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posted a comment on Mr. Oizo - The Church. 1 day ago
It's one hell of an album, as short as it is.

I for one don't care that it's so short, or that it's pressed on two 12"s.

The tracks are all fantastic, and the 45rpm pressing sounds incredible.

Hey, get up off your lard asses and flip the ... See full review
posted a comment on T99 / 3 Phase Featuring Dr. Motte - T99 / Klang. 3 days ago
My god, the Anasthasia remix is bordering on Gabber!

Not a bad remix at all, I like the new stab.

Hardcore will never die!
posted a comment on Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool. 5 days ago
Mine arrived today (Canada). No damage, the packaging stood up very well.

No issues with the glue, sure the outer edges are a bit sticky but the pages are not affected at all.

Some glue residue on CD2, but hey nothing some lighter fluid can't take care ... See full review
posted a comment on Trancemaster. 8 days ago
While they did have the habit of including radio edits and edited 12" versions (much like Reactivate), Trancemaster should still be given 100% respect for the tracks that they helped spread to a wider audience.

From the early 90's up to around 2000, ... See full review
posted a comment on Altern 8 - Full-On Mask Hysteria (Remastered Edition). 10 days ago
Just received mine from Bandcamp. I quote directly from the Bandcamp page:

"Ships in heavyweight card mailer with stiffener protection cards."

My arse! It was shipped in a typical flimsy UK mailer with one paltry stiffener. Hence, the sleeve is heavily ... See full review
posted a comment on Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?. 10 days ago
"If you're looking for dancefloor friendly versions of this song, I'd advise you to go for the Subsonic Legacy and Red Jerry Mixes."

Well, that depends on your dancefloor mate! The Ferry Corsten remix is legendary, but hey if you want to dismiss it and ... See full review
posted a comment on Odd Nosdam - Sisters Remix EP. 11 days ago
Black vinyl plays superb. No issues. Surely the clear vinyl version is the same?
posted a comment on Vangelis - Rosetta. 11 days ago
A very interesting combination of his more recent work (heavily orchestral in feel) with much of his earlier purely electronic leanings.

There are plenty of nods to his past material here, which Vangelis fans will instantly pick up on.

On first listen ... See full review
posted a comment on Push - Interference. 13 days ago
Superb remix by Sean Tyas, utilising his driving sound while keeping the essence of Push.

Such a shame this never got a proper physical release, it's very deserving of a single 45rpm slab of vinyl.
posted a review of Alba - Only Music Survives. 16 days ago
One of the more melancholic sounding Italo masterpieces, full of dramatic emotion and wonderful melody but still with a great tempo for dancing.

The b-side version is basically a DJ-friendly mix, with beats at the start & end (as well as some typical ... See full review
posted a comment on House Pimps - Get The Hook (Ilsa Gold Remixes). 16 days ago
Yeah, the a-side remix is 138bpm with a very long beatless acid intro. Kinda reminds me of Ramirez in parts.

The b-side mix is much more crazy, typical '93 Gabber at 150bpm. It's the one made famous on the ... See full review
posted a comment on Phuture - Acid Tracks. 16 days ago
I have the Belgian release of Acid Trax, and it too has the (very muted) singing at the start & end of the track.

So I don't think it's to do specifically with Trax's habit of using recycled vinyl. Besides, recycled vinyl will obviously not retain any ... See full review
posted a comment on Altern 8 - Activ 8 (Come To Me). 19 days ago
@ albertswift, check out what that guy's into. Just another rave bashing snob.
posted a comment on Altern 8 - Full-On Mask Hysteria (Remastered Edition). 20 days ago
Damn, I so want number 0008 or 0202.

Still waiting on delivery (placed preorder on Bandcamp), but I'm in Canada so it'll obviously take a while longer to get here.
posted a review of Altern 8 - Full On Mask Hysteria. 23 days ago
Aside from the addition of 4 remixes, the main difference in this remaster is clearly the track order rearrangement.

So while the original '92 album started with Move My Body, we get Evapor 8 as the first track. Much more fitting when you think about ... See full review
posted a review of Kai Tracid - Skywalker 1999. 24 days ago
Skywalker, what a track! Mysterious, dark & elegant.

Best played at around -4, slower is definitely better for the mood this track gives.
posted a comment on Altern 8 - Hypnotic St-8. 25 days ago
Pity Network didn't follow the same idea as on the Evapor 8 12" promo.

It would have been amazing to listen the We H-8 Garage mix of Armageddon on a full stretched out 45rpm side.

As it is, this white label is purely for collectors only.
posted a comment on Altern 8 - Infiltr-8 America EP. 25 days ago
Everyone seems to go crazy about the Beltram remix of Move My Body, but it sounds like utter shite.

I've heard better quality from 96kbps mp3.

Was this deliberate? Because I simply cannot listen to the track, as good as it should sound.

I have ... See full review
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posted a comment on Nexus 21 - I Know We Can Make It. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month ago
Is there a ship date yet for the special edition 2x12" preorders?
submitted Crossover - Funeral Flowers. about 1 month 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!. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago
And still waiting...

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posted a comment on Radiohead - OK Computer. 2 months 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. 3 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. 3 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. 3 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. 3 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