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posted a review of Kettel / Setzer - Kettel / Setzer Split. over 14 years ago
Fun with arpeggios. For those of us with traditional music roots, this is good stuff. Slowly rotating crystals of arpeggios juxtaposed with ez yet active beats. Black Dog and Plaid users check it out.
posted a review of Coil - Love's Secret Domain. over 14 years ago
1993: techno was beginning to grow cliched and crusty already. Love's Secret Domain came flying in from left field and knocked a lot of us upside the head. It wasn't techno or rock or post-punk, house, experimental or industrial. A little of each, ... See full review
posted a review of Coil - The Snow EP. over 14 years ago
Considering the release date, this was a brilliant step forward in electronic music. Combining big, hard breakbeats with an absolutely eerie sample of an old vocal quartet (Mills Brothers?). If you like any of Jack Dangers / Meat Beat Manifesto, this ... See full review
posted a review of Nobukazu Takemura - Scope. over 14 years ago
"what plaidzebra said" Start with a dollop of Ryoji Ikeda, mix with Oval - Wohnton without the vocals, then garnish with a sprinkle of early Mouse on Mars. Brings to mind a liesurely sunday stroll through an art gallery.
posted a review of Peace Orchestra - Peace Orchestra. over 14 years ago
P. Kruder's solo stuff. Lots of lo-fi beats with contrabass and electric piano. Less stylistically rigid than the Kruder and Dorfmeister stuff i've heard. Very soundtrack-ey. Lots of ambience on the tracks. Heavy use of envelope-driven filters on ... See full review
posted a review of Four Tet - Pause. over 14 years ago
It's a very successful electro-organic synthesis. Follows no clicheed styles. Very much living-room electronica. Especially recommended for those who want a mellow album that supports more concentrated listening than stoned turntablist repetition of ... See full review
posted a review of Rei Harakami - Opa*q. over 14 years ago
Wow. You like IDM and the vibe of electric piano pieces? This is a synergy of so much i can't do it justice. Really sharp production, sensitive composition, choice sound-sculpting. Mellow idm with forays into houseyness. Not a bit cliched. Not a ... See full review
posted a review of Strider. B.* - Bradley's Robot. over 14 years ago
Dropped this on and my first thought was "is this indonesian gamelan music"? A1 is a strong enough hallucinogen to turn your kitchen appliances turn into friendly robots. Parts 2 and 3 are mellow curious analog grooves. 4 is kind of a tribal tiki ... See full review
posted a review of Timo Maas - Music For The Maases 2. over 14 years ago
Techno Pop with plenty of studio ear candy. Maas must have put a lot of work and care into this. 4 on the floor maasian stomp-flavored pop beats. Lots of carefully tweaked and filtered efx. Might sound great at high volume, and joe schmoe dancer ... See full review
posted a review of Azure Taint - Funky Elements. over 14 years ago
Overall this german downtempo IDM is characterized by solid workmanship. I was immediately put-off, however by the clicheed soundtrack-style panned 'native drums'. Maybe they're evocative and mysterious if you're not sick of them. Funky elements hits ... See full review
posted a review of Family Lounge - Kamakasi (Get Pretty Baby). over 14 years ago
This is what kraftwerk could have become if it were possible for humans to stay fresh, young and continually advance their ideas. But it's not. We grow old, locked into the worldviews crystallized out of the revalations of youth. This is why death is ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Behind The Eye - Eye Q Compilation Vol. 1. over 14 years ago
No comments yet? How can this be? Isn't this Sven Väth's seminal trance compilation - back before trance degraded into inbred mindlessness? The first few tracks, esp 'Virtual Symmetry' are beamed straight from heaven. And yes you've heard these ideas ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Classic And Rare - La Collection Chapter 3. over 14 years ago
Medicine to drop the pose and free the souls. Track 02 Ready Made Fc - Sugar Fuel is an outlier, lacking a dance beat (it's Biospherism + David Sylvian). Wings picks up the pace with a somewhat disoriented deep house groove. Break down to Mr Oizo's ... See full review
posted a review of Aim - Hinterland. over 14 years ago
The record does reflect hinterland. Spaces are more open, production is simple (lo-fi even). Like the city slicker returning to his small-town turntablist roots. For some, this is flyover land, but for those who take the time to meet the hinterland on ... See full review
posted a review of Tipper - The Critical Path. over 14 years ago
More mature than Squarepusher or Goldie. Emotionally involving but more reserved than ltj bukem. Starts with incredible confidence on Seldom Vile; this artist knows he's gonna hold us for the full ride and he paces the album masterfully. What really ... See full review
posted a review of Bent - The Everlasting Blink. over 14 years ago
Melodic downtempo. Echoes of Lamb, Vanessa Daou, and many other influences. They really do try to bring in diverse influences to keep things interesting, including houseygrooves, 80s beats, country twang, noise-bleep and more. Doesn't really strike ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Sunday Best Two. over 14 years ago
A very nice collection of downtempo-ish lounge/electro and mellow pop tunes. One to put-in the cdr changer with NOW's Smokers' Delight. More varied and melodic though. If i owned a coffeeshop i'd have this in heavy rotation.
posted a review of Chris Brann - Inspirations. over 14 years ago
The artist selection should be enough to pique your interest. Sun Palace - Rude Movements makes the whole thing worth while.. A mr finger's-like housey jazzy track with 60s analogue beat box backing. And a breathy melancholic synth pad progression that ... See full review
posted a review of The Youngsters - Illogique. over 14 years ago
Illogique is a stompin hardhouse or trance beat with a mysterious echoed synth progression fluttering around it. Drives like a stoic locomotive through the netherworld.
posted a review of The Soap Factory - Soul Glow. over 14 years ago
A descriptive title indeed. It's a fast double-speed breakbeat with floating 909 hihats, combined with Roland Jupiter style heavenly synpads. Somewhere between ecstatic and wistful, happy and sad.
posted a review of Various - Headz 2A. over 14 years ago
One look at the breadth of artists sampled here should give some indication of the impact that this compilation. This (and Headz 2B) was the monolith that came crashing down out of the sky upon which was written "attention, schmuckheads - this is the ... See full review
posted a review of meandJack* - Viva House. over 14 years ago
how can you not know and love this track? it is rave love pure. it is timeless blissed-out rave floating effortlessly above human dirt. all old-school fans must hear and learn. it is not about attitude, but about egoless release.
posted a review of Speedy J - Loudboxer. over 14 years ago
By track 6 i am in a stoned haze, and i've just been drinking coffee. Stomping 4-on-the-floor hardhouse with deft selections of percussion and textures. Excellent material for a dancefloor mix or an extended journey into your favorite screensaver. ... See full review
posted a review of Terranova - Hitchhiking Nonstop With No Particular Destination. over 14 years ago
Well... It's different. In your face, like hiphop with flashes of bigbeat, dancehall, prodigy, moby. If guitar-laden groove with rap is your thing, track 02 will satisfy, though i think it's dull. But if you liked that the about face into the ... See full review
posted a review of Polar - Out Of The Blue. over 14 years ago
I'm afraid categorization eludes me. Is this IDM? Lo-Fi? Drum-and-bass?
I suppose the DnB beats on some of the tracks will force it into that category, but the clean synths, mixing, and sense of space remind me more of IDM.
Regardless it's a fine ... See full review
posted a review of Plastikman - Recycled Plastik. over 14 years ago
Essentially a 303 + 808 (909?) piece. The Gak remix gets moving pretty well. The rest sounds like "my first rebirth tracks" imo. Perhaps good material for a DJ to mix into a acid / detroit-ish set.