Exposure to a creative live remix of Close (to the Edit) and State Farm (Art of Noise and Yaz) in a Seattle teen dance club back in 1984 had a profound effect on me. I wanted to try it myself. Starting on a pair of cheapo turntables and a homemade mixer, I made lots of crappy tapes. Within a year I had pair of 1200-MK2's and have been spinning discs for fun ever since.

Too bad I never applied the same focus towards some kind of lucrative career. Being a bum earns less money than I had figured. I meant to say "self-employed."

I enjoy listening to, mixing, writing and recording music and programming. Now if I could just convince someone to pay me for doing it, that would be swell.... 8)
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posted a review of Laibach - Rekapitulacija 1980-84. over 5 years ago
This is really awesome early Laibach, Resekcija (Resektion) is worth the price of admission, at least for me. Sredi Bojev (Inmitten Von Kämpfen) is a track I've heard before, but not as heavy as this one. It kicks, clangs, thumps and throbs. This ... See full review
posted a comment on Cabaret Voltaire. over 6 years ago
I owe Sheffield an incalculable debt of gratitude for nurturing both Cabaret Voltaire and Hula, among countless other things. Here's to Drinking Gasoline, Poison and other feats of sonic brilliance captured in wax. Where do we get such men?
posted a comment on Cabaret Voltaire. over 6 years ago
I owe Sheffield an incalculable debt of gratitude for nurturing both Cabaret Voltaire and Hula, among countless other things. Here's to Drinking Gasoline, Poison and other feats of sonic brilliance captured in wax. Where do we get such men?
posted a review of Insight 23 - Obsess. over 7 years ago
One of the darker discs I've encountered... Grasping for something to compare the atmosphere to -- Christian Death's Only Theatre of Pain with electronics and healthy dose of antagonism perhaps?

Several shades darker than Happy Hardcore but without the ... See full review
posted a comment on Platipus. over 7 years ago
At its beginning Platipus Records had an impressive signal to noise ratio in its releases. Simon Berry seemed to have worked out a successful formula for electronic trace without sounding formulaic that retains its value years later. That Platipus ... See full review
posted a comment on Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft. over 8 years ago
Don't forget to thank Conny Plank, the legendary producer, who also lent his talent to some early Killing Joke. Did you notice how by 1987 DAF had dispensed with German lyrics, softened the EBM, lost the edgy sound altogether and launched straight into ... See full review
posted a review of Exposé - Point Of No Return. over 8 years ago
There are two entirely different sets of tracks recorded two years apart with entirely different sets of young ladies. The first set has very good vocal perfomances, a simple yet tightly planned and aesthetic arrangement and slick production values. ... See full review
posted a review of Exposé - Point Of No Return. over 8 years ago
It surprises me that the average rating for this pointless and massively overstated re-recording of the original classic with a new (not necessarily better) lineup. Either Lewis Martinee or a clueless hack put in charge got his hands on a sampler and ... See full review
posted a comment on Moonshine Music. over 8 years ago
If you're going to tell the world where not to get something, such as "really good quality trance and house" it might be helpful to also suggest some alternatives, if there is such a place where the opposite exists.

It goes without saying that the ... See full review
posted a comment on Moonshine Music. over 8 years ago
Keoki's Ego-Trip album was actually marketed on the television? That's precious! Dave Aude really crafted a great piece of work there. A pity that he was unable to pull it off again in 2002, even with a surprising assist from Daniel Ash. A damn shame.
posted a review of Moonshine Music. over 8 years ago
Moonshine temporarily revived my habit of consuming music on disc shaped media, albeit smaller and shinier than the kind that I used to rabidly collect. Even with the totally unjustifiable markup arbitrarily and greedily demanded by the parasitic swill ... See full review
posted a comment on Hula (2) - Voice. over 8 years ago
It is utterly impossible to overstate how deeply the grooves of this record cut into me. The perverse climax of Voice for me has always been Torn Silk. But the atmosphere that permeates the room when this album is experienced is incredible -- dark, ... See full review
posted a review of StoneBridge. over 8 years ago
I know very little about Stonebridge or Stoney Music or how much of the end result on Stonebridge albums are due to Hallström's handiwork and how much is due to those he collaberates with (he produces tracks with a lot of different artists), but my ear ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Tiësto. over 8 years ago
Like him or loathe him and his massive influence on recent dance music and the sometimes admirable occupation of DJ to demi-god superstar status, DJ Tiesto, sans uumlat, is a force to be reckoned with.

There can be no doubt whatsoever that, as an artist ... See full review
posted a comment on Delerium - Odyssey - The Remix Collection. over 8 years ago
People need to pay attention to grantcorp. He obviously has a well-functioning BS detector. This is obviously a cash grab, it's Delerium without Bill Leeb or Rhys Fulber. As if that isn't a deal breaker, you get DJ Tiesto who brings a new level of ... See full review
posted a review of Blackouts* - Lost Soul's Club. over 8 years ago
Shortly after picking up some early Ministry singles and discovering Front 242 and The Revolting Cocks on Chicago's Wax Trax label back in the early 1980s, I no longer viewed the Wax Trax Mail Order catalog insert found in every Wax Trax release as a ... See full review
posted a review of New Order - Blue Monday. over 8 years ago
If the inferior Qwest knockoff is the one you got stuck with, you were robbed!

