I'm a DJ who's been mixing vinyl for over twenty years (I got my tables in spring of 1998). I performed at perhaps 40 or so rave-parties in Southern California and Arizona between 1999 and 2003. I then took a semi-hiatus for a few years (I still mixed the occasional set and even bought a few records during this period, but at a much slower rate than before or since the hiatus ended), but got back into mixing with a passion around 2009. As of 2019, I continue to mix almost exclusively vinyl (acid techno, acid trance, acid core, hardcore/gabber, hard trance, melodic trance, warehouse techno, and even a tiny bit of acid house every now and then), though I do put together digital sets of psybient/downtempo/chillout. Since 2015, I've begun gigging again, though only occasionally.

And to be fair, I originally cut my teeth on hardcore punk rock, with bands such as Propagandhi, Subhumans (UK, though the Canadian band isn't bad, either), Bad Religion, Operation Ivy, and the Dead Kennedys representing my primary tastes. I also listen to some ska (Op Ivy, Culture Shock, and a few others), reggae (Pato Banton, Yellowman, Steel Pulse, Bob, etc.), hip-hop (Wu-Tang, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Chalie 2na, etc., as well as a lot of early '90s rap), Western Classical music (Beethoven, Dvorak, Rossini, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, etc.), and many other styles of "normal" music. So, put simply, my musical tastes are expansive and diverse.

Anyway, long live vinyl records. Keep the BPM high and acid lines flowing. Cheers.
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posted a comment on Carbon Based Lifeforms - Interloper. about 1 month ago
Yep, it happened the first time they released these albums too. I bought all three of the CBL albums they put out a few years ago, only to sell them all on Discogs because even "unplayed," pretty much every track was tarnished by crackles, surface noise, ... See full review
posted a comment on Nostradamus - Cloister EP. 3 months ago
Agreed with the first comment of the most recent reviewer---this is just vintage '90s acid trance class---but different from the first reviewer, I think Injection is the real highlight of this record. It's atmospheric, dynamic, pacey, and energetically ... See full review
posted a review of DDR - Gotta Be Down / Bang Goes The Base. 4 months ago
Very groovy and characteristic DDR release on the mighty Skankadelic. Both tunes are bubbly acid bangers, but I particularly like "Bang Goes the Base" (side note, not sure if it's a play on words, but the audio type of "bass" is spelled that way, ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Keep On Truckin'. 4 months ago
"Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves" is a totally decent tune, lol. I don't even know how this record came into my possession (as I'm not a trucker and don't typically follow country/folk music all that closely), but it's interesting just as a ... See full review
posted a comment on Technological Terror Crew - Hardcore Mafia Revenge. 5 months ago
markhuther is correct, though that horn sample from "Funky Worm" was definitely used in some '90s hip-hop, quite possibly Dr. Dre and/or Snoop Dogg.
posted a review of Mr Burns & The Geezer* - Sugar Cubes @ The Paddock / On A Techno Tip. 5 months ago
Note: the videos from YouTube here have switched titles; the super-acidy track is "Sugar Cubes @ The Paddock," whereas the more stripped-down techno workout is, unsurprisingly, "On a Techno Tip."

Anyway, "Sugar Cubes @ The Paddock" is a real acid ... See full review
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posted a comment on Gy-ro vs. Ovilon - Red Fever / Breaker (Gy-ro Remix). 5 months ago
"Red Fever" might just be the best of the handful of trance-based excursions from the otherwise techno-focused duo of Chris Liberator and Henry/D.A.V.E. (it was originally available on Noom UK in '97). The track doesn't try to do too much, actually; it's ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Dano - Oooooh Shit (Shit’e’Brooklyn Mix) . 5 months ago
Fair enough! I also like the original Energy Boost, so no argument from me in that respect. But I'm a big fan of Daniele/Danytribe/Twins Artcore, and his remix here is another killer, at least for me.

