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posted a comment on Dimitri* - Scottish Deserter / Given Flowers. 3 months ago
5* for Cerebral.... alone, perhaps the most under-celebrated trance track of the 90s.
posted a review of Fort Lauderdale - 1001 Revolutions. 7 months ago
A work of real genius and vast scope. My pick for "the great downtempo concept album", though calling it downtempto is to do it something of a misservice, as for once, the phrase "genre defying" is apt. Jazz, rock, classical, funk, breakbeat, lounge, ... See full review
posted a review of Calcutta Cyber Cafe - Drum + Space. 8 months ago
Awesome record. Best thing he's done. Shame it's not on vinyl!
posted a comment on Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus with Jazzboe Abubaka - Tribute To The Emperor Rastafori. about 1 year ago
If in any doubt, just buy this ripper of an album! This desperately deserves a cleanup and reissue. So far as I can tell, there is nothing else released that is quite like it, though it is by no means "difficult" or particularly "experimental". The ... See full review
posted a review of Lee "Scratch" Perry* / Kalo Kawongolo / Seke Molenga - From The Heart Of The Congo. over 2 years ago
What an extraordinary record this is. The sleevenotes describe how Scratch adopted a group of Zairian musicians who had been left trapped on Jamaica after a recording rip off and fused them with his band of session artists,including the incomparable ... See full review
posted a review of Amparanoia - Enchilao. over 3 years ago
I am astonished that this album isn't more highly rated. It's really superb. It leans quite heavily on dub and reggae influences, with a strong Latin flavour. It's very well produced and this helps keep the sound fresh and undated (this review 2016). 5 ... See full review
posted a review of Eva Be - Moving Without Traveling. over 3 years ago
This is a really excellent album that will appeal to anyone into Fat Freddy's Drop (singer appears on track 5), The Cat Empire, jazzy reggae and dub and Balearic scene chill out. Wholly recommended,
posted a comment on The Souljazz Orchestra - Manifesto. over 4 years ago
Very good latin-tinged afrobeat album.
posted a review of Muslimgauze - Drugsherpa. over 4 years ago
A Muslimgauze album with little or no glitch, this is a fairly straight up arrangement of middle eastern sampled music, sampled and rearranged with a world/ambient aesthetic. This is Muslimgauze, not Deep Forest, so it's not entirely an easy ride but it ... See full review
posted a review of Robert Henke - Piercing Music. over 10 years ago
Good heavens! This is a wonderful example of very minimal ambient music. It's very close in form and style to the wonderful Monolake ep 'Gobi - the desert'. As you would expect for a Henke record, it's lovingly and expertly produced. Bears comparison ... See full review
posted a review of Jon Hopkins - Opalescent. over 10 years ago
Hmm

Heard alot of good stuff about this CD, there are glowing reviews on amazon. Ultimately I found it pretty disappointing. Jon Hopkins, I read, went to the Royal Academy of Music but if he learned anything really interesting there, i dont think it ... See full review
posted a review of Swayzak / Various - Avantgarde // Swayzak Presents Serieculture. over 10 years ago
So, this is the most expensive CD I have ever bought... mostly because the first guy I paid (too much) for a copy for was rip-off artist and never sent the CD. So I had to order another not-exactly-cheap copy...

I have a chequered history with Swayzak ... See full review
posted a review of Masters At Work - The Tenth Anniversary Collection - Part Two (1996 - 2000). over 10 years ago
Hmmm well after getting the box set part one (which is fantastic and comes with a pretty high recommendation to anyone into really any kind of house music) I was looking forward to part two... it is something of a disappointment. Alot of the tunes seem ... See full review
posted a review of Beat Pharmacy - Wikkid Times. over 10 years ago
Oh dear. This was a terrible disappointment to me as I am rather keen on the earlier Beat Pharmacy CDs. Where, IMO, this one goes wrong, is that almost all the tracks feature vocals and the vocal treatments mask what sound like rather exciting music and ... See full review
posted a review of Arthur Dent And Deeper Than Space - Drift. over 10 years ago
If you like very minimal spacey ambient music, this is one for you. Essentially it does what it says in the tin - Deeper than Space, Drift. Closest thing I have to it is Monolake's 'Gobi. The desert EP' but Drift is more "outer space" in feel. You ... See full review
posted a review of Drum Club - Live In Iceland. over 10 years ago
I have to say, I love this album and I am somewhat envious of anyone who was at the concert. The album kicks off with a sample of an Icelandic chap introducing the band.. from which all I can make out is "... Dj Charlie Hall" and it's all fun from ... See full review
posted a review of Fila Brazillia - Maim That Tune. over 12 years ago
Stunning record. Bears comparison with the roughly contemporaneous classic 'Smokers delight' by Nightmares on Wax. This jazzy, soulful downtempo (call it Trip Hop if you must) is a real gem. I fell FilaB lost their way later on but this is an essential ... See full review
posted a review of Geoff White - Questions And Comments. over 12 years ago
A fairly successful fusion of house with the dub-techno style, sounds a bit like MRI's All that glitters. Also bears comparison with some of Matthew Herbert's work. Didn't like this CD so much initially but it has grown on me and conclude it is a good ... See full review
posted a review of Swayzak - Snowboarding In Argentina. over 12 years ago
A blinding recording. At once an amazing techno record, an amazing house record and an amazing chill-out record. Achieves the near impossible in making a record that sounds cool and austere but feels warm and almost uplifting. A cross over record in that ... See full review
posted a review of Swayzak - Loops From The Bergerie. over 12 years ago
The most crushingly disappointing record I have ever bought. This may actually be a good record, if you like synth-pop/the Gigolo sound. If you are looking for something in a tech-house vein similar to Snowboarding... or Himwari, avoid this like the ... See full review
posted a review of Dub Taylor - Experience. over 12 years ago
A huge disappointment. Trying to deepen my dub-tech/tech-house collection, I was hoping for something on a Chain Reaction/Deadbeat/Swayzak's Snowboarding tip... this sounds more like Mu-Ziq doing house music badly. Two listens and straight on the "sell ... See full review
posted a review of Daiphlux - Mbrnjnftr. over 12 years ago
This CD harbours some industrial and fairly abtract/experimental sounds so dont be mislead by the description of IDM/ambient. Daiphlux ploughs a similar furrow to Alter Ego and Funkstorung on this recording.
posted a review of The Detroit Escalator Co.* - Soundtrack [313]. over 12 years ago
One of my favourite albums. Really truly stunning and hasn't dated one bit. Beware, however, the replication of tracks from here on Excerpts, the D.E.Co compilation. Five tracks from here are on Excerpts, so only get both if you are a true completist!