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posted a review of Jocelyn Enriquez - Get Into The Rhythm. 3 minutes ago
*PINAY! Unexpectedly great midtempo progressive date that's surprisingly dreamy and hallucinogenic due to HARLEM KNIGHT's subtle yet fierce treatments.
JOCELYN ENRIQUEZ's vocals are immaculate and flawless; 1998's GAGA, and who's-Fergie? Overlooked ... See full review
posted a review of Slaughter (2) - Strappado. 6 days ago
There's a good reason why Chuck Schuldiner tried to join SLAUGHTER in Canada prior to forming DEATH: "Strappado" is one of the best, most essential Thrash albums of the '80s!
Truly classic Canadian Metal alongside AGGRESSION, RAZOR, EXCITER, VOIVOD, ... See full review
posted a review of Junk (2) - Wildlife. 16 days ago
The repeating sample of Robert DeNiro from "Taxi Driver" adds that extra dash of creepy to the overall dark and foreboding atmosphere on the A-Side; which is more minimal in its tribal approach compared to the B-Side.

With obscure preacher's sample ... See full review
posted a review of JDS - Nine Ways. 17 days ago
Thanks to DARUDE and JS16 for a heady progressive Hard Trance Remix that still holds up well 18 years later in 2019. Straightahead clean driving joint that we still crave, albeit now the inadvertent ''cult underground'' of edm and new millennium ... See full review
posted a review of Ornette Coleman - Science Fiction. 28 days ago
This is actually the album that turned me on to the sublime voice of ASHA PUTHLI; her first solo album would follow the year after the release of ORNETTE COLEMAN's "Science Fiction" LP.
Of course, Ornette can not go wrong on this essential recording with ... See full review
posted a review of Joy Division - Peel Sessions. about 1 month ago
A printed inner-sleeve accompanying the true original vinyl editions features a list of STRANGE FRUIT RECORDINGS on one side, and pictures of SFR albums under the heading of UNEXPURGATED PEEL SESSIONS on the obverse side. This inner-sleeve is a bit ... See full review
posted a comment on Joy Division - Peel Sessions. about 1 month ago
A printed inner-sleeve accompanying the true original editions features a list of STRANGE FRUIT RECORDINGS on one side, and pictures of SFR albums under the heading of UNEXPURGATED PEEL SESSIONS on the obverse side. This inner-sleeve is a bit thinner ... See full review
posted a review of Gerechtigkeits Liga - Hypnotischer Existenzialismus. about 1 month ago
Note: CLEAR RED VINYL *without* any labels on disc, KDISC press, Thermidor, distributed worldwide by Subterranean Records Distribution Berkeley/San Francisco; 1988-1990
posted a review of Nitzer Ebb - Ascend1. about 1 month ago
I have # 10439 (NM/NM)
*Gatefold jacket contains BOTH records: ascend1 + ascend2
[*SRP = $20USD.]
posted a review of Nitzer Ebb - Ascend2. about 1 month ago
I have # 10439 (NM/NM)
*Gatefold jacket contains BOTH records: ascend1 + ascend2
[*SRP = $20USD.]
posted a review of Nitzer Ebb - Ascend. about 1 month ago
I have # 10439 (NM/NM)
*Gatefold jacket contains BOTH records: ascend1 + ascend2
[*SRP = $20USD.]
posted a review of Various - Metal Massacre. about 1 month ago
Late '80s (circa 1988) pressings of this reissue edition features plain black&white labels (featuring triangle + other geometric shapes; stated copyright: 1982, + publishing: 1984) on both sides of the vinyl disc that are similar to METAL MASSACRE NINE ... See full review
posted a review of Am-Fm Alexander* / Rigo C.R. - Kriptonite Project / Kriptonite '98. about 1 month ago
According to the etchings in the matrix ('dead-wax') the Discogs Notes are incorrect; *Correction: Side-A = Super Hero Records; Side-B = Fussion Groove Records!
posted a review of Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X. 2 months ago
[CD] Track 11 "How Do" is credited as TRADITIONAL; does anyone remember a possibly earlier (pre-1996) cover-version by ROSE MCDOWALL on a post-STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE album by one of these bands: CURRENT 93, or DEATH IN JUNE, or SPELL, or SORROW, or BOYD ... See full review
posted a review of Graven Image (2) - Black Lung Cathedral. 2 months ago
Holy cow, what a totally undiscovered gem this unexpected find is in 2019! Totally mis-categorized here on Discogs, this nugget of dark electronica in the post-industrial style of the mid to late-'90s blends SKINNY PUPPY and FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY with early ... See full review
posted a comment on ADULT. - Anxiety Always. 2 months ago
It's now 2019, and after recent releases on 4AD and DAIS Records (with a shiny new contract!) ADULT. continue steamrolling ahead despite sour-grapes from the self-proclaimed protectors of good music and wannabe cognoscenti; plus all to the delight of ... See full review
posted a comment on ADULT. - Anxiety Always. 2 months ago
Dude, ever heard of JOHN FOXX??? Man! Ten words okay
posted a comment on ADULT. - Anxiety Always. 2 months ago
Maybe you don't get that this style of [so-called] electro-clash female vocals has a long tradition in the underground preceded by classic electronica artists such as FLYING LIZARDS, LOS MICROWAVES, THE UNITS, PSYCLONES, B52'S, VKTMS, DEDETROIT & UXA, ... See full review
posted a review of Oh Romeo / Wow / Bonnie Forman - These Memories / Magic Man / I Want A Man. 2 months ago
The original USA edition of this record released by BOBBY O on his O Records and Visuals label is listed here on Discogs as Various MIXER 1 (Remixes) at:

