Yo. My name is Shnootz (real name Matt), and 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 1 in 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 2008. As of 2021, I continue to mix almost exclusively vinyl (acid techno, acid trance, 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/ragga/dancehall/dub (General Levy, Pato Banton, Daddy Freddy, Wayne Smith, Steel Pulse, Bob, etc.), hip-hop (Wu-Tang, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Chalie 2na, etc., as well as a lot of early '90s rap), old-school synth pop (Depeche Mode, Yaz, When In Rome, etc.). 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.

Also, I was originally on Discogs under a different name between 2004 and 2006, so I've been a Discogger since '04.

Anyway, long live vinyl records. Keep the BPM high and acid lines flowing. Cheers.
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posted a comment on Various - Interstate Five. 5 minutes ago
"The Cousin" is a banger, and like a lot of KN tunes, it has acid, power, but also some funk to it. Fun, acid-soaked track.
posted a comment on B.B.E.. 7 days ago
The only thing I would say is Kai Tracid was making blazing hard acid trance for multiple years before this tune came out under names like Acut Genius and Formic Acid. But yes, his later tunes under the Kai Tracid name did become more like "Seven Days... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Enlightenment. 14 days ago
"Indeli" alone makes this compilation worth buying. Haunting, dynamic, and acid-laced, this track drives forward, twists inside out, and burns all in its wake. Phenomenal tune from top to bottom. 5+/5
posted a comment on Shpongle - Are You Shpongled?. 15 days ago
Ha, I thought I was the only one. I love '90s acid Goa (and to a lesser extent, post-2000 psytrance), including Hallucinogen/Posford specifically ... but I've just never really dug Shpongle. As you say, it's sort of a mish-mash of different musical... See full review
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 20 days ago
posted a comment on Tandú* - Acido EP. 20 days ago
So if someone has a different opinion from you, they're "the idiot brigade?" Lol, what a reasonable stance.

Also, I would point out that the release is rated below 4.0 by the collective users who have voted, and that's actually low for a Noom record.... See full review
posted a review of Cores - Balandra. 21 days ago
Not quite the same vibe as Michael Kores' old bangers from the '90s, but this has a healthy dose of acid, a nice groove, and excellent sonic structure. In fact, the "Old Scool Dub" version features an even stronger acid component, though again, it's... See full review
posted a comment on Cores. 26 days ago
Just saw this! Cheers for commenting, and thanks for all the class music back in the day. :)
posted a comment on Van Bellen. about 1 month ago
His remix of Chris Raven's "I Know You Love Me Too" remains a timeless classic of the highest quality.
posted a comment on Chris C - Tokyo Telefon / Boys Do. about 1 month ago
"Boys Do" is a lesser-known/appreciated tune (it seems to me). Is it driving hard house? Atmospheric hard trance? Uplifting melodic trance?

In a word, yes. Give this one a listen if you haven't heard it (and like that turn-of-the-millennium crossover... See full review
posted a review of Chris Liberator & Darc Marc - System Runs You Like A Machine Acid Music Has Come To Set You Free. about 1 month ago
The title track is quality. Sort of reminds me of "Scum Like Us Like Acid" (given the recurrent vocal and darker sonic atmosphere) but slightly less "'avin it" and more deep/cerebral. Still, the tune is resolute and driven, so prepare your mind for a... See full review
posted a comment on Ayla - Ayla (Remixes). about 1 month ago
I used to own it, but I sold it a few years ago (not even sure why, wish I hadn't done so), so I can't say for certain. And obviously YouTube videos could be sped up, slowed down, or clipped in a way that distorts the actual recorded time. So alas,... See full review
posted a comment on Marmion - Schöneberg . 2 months ago
The opening of MWNN's remix still gives me goosebumps all these years later. And then when the main melodic line finally drops more than 3:00 in, you realize just how epic this one is. So good. Also I finally got a NM copy after many years of trying... See full review
posted a comment on Astral Projection - The Astral Files. 2 months ago
The Concept Remix of Utopia is brilliant, vintage '90s Goa. I still remember the first time I heard this at a party---nearly lost my mind when that melody-drop happens midway through the tune. Wicked, man.
posted a comment on Ling Ling (3). 2 months ago
Yes, this guy really is a unique talent. And I agree his wonderfully eccentric work is in the same spirit as Solar Quest and '90s German acid trance (or Pablo Gargano, etc.). Creative, emotional, and oh-so-acidic. Have it.
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Nosferatu - Inspiration Vibes. 3 months ago
I'm just going to add a couple comments about "The Future," but really, just read the other reviewer here, as they hit the nail on the head at length.

