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posted a review of Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now. over 16 years ago
that "praise you (original version)" is WAY better than ANYTHING by Fatboy Slim that ever got played on the radio!! and, no, its not the same droning "radio hit" of the late 90's its totally different!!!
posted a review of Aphrodite - Urban Jungle. over 16 years ago
Alright, I'll admit I added this release when I was pretending to know more than I ought to about electronic music, and it has no 2-step. But I still think a good deal of it counts as tech step. You're right about jump up. what amen there isn't even amen ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Tigerbeat6 Inc.. over 16 years ago
This compilation changed the way I listen to music. Like all music that is REALLY good it took 3 or 4 listens to grow on me. At first it seemed it little rough and snippy, kind of unfinished. It wasn't until a while listening to it that I... um... got ... See full review
posted a review of Matmos - A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure. over 16 years ago
This album is revolting a beautiful. The first track is made from arranged samples of ACTUAL LIPOSUCTION! The other tracks include samples of LASIK surgery, Hearing aid tests, lab rat cages, human skulls, and rhinoplasty. Matmos are geniuses. Buy this ... See full review
posted a review of Neutral - Font Translation Errors. over 16 years ago
Neutral is Nicole Elmer who has release some stuff on Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu. This CD is from a label in Texas. A lot of the elements in this music sound like they come from over the phone. While it probably falls under the blanket of "IDM," a lot of ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Elektronika II. over 16 years ago
This is the first electronica CD I ever bought. Its still one of my very favorites. Its got some rolling filter-funk. Some jittery, jumpy drum n bass. Some tech-step and big beat. Even a little vintage stuff ala Gong with the whole Orb remix thing going ... See full review
posted a review of Kid606 - Down With The Scene. over 16 years ago
This is good shit. The first time I heard it, I didn't know if I should try to get into it or cover my ears. The thing was, it nagged the hell out of me... How could this music have be so much NOISE and at the same time have so much weird ... See full review
posted a review of - . over 17 years ago
This album is actually kind of a disappointment! I was hoping for stuff more in line with "Dig Your Own Hole" This sounds a little more watered down somehow. There is one song on it, though, that's REALLY good! "Let Forever Be" is one of my all-time ... See full review
posted a review of - . over 17 years ago
Brothers Gonna Work It Out finds the Chemical Brothers leaning towards the DJ role of mixing and matching others' works, although they integrate remixes of their own numbers along with tunes by, and remixes of, Meat Beat Manifesto, Manic Street ... See full review
posted a review of The Artful Dodger* - Re-Rewind Back By Public Demand. over 17 years ago
This doesn't sound like anything else in my collection, but for some reason I've found I have a sweet spot for UK Garage. I can't explain it. I usually don't like R&B-sounding stuff, but this is actually pretty nice!
posted a review of Neworder* - Technique. over 17 years ago
I heard somewhere that this is one of the main albums that kicked of the whole Manchester rave scene back in the eighties. It's got some synths and some guitars. Some live drums and some drum machines. It's got vocals and it sounds totally eighties.
posted a review of Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat. over 17 years ago
This sound like a somebody with very little musical talent trying to eek out a little bit of electronic music on the assumption that it takes no effort. It too repetitive
posted a review of Fatboy Slim - Volume 1 The Signature Series Presents: Fatboy Slim's Greatest Remixes. over 17 years ago
These are all the big one from up until Fatboy Slim really took off. It's an interesting look into his history. Fatboy Slim has been known to be pretty picky about who he'll remix. He recently turned down a lucrative deal with Madonna.
posted a review of Various - Bugjuice Vol. VI. over 17 years ago
There's some pretty commercial tracks on this. It's not the best I've ever heard. It's all pretty hard-sounding.
posted a review of The Freight Elevator Quartet - Becoming Transparent. over 17 years ago
These guys remind of DJ Spooky. Illbient flowing atmospherics with snippits of heavy breaks and mechanical sounds. Thought-provoking. B
posted a review of Sound Track - The Cooler. over 17 years ago
This is very minimal ambient. I didn't like it at first, but it kind of grew on me. Steady beat, slowly building tracks. C
posted a review of Various - One Label Under A Groove. over 17 years ago
This CD is OUTSTANDING! The first half is more conventional jazz, and the second half is more eltro-jazz. some almost borders on drum n bass! A+
posted a review of Us3 - I'm Thinking About Your Body. over 17 years ago
This CD would be a total loss if it weren't for the KMA remix. That single track was worth the price of the whole CD. Its that stretchy, jittery type of jungle-ish beat experimentalism. I can't get enough of that track!
