LATEST NEWS (MAY 2009):

I see glimpses of new hope shining through the thicket.

When we were One, we mooted greatness.

We soldiered on until we simply could not go on. Fall 2008.

Fast forward a year, greatness has materialised.

Before our very own disbelieving eyes.

Make no mistake, it was ours.

When we were One.

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posted a comment on Âme - Rej EP. over 5 years ago
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posted a review of Ryuichi Sakamoto - Music For Yohji Yamamoto Collection 1995. over 8 years ago
Bridge is a modern classical work for solo piano lasting over 35 minutes. It weaves itself through subtle variations of a central theme. The work begins with the mysterious and ambient soundscapes of prepared piano. It also features the soft hum of ... See full review
posted a review of Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol.2. over 8 years ago
Alva Noto's latest venture into the Xerrox series has finally arrived. This time, the dusty tracks of Vol.1 are shadowed by darkened clouds, and the air has become electrified with higher-voltage static. For instance, track 4 sounds almost as harsh as a ... See full review
posted a review of Jamie Saft, Merzbow - Merzdub. over 9 years ago
One thing Jamie Saft and Merzbow have in common is their experimental streak. Between them, there are fans of dub, fans of noise, or more unlikely, fans of both genres. This is probably why Merzdub is going to be one of those rare records that the ... See full review
posted a review of Kylie Minoise - You Suffer. over 10 years ago
This only happens once in a blue moon, even if the syndrome is prolonged: You get tired of the same pop-trash repeated to death on the radio, you get sick of hearing commercialised dance music in visionless clubs, you want a powerful cleansing agent to ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Higanbana. over 10 years ago
Higanbana is the Japanese name of Red Spider Lily, a red and fatally poisonous flower associated with death in Japan. It belongs to the species Cluster Amaryllis, which in turn is the title of Track 1: a red-hot inferno of screaming feedback sounding ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Electro Magnetic Unit. over 10 years ago
Electro Magnetic Unit is an aptly titled release. Images of sparked static electricity and raw waveforms of power electronics spring to mind while the steel-like bastion of fuzzy, white noise creeps closer and closer to the listener. The approach on the ... See full review
posted a review of Ricardo Villalobos - Sei Es Drum. over 10 years ago
Mr Villalobos is at it again: polarising views with his latest musical outing, eliciting discussions on whether he is the future or demise of "minimal". Seriously, who cares? Not the genius himself. His self-unawareness and indifference shines through ... See full review
posted a review of Le Noir - Eleny. over 10 years ago
The original version is a slab of commercial lard that is too bubbly for home but too tacky for the clubs. You know the formula: Set Umbrella-esque-beats-to-swelling-strings-wailing-in-minor-key (oh how beautiful), add a dash of melancholy here and a ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Yoshinotsune. over 10 years ago
Merzbow's fascination with birds of all species continue on this triumphant release packed with surprises. Track 1 wracks up a storm of steady 4/4 drumbeats like you never heard from Merzbow before, only to sound gradually more like tribal beats, a ... See full review
posted a review of Burial Chamber Trio - Burial Chamber Trio. over 10 years ago
All hail Darkness. Rising as an incarnate of various outfits of big names in Doom at the moment, the unholy trinity of "Burial Chamber Trio" has birthed its first and decidedly diabolical LP. On the first track, Greg & Oren's hypnotic doom-and-gloom ... See full review
posted a review of David Benoit - Waiting For Spring. over 10 years ago
A totally decent album by David Benoit! Contemporary jazz, so smooth and gentle, is blended together by the cool sounds of electric guitar, bass, light percussion, and piano. David Benoit is in top pianistic form with his impressive jazz improvisations, ... See full review
