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Main Phase - Sonique / Pow 2019
posted a review of Main Phase - Sonique / Pow 2019. about 1 year ago
There were a few stamped whites in the bunch. Sonique 2019 is the biggun and probably one of the last major tunes to dominate clubs around the world before COVID-19 really hit hard. Making this timeless track extra special.
Sade - Love Is Stronger Than Pride (House Mixes)
posted a comment on Sade - Love Is Stronger Than Pride (House Mixes). about 1 year ago
I think he did all of them and put this out as an unofficial Classic release, the catalog # gives it away.
Forward (6), DJ Yo*C, B.U.S, Orienta-Rhythm - Build-Up
posted a review of Forward (6), DJ Yo*C, B.U.S, Orienta-Rhythm - Build-Up. about 1 year ago
Awesome rave-y comp from Japan, if I had to guess I'd say this came out around 1996.

A :: 136BPM. moving progressive hard house scorcher.
B1 :: 144BPM. '93 style pumping warehouse hard trance/techno!!
B2 :: 123BPM. lovely kinda M.A.W.-style sunny but... See full review
Polefolder & CP* - Dust
posted a review of Polefolder & CP* - Dust. over 2 years ago
Randomly found the vocal source just now – it's a lovely song in Scots or Scottish Gaelic language from the 1995 film "Rob Roy" starring Liam Neeson, at approximately 48:00min.
Orb* - Toxygene
posted a comment on Orb* - Toxygene. over 2 years ago
Can confirm it's the 9:50 version, and a tasty acid techno rave-bomb indeed.
Bedrock Vs. Blue Amazon - For What You Dream Of
posted a review of Bedrock Vs. Blue Amazon - For What You Dream Of. over 2 years ago
OG Renaissance mix retains its 'ultimate' status but the Beach House mix here is quality 'round-midnight club filler indeed. The sort of tune you might go past because its not amazing on first listen, but it's always wise to keep some of these tracks... See full review
Bando
posted a comment on Bando. over 2 years ago
Killer producer, one of my favourites and a constant go-to when playing out. Like his Primate Recordings labelmate, the similarly underrated Jel Ford, Bando has a signature style.. you can always tell it's his track within a few bars. He's one of... See full review
The Drums (2) - Brutalism
posted a review of The Drums (2) - Brutalism. over 2 years ago
Amazing album...

Ten years after Jonny & Jacob's "The Drums" first stunned and captured our hearts (way back in 2009!!!) we could have forgiven the former if he had simply come full circle on this latest now-solo LP, with a nice summary of what the... See full review
Sade - Love Is Stronger Than Pride (House Mixes)
posted a comment on Sade - Love Is Stronger Than Pride (House Mixes). over 3 years ago
It was Derrick Carter according to a note on my copy.
Skat (14) - The Rhythm Mode
posted a review of Skat (14) - The Rhythm Mode. over 3 years ago
Fantastic early house EP from the dynamic duo A².

Whereas a lot of the Alien stuff employed a more rigid & 'cold' atmosphere (despite many tracks warping into something quirkily upbeat and funky) this is a warm mix of deep & tech house firmly... See full review
Sha'aban Yahya - Return To Jogja
posted a comment on Sha'aban Yahya - Return To Jogja. over 3 years ago
Buyers of this version beware.. the right channel of audio (on my copy at least) is unlistenable due to distortion. This occurs over the entire CD, so try to get a sample from the seller if you can.
Various - Special Series 20.5
posted a review of Various - Special Series 20.5. over 3 years ago
Funnily enough, Bootek had almost the exact same idea as A1 here, on BOOTEK13 in 2006 (Renegade Master / Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'). Daisychain's mix is the harder of the two, but both are groovy and fun.
Deetron - Vertigo EP
posted a review of Deetron - Vertigo EP. over 4 years ago
Absolutely brilliant release. Smart, groovy, and very sexy (especially B2 'Metaphor'). This is a very fine example of the no-frills upbeat semi-tribal Detroit sound from this era.
Robert Babicz - The Owl And The Butterfly
posted a review of Robert Babicz - The Owl And The Butterfly. over 4 years ago
This is without a doubt Robert's most cohesive and stunning full-length under his own name.