posted a review of Fatboy Slim - Sunset (Bird Of Prey). over 17 years ago
I picked this baby up at the 2000 Portland CD expo. Its the only one of its kind that I've seen. I think it was made to be an exciting sneak peak very early on, because the song trails off just as it's heating up.
posted a review of Various - Astralwerks.1999.v1. over 17 years ago
This is almost as good as Astralwerks 1999 V.2! Call me crazy, but I'm really into the Cassius mix!
posted a review of Various - Astralwerks Sampler 2001 V.1. over 17 years ago
WHAT HAPPENED? This is the worst Astralwerks sampler I've EVER HEARD! What's with all this new alt. rock/new age bologna?! Charlie no like! (Except for the basement jaxx track!!!)
posted a review of Various - Astralwerks 1999 v.2. over 17 years ago
This album has earned to distinction of being my favorite Astralwerks sampler (and I've heard 'em all) excellent range of styles. This is worth a listen! A+
posted a review of Gearwhore - Drive. over 17 years ago
I wonder why Gearwhore never took off... This album is has this great, thick, distorted guitar-soupy sound, hmm I hope that made sense. B
posted a review of Q-Burns Abstract Message - Oeuvre. over 17 years ago
I picked this up at Portland CD expo last year, mostly because is was on Astralwerks. Something about QBAM just doesn't quite klick. It's not terrible music, it just doesn't make much of a mark
posted a review of Black Rose - If I Could Only Be With You. over 17 years ago
This is quite a German cheezeball! Complete with German accent on the vocals and everything!
posted a review of Moby - Play: The B Sides. over 17 years ago
Some of these songs are better than the songs on "Play" many of them are faster, and all sound less polished, which I like
posted a review of Fatboy Slim - Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars. over 17 years ago
I don't like this as much as some of his other albums. Its good, and I like "ya mama" (the one with "SHAKE WHAT YA MAAAMAAAA GAAAVE YYAAAHH). But some of the tracks just bore me.
posted a review of Chaos A.D.. over 17 years ago
Tom Jenkinson is also Squarepusher. As Choas A.D. he's a bit harsher. I agree this album is quite revealing. Especially on "Generation Shit" when he's bashing on boring techno and says sarcastically: "KICK, SNARE, KICK, SNARE, KICK, SNARE OH THAT'S SOOOO ... See full review
posted a review of . over 17 years ago
This group was popular back in the mid-90's. Their sound is pretty conventional: Big heavy, looming, base-heavy dancehall music.
posted a review of µ-Ziq. over 17 years ago
Mike Paradinas, the man behind U-ziq, is an absolute genius. In the mid 90's he hung out with similar artists such as Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Richard D. James (Aphex Twin), and Luke vibert (Plug, Wagon Christ) His style feature more funk/jazzish ... See full review
posted a review of Basement Jaxx - Jaxx Unreleased. over 17 years ago
This album is a little less latin-influenced than "Remedy" and a little harder and more phrenetic. There are some gems in it as well as some rehashed slop
posted a review of Various - The Braindance Coincidence. over 17 years ago
This is an OUTSTANDING compilation, lots of tracks I would never have gotten ahold of otherwise! Bogdan Raczynski's "Death To The Natives" is fucking MADNESS! And Chaos A.D's "Psultan (Squarepusher Mix)" is, barn none, one of the BEST tracks I have ever ... See full review
posted a review of Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers. over 17 years ago
Mike is Mike Paradinas (Mu-ziq) Rich is Richard D. James (Aphex Twin). Together they're awesome. On some tracks they build on old rock-n-roll samples, constructing a big layered groove. I have a theory: Mike controls the right speaker/channel, Richard ... See full review
posted a review of µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness. over 17 years ago
Mike Paradinas, the man behind U-ziq, is an absolute genius. In the mid 90's he hung out with Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Richard D. James (Aphex Twin), and Luke vibert (Plug, Wagon Christ) His style feature more funk/jazzish stylings, with flowing ... See full review
posted a review of Wink* - Are You There.... over 17 years ago
The title track of this single is kind of boring minimal stuff, but the last three tracks make it all worthwhile, particularly "autumn dayz" WOW!!!!
