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Non-commercial electronic dance music fan, law, politics, computers, documentaries.
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[Favourite music styles]:
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Tekno, acid, acid house, tekno-electro, funk, abstract hip hop, eastcoast hip hop, ragga jungle, atmospheric drum 'n' bass, dub, minimal, ambient etc.
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Recent Activity
posted a review of Claude Young - The Altamirian EP. over 11 years ago
This EP is one of the most interesting releases of MB Selektions in 2004. A1 is the UK shaped intelligent tekno. A2 pure sounds of Detroit tek. B1 nothing very special - a long deep dark tekno version of A2. However, B2 is more energetic minimal tekno ... See full review
posted a review of Eight Frozen Modules - DJ, Riddim & Source EP. over 11 years ago
Great & wicked 12". Probably the style of this EP should be correctly called Dubstep or Ragga-shaped IDM: nice basslines, sharply cut beats & filtered ragga muffin vocals.
posted a review of DJ EmBee - Embeetious Art EP. over 12 years ago
Embeetious Art EP perfectly selected & presented by Looptroop rocker DJ EmBee. Includes various funky instrumentals & tracks with nice Promoe MCing biz. A must-have EP for a real indie-hip hop lover.
posted a review of DJ Premier - Unreleased Instrumentals Vol. 2. over 12 years ago
Wicked N.Y. abstract eastcoast flavour instrumentals presented by DJ Premier. Each track has its own funkadelistic groove to be perfectly mixed, scratched, sampled. However, this 12" ir pretty rare.
posted a review of Blackstar (2) - Tribute To Haile Selassie I. over 12 years ago
THIS ONE'S A CLASSIC! The 1995 hard-to-get Congo Natty album, with plenty of classic Congo Natty tracks... The first 6 tracks are all strictly rasta-based, while the remaining 5 are more generic ragga jungle tunes... The second CD is a nice mix with some ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Thunderdome X - Sucking For Blood. over 12 years ago
The tenth release of Thunderdome series and the best one - including wide range of perfectly selected tracks and artists. The mood of the compilation is well made - the hardcore sound is not so hard, however, not so commercial and happy as in some ... See full review
posted a review of The 57th Dynasty. over 12 years ago
This band represents eastcoast flavour beats perfectly mixed with Euro rhymes & lyrics. Check out 57th Dynasty - Pharoah Intellect - one of the best hip hop track made in UK.
posted a review of Reefboer* & Hooihouse* Present De Klootzakken - Dominee Dimitri. over 12 years ago
The men from the group De Klootzakken have released in 1993 via Rotterdam Records, the hit "Alles Naar De Kloote" under the name of De Euromasters, which was the first house record with more than 170 bpm. This was followed by "Dominee Dimitri" which even ... See full review
posted a review of Cluster Records. over 13 years ago
Label that started the acid-techno culture all across the Europe. If you have listened to all its releases, you'll find how this acidtek style has been reshaped & got more modern.
posted a review of Various - Terrordrome V - Darkside From Hell. over 13 years ago
The fifth release of Terrordrome serious, however, the best one - including wide range of styles: hardcore, gabber, acidcore, trancecore, speedcore. The wicked selection of tracks gives you an apportunity to transform your home sound-system to darkside ... See full review
posted a review of Marusha - Raveland. over 13 years ago
It was a cold winter (1994) when I bought this release. From then a 12 year boy (me) was infected with rave culture. This album could be called 'turbo rave classics' still remains in the piece of my heart when I'm 21. For now I'm still listening to ... See full review
posted a review of Blake Baxter - The Vault. over 14 years ago
Though Detroit DJ Baxter recorded this album over a six-year span, it still sounds quite fluid. The Vault is heavy on the smooth techno-soul but harder beats do appear also.
posted a review of Ken Ishii - Stretch. over 14 years ago
Arguably the brightest star in Japan's electronic scene, this import release combines remixes of the "Stretch" and "Extra" singles from Ken Ishii's well-received full-length CD Jelly Tones released earlier the same year. As is the case with many techno ... See full review
posted a review of Ken Ishii - Tangled Notes. over 14 years ago
A relentless, cacophonous collection of outbound experimental techno, with a clanging, bleeting harmonic wallop edged on by disjointed rhythms and complex arrangements. A masterpiece of future-form techno and criminally underacknowledged.