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Mixer-1Remix/release/419738
posted a review of Oh Romeo / Wow / Bonnie Forman - These Memories / Magic Man / I Want A Man. 2 months ago
The original USA edition of this record released by BOBBY O on his O Records and Visuals label is listed here on Discogs as Various MIXER 1 (Remixes) at:

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Mixer-1Remix/release/419738
posted a review of Joy Saint James - Dance!. 2 months ago
Wow; so very good! Similar to a more electro version of JOSIE COTTON meets THE GO-GOS, but that 'Dubstrumental' Side-B featuring amazing early electro-wave is sure to satisfy fans of BOBBY O, JOHN ROCCA (FREEZE), JON ST. JAMES (SSQ), LIME, DAVID DIEBOLD, ... See full review
posted a review of Bobby O* / 1-2-3* - Runway Girl. 2 months ago
Superior electro-pop new wave with strong songwriting and amazing production, instrumentation, and recording sensibilities.
On first glance, this is an impressive facsimile of top UK pop blending early DURAN DURAN with SOFT CELL; featuring cool ... See full review
posted a review of Valentino Kanzyani - First Level Completed E.P.. 3 months ago
From PRIVILEGE PROMOTIONS 2-page One-Sheet:

PRIMATE
VALENTINO KANZYANI
PRMT047

Following his acclaimed release on Primary (Mary012 - Porn Headquarters), Valentino Kanzyani releases a firing solo debut for our flagship Primate imprint. Umek's ... See full review
posted a review of Chris Anderson - Overdose. 3 months ago
[A1] "Murderer" and [A2] "Indigestion" serve up hypnotic tribal-oriented Tech-House to enhance your mushroom fueled journey; pulsing rhythmic rites of blunted bacchanalian revery, but not approaching Psy-Trance cruising territory.

[B1] "Overdose" ... See full review
posted a review of Dutch Force - Deadline. 3 months ago
This UK edition follows VERACOCHA's immortal "Carte Blanche" which was released 2 years prior, and (while we're at "it") after BLUE ALPHABET's essential Bonzai wax "Shades of Tears", released even earlier in 1996-- all (including this utterly tasty DUTCH ... See full review
posted a review of Water Music Dance. 3 months ago
I saw an Armada 12-inch that I was mildly interested in buying (I was unfamiliar with the [nondescript] artist) at a local record shop in East LA, but didn't make a purchase because the prices on stuff of this genre (which is usually found at rock-bottom ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Hands In The Air. 3 months ago
I saw an Armada 12-inch that I was mildly interested in buying (I was unfamiliar with the [nondescript] artist) at a local record shop in East LA, but didn't make a purchase because the prices on stuff of this genre (which is usually found at rock-bottom ... See full review
posted a review of Sinuous With M87 (2) - Static. 3 months ago
From the cool High Octane Recordings (aka HOR) I have releases by MIKE WADE and ORGAN GRINDA which are treasured. This one-off date "STATIC" as SINUOUS WITH M87 surprised me as being equally essential, albeit more obscure and definitely under-valued.

A1 ... See full review
posted a review of Starkillers - Diskoteka. 3 months ago
*Note: Some copies of this test-press feature three (3) tracks; the same as the retail version. Stickered info on white diecut generic [thin] jacket.

Side-A• Spinning Records [$0.25 or quarter-sized Logo + "TEST PRESSING" printed on label] 45 ... See full review
posted a review of Human Vault - Holt Minta. 3 months ago
As a diehard fan of KLINIK, DIVE, SONAR, early SKINNY PUPPY, FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY, classic old COLD MEAT INDUSTRY albums (plus "new" bands like PURE GROUND, and YOUTH CODE, etc.), I find this HUMAN VAULT anthology to be absolutely worthwhile and essential. ... See full review
posted a review of The Vapors - New Clear Days. 3 months ago
My LT-1049 USA first-edition pressing [hole-punched promo] includes "THE VAPORS BIO" insert printed on dark lavender (or light purple) 8.5"X11" paper; '80s IBM Selectric typewriter font.

It says:

For a young and hopeful band playing the pub/club ... See full review
posted a review of The Vapors - New Clear Days. 3 months ago
My LT-1049 USA first-edition pressing [hole-punched promo] includes "THE VAPORS BIO" insert printed on dark lavender (or light purple) 8.5"X11" paper; '80s typewriter font.