posted a review of Moby - Songs (1993-1998). over 17 years ago
I bought this for "Go" and "Feeling So Real" and ended liking quite a few of the other tracks too. Styles from from arranged instrumentals to all out rasta-DJ-sampling techno.
posted a review of Astralwerks. over 17 years ago
Astralwerks is a very solid label. It's one of my favorite labels. The artists range the conventional (Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers) the reasonably out-there (mu-ziq)
posted a review of Rephlex. over 17 years ago
This is where the whole "Braindance" thing got started. The label was co-founded by Aphex Twin! Between this and Warp and arguably Skam, the style has gotten a cult following since the early 90's.
posted a review of Various - Modulations: Cinema For The Ear. over 17 years ago
I think this is a great compilation. It's very wide ranging, because the film it came from represents a pretty wide range of style. Track 1 is early moog disco. tracks 2, through 6 are some nice examples of detroit techno. 7, 8, and 9 are each a ... See full review
posted a review of L.A. Style - L.A. Style. over 17 years ago
L.A. Style was popular back in the early to mid-90's in southern California. Particulary, the track "James Brown Is Dead" was popular. This stuff is CLASSIC. Big fat synth chords and big heavy base hits all around.
posted a review of Various - Ninja Cuts: Funkungfusion. over 17 years ago
I bought this compilation a couple years ago and hasn't left my most-listened-to CD-booklet yet. It's FANTASTIC! Most of the stuff on it is illbient, with a real nice feael to it. Luke Vibert's "Slipped Disc" features old James Brown drums with smooth ... See full review
posted a review of Moby - Play. over 17 years ago
This album is a departure from Moby's earlier work, very slow and thoughtful. Most of the tracks feature samples of a gospel choir from a bunch of cassettes Moby bought when he visited the south. I think its okay for a listen now and then, but its not my ... See full review
posted a review of Nightmares On Wax - Sound Of N.O.W.. over 17 years ago
This is a great album, Nightmares On Wax really has a more hip-hop feel to his music. These are all chillout tracks on this album. The last track, remixed by DJ Food is PHENOMENAL; timestretched beats, ill atmospheric. Outstanding!
posted a review of Various - Warp10+3 Remixes. over 17 years ago
Tracks on this compilation range from, strangely genious to just plain weird. Each song is written by one Warp artist and remixed by another warp artist. This definitely isn't for everyone. It's very avant garde, but out of all that strange energy that ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* - Riddim Warfare. over 17 years ago
This album is all over the place! DJ Spooky has that whole experimental sound scientist thing about him. I like some tracks, and I don't like some tracks.
posted a review of Speedy J - A Shocking Hobby. over 17 years ago
I got this album when it was recommended to me by a guy that works at the record shop I shop at. I'm glad I bought it! Its somewhat minimalist drum n bass with some chilly atmospherics. The main focus seems to be the distorted trashcan-style beats. The ... See full review
posted a review of Plug - Drum 'n' Bass For Papa + Plug EP's 1, 2 & 3. over 17 years ago
This album is incredible. This is drum n bass at its best. The tracks with numbers for titles are the best. The best part is, as far as I can tell, Vibert doesn't even need amen breaks throughout this whole album and it's still one of the best ones out ... See full review
posted a review of Nine Inch Nails - Broken. over 17 years ago
The way this EP opens up, is really awesome, and it isn't too harsh-sounding for me, but it seems like, from there the rest of the album just gradually descends into choas.
posted a review of Various - Astralwerks 2000.2. over 17 years ago
This is another Astralwerks sampler that is somewhat disappointing. I don't quite understand Astralwerks' latest move toward more conventional bands. I did, however, like the track "Bingo Bango" by Basement Jaxx with its characterist latin influence.
posted a review of Various - Astralwerks 2000.1. over 17 years ago
As Astralwerks samplers go, this one is pretty week. However, there are some listen-worthy tracks. Particularly, ì-ziq's "the fear." Which combines, ì-ziq's trademark frantic beats with some funky riffs. I also liked Luke Vibert and BJ Cole's "Swing ... See full review