Heavy vinyl collector '95-'03 of mainly Techno, House, Drum and Bass, since then a period of operating on beatport but now mostly collecting 2nd hand cd's. To date less that 10% of collection has been submitted, as reviewing as I go.
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posted a review of Random Factor - Ricochet EP. 3 months ago
Electronic:
A1: Electronic. The standout cut on this release from the mostly House Label. This, however is faster, with less warmth. The balance is it's liquid smooth and impossible to resist despite being moderately understated. I would normally play ... See full review
posted a review of DJ M.F.R.* - Solar Projections E.P.. about 1 year ago
HOUSE (DEEP):
A1: Vocal with gorgeous groove. Very surprised to read that Will I AM supplies the excellent vocal that sways between mellow "Let it shine on me" and more aggressive uplifting "Don't let the sun shine down me" while liquid bass and synths ... See full review
posted a review of Susumu Yokota - Could Heaven Ever Be Like This. about 1 year ago
A: House. Tonking Ibiza club classic, well certainly there's a remix of it out there that is. This isn't quite 'produced' enough, ok until the horns come in two thirds the way through. Vocal feels a bit maybe Groove Armada a touch Royksopp. It doesn't ... See full review
posted a review of 4hero* / Manix - Mr. Kirk's Nightmare / Feel Reel Good. about 1 year ago
A: Breakbeat. Sample heavy with a dollop of hip-hop and vintage electro. Perhaps seminal for some but thin sounding and limited to me. The repeated sample is the fairly grim "I'm sorry Mr. Cook, you better come down to the station house your son is ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Teambattle Vol. 2. about 1 year ago
A1: Techno. Takes it's time to build the atmosphere. Brooding synths layered over decent beats perhaps wait to long to introduce the extra acid synth. Winds up being quite a decent track but the pacing needed attention. [EIGHT]
A2: Breakbeat/Electro. Not ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Various Artists Volume 02. about 1 year ago
A1: Filtered House. The hook isn't good enough and underwater bass is just bizarre. Swing and a miss. [FIVE]
A2: Techno Growler. Very deep pulsating deep bass that in trying to push the envelope winds up being overly distorted and lacking character as it ... See full review
posted a review of Vuca - Bossafrica / Corsa Notturna (Dancing Like That). about 1 year ago
A: NuJazz/House. A little bit more cerebral, made for the cool bars of post-clubbers than the dance floor itself. Bossa nova style the beats are more subtle, the jazz pretensions are more genuine. The trumpet is a mellow accompaniment rather than the ... See full review
posted a review of Disco Friend - You Are My Love. about 1 year ago
House: Single sided white label. Big, chunky funky track with filtered male 'You are my love' vocal. Some outstanding production should have meant this was a real crossover hit and potential Ibiza summer anthem. Perhaps it sounds like a more discerning ... See full review
posted a review of Martyn - Nxt 2 U / Deepwood. about 1 year ago
A: Very fast break beats even dabbling in a bit of latin after the breakdown. Has some Prototype sinister sounds but has much more going on. The constantly fluctuating baseline hook holds the progression as does the female 'Lie next to you' vocal. Top ... See full review
posted a review of Redhead - Nuclear Assault E.P.. about 1 year ago
Big fan of Redhead though less so of serial tribal releasers Primate.
A1: Stellar (Redhead) piano loop over fine if typical (Primate) tribal beats. So who wins? Well you the consumer but due to a lack of progression it only just scrapes a...[NINE]
A2: ... See full review
posted a review of Kibu - Modern Day Myths. about 1 year ago
Techno: Vintage. Very much in the mode of a UR release from the same period.
A1: Stunning (Arty) Jeff Mills planetary soundscape intro, pause, then an aggressively catchy baseline, later mirrored by a synth, then the soundscape returns on top. Damn it's ... See full review
posted a review of Bandulu - Changing World. about 1 year ago
Techno: (Vocal, Vintage).