posted a review of Marlon D* - Underground Collective EP Vol. 1. over 10 years ago
At first blush, this record sounds old skool, without freshness or surprise. But one day, I woke up, played the toons again, and something clicked: This release is simple, straightforward, and yet commands rigorous attention from hips. You keep expecting ... See full review
posted a review of Nadja (5) - Thaumogenesis. over 10 years ago
Nadja has released a monster track lasting over an hour on the equally well-respected label, aRCHIVE. Soft, ambient synths cooing like mysterious zephyrs slowly open the gate into a thicket, while minimal strums of guitars crawl along its trail. Five ... See full review
posted a review of Audion - Suckfish. over 10 years ago
This fish doesn't suck; it just takes a bit of getting used to. Hearing this stuff, I see demented, psychedelic, flashing, illusory strobe-lights rhythmically blinking to bleeping, acidic, funky, "sawtooth" techno as though the entire joint's trippin' on ... See full review
posted a review of Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol.1. over 10 years ago
For a compelling first listening experience, my suggestion is to skip the Astoria tracks; they provide little insight and instead detract from the flow of this otherwise perfect album. Dive right into the sizzling, fuzzy, ultra-world of Alva Noto's ... See full review
posted a review of Agoria - Les Violons Ivres. over 10 years ago
I usually turn my nose up at 'techno' artistes incorporating strains of classical music to 4/4 thumps since thinking caps are usually shelved away in those exercises (Orbit, are you listening?). I visualize dead composers turning and retching in their ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso - Umbrella. over 10 years ago
What a masturbatory piece of commercial tribal house, suited for the peak hours of equally commercial clubs. An echoey intro with nothing more than loops, increasing in volume, goes on for about 2 boring minutes before tribal beats are dropped, with ... See full review
posted a review of Outwork Featuring Mr. Gee (4) - Elektro. over 10 years ago
The first couple of remixes - from Joey Negro & The Cube Guys - are the highlights of this maxi-single. Elektro is a fantastic, club-oriented house tune with a super-funky bassline and catchy lyrics. MrGee "rap-sings" on vocals, giving it great bounce ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow vs Nordvargr* - Partikel II. over 10 years ago
Let me be direct. Partikel II is nowhere as innovative or interesting as compared to its 2004 predecessor. "Reakt 1" throws odd rhythms and effects together to bizarre effect, without direction and seemingly without a point. "Luxon" is ominous like ... See full review
posted a review of Haino* | Null* - Mamono. over 10 years ago
"Mamono" is a worthy and intense study in musical construction and deconstruction. Track 1 sounds like an experiment-gone-wrong: Null's textured sound effects is layered upon Haino's pained, screaming vocals. At the 5'40" mark, the whole track warps into ... See full review
posted a review of Marc Romboy Vs Stephan Bodzin* - Puck / Io. over 10 years ago
"Puck" is not necessarily instantly likeable, but let it sit for a while. Let the thick, phat bassline, menacing thuds, and torrid electro squalls course through your entire system, and bring you on a trip. Then let the sweeter, funked up 'Io' take over, ... See full review
posted a review of Keiji Haino - Reveal'd To None As Yet - An Expedience To Utterly Vanish Consciousness While Still Alive. over 10 years ago
It is a feat for music artistes to sustain the interest of his audience for even 20 minutes, let alone past the 40th-minute mark. Keiji Haino, the fearless, fearsome, experimental maestro goes the whole way TWICE in an album. Track 1 has cymbals clashing ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Zophorus. over 10 years ago
From the word 'go', Zophorus explodes into action. Urgent loops at high bpms meet psychedelic squelching and tweaked bleeping that sandpaper captive ears into obligatory deafness. Against Merzbow's latest bastion of noise, compliance is demanded. ... See full review