Anyway, "The Future" is brilliant across the board, and many people rightly comment on the... See full review
posted a comment on Nosferatu - Inspiration Vibes. 3 months ago
You may not have reviewed many records, but you aced this one! Top stuff, I completely agree. Just a brilliant 3-track EP, and like you say, "The Future" is the pick of the litter, "Inspiration Vibes" is a classic banger, and even the "weakest link"... See full review
posted a comment on BK - Revolution. 3 months ago
Yo, big ups to you! I wasn't even aware of the Alphazone remix all these years; somehow it just slipped past my radar at the time. But after reading your comment, I went and had a listen, and it was so good, I had to order myself a copy! Seriously a... See full review
posted a comment on Iowaska - Vine Of Souls. 3 months ago
Absolute banger of an album. Sad it turned out to be a one-off. But the punk/metal/hippie synthesis was a breath of fresh air and something special. Highlights for me (though again, there isn't a bad pick in the bunch) include the opening "Modranicht"... See full review
posted a review of BK - Hard Beat EP 15. 3 months ago
Bangers, both tunes. "Bad Ass" is a peak-time, hoover-heavy brain-slayer, but don't underestimate "Clattered." It has a mechanical and relentless feel, so get those robotic fists pumping and do your best impression of an AI raver.
posted a comment on BK / Prezioso - Hard Beat EP 10. 3 months ago
"Muzik 4 the People" is a banger if you dig that old blue-Nukleuz hard-house, hoover-heavy style. Top stuff from BK's early phase.
posted a comment on Geezer + Chino* / Cyber Steve + Ant - Blipped 02. 3 months ago
The track from Geezer & Chino is top dog on the entire Blipped label in my opinion. Could have even worked on a Skankadelic release. Heavy, thumping percussion and that classic bubbly Geezer acid work. Tasty treat.
posted a comment on S.F.X.* - Another World. 3 months ago
There's two precursors at work here: SFX was indeed a precursor to Astral Projection, and this "Another World" was clearly used as the foundation for the later Astral Projection "Another World" tune. The synths, the melody, the progression---it's all... See full review
posted a review of Chris Liberator And Sterling Moss* - Acid Wah Wah Wah!. 3 months ago
I don't mind the last reviewer's take, though I notably disagree. The bass-line and acid work in "Wah Wah Wah" is unreal, and personally, I don't really mind the vocals. When did being silly/cheeky become un-acid techno/un-punk rock? If SUF/Wah Wah... See full review
posted a review of Quietman - The Sleeper. 3 months ago
Genius, both sides. The Quietman original is more epic and almost cinematic, very well crafted and a bit melancholic in tone. The MWNN remix is indeed a bit harder and more acid-twisted (as one would expect with Freeland), but still very atmospheric... See full review
posted a review of Geezer - Acidextrous / Suspect Package. 4 months ago
"Suspect Package" is an adventurous and lively acid number, sort of in that hybrid acid techno/acid trance '90s style (which is to say, it wouldn't be out of place on VCF, perhaps fitting in nicely on that Dougie - Second Draw Down release). I love... See full review
posted a review of Various - Barcelombia Army On Acid E.P.. 4 months ago
Sterling & Zyco's tune is a #$%^ing rocking track of titanic proportions, delightfully devastating and acid-arrogant in equal measure. Like seriously, this is a veritable atom-bomb of acid techno. My god, the snarling, menacing, and downright devilish... See full review
posted a comment on Tik Tok (2) - Anarchy FM. 4 months ago
"Police Interceptors" is a banger, stylish and unique in sound like most of Tik Tok's tunes. I particularly like the vibrant, buzzing acid work. I've used the term "acid techno workout" a few times over the years, and this is another example of what I... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Spitfire. 4 months ago
I'm going to focus on two of the tracks but they're all worth a listen.

"Louder" is a storming acid tune from two of my fave "new-school" artists (and techno friends), Ciuciek and OB1. The track is serious and driving in tone, and I particularly like... See full review
posted a review of Various - System Rejects 009. 4 months ago
Olly's track shares a name with one of my favorite bands ever, so we'll start there. Indeed, I was already inclined to like "Bad Religion" even before I heard it, and the acid-techno Jedi did not disappoint. But brace yourself, as this is no delicate... See full review
posted a comment on Mandala - Australia EP. 4 months ago
Oh my goodness, you reviewed an old-acid trance banger on Noom! So awesome to see this, and yes, I absolutely love that whistling synth (indeed, see my review of the '97 remix on Colourbox records, which is more down the melodic path but double-drops... See full review
posted a review of Sterling Moss / Mark EG / Tiago Santos (4) - REBELTEK 007. 4 months ago
Cracking release from Sterling and Rebeltek. I'll really try to avoid verbosity but no promises.