A1: Proper versed vocal "Livin' in the same world..." with very strong vintage synth. The double kick in the bass bring to ming Prodigy - Start the Dance adding to the vintage flavour. While the menacing vocal certainly adds ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Dem Bills / I Zimbra. over 2 years ago
A: Stripped back almost Derrick Carter style mix of Destiny's Child-Bills, Bills, Bills. [FOUR]
B1: Fairly minimal straight forward remix of Talking Head- I Zimbra that unfortunately doesn't really get going until the really rather excellent last 20% ... See full review
posted a review of Acrylite - What Is It?. over 2 years ago
A: Techno (Vocal). This may be the funkiest Techno track i own and will attract anyone with a house sensibility, sure it even has a vocal. The funky synth loop is introduced early as are a few of the vocal samples. The actual baseline oozes funk and the ... See full review
posted a review of Tweek Freekz - Choices. over 2 years ago
A1: House (Latin). Fairly nondescript opening, the track takes ages to settle down. the vocal and latin don't sit easily and it's not until nearly halfway that the changes does it come together. Yes both halves are latin in style but they bear no ... See full review
posted a review of Blue Maxx - Private Life. over 2 years ago
A: Techno. Very funky if minimal. Relies on whether you think the basic industrial stab is brilliant or not. It is. Metallic riff ads interest when it desperately needs it. Certainly far, far greater than the sum of it's parts because there isn'y a whole ... See full review
posted a review of Joel Harrison - Spacewayz. over 2 years ago
The A-sides are fairly capable NuJazz but I bought it for the flip
B: Nujazz. Proper broken beats with layers upon layers of beguiling ideas in a style that bring to mind Ian O'Brien. [GOLDTEN]
posted a review of Ned Flanders - Life's Little Pleasures. over 2 years ago
A: Tech House. 45RPM: Spunky, there's a happy innocence about it that as a Techno fan is hard not to be a bit cynical about. It really is full of pep. There are elements of Rotation Records or Jel Ford. Thoroughly pleasant synth sequences and a bass ... See full review
posted a review of Eric Nouhan & Georgio* - Future Funk. over 2 years ago
A: House: Vintage breaky stuff. You'll listen and nod sagely about the innocence of the beats. But wait, that's quite a breakdown. Yes those synths a very nice indeed. Back to the breaks, but not so innocent, a bit more pro. You're listening for ... See full review
posted a review of Slick Mick - Yellow Jacket. over 2 years ago
A: Techno: Massive lush track. Starts off as a supressed growler, deep and pounding. Then the low billowing synth starts circulating, brooding and stalking. The pitch raises and the LFO bites in, still it builds. There's an unending breakdown that isn't, ... See full review
posted a review of Ada - Blindhouse / Luckycharm. over 2 years ago
A: Electronica/Techno(Deep). Gorgeous. Like someone trying to trap a song but it's irrepressible. Sublime vocal that's simply not used enough. Muffled tones and synths like it's playing trough a duvet. But mostly ethereal. It exists and thrives despite ... See full review
posted a review of Reinhard Voigt - Jetzt Erst Recht. over 2 years ago
Techno: 45RPM
A: Distant vaguely childish vocal makes for a dreamy, spooky, otherworldly track and all slightly off key. Combined with a punchy synth stab and superior beats results in a unique, beguiling and ultimately pleasurable track. It fails to ... See full review
posted a review of Moodymann - Long Hot Sex Nights / The Dancer. over 2 years ago
A: Deep House. Moodymann genius. Seductive vintage sounding "Long Hot Sexy Nights". Gorgeous sax, great bongo's. Chunky, funky, demanding you move. Great progression and uninterrupted unlike some of his other work that sometimes end in it's prime. As ... See full review
posted a review of Sade - Paradise. over 2 years ago
House: Really funky with top production. You'd swear it was an official release. Sticks with the fine original and bar some retained VCF filtering and a outro loop at the end it, it's a very reverential update. [TEN]
posted a review of Equinox (5) - Into Battle (Remixes). over 2 years ago