posted a review of Outwork - Out Of Time. over 10 years ago
After Outwork's explosive track "Elektro" won and deserved ten rounds of rave on dancefloors, they produced a slew of cheesy remixes that spoke nothing of their music-making prowesses. And so Outwork released the aptly titled "Out Of Time", clawing their ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Irritating Music For Discerning Snobs Desperate To Impress Their Jaded Friends. over 10 years ago
Listening to tracks 1 to 5, I could not understand how this release got a low rating from oggers. From the gentle but uneasy vocals cooing over minimal instrumentation on 1, to the experimental and dangerous prose/suite of 2, to the folksy harmonica ... See full review
posted a review of Fennesz, Sakamoto* - Cendre. over 10 years ago
Cendre is a slow, moving, impressionistic collaboration of substantial quality between Fennesz and Sakamoto. Fennesz provides the sparse, sometimes-shimmering, sometimes-hazy atmospheric canvas upon which Sakamoto sprinkles his minimalist piano tinkles. ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Scene. over 10 years ago
Scene is a supreme surrealist work, with passages so hallucinatory you find yourself utterly -lost- in it. From metalworks in an unknown territory, to birdcalls echoing in a seemingly empty vastness, to drum patterns remniscent of 2004's excellent ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Frog+. over 10 years ago
Merzbow's Frog+ is a fantasia of electrified frogs, squealing and croaking at perfectly timed positions on some tracks, whilst on others, they leap into the error-filled world of Satanstornade (Masami Akita + Russell Haswell) and churn out vortexes of ... See full review
posted a review of Slam - This World. over 10 years ago
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the majority who gave this release such high ratings is doing it for the golden, tribal/deep house workout of Wighnomy Brothers & Robag Wruhme. On their mix, vocal re-manipulation matches the thump-humping, ... See full review
posted a review of Underworld - Bruce Lee. over 10 years ago
This quirky Bruce Lee single is bloody interesting (pun). Released in 1999, it's still as challenging a listen today, as it was then. Salt City Orchestra's spin on Cups is deep house, disco, ambience, all squeezed into an ultraviolet track that soars ... See full review
posted a review of Danny Tenaglia - Dibiza (Bring The Drums Back). over 10 years ago
Danny "Mother" Tenaglia of Tribal House brought the drums back, and brought elements of "Elements" back, into her den of iniquity. Dibiza pounds with the ferocity, frankness and darkness of a leather club, and ensnares with its full-on array of vocals, ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Senmaida. over 10 years ago
Merzbow delivers 3 pieces of frentic, pulsating, beat-infused dirty sounds which is nicely remniscent of the (in)famous Merzbeat, and in the form of "tracts". Perhaps not surprisingly, each "tract" is a pun on the word "track", and a region of an ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - Minazo Volume 1. over 10 years ago
I love this brutal tribute album. Merzbow aka Masami Akita begins his liner notes thus: "Minazo, an elephant seal, died at 17:15 pm on October 4, 2005. He was 11 years old, still young for an elephant seal whose life expectancy is 20 years on average. ... See full review
posted a review of Sunn O))) & Boris (3) - Altar. over 10 years ago
The album Altar has been released in various formats, but this Japanese release is the most complete and sought after. There are only 1000 copies, all sold out! Featured are great extra tracks: (i) "The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep)", a meltingly beautiful ... See full review
posted a review of Sunn O))) & Earth (2) - Angel Coma. over 11 years ago
Earth and Sunn O))) has each crafted an epic piece that demonstrates their musical style, and their expert manipulation of atmospheres and moods, down to a 'T'.

