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posted a comment on Altern 8 - Full On .. Mask Hysteria. 6 days ago
Heads up! 2016 3x12" remaster incoming:

https://altern8official.bandcamp.com/releases

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posted a comment on Nexus 21 - I Know We Can Make It. 6 days ago
Well I guess it depends on your definition of "quality".

I love the early Nexus 21 releases, proper cool Detroit inspired Techno.

But I also love their work as Altern 8, even more so.

I just find it so funny how Techno purists are always so confined ... See full review
posted a comment on D.J. Vortex & Arpa's Dream* - Incoming. 10 days ago
Nah mate, the Arome (Scot Project) remix is where it's at.

When Scot Project did a remix it around this period it was usually the best mix, and this is no exception.

Sublime production, so clever and imaginative.

That buildup is magnificent, it just ... See full review
posted a comment on Cinema Strange - Lindsay's Trachea / Greensward Grey. 15 days ago
This really deserves a 12" 45rpm reissue, with the original artwork.

I'm surprised no label has thought of it, considering the high demand for this act.
posted a review of Vangelis - Beaubourg. 16 days ago
Some say he created this beast as he was contractually obliged to produce one more LP for RCA, but those who do generally do not appreciate the insanity that lies within.

After the inspiring Heaven & Hell, Albedo 0.39 and Spiral, fans were left in ... See full review
posted a comment on Vangelis - Albedo 0.39. 16 days ago
Calling all hardcore Vangelis fans!

Was there ever an instrumental of the title track released? I love the spoken word vocals, but it would be amazing to listen to the actual music without it.

It's like the best spacey Library track ever.
posted a comment on Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool. 26 days ago
I wish I knew, tacomax666. My wife is getting me one as a birthday gift so I don't want to ask her about how the payment went.

I'm certain others who placed the preorder will let us know.
posted a review of Earth Leakage Trip - Psychotronic EP. 27 days ago
Nice to see this still getting attention, 25 years after release.

"No Idea" creates an incredible hallucinatory experience, all through very inspired & intricate production.

This track really reminds me of FSOL, that sublime mixture of technology & ... See full review
posted a review of Skin Up - Blockbuster. 27 days ago
Great idea for a rave track, but apart from the Blockbusters intro it's a bit shite.

It sounds like it was produced by people who didn't really get the proper hardcore rave scene, they just tried to replicate the sounds and effects.

Still, it's ... See full review
posted a comment on Crossover - Space Death. 27 days ago
Black Mess has a virtually identical melody to G4 Man from Love Emulator.

Is this intentional, or is there a another unknown source for the melody (before Sinema)?

The melody does sound like it could be from some obscure 80's track.
posted a comment on Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool. 27 days ago
Is there a ship date yet for the special edition 2x12" preorders?
submitted Crossover - Funeral Flowers. 27 days ago
posted a comment on Alternative TV - Strange Kicks. about 1 month ago
This album seems to divide ATV fans.

While their early material was rawly emotional punk, this LP brings the band firmly into the 80's in every respect.

Not just with a New Wave feeling though! There's plenty of variety on Strange Kicks, from the pure ... See full review
submitted ICE MC / Corona - Think About The Way / The Rhythm Of The Night. about 1 month ago
posted a comment on FPU - Crockett's Theme (Remixes). about 1 month ago
To be fair vinyl.only, the FPU original is more of a tribute. Of course you'll play the original Jan Hammer version instead in a club (well, if the club is on a chillout vibe), but it's still an interesting take. I think the cheap synths are ... See full review
posted a comment on Tecno Flight 1 - Fuck You!. about 1 month ago
I made a re-edit of Fuck You without the cheesy piano / strings breakdown.

I think it works much better in an oldschool techno set. Let me know if you want to hear it.
posted a review of Jo Lemaire + Flouze - Precious Time. about 1 month ago
A sublime mixture of early Eurythmics, Lene Lovich, Siouxsie Sioux & Kas Product (with plenty of very early Berlin too).

Very cutting edge, especially considering the 1980 release date.

Jo Lemaire's vocals are quite unique, that distinct Belgian sound. ... See full review
posted a comment on Yello - I Love You. about 1 month ago
This version of You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess is outstanding.