A: Techno tool. Would be unremarkable now but pretty blinding in it's time and has the kudos of being a legendary track. If your a conventional Mills fan you'll be in safe territory here. [NINE]
B1: Techno. Driving tool. Big beats and fairly relentless. ... See full review
posted a review of Science 2102 - The Clock Keeps Turnin'. over 2 years ago
A: House. Simply loops the bassline to Chic's "Good Times", it also keeps the piano notes, then uses a filtered sample from the same track all over a conventional house beat. After the breakdown the full piano solo is used and more effects and ... See full review
posted a review of Capitol K - Pillow. over 2 years ago
A: Indie/Dance/Pop. More or less a proper pop record and a real joy. I say proper pop record....the vocals are relatively normal if naturally quirky and the instrumental choruses certainly begin conventionally. There are of course piles of treatments and ... See full review
posted a review of Closer Musik - After Love. over 2 years ago
A1: House. Glitchy, moody and minimal. Touch of Grace Jones about the (almost spoken) vocal which obviously doesn't help to normalise things. Super stuff but possibly a lacking the ultimate punch with it's stripped back style not allowing a peak. ... See full review
posted a review of Aaliyah - More Than A Woman. over 2 years ago
House: Bought this for the Masters at Work remix. Actually I bought it unheard (got a mate to pick it up from Big Brother Records).
I actually never found the original objectionable, beats are good, it's undoubtedly sexy, there's a lot to like. So given ... See full review
posted a review of Lifelike & Kris Menace - Discopolis. over 2 years ago
A1: House. Fairly stripped back reimagining of the original. More focused on the beats. Perhaps more funky, definitely deeper and loses a good deal of it's commercial sound (as much as you can with a big hit). It's originality comes is the shape of an ... See full review
posted a review of Frank Martiniq - Adriano. over 2 years ago
A: Techno (Vocal Sample). Equal parts exceedingly pleasant with downright lovely organ loop while the other parts are angrily distorted. Vocal samples are almost poppy. Brilliant in it's own right but it's uniqueness make it...[GOLDTEN]
B: Techno/House. ... See full review
posted a review of Madonna - Sorry. over 3 years ago
A1: Given it's commercial artist and setting it's not half bad actually. Modern Disco. [SEVEN]
A2: Neil Tennant's vocal pushes it further from my natural habitat. [FOUR]
B1: What I expected from Oakenfold and a we're miles away by now. [TWO]
B2: What I ... See full review
posted a review of Alabama 3 - M.I.A.. over 3 years ago
A1: Breakbeat/House: Simply stunning baseline on which everything hangs. Very effective vocal brings to mind Primal Scream's Echo Dek though there's a significant Hip-Hop vocal in there too. There is a great groove to this except at breakdown time when ... See full review
posted a review of The Stone Roses - Fools Gold. over 3 years ago
A: Indie crossover. Stonking original club culture 12" mix. [GOLDTEN]
B1: Indie Crossover: Arguably more Dj friendly version. Ads a wobbly version of the original seminal baseline and later on a "Guy Called Gerald" vocal stab. Feels too stripped back and ... See full review
posted a review of New Phunk Theory - Twilight. over 3 years ago
A: House (Deep/Jazzy): Sometimes there's beauty in simplicity. Find yourself and nice chunky funky baseline, a few subtle of a piano and pluck away lazily at a spanish guitar. Ok so there's some excellent production going on but it does make music seem ... See full review
posted a review of Traffic Signs - I Like Your Booty / The Big Fake. over 3 years ago
A: House. Fairly hum drum poorly engineered house with unappealing "I Like Your Booty" sample. [SIX]
B: House/Techno. Quite minimal but there's a brilliant grove to it. Definitely on the stronger spectrum of house and the effects are quite techno in ... See full review
posted a review of Prince - Let's Work / Soul Jamm Session. over 3 years ago
A: House. Initially a straight house track with Prince "work it" samples, it slowly reveals more and more of the original. It's undoubtedly cool and what certainly helps is it's rare. But taken on it's own merits the track is only ok. [EIGHT]
B: ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Nothing In Its Wrong Place / What About Us?. over 3 years ago