posted a review of Ken Ishii - Metal Blue America. over 14 years ago
A pricey import from Ken Ishii, the respected spearhead of Japanese techno. This time out, Ishii incorporates several elements of the States, without taking on much of their warmth. Metal Blue America, like his other releases, spreads out a dense layer ... See full review
posted a review of Ken Ishii - Millennium Spinnin' At Reel Up. over 14 years ago
One of the finest DJs in the world, Ken Ishii bested his previous mixing masterpiece (X-Mix: Fast Forward & Rewind) with Millennium Spinnin' at Reel Up. Beginning with his remix of his own "Iceblink," a blinding piece of tribal-house into turntablism, ... See full review
posted a review of Ken Ishii - Flatspin. over 14 years ago
Another LP of enchanting, slightly chilled techno, Flatspin channels the melodic spirits of Derrick May and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Beginning with the single "Iceblink," Ken Ishii throws the distinctly Asian sound of YMO-styled synth pop over driving ... See full review
posted a review of Ken Ishii - Sleeping Madness. over 14 years ago
Ishii's first album for R&S in four years shows what he's been up to in the last half of the '90s: tracking further developments in experimental dub (thanks to the Germans) and techno-jazz (thanks to the Brits and Americans). And though the references to ... See full review
posted a review of Ken Ishii - Jelly Tones. over 14 years ago
Accompanied by a full-length video by noted Japanese animator Morimoto (Akira) and a Jelly Tones CD-ROM, Ishii's '95 album was a self-professed stab at taking techno-derived music to a mass audience. The result is a pop-oriented techno album that, while ... See full review
posted a review of C.J. Bolland* - Electronic Highway. over 14 years ago
On Electronic Highway, CJ Bolland distances himself from the stark acid-techno and trance of his early career with a set of emotive, symphonic tracks. Though Bolland's rhythms are just as driving, and his use of percussion just as heavy as before, most ... See full review
posted a review of C.J. Bolland* - DJ-Kicks. over 14 years ago
Surprisingly not as eclectic as his proper albums, CJ Bolland's slice of the DJ Kicks pie shimmies along to a unified, pelting 4/4 Belgian techno soundtrack. Since this was the first in the much revered line of DJ Kicks mix albums, a modest amount of ... See full review
posted a review of CJ Bolland - The 4th Sign. over 14 years ago
The 4th Sign, CJ Bolland's full-length debut for R&S, is notably — and refreshingly — free of his previous singles successes for the label. Instead of padding out the LP with a few of the club hits he'd recorded during his four-plus years on R&S, Bolland ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Slater - Alright On Top. over 14 years ago
An "album with songs" — as Luke Slater described his third album on Mute — from techno's best trackhead? Purists and DJs can rightly despair that tracks from Alright on Top will take much more concentration to slot into their sets next to Ben Sims or ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Slater - Fear And Loathing. over 14 years ago
Though his production work references everything from retro-electro to funky breaks, Luke Slater's still a purist on the decks, and his double-disc mix treatment for React keeps it deliciously simple (similar to Dave Angel's 39 Flavours of Tech-Funk from ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Slater - Wireless. over 14 years ago
The follow-up to a very well received major-label debut, Wireless sees Slater expanding his range as a producer into backbeat-driven styles like old-school rap and electro, a far cry from the pummeling techno of his youth but no less intriguing despite ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Slater - Freek Funk. over 14 years ago
Although Luke Slater had always trafficked in high-precision techno with emotion (just like his Detroit idols), Freek Funk is his most precise and emotional yet, quite experimental, and with a range of sounds from abrasive techno to ambient soundtracks ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Bug - Sensual. over 14 years ago
Steve Bug's third album of minimal sounds operates somewhere in the ether between house and techno — a place where rigid percussion bumps, grinds, and shuffles to a dirty, low-end rumble. The sensuousness of the title is delivered by way of sly melodic ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Bug - The Flow. over 14 years ago
Steve Bug follows in the lineage of German minimalists Mike Ink and Thomas Brinkmann, but where this artist differs from his seniors is an inherent sense of funk. Bug's music; while considering the minimalist clicks of the past, makes clear his ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Bug - The Other Day. over 14 years ago
Part house, part techno, part electro, and all minimal, German producer Steve Bug might just be the heir apparent to minimal techno forerunner Richie Hawtin. But while Hawtin made his name by stripping down the acid house sound of the early '90s, Bug ... See full review
posted a review of Oliver Ho - Universal. over 14 years ago
Oliver Ho's fifth full-length effort follows in the footsteps of his Listening to the Voice Inside with a selection of jack tracks whose tribal thumps and clicks are cut with a series of disembodied vocal samples. Unlike his singles, however, though this ... See full review
posted a review of Oliver Ho - Sentience. over 14 years ago
After numerous singles and EPs for Drumcode, Blueprint, and his own Meta label, Oliver Ho's full-length debut puts the minimalism back into minimal techno. Though Ho's production smarts guarantee that the bare minimum of sound on Sentience isn't a ... See full review
posted a review of James Ruskin - Point 2. over 14 years ago
It may never be understood why some techno producers put out artist albums. Every track on this CD rocks. Hard, tracky, get-yo-ass-in-front-of-the-speaker-type rock. A catchy loop, a burning hi-hat, and then — wham! — the kick drum comes in and we are ... See full review