It could have been made in 2005, in the middle of the whole "Indie Dance" scene popularised by acts like Soulwax & WhoMadeWho.

Pure dancefloor mayhem!
posted a review of Space Art (2) - Nous Savons Tout / Mélodie Moderne. about 1 month ago
Both tracks are sublime. Nous savons tout is an epic cosmic adventure, very serious in nature but with a beautiful melody that is sparingly used.

The atmosphere is what this track is really about, and the occasional melody is an escape into ... See full review
posted a review of Volksmusik - Secret Girl EP. about 1 month ago
Secret Girl is an incredible return to the early 80's, the peak of the New Romantic sound.

The vocals are similar to Steve Strange, and indeed the track itself is reminiscent of Visage.

A superb, staccato bassline (as in The Anvil by Visage) rocks ... See full review
posted a review of Evil Maniax - The Creators Of Hardcore. about 1 month ago
The remix of We Are The Creators Of Hardcore is one of Rob Gee's best, in my opinion.

So typically his style, that kind of Metal-infused Gabber but with a funny edge.

The original mix is perhaps still the better of the two though, the vocals spit true ... See full review
posted a review of Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia. about 1 month ago
Lovely pressing, sounds superb.

I bought Hypnophobia yesterday after listening to the single Find Yourself on Youtube. Jacco's first LP is amazing, and I was interested to see where he would go on this follow up.

It's a much more personal LP in a way, ... See full review
posted a comment on Voiron - Station Cibie. about 1 month ago
Station Cibie is a wonderful track, that sounds totally retro yet has a distinct freshness.

As restless mentions below, it's a cross between The Attic & some hands-in-the-air rave euphoria.

I also get a hint of Q.
posted a comment on Various - A Warped Sense Of Human. about 1 month ago
Check out the tracks by N.A. Pop 2000.

Very cool new wave / synth combined with some gothic female vocal.

Love it!
posted a review of Debbie Harry* - Feel The Spin. about 1 month ago
A lovely track, kinda Freestyle in my opinion. I don't know much about Freestyle, but I think this would qualify.

Really euphoric, happy vibes. Debbie is as wonderful as always, such emotion.

Peak time party material!
posted a comment on Q-Tex - The Power Of Love. about 1 month ago
Thanks for the confirmation, adylee!

I need to check my copy of Energise to see if it does the same thing.
posted a comment on The Dead Texan - The Dead Texan. about 1 month ago
And still waiting...

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posted a comment on Radiohead - OK Computer. about 1 month ago
Decent quality sound, just the occasional small pop or tick. Don't think it's static.

Bizarrely, mine came with a spindle mark on LP1 straight out of the shrink. Quality control testing or something?
posted a review of The Horrorist - Fire Funmania. 2 months ago
A stunning return to form after the slightly disappointing Joyless Pleasure.

We start off with Enter The Sex Game, in which we are treated to some rather unnerving S&M thoughts. It is relentless & unforgiving.

It is nothing, however, compared to ... See full review
posted a review of 2 Fabiola - The Milkyway. 2 months ago
The original mix has that "hardcore / hands in the air / hardcore / hands in the air" vibe, usually preferred by the Italians around this time.

Hey, it's alright, but the formula can be quite cheesy.

Flip this over to the Privacy mix for a proper taste ... See full review
posted a review of Twenty-One - The Eyes Of Don Johnson. 2 months ago
The only similarity between this and You Keep Me Hanging On is the typical Hi-NRG off-beat bassline.

They are totally different songs!

I love this track, it's pretty trashy (think The Flirts on a budget) but I give it points for the title alone. "The ... See full review
posted a review of Moor* - The Additional Works. 2 months ago
Quite simply, a remarkable package.

Everyone knows Fly Away, and usually that would be reason enough to buy any 12". But here, you get something extra.

Flip it over to the b-side and soak in the absolute beauty that is Green Heaven. De Moor at his ... See full review
posted a review of André Visior - Skyline. 2 months ago
The Arizona remix is mid-2000 era Trance at it's purest.

A sublime track, right at the last breaths of the '99 golden age influence.

