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Collected records since mid 80's. Started as a DJ on university radio in 1988 playing underground music. In 1989 started a new radio show playing what techno records I could get my hands on. First regular club gig began in 1991. Continued spinning at clubs and raves up until 2000 or so. Now mostly teach philosophy, political theory and study the history of music...

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Prokofiev*, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Sonatas Nos.7 & 8, Two Pieces From 'Romeo And Juliet'
submitted Prokofiev*, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Sonatas Nos.7 & 8, Two Pieces From 'Romeo And Juliet'. 25 days ago
Poulenc*, Hindemith*, Prokofiev* / Jiří Válek, Josef Hála - Sonatas For Flute And Piano
submitted Poulenc*, Hindemith*, Prokofiev* / Jiří Válek, Josef Hála - Sonatas For Flute And Piano. about 1 month ago
Bernstein* Conducts Nielsen* - New York Philharmonic - Symphony No. 4 (
submitted Bernstein* Conducts Nielsen* - New York Philharmonic - Symphony No. 4 ("Inextinguishable"). about 1 month ago
Hans Werner Henze - Edda Moser • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau • Charles Regnier, Chor* Und Orchester Des NDR* • RIAS-Kammerchor • Mitglieder Des Hamburger Knabenchores St. Nikolai* - Das Floss Der Medusa
posted a review of Hans Werner Henze - Edda Moser • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau • Charles Regnier, Chor* Und Orchester Des NDR* • RIAS-Kammerchor • Mitglieder Des Hamburger Knabenchores St. Nikolai* - Das Floss Der Medusa. about 1 month ago
Das Floß der Medusa is an intense and rather harrowing work. I think it's important to understand the staging that accompanies the work to fully understand the musical structure and aesthetic choices. In particular, the movement of the choir from the... See full review
Sir Adrian Boult, Vaughan Williams*, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult Conducts String Music Of Vaughan Williams
posted a review of Sir Adrian Boult, Vaughan Williams*, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Adrian Boult Conducts String Music Of Vaughan Williams. about 1 month ago
Really fabulous sound on this recording. Rich string works that benefit from sumptuous sound.
Thomas Schumacher - Off World
posted a review of Thomas Schumacher - Off World. 3 months ago
Seems these days Schumacher is taking advantage of the increase in interest for heavy techno to plunder his old sample collections. These are decent tracks (it is Schumacher) but they do seem a bit like workmanlike collages of famous techno moves from... See full review
Copland* Conducts Copland*, Columbia Chamber Orchestra - Appalachian Spring (Complete Ballet) (First Recording Of The Original Version)
posted a review of Copland* Conducts Copland*, Columbia Chamber Orchestra - Appalachian Spring (Complete Ballet) (First Recording Of The Original Version). 3 months ago
I do prefer this version with the smaller ensemble. More pure and direct. Brings home the emotional essence of the music. Really wonderful stuff.
Leonid Kogan, Beethoven*, Robert Schumann - Leonid Kogan Plays Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 For Violin And Piano in A Major, Op. 47
submitted Leonid Kogan, Beethoven*, Robert Schumann - Leonid Kogan Plays Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 For Violin And Piano in A Major, Op. 47 "The Kreutzer"/Schumann: Fantasy In C Major, Op. 131. 4 months ago
Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding - Miracle
posted a review of Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding - Miracle. 9 months ago
Original is icky formula dance for the next corporate rave. I'm sure the investors will happily collect.

Mau P Remix, is clearly aimed at the house floors, a bit more subdued and bumpy. Hardwell brings the fuzz and energy, but is working with poor... See full review
Sigur Rós - Átta
posted a review of Sigur Rós - Átta. 10 months ago
Came to put it in my wantlist, and to my shock there's no vinyl!... That's an unwelcome surprise. Well, perhaps it will give them time to work on the cover (I mean this one is fine, but it seems a little simplistic).

As for the music, it is straight... See full review
Patrik Berg - Like Forever
posted a review of Patrik Berg - Like Forever. 11 months ago
What kind of a charmed life must one live to get to put out on vinyl such dull and formulaic tracks. Surely, they could not have taken more than an hour to quickly churn out. It's actually too bad, because I quite like the idea of the spoken vocal and... See full review
Healing Force Project - Atmospheric Haze
posted a review of Healing Force Project - Atmospheric Haze. 11 months ago
All sorts of bonus points for being experimental here, and not staying within the ever more constricting lines of current techno sub-genres. First side feels like psychedelic techno jazz, while the second side is colder, more otherworldly, electronic... See full review
UHF* - UHF
posted a review of UHF* - UHF. 11 months ago
Certainly the best record of Moby's early rave days. This was a peak floor annihilator for me when I was DJing my first club gig back then. Also saw him in 92, at a rave. Those were the days.