The "Shit'e'Brooklyn Mix" of "Ooooh Shit" just ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Dano - Oooooh Shit (Shit’e’Brooklyn Mix) . 5 months ago
The Twins Artcore remix of "Energy Boost" is an absolute belter---hard, gritty, acid-tipped, and rugged to the core. I'm admittedly less interested in the remix of "Oooooh Shit," but it doesn't really matter; the remix of "Energy Boost' alone makes this ... See full review
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posted a comment on Hellsystem - Another World E.P.. 6 months ago
You did notice I gave the record 5 stars, right? So the high rating for the record in no way contradicts what I wrote.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 7 months ago
posted a comment on Various - It's An Acid Thing. 7 months ago
I really love 3 of the 4 tracks in this pack ("Top Banana" is the odd man out for me---not bad, but not on the same level as the others), but if I had to pick a standout, I think I'd also end up selecting "Quartz." It's just such a rugged, powerful acid ... See full review
posted a review of Incisors - Blown Away. 7 months ago
"Come With Me" is a genius acid-techno roller with some real flavor and personality. That is to say, the tune has a smooth, almost happy vibe (expressed most clearly by a sort of "whistling" synth that serves as the main "melody" of the track), but those ... See full review
posted a comment on Flex - Acid Files 1 + 2. 7 months ago
Acid File #1 is a real '90s acid classic. I remember it from the double-CD set Acid Trancecore. It features excellent, evolving acid work and a steady kick with a triple-beat every measure, giving the percussion a very energetic feel. Maybe not an ... See full review
posted a comment on Pig Snorter - Lost Rocos / International Rescue. 8 months ago
I basically agree with laughing-gor, though "International Rescue" is good enough for me to give the record 4/5. Still, I concur this record is in the "good" rather than "great" territory, and the prices do seem disproportionate to the relative quality ... See full review
posted a comment on Dyewitness - What Would You Like To Hear Again?. 8 months ago
The "Eldon Tyrell" mix does indeed slay brains and dance floors (I know, I played it at a few parties around 1999-2002). Epic hard-house tune with a great breakdown and trance-like melody (and a nice acid undercurrent). Just a cracking tune, and it still ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Route 50 Not Out. 8 months ago
Agreed about the vocal on "One More Shot." The tune is genius but the vocal is a bit long/much.

And as my review suggested, I also like the Lochi track but agree it's not their best work.
posted a review of Various - Route 50 Not Out. 8 months ago
"There's No Planet B" and "One More Shot" are the real killers for me, both saturated with that classic, dirty Routemaster style. Truly, these tracks sound like perfect continuations of the Immersion and Kektex discographies. "Destination Acid" is also ... See full review
posted a comment on Nexus 6 - Remixes. 9 months ago
Agreed, it's very nice and a bit sinister (yet also somehow melancholic like the original). Admittedly, on an absolute scale, I still give the original the edge (indeed, it's one of my all-time faves), but Tom did something different with the remix, and ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Pascal Dollé* Presents Jerôllé - Eternal Flow - The Remixes. 9 months ago
I never considered this one of my go-to trance records back in the day, but the Planet E Team remix is great, and sounds even better to my ears now in 2019 than it did at the time for some reason. Dope track that is smooth, acidic, and driving all at ... See full review
posted a comment on Routemaster Records. 9 months ago
Just a theory here, but given the naming conventions on the label (and for Lawrie), I'm guessing he realized the label was drawing to a close (at least in terms of releasing vinyl itself, rather than in partnership with another label/distributor), but ... See full review
posted a comment on Spliffy B - This Is A Test / Acid Factory. 9 months ago
I usually carry on, so this time I'll just quickly remark about one tune in particular. Namely, the Biri & Geezer remix of "Acid Factory" is a brilliant and deliciously dark bit of acid techno, especially during the breakdown and after, due in large part ... See full review
posted a comment on The Geezer* - Soul Butter. 10 months ago
This record is ace overall, but since most people seem to key in on "Soul Butter," I'd like to briefly comment on "Bongo's and Burgers," a dark, subterranean acid rumbler with great dissonant atmosphere. I particularly like the tune after the main break, ... See full review
posted a comment on Nexus 6 - Tres Chic. 10 months ago
I have to dispute the use of "untitled" for the tracks here. Sure, this is the white label, and there is no track listing on the white labels (I know, I own a copy), but the tracks are not actually untitled; they are "Tres Chic," "Time Chic," and "Ab ... See full review
posted a comment on Mandala - Remixperience. 10 months ago
I absolutely love the Cores remix of Acidney; not only is the acid fresh and sharp, but like you say, the steel drum really adds some atmosphere and swagger to the track. Great stuff.
posted a comment on Tesox - The Hand Of God. 10 months ago
"Go Ahead London" is a massive tune with streaming torrents of acid and a somewhat dark, almost menacing vibe once the fireworks really get going. For me, this track sits comfortably on the border between mid '90s acid techno and acid trance, as it ... See full review
posted a review of Mandala - Australia EP (Pacidic Ocean). 10 months ago
I love this track in terms of what it represents (a work of acid art more than a track made to sell lots of copies and move people on dancefloors, though it probably did at least a fair amount of both of the latter), evolving/dynamic character, and ... See full review
posted a comment on Mandala - Astralia '97. 10 months ago
Astralia '97 isn't quite the same deranged, storming hard trance track as the original, but is excellent in its own way, which is a bit smoother and more melodic. Still, all the elements of the original are here, including a revamped and shorter-loop ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Universal Trance Volume 3 - The Trip Back. 10 months ago
All about the Olmec Heads' "Lift Off" on this one. Powerful, acidic, and yet also acutely melodic trance with a thumping kick and some real pace. The acid work (which darts in and out of the track as appropriate) is quite tasty, too. Ace late '90s trance ... See full review
posted a comment on D.A.V.E. The Drummer - Fader / Jacknife. 10 months ago
As pezi correctly noted, the second video listed as "Fader" here is actually DAVE/Henry's remix of Seargent Steppa's "Fade Away" on High Wire, a fantastic tune indeed (probably the best track on Highwire, to my mind). So don't expect to hear that one if ... See full review
posted a comment on Etnica - Alien Protein. 10 months ago
"Trip Tonite" is legendary. I still get goosebumps when I hear that intro, and we're talking about a tune I first heard in late '96/early '97.
posted a comment on Plural - R.Y.S.. 10 months ago
"Strong Fish Taste" is definitely the winner on this record. Silky, twisted, and euphoric mid '90s acid trance/techno (I think this one would fit into a set of either style quite nicely) with the addition of subsequent layers and elements making for a ... See full review
posted a comment on Smitten. 10 months ago
Most of the releases are not trance, even allowing for the subjective nature of genre interpretation (and despite a few of the early releases featuring tunes that are sort of hybrid acid trance/techno). Moreover, your dismissive remark about purportedly ... See full review
posted a comment on D.A.V.E. The Drummer - Fader / Jacknife. 10 months ago
Yeah, the actual name of the tune that plays in the video for "Fader" here is the DAVE the Drummer remix of "Fade Away" by Seargent Steppa on Highwire. https://www.discogs.com/Seargent-Steppa-Fade-Away-EP/release/265976
posted a comment on Solar Quest - Into The Machine. 10 months ago
The last few minutes of Into the Machine are the audio equivalent of acid nirvana. It's pure acid bliss---dynamic, uplifting, energetic, and joyous. A powerful break-beat percussion accompanies the acid sun-shower and makes for an epic, glorious ride-out ... See full review
posted a comment on Solar Quest Vs. Choci - Kirsty Cried. 10 months ago
Right on, Jack. I just pulled this one out for a set today and was reminded how great it is. Such a smooth, ethereal acid tune with Goa flavorings. Fantastic. And LOL about that bit at the end.

