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posted a review of Orb* - Orbus Terrarum. 9 months ago
For some time I considered "Orbus Terrarum" to be of ambient genre, but then I realised it really wasn't a piece to relax to. It demands attention. It swirls and waves and bubbles and grows before your eyes like a living organism. Both airy and dense, ... See full review
posted a review of Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons. 10 months ago
Such a happy, positive and airy album, with LJ's signature humorous touch (except for that "Experiment no.6"; a man dies at the end, lol).
Flawlessly produced; so many instruments and sounds playfully swirling around each other, while never making it ... See full review
posted a review of The KLF - Chill Out. 10 months ago
A nocturnal road trip around the States.
As it was recorded "live" in one take, there's a clear sense of improvisation and occasional imperfections in sample and loop layering, but it takes nothing away from the exquisiteness of the sonic voyage; on the ... See full review
posted a review of Time Machines - Time Machines. 10 months ago
Will you experience a subjective distortion of time? No.
Will this album make you feel drugged, as the titles may imply? No.
The most you'll get is possibly some vertigo while sounds swing between left and right channel.
But still - this is an absolute ... See full review
posted a review of Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet. 11 months ago
For me this is an epitome of rap. Conscious and powerful. The production by Bomb Squad is unparalleled and, due to sampling restrictions that were introduced a couple of years after, will probably remain so in the future. Layer upon layer of samples ... See full review
posted a review of Bomb The Bass - Clear. 11 months ago
"Into the Dragon" was Tim Simenon having fun, "Unknown Territory" is where he matured, "Clear" is where he got pretentious.
You may had heard the funky "Bug Powder Dust" and rushed to buy the album, but then you probably got somewhat dissappointed, ... See full review
posted a review of Ben Frost - By The Throat. 11 months ago
Cold, austere, agressive and beautiful. You may feel threatened at first, but by the end of the album you'll want to run away with the pack of wolves.
posted a review of Eat Static - Back To Earth. 11 months ago
I've never been among the biggest fans of Eat Static, but this album is outstanding.
Diverse, detailed, fun and exciting, from downtempo chiller "The Wreckage", to funky "Up, Periscope"; from glitchy "Lo-Ride Sloucher" to hip-rolling middle-eastern "Dune ... See full review
posted a review of Ott & The All-Seeing I - Live At Terminal West. 11 months ago
This is basically a Best Of collection of Ott's amazing opus, so one can hardly give it any less than 5 stars... However, there's not much "live" on this live album. You should listen very carefully in order to notice scattered improvised bits. It ... See full review
posted a review of Jeff Mills - Metropolis. 11 months ago
A concept album in which Jeff Mills took himself too seriously. The fast-paced tracks are so-so (if you're not fed up with Mills' signature jingle bells' chimes), but the "ambient" and "experimental" efforts fall flat.
posted a review of The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation. 11 months ago
The best Prodigy album and definitely among top 10 of electronic dance music. "Experience" was unpretentious, but slightly raw, while "MFTJG" shows Liam as a mature producer who effortlessly shifts from one style to another across the album, while never ... See full review
posted a review of The Prodigy - Experience. 11 months ago
A testament to the carefree raving times. Unpretentious, a bit raw and rough on the edges, but the heaps of fun Liam obviously had while producing this album is radiating from every second. Let's hyperspeed the beat, let's pitch up vocals, let's sample a ... See full review
posted a review of Gas - Rausch. 11 months ago
The sixth instalment of the series is definitely the darkest one so far. After the first movement, which kind of bridges "Rausch" with "Narkopop", there's a growing sense of unease. The pulsating 4/4 rhythm is slightly heavier (often paired with a deep ... See full review
posted a review of Gas - Nah Und Fern. 11 months ago
When I first heard the music from this box set it was one of those rare occasions in my life when I thought: "wow, I didn't know this kind of music exists!"
It's like wandering around (or simply lying on the ground) in a deep forest, at night, while the ... See full review
posted a review of Higher Intelligence Agency* & Biosphere - Birmingham Frequencies. 11 months ago
After the outstanding joint live performance in Norway, documented on "Polar Sequences", Geir Jensen paid the return visit to Birmingham. The result is no less impressive. Compared to the previous record, the music on "Birmingham Frequemcies" can indeed ... See full review
posted a review of Hia* | Biosphere - Polar Sequences. 11 months ago
The only thing that prevents icicles forming from Biosphere's polar soundscapes on your earlobes are the perfectly crafted syncopated beats by Higher Intelligence Agency. The perfect fusion.
posted a review of Biosphere - Departed Glories. 11 months ago
There's an interesting story behind this album, and even behind the cover photo... but that aside, is the music itself any good? I'm sorry to say that this is the weakest point in Biosphere's otherwise exceptional catalogue. Too much air, too little ... See full review
posted a review of Banco De Gaia - Big Men Cry. 11 months ago
It's been more than 20 years since this album came out, so I can safely say this is Toby Marks' career high. It shows a producer that is not lacking original ideas, with enough studio skills and confidence to pull them off.
The first half is sonically so ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum. 11 months ago
Listening to an old Kraftwerk recording can make you feel a bit awkward. It sounds interesting, you know how groundbreaking and influential it is, you can praise the originality... but something is missing. The mastering is old-fashioned and the sound is ... See full review
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posted a review of Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92. 11 months ago
I'm about to use the infamous word here - overrated.
There are a few highlights on this album (Tha, Schottkey 7th Path), but the overall impression of this collection is that RDJ was still learning the craft and developing his unique style, which he ... See full review
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posted a review of Aphex Twin - Drukqs. 11 months ago
It's so hard for me to rate this album, as is my relationship with RDJ's work in general. I always feel disturbed while listening to his tracks, even the ones that are probably not meant to invoke such a feeling. "Druqks" are no exception, and while I ... See full review
posted a review of Burial - Untrue. 11 months ago
A melancholic soundtrack to urban landscapes in november evenings. The deliberate roughness and imperfections of the production make this album sound warm, personal and sincere.
In my mind I often pair "Untrue" with FSOL's "Dead Cities", which is quite ... See full review
posted a review of Gas - Narkopop. 11 months ago
At some points "Narkopop" lacks some of the fluidity in production, as compared to the prevoius 4 installments of the series. The blend loses its homogeneity here and there, but even with that "flaw" taken into account, "Narkopop" deserves full 5 ... See full review
posted a review of Electro Harmonix - Electro Harmonix. 11 months ago
Rather bland and generic. Nothing really "experimental" about its style.
There are a few moments when you might feel like this album is about to take off, but it never happens.
posted a review of The Higher Intelligence Agency - Freefloater. 11 months ago
A classic piece, sounding like no other. The programming is impeccable; every sound bit is exactly where it's supposed to be, like in a flawless mechanism of an unknown purpose, but of great beauty. You can just sit and "watch" it all day long.
posted a review of Biosphere - Autour De La Lune. 11 months ago
Surely it's the most abstract and hermetic piece of Biosphere's opus so far, thus the initial negative reviews from some, but I'm glad to see this album slowly picking up its ratings (finally above 4).
Creating a "soundtrack for space" (while averted ... See full review
posted a review of Shpongle - Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost. 11 months ago
Listening to this album is like travelling in a bullet train accross the world.