The original mix is predictable Tech-Trance, and the Funabashi remix is nice enough Progressive (think Solarstone), but ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Tracks Volume 2. 2 months ago
All 4 tracks are legit. Yeah it's an expensive 12", but the quality of the music makes it worth a purchase.

My personal favourite is Moth Holes. It's got a vibe of early 90's rave (think along the lines of Erase Your Mind).

I kinda lost interest in dance ... See full review
posted a review of The Horrorist - Mission Ecstasy 2003. 2 months ago
The Hacker is on full form here, turning the original from its concerned (almost junkie) desire for E into a throbbing celebration of being high on MDMA itself.

It's inventive, it's driving, and it's 100% pure dancefloor destroyer. The Horrorist's ... See full review
posted a review of Three Drives - Carrera 2. 2 months ago
While the Nu-NRG remix is absolutely immense, it does seem to sound quite muted on this Vandit press.

Is it just my ears?

I'd like to hear the CD edit on Nebula to see if it's the same.
posted a review of Jean-Pierre Decerf - Accélération. 2 months ago
Sublime material from the ever reliable Decerf, one of the masters of Library Synth.

Melodic, dramatic, full of flair & invention.

Irresistible!
posted a review of Térapi - Primale. 2 months ago
Ultra quirky New Wave from Montreal. Part ska, part punk, part synth-pop, all awesome.

Reminds me a lot of the Norwegian neo-New Wave pop band Surferosa. I doubt they have ever heard of Térapi, but my god the vocalist reminds me a lot them.
posted a comment on Dalek I - Compass Kum'pas. 2 months ago
Scratched vinyl straight out of the shrinkwrap, causing massive pops & ticks across A1, A2, B1, B2.

I hope GZ Media have sorted this shit out by now. It always happens with their coloured pressings.
posted a comment on The Electronic Circus - Direct Lines. 2 months ago
I don't think the masters have been discovered. The tracks on the bandcamp page have vinyl surface noise if you listen closely at the end of each song.
posted a review of Medical Records LLC. 2 months ago
It's a decent label that releases pretty cool material, but some of the pressings have sound quality issues.

While multicoloured vinyl is pretty to the eye, it is never a patch on black vinyl as far as sound quality goes.

This is further hampered by ... See full review
posted a comment on Boards Of Canada. 2 months ago
Yo Phaelam, I was only commenting on the Discogs review stat which I found funny.

Crazy as it may sound, I am well aware that the Beatles have sold more records than BoC.

Not that it matters who sold the most music. Success has no correlation to ... See full review
posted a review of DK8* - Murder Was The Bass (The Remixes Part III). 2 months ago
The Smith & Selway remix is the party time remix of this anthem.

While the original "Reworked" is still the ultimate version, the Smith & Selway remix managed to grab it by the balls and inject even more amphetamine into it.

It's unashamedly fun, it's ... See full review
posted a review of Mark Tyler - London, Let's 'Ave Yer!. 2 months ago
No doubt about it, the original mix is on the a-side for a reason.

I still remember hearing this track for the first time on a mix CD from the old Wax magazine, and being blown away.

Funny as it may sound, back in '99 we still didn't really care much ... See full review
posted a comment on Dalek I Love You* - Dalek I Love You. 2 months ago
Pretty cool New Wave with plenty of quirky touches. Will definitely appeal to fans of Oingo Boingo.
posted a comment on Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica 2 - The Heart Of Noise. 2 months ago
I'm getting definite vibes of 4JG from The Human League on the Numan collaboration "Here For You".

Anyone else hear the similarity?
posted a review of Profiler - This Is Who We Are. 2 months ago
The Steve Morley remix is a powerhouse of a tune, ticking all the right boxes for what we now call a '99 Trance Anthem.

The typical 140bpm tempo, melodic flourishes on the build-up, luscious pads, and of course a massive breakdown into arpeggiated riff ... See full review
submitted Gleave Dobbin - Gleave. 3 months ago
submitted Dudley Moore Trio - Bedazzled. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Seb - Rainbow Islands. 3 months ago
Why no Sharkey remix on the CD issue? Inexcusable!

You can of course get it on React Test Five, but I'm flummoxed as to why they did not put it on the CD single.