posted a review of James Ruskin - Further Design. over 14 years ago
Having set out his architecturally orientated sonic stall with an array of stark singles launched from 1996's appropriately titled first Contact EP with Richard Polson, respected London-based producer James Ruskin got down to the task of his debut ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Rush - Shall We Dance?. over 14 years ago
An unrelenting assault of bangin', red-line techno from start to finish, Shall We Dance? does a surprisingly good job of luring listeners into DJ Rush's world of hardcore trance-state techno. Rush's productions clearly subscribe to the less-is-more ... See full review
posted a review of Ian Pooley - Since Then.. over 14 years ago
Surely not the first Northern European to lose his head after escaping to sunnier climes, Ian Pooley intended his second album for V2 as an audio travelog (to accompany the pictorial one included in the booklet) of his visits, spanning Brazil to ... See full review
posted a review of Ian Pooley - Meridian. over 14 years ago
While the majority of Meridian walks the consistently blurry line between deep house and Detroit techno, the album moves farther afield with the earthy breakbeat track "What's Your Number?," and disco-funk on "Followed, " and even quasi-post-rock for ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Clarke - World Service. over 14 years ago
Dave Clarke's first mix album since Fuse is split into two sets — the first a minimal mix of pounding Detroit techno with plenty of changes to keep listeners interested, the second an incredible electro set that cycles through new-school addicts as well ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Clarke - Electro Boogie Vol 2 - The Throwdown. over 14 years ago
Even more stellar as a compilation of crucial electro both past and present, Electro Boogie, Vol. 2 swaps old-school renegades like Dr. Dre (with the World Class Wreckin' Cru) and Will Smith (DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince) with underground Detroit ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Clarke - X-Mix - Electro Boogie. over 14 years ago
Mixed by Dave Clarke, this installment in Studio !K7's X-Mix series is the first available on CD as well as VHS; in other words, fans of Clarke can get his mix of electro classics old and new without subjecting themselves to the incredibly cheesy ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Clarke - Archive One. over 14 years ago
The hardest, most intense Detroit techno being produced outside of the Motor City appears on Archive One, Clarke's first album for Deconstruction and a compilation of sorts from previous singles. Though the downtempo first track and hip-hop flavor of the ... See full review
posted a review of Surgeon - Counterbalance Collection. over 14 years ago
Using just five records to create an hour-long mix sounds like a bad idea. But not when the five records are produced by the U.K.'s leading hard techno engineer, Tony Childs. Utilizing every individual track on five releases from his own Balance label, ... See full review
posted a review of Surgeon - Balance. over 14 years ago
Balance pushes Surgeon into new avenues of electronic music — while remaining grounded in the techno aesthetic of his previous work, here Tony Child absorbs a wider range of influences to create music attuned equally to the physical and the cerebral.
posted a review of Surgeon - Force + Form. over 14 years ago
At a point in time when techno had become a bit exhausted in terms of musical development, Anthony Childs, the British techno producer who calls himself Surgeon, managed to push the decade-old genre forward with his Force & Form album. It was at this ... See full review
posted a review of Richie Hawtin - Mixmag Live! Volume 20. over 14 years ago
Though recorded in the studio rather than at an actual live performance, Mixmag Live! comes close to being the equivalent of a shortened version of Hawtin's all-night performances. Consisting of 22 tracks — including a few signature tracks — Mixmag Live! ... See full review
posted a review of Plastikman - Sheet One. over 14 years ago
One of the first records to turn the 303 acid box upside down from glorious high to isolationist low, Plastikman's first album focuses on laser-precise minimalist rhythms to drive a series of echo-box acid lines that gradually acquire power over the ... See full review
posted a review of Plastikman - Musik. over 14 years ago
For Musik, the second full-length album in the Plastikman series, producer Richie Hawtin returned to everything that had made Sheet One so successful, crafting a follow-up that is as much a sequel as it is a rewrite. Once again, he powers each track with ... See full review
posted a review of DJ T-1000 - Progress. over 14 years ago
Alan Oldham looks back to the glory days of Detroit techno with a set of hard, dark, occasionally melancholy techno reminiscent of early '90s releases by Underground Resistance and Carl Craig, as well as Oldham himself. The visceral pummeling of ... See full review
posted a review of Hell - Munich Machine. over 14 years ago
Hell borrowed the title for his second proper album from the Giorgio Moroder supergroup of the '70s, so it's not surprising that Munich Machine looks to disco culture for its starting point. But of course, that's only the starting point. Munich Machine ... See full review
posted a review of Millsart - Mecca EP. over 14 years ago
For the fourth release on his Axis label, Jeff Mills flavored his then-unique style of techno a bit with ideology. Etched into the inner groove of Mecca's A-side is the statement "Balance is the essential component," and a yin-yang symbol is etched into ... See full review
posted a review of Jeff Mills - Purpose Maker Compilation. over 14 years ago
The perfect companion to Jeff Mills' Axis collection, The Other Day, Purpose Maker Compilation showcases precisely why Mills became such a phenomenon in the mid- to late '90s. While The Other Day compiled many of the best productions he released on his ... See full review