Sunn O)))'s Coma Mirror - thanks to the skin-crawling howls of Malefic - is frightening ... See full review
posted a review of Björk - Hyper-ballad. over 11 years ago
This release is only valuable for the David Morales Classic Mix of Hyper-ballad, since all other mixes are found on CD 1 of the maxi-single released by One Little Indian (the latter even contains other mixes unavailable on this release). What makes it ... See full review
posted a review of Roy Ayers - Virgin Ubiquity Remixed. over 11 years ago
"Virgin Ubiquity", the compilation series of Roy Ayers' works, is a true testament to how the songs were ahead of their times. And now, remixed by a coterie of the finest remixers today, the album is magically transformed to suit progressive dancefloors ... See full review
posted a review of The Micronauts - Anarchie. over 11 years ago
"High Rise" alone makes this release worth getting. Is it happycore? Is it techno? Is it rave? Nevermind. It is unapologetically fun, even if it may sound somewhat tacky at first. It is 9 minutes long, 1.5 minutes of it devoted to a screeching intro ... See full review
posted a review of Induceve - Warehouse Shit. over 11 years ago
Induceve as Jesse Rose's tech house moniker does a bang-up job here with funky, filthy, and filtered noize. From the psychedelic squelches of 'Warehouse Shit' (wickeder than Fatboy Slim's Everybody Needs A 303), to the funky pumps of 'Stay Cool' ... See full review
posted a review of Jesse Rose - You're All Over My Head. over 11 years ago
'You're All Over My Head' is a full-on tech house assault with an electro bassline that descends chromatically. Using quaint 70's-sounding samples as break downs, the grooves kick harder and deeper upon return. 'Evening Standard' may be a favourite of ... See full review
posted a review of Sunn O))) - The GrimmRobe Demos. over 11 years ago
You need lots of patience for this one. Some Sunn O))) recordings can induce hypnosis / utter despair. What this particular album may do for some, however, is induce slumber. It's experimental, it's edgy, it's loud, it's brash. It's all that, but it's ... See full review
posted a review of Koop - Koop Islands. over 11 years ago
Koop is back! Whereas their previous album 'Waltz For Koop' oozes inner-city sophistication and subtlety, 'Koop Islands' goes right for the jugular with less surprises. Think Nicola Conte, two shades more languid. With its irresistible samba / blues ... See full review
posted a review of Swayzak - Shape Memory Effect. over 11 years ago
Oolaah. Here's timeless tech/house beats and bass splashed with lush, warm tones of a synth pad's palette, punctuated by colorful dots and streaks of electro-efx. The result is 3 sexy works of deep house, beautiful as a sunset, hip as a midnight club, ... See full review
posted a review of Ricardo Villalobos / Henrik Schwarz - Silverbird Casino EP1. over 11 years ago
Jimis 2006 is a rumbling deep house track with Henrik Schwarz's signature written all over it. It glows with trippy, iridescent luminence as electricity pulsates through its deep, dark body. Watch out for the undertow of menace, which will confront and ... See full review
posted a review of Âme - Rej EP. over 11 years ago
Midnight hour. Deep, deep, deep electro/house-grooves with stylish, swooping synths zap discerning ears into activity. Synth stabs, almost nihilistic, dot out a delicate, fleeting melody in C# minor, not scary but a little melancholy. Rej is the dancing ... See full review
posted a review of Tosca - Souvenirs. over 11 years ago
Fans of "Opera" and "Suzuki", run. With 3 or 4 saving graces, the miasma of dance styles from this CD is bland, tasteless, and at times, revolting. Here's a run through of selected tracks, good and bad:-

Track 1 - Irritating twangs, with an angry Theo ... See full review
posted a review of Surgeon - Force+Form. over 11 years ago
Delicious, intelligent and groovy. This is an album where relentless drum loops give architecture to mysterious sound effects. After the brief intro, "Ice" delivers echoes of picks hitting crystals through a cavernous, throbbing cave. "Black Jackal ... See full review
posted a review of Gus Gus* - VIP 2. over 11 years ago
Using one of the best songs from the album This Is Normal, this maxi-single is well worth every cent. The remixers are famous and the remixes? Top-notch. Francois K and Heller & Farley each give the tune a straight-up house workover, destined for the ... See full review
posted a review of Pet Shop Boys - So Hard (The KLF vs Pet Shop Boys). over 11 years ago
Track 1 is an understated dance number which still sounds relevant today. Steady and thumping beats set to the unmistakable voice of Neil Tennant. Save for his refrain "We make it so hard" (lifted off the original lyrics, which for sure is a deliberate ... See full review