Never forget the #AcidGoa! :)
posted a comment on Pendragon - Acid People. 10 months ago
Genius, vibrant acid trance (with, as neurodynamo rightly indicates, a dab of Goa/psy flavor for good measure) of truly epic nature. Both mixes are ace---the primary difference is in the particular synth used to express the main melody---though I seem to ... See full review
posted a comment on Geezer - Shut Up Remixes. 10 months ago
DAVE's remix is such a colossal tune, I can't even believe it. The original is a f#cking monster---heavy, pounding, and replete with Jello's dystopian vocals. I absolutely love it. But then along comes Henry, who augments/adjusts the sample from Jello, ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Hardcore From Psychedelic World. 10 months ago
The previous reviewer hit the nail on the head---this is an amazing 4-tracker of the highest quality. I'll be (relatively) concise, but "The Ghostbusters" and "Da Panic" are both furiously fast and acid-soaked bangers with real verve and character ... See full review
posted a comment on Solar Quest - Acid Brain EP. 10 months ago
I could talk about this release all day, but I'll limit myself to one track, "Acid Nation." Like with a few other George masterpieces from this era, "Acid Nation" is a glorious bubbling acid journey that unfolds and continues to impress over a full 15 ... See full review
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posted a comment on Solar Quest - Acid Brain EP. 10 months ago
Yes, it does indeed. By contrast, A Jig or Wot Next is normal/loud.
posted a comment on Chris Lib*, Lenny D* & Darc Marc - Evil Murk 337. 10 months ago
This review is why I miss Acidbrew. Hilarious and no-bullsh#t commentary on everything from tunes and parties to politicians and all manner of experiences and issues. A class chap, he is sorely missed.
posted a review of HCM - Down From Heaven E.P.. 10 months ago
Amazing record, pure and simple.

"Listen" is the track that first jumped out to me, a real acid-soaked psychedelic journey of a hardcore track. Even the beginning is epic, as the tune opens with an alert-style synth that is quickly joined by a lovely ... See full review
posted a comment on Mr. Burns & The Geezer - WWW. / Undergroundcity.co.uk. 10 months ago
A great release, and the Skank record that took me the longest to acquire (though to be fair, it's not the best record on the label by a long shot). Dark, haunting, and relatively stripped-down acid techno on this one. I think I like WWW better of the ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Planet Acid Techno 002. 10 months ago
Oooof, "A Real Rave Party" is an downright acid killer, and has a delightfully mischievous vibe, like it's up to no good and happy about it. Admittedly, the intro is pretty mellow and understated, but once that first breakdown-sample-drop sequence ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Keeper Acid Recordings 001. 10 months ago
An interesting debut release from this label.

My fave tune on the record (unsurprisingly for those who know my tastes) is the acid-bubbler from Biri & the Geezer, "Acid Gansters" (that's right, I said "Gansters," not "Gangsters" as I assumed it was at ... See full review
posted a comment on Commander Tom. 11 months ago
Not one review of Commander Tom in 2019, and his first hard trance releases were in 1995? Sheer madness.

Bottom line, this guy was a massive influence on hard trance music (and obviously he produced hard/acid trance under other monikers and with a few ... See full review