Alex Kassian - Oolong Trance
posted a review of Alex Kassian - Oolong Trance. 11 months ago
Sounds like standard progressive piano house from the mid-90s, just with a little extra GOA trance flavour.
Nandu (3) - Horisont
posted a review of Nandu (3) - Horisont. 11 months ago
Low energy neo-trance that feels like it's more for reclining on couches with a fancy drink than dancing. Perhaps that's its niche, but it's not a very exciting one. If you make it through the plodding and formulaic A-side, the B-side is better.... See full review
Various - Fight!
posted a review of Various - Fight!. 12 months ago
This was pure gold in 1987. Fabulous mix of the dark and experimental side of the electronic underground. Swooping from the purely experimental to pounding industrial dance numbers. It is all excellent, but I remember being particularly blown away by... See full review
René Et Gaston - L'Eveil
posted a review of René Et Gaston - L'Eveil. 12 months ago
It's so lovely to come back to this single after recent listening habits: trying to stay on top of things and work my way through the latest batch (here in 2023) of house singles, almost none of which seem to be able to muster up even a hint of... See full review
James Cotton* - Mind Your Manners
posted a review of James Cotton* - Mind Your Manners. 12 months ago
I'm here mostly for the B-side, with it's deep grungy buzzy bass goodness. Clippy-clop horse hoof percussion, that breaks into a determined stompy strutt. Meanwhile various rubbery wobbles de-center the trajectory. It is weird, and only for... See full review
Lars Bartkuhn - Melancholia
posted a review of Lars Bartkuhn - Melancholia. 12 months ago
If the ECM label did breaks and deep house, this is what I imagine it would sound like.
GTO - Elevation
posted a review of GTO - Elevation. 12 months ago
I wonder how many DJ oriented techno tunes have got a 7" version out there...
Artefakt (2) - Monsoon
posted a review of Artefakt (2) - Monsoon. about 1 year ago
Immaculate deep and hypnotic techno. A rare instance where the flow is so entrancing that I really wish they'd gone with a single vinyl for it. Great stuff to drift along in.
Tim Green (4) - Sea Parade
posted a review of Tim Green (4) - Sea Parade. about 1 year ago
Shanti Radio has such lovely cover art. It goes perfectly with their dreamy trance-house. But this cover is particularly nice.
Candido - Thousand Finger Man
posted a review of Candido - Thousand Finger Man. about 1 year ago
So it seems this is first released as a single in 1979? Want to be clear for music history reasons.
Solar Sound System* - Temporal Rift EP
posted a review of Solar Sound System* - Temporal Rift EP. about 1 year ago
Oldschool sounds, while not simply copying old forms. I have heard so much empty and un-creative copying of old styles lately, it's lazy and lame. But this is how you do it. Sounds retro and new at the same time.
Swoose - Introspective EP
posted a review of Swoose - Introspective EP. about 1 year ago
Commendably consistent quality. I can't be bothered with throwaway digital "releases". I only buy vinyl. So when I do, I really value records that aren't just one great song and a bunch of filler. This Swoose EP is completely solid all the way... See full review
Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Rapture
posted a review of Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Rapture. about 1 year ago
Lots of discussion of audio quality, but I'm not adding to that, I'm just happy that the repress finally gave the vinyl version a decent cover. Who was responsible for that abomination of an original LP sleeve? Siouxsie looks good, but what an ugly... See full review
Pye Corner Audio - Where Things Are Hollow 2
posted a review of Pye Corner Audio - Where Things Are Hollow 2. about 1 year ago
Completely agree, just makes me waste time scanning through for the vinyl release. Digital barely counts in my world.
posted a review that has since been deleted. about 1 year ago
Stojche / Deniro (5) - Pressure
posted a review of Stojche / Deniro (5) - Pressure. about 1 year ago
Great production on these Stojche tracks. Clean, deep and punchy. But the music is very ordinary. Too bad, have heard some great things from him. The Deniro tracks are more dreamy and atmospheric, but only 'Instore' really feels like it's doing... See full review
El Choop - Insane Sends EP
posted a review of El Choop - Insane Sends EP. about 1 year ago
Every single track on this is excellent. Like your dub techno with a bit of thump, then this is for you.
Man/ipulate - Watatsumi
posted a review of Man/ipulate - Watatsumi. about 1 year ago
Got to agree with this. If you are not capable of producing new forms in your chosen art, then you should be doing something else. You just don't have what it takes. Anyone can copy, and we don't need endless copies of what has already been done.