A: Techno. Subtle enough reworking of Radiohead's classic. The beats are a bit more 4/4, there's some big EQ-ing, stutter effects and a touch of acid. Quite the rarity too. [GOLDTEN]
B: House. Club focused remix of a poor Brandy track. Thankfully it ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Shufflemaster - Tokyo Rose. over 3 years ago
A: Techno (Monster). Full on beat assault from the off that will trample all over the dance floor. Some nice bass cuts keep the momentum along with the (metallic ball rolling round a bowl?) noise which raises it to Minus Orange level. [GOLDTEN]
B1: ... See full review
posted a review of Phuture Sound System - Reaction EP. over 3 years ago
A: Techno (Chords): Chunky, funky beats well arranged with various synths stabs, loops and effects. Some decent breakdowns and progression make for a quality track but the lush chords at the end melt me as usual and we go up a notch. A little short lived ... See full review
posted a review of Induced - Louder Than Words. over 3 years ago
A: Techno (Vocal): Simply stunning. Brilliant aggressive beats make for a great track but with liquid, lush chords and a beautiful' dreamy, substantial vocal and "Louder than words" chorus. Bordering on perfection [GOLDTEN]
B1: Techno. Straight de-tuned ... See full review
posted a review of Janet Jackson - Go Deep. over 3 years ago
Drum'N'Bass: Easily up there with the best dozen drum'n'bass tracks ever released. I'm referring more to the instrumental as with the technology of the time the original vocal is far from cleanly re-pitched if you even think it an addition. For me it's ... See full review
posted a review of DJane Fonda - Inside Your Body. over 3 years ago
A: Techno (Tool). Catchy enough loop with well used "inside your body" sample. While it's definitely techno the production is that of a filtered house track so progression is good. Quirky and not without it's uses. [EIGHT]
B: Techno. Positive grooving ... See full review
posted a review of Ozy - Dead Of Night (Vol. 1). over 3 years ago
A1: Techno (Tech House). Aggressive ethnic beats. Metallic chords and fine baseline all show plenty of promise and indeed the track is good but never reaches that next level. Close though. [NINE]
A2: House (Deep) Certainly Moodymann's name will go ... See full review
posted a review of Sydney Roy - Bedauern. over 3 years ago
A: Techno. Superior Tool. Has a Japanese feel with the heavily distorted female vocal though admittedly it's in English "Everybody say yeah/I can't hear you". Fairly driving beats but there's genuine creativity in the way the vocal is handled which gives ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Changeless Orders Of Creation.... over 3 years ago
A1: Techno. Undoubted Mills influence with it's "came from outer space" sounds. It remains a curiosity throughout but whereas Mills would have brought this to the very highest level with some sustained chords this prefers to stick to it's first trick. ... See full review
posted a review of Joakim - Cotton Gun E.P.. over 3 years ago
A: Electronic. Wouldn't look too far out of place on a Plaid album. Perhaps sweeter and more playful and with a definite breakdown which is unfortunate as this is the only aspect that wasn't an entirely joyous experience with a long piano loop that ... See full review
posted a review of M.A.D. (2) - Razzia 02. over 3 years ago
A: Techno Tool. But so much more than that. Certainly German in sound with it's battering base drum. Not exactly sure why but it's metallic signature beat really does it for especially in conjunction with the reversed loop. Big hover bass stabs give it ... See full review
posted a review of Quin² - Acquaintance. over 3 years ago
A: Not huge production values but then it's over 20 years old. Not that it's going to let you down. Growling looped baseline over body moving beats do fine but it needs the loping minimal synth cords that rides over it and really makes it pop for me. It ... See full review
posted a review of Redhead - Humanized EP. over 3 years ago
A1: Above average funky tool. A few synths pitch in to maintain intererst for the final third. Decent. [EIGHT]
A2: Dull aimless and boring. At least has the abition to be recognisable not that you'll care. [FIVE]
B1: Steady funky techno but you'll not ... See full review