First off, we're treated to a Sterling & Mark EG collab, "Power to the People," which I love for multiple reasons but one in particular: it samples one... See full review
posted a review of Various - Fuck The Superclubs E.P.. 4 months ago
Another solid installment in the Avinit catalogue. I'll try to be brief(ish) but let's take a look at each track.

Pete's tune is a monster, and frankly, a titanium-clad gauntlet, dropped like a hot mic with rebellious scorn at the feet of boring... See full review
posted a comment on Cenobite Records. 5 months ago
Margins on record releases can be slim even when most copies are bought, and more importantly, sometimes the label doesn't have the old masters anymore, so the tracks would have to be re-recorded and mastered. Now, that said, I do agree with... See full review
posted a review of Various - One Mind. 5 months ago
Transcendent vinyl. Brilliant record. Four downright bangers on a slice of wax. However you phrase it, this release is a masterclass of power, creativity, and mischief.

I'll start with my favorite, the thunderous and even inspiring "Still Here." To... See full review
posted a review of Wicked XXX - Danga. 5 months ago
"Danga" is a brilliant track with thumping percussion, tasty synths, sweet drum rhythms during the breakdowns, and nostalgic old-school vibes, including an MC sample with a very amusing "oh my gosh" line. In particular, I enjoy the lush texture of the... See full review
posted a comment on Röyksopp - Melody A.M.. 5 months ago
It has to be. Either that or some buyer just got the deal of the millennium so far.
posted a comment on Wicked XXX - Out Of Control. 5 months ago
He now has a new 10" on the F**king Hardcore Limited series from Mokum.

https://www.discogs.com/Wicked-XXX-Danga/release/17336047
posted a comment on Wedlock - Ruffneck (Sound Of The Drum & The Bass). 6 months ago
Through your reviews, I continue to learn. Cheers, man. Keep doing what you do here on Discogs, I really appreciate it. :)
posted a comment on Signum - What Ya Got 4 Me. 6 months ago
"Pressure" is the underrated class of this release to my mind, even though everyone focuses on the title track (and its remixes). First heard it (meaning "Pressure") on a SoCal hard-trance DJ's mixtape (Ganesh - Listen) in the late '90s, and indeed,... See full review
posted a review of Bad Boy Pete - No Liberators, No Acid Techno. 6 months ago
Not sure how I failed to review this when it came out, but no worries, I still have lots to say about it years later.

First, I love the vocals. Self-referential, tongue-in-cheek, and indulgent, perhaps. But fitting, fun, and satisfying, absolutely.... See full review
posted a comment on Chris Liberator. 6 months ago
I won't repeat what everyone has said (though I really want to, because the man truly is a living, breathing acid-techno legend), but I would like to highlight that he's a super-cool dude aside from his music. I only know him from long-distance---I've... See full review
posted a comment on Nesbit, No Comment (18), Owen Acid - Furious Wax . 6 months ago
"Superficial Bastards" is absolute filth, really wicked and noisy with acid for days. Deranged, stomping, and acid-drenched, this track wouldn't be out of place on Routemaster (a high compliment in my book). Banger.
posted a comment on Mauro Picotto - Iguana. 6 months ago
The BK & Nick Sentience mix stands out to me as one of the better tracks on the green imprint of Nukleuz. At the very least, it was a memorable track at the time, and it got big reactions when I played it at a few parties back then.

Edit: I know this... See full review
posted a comment on Nasenbluten - 100% No Soul Guaranteed. 7 months ago
My god, what an amazing review. I've loved a few of these tunes since I first heard them on an Industrial Strength compilation CD (it was a two-CD set from the mid/late '90s, don't remember the specific name, though the second CD had two mixes on it,... See full review
posted a comment on Arrakis (2) - Aira Force. 7 months ago
Now that image/interpretation I can get behind! Cool comment, I enjoyed that.
posted a review of "Bad Boy" Pete* - "Pura Escama". 8 months ago
Put off reviewing this one for far too long. So let's drop the needle and get to it.

Pete's original mix starts on full alert, smashing the panic button from measure 1 with a lovely intro segment that almost has a quasi old-school hardcore sound.... See full review
posted a comment on Sicknote (3) - Tantrum Vs S.U.F.. 8 months ago
Lol, fair enough, but I don't think price (especially second-hand prices on a private market) should factor into the assessment of a tune's aural qualities. So call it "overrated tripe" if you must, but "expensive" doesn't come into it, really.

On... See full review
posted a review of Ayla - Ayla (Remixes). 9 months ago
The Veracocha remix is the one most people think of (I think), full of that late '90s progressive trance exuberance. I remember the main breakdown and release section would always get trance-room crowds fist-pumping.

To me, though, the more... See full review