Packaging: Even in the die-cut release the colors along the edge of the jacket are quite a bit off...they just didn't care -- there's a big ugly barcode label on the ... See full review
posted a review of Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. over 10 years ago
Without a doubt and with no need for hyperbole, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is one of the greatest albums ever recorded in any era on any planet. Marc Almond is at the top of his craft here, guiding the listener through the seamier parts of town and the ... See full review
posted a review of Onetwo - Onetwo, Remixed. over 10 years ago
If you only bought one single in 2007 and this wasn't it, you messed up.

Blank and Jones do surprisingly understated remix and production job on the already club-friendly, bass laden beat stomper that Kein Anschluß was to begin with. It's good to ... See full review
posted a review of Onetwo - Instead. over 10 years ago
This is truly *the* defining release for Onetwo and hopefully a taste of what's to come as they continue to perform ever more feats of magic in the studio. The fact that they secured Bob Krushaar from the beginning shows they know what they're doing. ... See full review
posted a review of Onetwo. over 10 years ago
Rarely has a follow up been so necessary. And I do realize it may seem tedious for me come back to answer my own question. So be it.

But yes, it turns out that One and Two do indeed make three. With the release of the album <i>Instead</i> and the ... See full review
posted a review of Onetwo. over 11 years ago
OneTwo, for one reason or another hasn't yet bothered to count to three. I liked their debut "Item," sandwiched though it was by two versions of Paul's song to his real or imagined sister. Another of the five tracks, "Cloud Nine," the one made with the ... See full review
posted a review of Delerium - The Best Of. over 13 years ago
[...posted in 2007 or so...]

If this is the "best" of Delerium, it makes me wonder what I was buying all these years. I'd take 1991's Euphoric over this compilation any day. Everything after 1997 just seems like bad Karma.

[...updated in 2010 -- ... See full review
posted a review of Foetus. over 13 years ago
Foetus is not "huge," relatively speaking, because the industry does not view Thirlwell's gift as a commercial product that can be sold (dumped) in bulk like "hit" driven top-40 drivel. JGT launched and released material on Self Immolation when existing ... See full review
posted a review of Time Zone Featuring John Lydon And Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction (Meltdown Remix). over 13 years ago
The Meltdown Remix is really horrible, the dance mix is shorter than the radio edit, neither is extended. Given the choice, choose the original (CEL 176) with the Vocal (5:30) and Instrumental (6:20) mixes. You'll be glad you did. This is not the ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again. over 13 years ago
A very good sign: even without longtime producer Daniel Miller, Depeche Mode can still come up with a kick ass 12" single. Never Let Me Down Again is the big story here. No remix bullshit on the A side: pure Mode and not a moment wasted. The "Split ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Behind The Wheel / Route 66 (Megamix). over 13 years ago
Oh hell. If I had to pick one of my 20 Depeche Mode 12" singles to line the cat box this would surely be the one. I might do it anyway. Even the lyrics are completely braindead.
From other synth-pop bands this might have been a highlight. But from ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Stripped (Highland Mix). over 13 years ago
Of the 20 or so Depeche Mode 12" singles I have, this is easily my favourite. "Stripped" is beautifully done, as is the slightly darker and indispensible "Breathing in Fumes." Both are dancefloor thumpers: play very loud. I always found "But Not ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Love In Itself • 3. over 13 years ago
As usual another strong Depeche Mode single. Two extended versions plus an oddity.
Love In Itself 4 is an unusual track: vocals, guitar, piano and a drum machine. Nearly unplugged. Perhaps "lounge lizard" (after hours) best describes its laid back ... See full review
posted a review of Stop - Wake Up. over 13 years ago
"Wake Up" is potentially one of the most frightening productions ever captured in wax and to anonymously find its way into my vinyl collection.

Overly pleasant, infinitely catchy, robotically precise, and possessing an incessant "clap" track ... See full review
posted a review of Smart E's. over 13 years ago
When we're young we think we'll live forever. Rebellion, risky behavior, experimentation with drugs, alcohol, sex,
cult groups, PLUR. Playing with fire is a normal part of growing up.

But as far as "Sesame's Treet" is concerned, it's simply not ... See full review
posted a review of Anne Clark - Our Darkness. over 14 years ago
Our Darkness (130 BPM) is one of those almost perfect eighties dancefloor singles: easy to mix, danceable, and just a little dark. Anne Clark's spoken word vocal style works well here.

The subtle Razormaid Mix (available elsewhere) tweaks the ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - I Want You. over 14 years ago
"I Want You" is a great late night club track at 134 BPM: the video, a Nosferatu themed visual assault, is worth seeking out.

"Drink Your Poison" (108 BPM) is not quite as hectic, but the sardonic lyrics and hypnotic beats keep things ... See full review
posted a review of File 13 - Taste So Good. over 14 years ago
Electronic dance music with phone sex samples at 130 BPM. Hilarious, dirty and arranged with the club DJ in mind. The main track is simple to use; the dub version is useful for dropping in teases. One of my favorite turntable tracks!
posted a review of Delerium - Odyssey - The Remix Collection. over 14 years ago
Back in the eighties I learned pretty quickly how to avoid bad remixes. Then, as now, the words "additional production and remix" are a dead giveaway that some hack got their hands on a marketable song, chopped it to pieces, added explosions, repeats, ... See full review
posted a review of Delerium - Euphoric. over 14 years ago
Released in 1991, Euphoric and Decade provide a hint of what Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber were about to unleash. 1992 brought Front Line Assembly's Tactical Neural Implant, Mindphaser and The Blade, Noise Unit's Strategy of Violence, and Intermix's debut ... See full review