It says:

For a young and hopeful band playing the pub/club circuit, success can ... See full review
posted a review of Dick Dale. 4 months ago
R.i.P. DICK DALE, the guitar maestro!
The last time I saw him play at Slim's (the club owned by Boz Scaggs, in San Francisco's SOMA district) where I worked as a bouncer, albeit for only 3 months... Mr. Dale's guitar-techs were these young Japanese ... See full review
posted a comment on Operatica - "O" - Volume 1. 4 months ago
Whoa, TWO comments on this record on the same day in 2019! ✌🏻
posted a review of Operatica - "O" - Volume 1. 4 months ago
Judging by the Statistics here of who "Have" and "Want" this essential piece of [UNDERVALUED] neo-classical electronica, the basement-bargain prices are temptingly too hard to pass up.

This reminds me of the Puccini cover by an American quasi-Gothic ... See full review
posted a review of The Prime Movers (2) - Museum. 4 months ago
A very satisfying "happy-find" especially since this is totally undervalued in 2019.
This is top-notch '80s Los Angeles post-punk released in the midst of the SoCal Paisley Underground, post-HC goth, and jangly New West wave. This album may have ... See full review
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posted a review of Beowülf - Beowülf. 4 months ago
I received CLEAR VINYL directly from the label owner, who tells me that those are limited to only 100 (one-hundred) made available. There are 2 point-of-sale ("hype") stickers on the shrinkwrap in front; one says CLEAR VINYL. [March 1, 2019]
posted a review of Mindfeel - Cranium Heads Out. 4 months ago
Straightahead cruising, driving cosmic GOA / Psy-Trance in the vein of Dragonfly Records, or the "Transient 4" [2LP] compilation.
Confident, muscular, or high-energy are words that are not normally used when describing this type of progressive ... See full review
posted a review of R.v.d.B. - Mary Go Wild. 5 months ago
Copies sold directly by/from 3BEATRECORDS with £7.99 retail price have a white square point-of-sale ("hype") sticker that says:
[the following verbatim in all CAPS, sorry]
RON VAN DEN BEUKEN
MARY GO WILD
LIQUID 12" WL039
"1 SIDED PROMOS OF THIS BOMB, ... See full review
posted a review of George Russell Orchestra - New York, N.Y. And Jazz In The Space Age. 5 months ago
My copy has the beige/brown labels on the discs as shown here on Discogs' images, but the complete credits, notes, matrix (etched) identifiers are the same as this ... See full review
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Sextant. 5 months ago
Three years after MILES & Co. spilled the BITCHES BREW all over the unsuspecting Elton John/Led Zeppelin/Streisand-listening planet, Master Hancock's "SEXTANT" is a logical and fitting follow-up. Nothing more to add to the already numerous superlatives ... See full review
posted a review of Risqué (2) - Burn It Up (Mr. D.J.). 5 months ago
The rhythm programming (especially the gated kick) and Cherokee bass sequence is similar to NEW ORDER "Blue Monday", but has an overall feel closely resembling THE FLIRTS. 👍🏻👍🏻
posted a review of Mike Flores - Guess Who?. 5 months ago
A satisfyingly tasty essential for MIKE FLORES and Underground (mid/late '90s) House fanatics!

The titles give you the clues:

[A1] Samples DEPECHE MODE "Get the Balance Right"! The resulting darkly electro fusion of early UK technopop plus ... See full review
posted a review of Various - World Wide Error EP. 5 months ago
I really dig DJ BOSS' track [A1 45rpm] because it borders on Hard Techno and Schranz.
DJ HANSZ track [B2 33.3 rpm] is more conventional Teutonic-style Techno with a straight-ahead driving and propulsive beat; overall more active than CRISTIAN VARELA's ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Composite EP. 5 months ago
Side-A• 45 rpm
Side-B: 33.3 rpm

Teutonic Techno in the vein of Trope Records, Tomas P. Heckmann, Emanuel Top, etc.
Not as mechanistic or as atonal as extreme fans might prefer (the bass riff of B2 is somewhat melodic), but all 4 tracks are equally ... See full review
posted a review of Great Buildings - Apart From The Crowd. 5 months ago
Classic Pure Power Pop; featuring two ex-THE QUICK member! From the post-THE KNACK LA Scene, this is "Sparkling" Power Pop-- slicker than bands like PLIMSOULS, PAUL COLLINS' BEAT, 20/20, THE POP, THE GO-GOS; definitely not as Punk-oriented as RUBBER CITY ... See full review
posted a review of Dead Can Dance - Garden Of The Arcane Delights. 5 months ago
f.y.i.: "Plain white double hole inner sleeve" = generic white diecut inner-sleeve [especially for Discogs' sale listings] *You're welcome!
posted a review of DJ Chazz* - The Changed-Up EP. 5 months ago
Alert: TEARS FOR FEARS sample (keyboard riffs and vocals) used for B1/B2 "Change"!
posted a review of Joi Cardwell - Soul To Bare. 5 months ago
33.3 rpm. Stated "vocal" etched in the matrix ("deadwax") of Side-A; and "Dub" etched on deadwax of Side-B.

I first discovered this essential track as a 9:15 minute nugget on "The Best of U.S. Remixes Vol. 2" CD released by DMC back in 1997; and ... See full review