Nospectacle - #11 Clairmount
posted a review of Nospectacle - #11 Clairmount. about 1 year ago
Oh my, just randomly bought a copy of this, and it is cool. 1000 Stars transcends the limitations of the techno genre and is frankly just a cool piece of music, period. I listen to hundreds and hundreds of tracks every year, and this thing from 10... See full review
Ben Frost - Broken Spectre
posted a review of Ben Frost - Broken Spectre. about 1 year ago
A mix of Pit Piccinelli, Fred Gales, Walter Maioli - Amazonia 6891 in the use of Amazon field recordings mixed with electronics, and FUJI||||||||||TA - Kōmori in pitching down high frequency nature sounds. So feels a little derivative of the ideas of those earlier works. But the electronics are far more to the... See full review
Harry Styles - As It Was
posted a review of Harry Styles - As It Was. about 1 year ago
Just go get the A-ha original that this is plundering and be done with it.
Yazoo - Nobody's Diary / Situation
posted a review of Yazoo - Nobody's Diary / Situation. about 1 year ago
Just to add to the anecdotal research: mine is P/1612. If there were 2000 for every letter, that would be a lot. But I don't know what the letters stand for.
Antenna! - Clockwork
posted a review of Antenna! - Clockwork. about 1 year ago
Really well done for what it is. But when the music so closely mimics its templates, it is hard to get excited about it. Like painting a replica Mondrian, but the red and blue squares are in different places.
Lewis Fautzi - You Can't Step On the Same Risk Twice
posted a review of Lewis Fautzi - You Can't Step On the Same Risk Twice. about 1 year ago
A little bit of electro fizzing and a stomping beat do not a track make. An EP of solid foundations - what little there is, is good - that ideally would have been built upon with something more.
Kaiser (14) - Konsequentz
posted a review of Kaiser (14) - Konsequentz. about 1 year ago
Competent but ordinary techno that does nothing new. It will do the job if you have it.
Epiphany (9) & Dj F (4) - Mad Galaxy EP
posted a review of Epiphany (9) & Dj F (4) - Mad Galaxy EP. about 1 year ago
Really nice cover on this. My respects to the designer.
Adele (3) - Rolling In The Deep
posted a review of Adele (3) - Rolling In The Deep. about 1 year ago
Wow, now that is what I can a failure of a mix. Destroys the emotional dynamics of the song and buries the vocal. What for? A beat so generic it's mind numbing?
Multicast Dynamics - Ancient Circuits
posted a review of Multicast Dynamics - Ancient Circuits. about 1 year ago
A top release in the ambient music genre. Even for Astral Industries, with it's many quality releases, this stands out. It really does feel like a journey of exploration. You can listen to it, rather than merely have have it as background noise while... See full review
Various - The Elements
posted a review of Various - The Elements. about 1 year ago
Sounds like early 90s techno. Seems to be a sort of revival of this sound. But there is so much out there. For instance; Planet E label, or maybe even earlier stuff on Transmat. Or see some of the early stuff by Orbital for instance. Anyway, it is... See full review
Mayell - Zreducirirka EP
posted a review of Mayell - Zreducirirka EP. about 1 year ago
Melodic, inventive, fun. Three adjectives that I could not have used for the last 100 or so banal and formulaic deep/house records I labored to listen through. Refreshing.
New Frames - Ashes
posted a review of New Frames - Ashes. about 1 year ago
A-side is ho hum, but that intense B-side is one of the best things I have heard from New Frames, and they have so much good stuff... Both crushingly noisy and and bit more musical without any loss of pounding intensity, and all the better for it. Ep... See full review
Approach Release - Drum Chums Vol. 4
posted a review of Approach Release - Drum Chums Vol. 4. about 1 year ago
Seems as though more than a couple of folks have decided to do an edit of this. Midnight Runners "Bright Star" seems pretty close.
Scalameriya - Aeon Core
posted a review of Scalameriya - Aeon Core. about 1 year ago
Some nice rhythmic variation in all the noise blasts. It's nice that there's more going on than just ear bludgeoning. Do wish the cover had been better though, detracts from the whole package by making it a bit cartoonish.
Artefakt (2) - The Mental Universe
posted a review of Artefakt (2) - The Mental Universe. about 1 year ago
Deep dreamy techno that is both propulsive and meditative. Excellent for late night space adventures.
Albert Zhirnov - Panzertrain EP
posted a review of Albert Zhirnov - Panzertrain EP. about 1 year ago
The grooves are good, but go bloody nowhere. Might as well be locked grooves. I'm into a hypno-groove as much as the next person, but you need to hold my interest. With these I keep waiting for something to happen. Still, the essential grooves are... See full review
Hit Parade - Plastic Culture
posted a review of Hit Parade - Plastic Culture. about 1 year ago
Crass label puts out a highly political single, not surprising. That it's a synth track, with tasty synth bass? Well, that is surprising! Nice one.
Impérieux - Fantasmagorii EP
posted a review of Impérieux - Fantasmagorii EP. about 1 year ago
Wish these sentiments were expressed more often. There is so much formulaic music out there. Need more creative people.