Ethereal, beautiful, mesmerising grooves, taking hold of many modern deep house elements and pushing them all high above the clouds... it's music that makes... See full review
Fre • Dee - Beware Of The Dark
posted a review of Fre • Dee - Beware Of The Dark. over 4 years ago
A2 is such a cool, delectable deep groove experience. Undeniably oldskool but with a timeless, airy sexuality, very reminiscent of Dream 2 Science and every bit as good.
Jackal / Godhead (2) - Out On A Limb EP
posted a review of Jackal / Godhead (2) - Out On A Limb EP. over 4 years ago
Nice abstract dubby downtempo from Godhead, but Jackal's tracks are what you need this for.

"40 Million Daggers" (115 BPM, though the video I uploaded to youtube is pitched up +8%) is a great little intelligent broken-beat groover which sifts fluidly... See full review
Percy X - Day 3 EP
posted a review of Percy X - Day 3 EP. over 4 years ago
"Face On" [142 BPM] is an exceptionally high-quality example of deep, groovy Detroit techno!
One of the best Detroit-style tunes you will find on Soma Quality Recordings.

The A side contains two slightly above average filler tracks, and the odd... See full review
Marko Laine - Mosaic
posted a review of Marko Laine - Mosaic. over 4 years ago
"Read And Write" just grinds on unpleasantly for me after a while... apologies to the previous reviewer.

However "Mosaic" is a nice pumping acidic club techno tune, and "Moisture" is an absolute sweatbox slammer that would demolish any modern-day... See full review
Deputy Dawg - Dirtbag
posted a review of Deputy Dawg - Dirtbag. over 4 years ago
"Dirtbag" is a MASSIVE tune, got to be one of the best hard techno tunes of 1996. A must for any lover of pure, sweaty, dirty, headbanging techno.

"Gunslinger" manages to follow nicely on the flip with a driving, entrancing club workout. "Draw" is a... See full review
DJ Umek* - Glutamate, The Sound Of Slovenia
posted a review of DJ Umek* - Glutamate, The Sound Of Slovenia. over 4 years ago
Gotta give this one 5 stars for the hard plink-plonk whomper that is C1 "Argynine".

There are two exceptional quirky/raw/druggy techno crowdpleasers in A2 "Guaninine" & B1 "Glutamate" as well.
Evil C & The Hustler - Terrasse
posted a review of Evil C & The Hustler - Terrasse. over 4 years ago
This is a fantastic record. "Hi Sexy" marries the deep, sexy jazz-stained grooves of Hanna with a sort of 'sensible tech house' championed by acts like the Cab Drivers to great effect. If St. Germain's French Traxx EP was served as a main course,... See full review
Willpower - R-Pegio
posted a review of Willpower - R-Pegio. over 4 years ago
"Aquatic" is the jam here... bleeps & bass BOMB with strong pre-95 Detroit/Euro techno influences.

"Moby Dick" is in a somewhat similar (albeit deeper) vein, but is far less memorable.

The A-side should be more familiar to fans of Relief's signature... See full review
Rok - Defender 1 EP
posted a review of Rok - Defender 1 EP. over 4 years ago
Grab this for the incredibly hot Detroit-style techno workout "Live Drummer".

The flow is very sensible using simple ideas with lots of sweet fx and cuts happening over the top. In that respect, it reminds me a lot of Jan Driver's "Filter".... See full review
Bürger Tom* - Mondschein
posted a review of Bürger Tom* - Mondschein. over 4 years ago
B2 "Herr Müller" is a pummelling acid techno ride. Manic and powerful, yet balanced and focused ... the aural equivalent of a skilled cowboy taking on the meanest bull at the rodeo.
Saba - Die Strasse (Remixes)
posted a review of Saba - Die Strasse (Remixes). over 4 years ago
Rob Acid remix is fantastic. Straight acid techno w/ hints of tech trance til a very euphoric breakdown leads us into the clouds for the rest of the track with that uplifting, punchy "Babiczstyle" edge... lovely! Would be great for an outdoor block... See full review
Takkyu Ishino - Galactik Pizza Delivery Vol. 1
posted a review of Takkyu Ishino - Galactik Pizza Delivery Vol. 1. over 4 years ago
This is absolutely incredible!!

Fantastic production & bass on all tracks. Bleepy, spacey electro-techno is on offer here... could imagine DJ Stingray (2) banging the phat-as-hell A1 in a dark warehouse somewhere.

