet dark ambience far more than ... See full review
posted a review of Tangerine Dream - Poland (The Warsaw Concert). over 11 years ago
The last, truly great piece of music released by Tangerine Dream. Recorded live in Poland in October 1983 at the height of the cold war (TD were one of the first bands to play in Eastern Europe because their songs contained no lyrics), this is Edgar and ... See full review
posted a review of Tantra (2) - The Hills Of Katmandu (The Patrick Cowley Megamix). over 12 years ago
A classic "run up to the DJ booth and shout incoherently pointing at the record" track. Pulsating, primeval electronic disco laced with the most delicious chorus.
posted a review of Quadrant - Infinition / Hyperprism. over 12 years ago
Produced at a time when the anthemic side of techno was perhaps paraphrased more widely by CJ Bolland's "Rave Signal" and other more obvious tracks, this record has stood the test time and then some. Like some abstract electronic semaphore emanating from ... See full review
posted a review of Can - Tago Mago. over 12 years ago
It's a shame that it's taken 35 years for this truly astonishing LP to get the sort of recognition that it has deserved. At a recent Mojo Awards ceremony Holger Czukay and Irmin Schmidt said that the album was now selling more than it ever did in the ... See full review
posted a review of Lawrence - The Night Will Last Forever. over 12 years ago
There's a sublime simplicity to this LP that sometimes takes the breath away. I've heard Peter Kersten's music often classed as "Goth-House" which is a laughable tag, but it does have a certain accuracy, as this is full of an autumnal melancholia that ... See full review
posted a review of Mr. Flagio - Take A Chance. over 12 years ago
The absolute essence of Italo. Throwaway phased vox with an immense bassline. A classic.
posted a review of Various - Minimize To Maximize. over 13 years ago
This unfortunately I found to be a rather flat release. Hawtin's track apart, it perhaps underlines the problems that seem to appear in the "Glitch/Micro House" scene far too often, in that there's no sense of fun or passion in these tracks. Whilst some ... See full review
posted a review of Matt O'Brien - The Portimão E.P.. over 13 years ago
Exciting 3 track debut EP from Londoner Matt O'Brien. Whilst Robert Hood's influence is apparent, "Hidden High" in particular is a cracking hypnotic minimal techno track worthy of being in any collection.
posted a review of Can - Future Days. over 13 years ago
If previous LPs "Tago Mago" and "Ege Bam Yasi" showed Can at their most rhythmic and expressive, then "Future Days", the last LP that they would record with the quixotic vocalist Damo Suzuki shows them encapsulating a whole new soundscape. Gone is the ... See full review
posted a review of Marc Leclair - Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes. over 13 years ago
Something prevents me from saying that this is a good LP - although it contains an emotional density that is missing from the sound collage that dominates his work as Akufen. As "Music for 3 Pregnant Women" there are 9 tracks, which I presume is one for ... See full review
posted a review of Can. over 13 years ago
It is one of popular culture's maxims that innovation and pioneering work is often copied ad nauseaum afterwards by a horde of imitators. However, very rarely someone or something creates a work or body of art that is so unique that it can't be followed. ... See full review
posted a review of Isolée - We Are Monster. over 13 years ago
Releasing a landmark LP and then disappearing for 5 years before bringing out a new one usually spells disaster for most artists. The weight of expectation usually buries good LPs because essentially they're not quite up to the first one. "Rest" was a ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk. over 13 years ago
It's very difficult to try and capture the essence of Kraftwerk in so many words, but there is no doubt that they are the most influential "band" since the Beatles. Many artists have sold more records and enjoyed greater commercial success, but after ... See full review
posted a review of Nitro Deluxe - Let's Get Brutal. over 13 years ago
In the history of electronic dance music, "Let's Get Brutal" is a milestone record that sums up that crucial era between 1985, with Model 500's "No UFO's" and 1987 when primitive forms of house and techno were allied with the burgeoning genre of electro ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Electric Cafe. over 13 years ago
By 1986 the musical seeds that Kraftwerk had sown in the late seventies were flowering to great effect, so much so that at the time Electric Cafe was released, it was felt that they had been hauled back by their contemporaries, and were indeed ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine. over 13 years ago
At the heart of Kraftwerk's artistic aesthetic is the relationship between Man and Machine, a topic that they pursue with quiet, concentrated efficiency throughout this LP. The arresting imagery that dominates "Die Mensch Maschine" is inspired by El ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Computer World. over 13 years ago
Whilst "Trans Europe Express" and "Die Mensch Maschine" are arguably Kraftwerk's finest works, "Computer World" is contentiously perhaps their most influential, at least to the modern electronic generation. Detroit Techno was already in an embryonic ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian. over 13 years ago
Ralf & Florian is Kraftwerk, but not as many would know it. After Kraftwerk 1 & 2, Hutter and Schneider shrunk the band to just themselves, and moved away from the drawn-out experimentation that dominated their previous work, instead concentrating on ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum. over 13 years ago
Whilst I would argue that the forthcoming DVD release is the one to get an idea of the true Kraftwerk live experience, this double live CD is probably one of the best live CDs around, although there is much conjecture as to exactly how much of it is ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express. over 13 years ago
The LP that defined Kraftwerk on a global scale, and one that had a seismic effect on the world's dancefloors, if only by proxy. Trans Europe Express followed on the back of the haunting and somewhat melancholic Radioactivity and propelled them from ... See full review