TRACK BPMs
A1: 137 | A2:... See full review
Calix - Deep Fried Porn EP
posted a review of Calix - Deep Fried Porn EP. over 4 years ago
A2 'Deep Inside' is a groovy flanged-out hard bleeps/acid techno jam with a similar structure to early 00's Superstition material albeit tougher. Fantastic builder!

Elsewhere we have the quirky breaks/electro/techno hybrid A1, the floating... See full review
Various - Probe Mission 1
posted a review of Various - Probe Mission 1. over 4 years ago
A1 is a powerful, energetic, upbeat acid techno jammer that makes you want to jump so high you touch the ceiling. Was used to devastating effect on Mix-Up Vol. 2 Featuring Jeff Mills - Live Mix At Liquid Room, Tokyo and also played by DJ Angus (RIP).
Shrill - Twinker
posted a comment on Shrill - Twinker. over 5 years ago
Nice review! You should put that N2O tape on youtube if you've got it :)
Phil Mison - Out Of The Blue
posted a review of Phil Mison - Out Of The Blue. over 5 years ago
Absolutely essential. Some blissful island-vibe music on this one, as well as two jazzy deep house classics (B3, C2).

LINER NOTES:

Like countless others, I made the pilgrimage in my youth to the Spanish island of Ibiza to enjoy the delights of its... See full review
Já Dene - Can't Read Your Mind
posted a review of Já Dene - Can't Read Your Mind. over 5 years ago
Absolutely beautiful. The R&B Radio Mix is enough to bring tears to the eyes of the most seasoned house-head. An amazing vocal and blissful arrangement... that chorus-laden plucked guitar line is just lovely.

For the floor you can't go past the... See full review
Various - A Decade Ilian Tape
posted a review of Various - A Decade Ilian Tape. over 5 years ago
Where to start with this brilliant VA?

Essentially we have here a landmark release for the breakbeat techno revival sound, in which this label has obviously played a huge part. What's surprising is the maturity shown by many of the Ilian Tape... See full review
Airpeople - Matterhorn
posted a review of Airpeople - Matterhorn. over 5 years ago
This record is stupidly underrated. The A side is a beautiful, measured, groovy 10min ambient breakbeat techno/downtempo journey...the B side is an amazing intelligent UK techno tune with a noticeable Detroit influence.

This would not be out of place... See full review
Mark Spoon & Pascal F.E.O.S. - The City: Bigger & Better
posted a comment on Mark Spoon & Pascal F.E.O.S. - The City: Bigger & Better. over 5 years ago
Agreed, the original is really fun hard trance fare too. Baby Doc remix is meh but the B side kicks.
Fantastic Plastic Machine - Whistle Song
posted a review of Fantastic Plastic Machine - Whistle Song. over 5 years ago
Have to disagree with the previous reviewer on the Grant Nelson mix. It is a brilliant dub house/garage mix which perfectly sums up the Tokyo/Shibuya late-nite-club sound of this period and is probably one of Nelson's best remixes. I still play it in... See full review
Various - Untitled
posted a comment on Various - Untitled. over 5 years ago
A1 is M People - How Can I Love You More (Sasha's Master Mix) **NOT the Qat mix from Renaissance series**
A2 is Rythm Invention - Chronoclasm (Nick Simpson's Portable Mix) from Can't Take It
B1 is LaTour - Blue (Hermes Trance Mix) from Blue
B2 is... See full review
Space Opera - Space 3001
submitted Space Opera - Space 3001. over 5 years ago
Maarten van der Vleuten - No Poppycocking
posted a review of Maarten van der Vleuten - No Poppycocking. over 5 years ago
Whilst there is a lot of background noise that is almost too much at times, it's not enough to fully detract from this incredible release. B1 is definitely the best tune on the EP (bleepy, uplifting Detroit techno gold) and it is playable... people... See full review
Infra-Red - Metamorphosis
submitted Infra-Red - Metamorphosis. over 5 years ago
Various - Moon By Day Vol. 2
submitted Various - Moon By Day Vol. 2. over 6 years ago
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Various - Autumn Sampler 2015
submitted Various - Autumn Sampler 2015. over 7 years ago
Viola Wills - These Things Happen
submitted Viola Wills - These Things Happen. over 7 years ago
Nick Jones - The Groove Project (Vol. 1)
submitted Nick Jones - The Groove Project (Vol. 1). over 7 years ago
George Benson, War, Bobby Konders - The World Is A Ghetto
submitted George Benson, War, Bobby Konders - The World Is A Ghetto. over 7 years ago