Spaniard lost in the big city. Fan of electronica and much other things, a bit "nerd" in some other issues, and trying to listen to adventurous styles while everyone that surrounds me hate those things :) .
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posted a review of Alexander Kowalski - Response. 2 days ago
Top of the game of all those German melodic dub techno albums that took so much inspiration from Detroit. The production here is way more echoy than usual, in the same fashion as other Kanzleramt artists at the time, but Kowalski in particular fetched... See full review
posted a comment on John Beltran - Americano. 3 days ago
I think this one is solid, from beginning to end, and the blend of the different influences from Beltran work really well on this really long LP. I don't know how much input is there from John Arnold or Jeremy Ellis apart from guitar and vocals but... See full review
posted a comment on John Beltran - Sun Gypsy. 3 days ago
I feel really guilty by the harsh reception this one had. It's true that some of its parts are too much like overlong John Beltran interludes, but the others are very strong blends of Brazilian rhythm programming and melody and Detroit electronica... See full review
posted a comment on Gala - Freed From Desire. 14 days ago
One of those rare occasions where a tune is a gay athem and a football athem. At the time I thought of it as another spin of "Gypsy woman" which kind of is, but I never expected to be played over and over, and quite safely, in any club or bar or... See full review
posted a comment on Weekend Players - Pursuit Of Happiness. 23 days ago
Very good example of the "Balearic" sound trend of the early 00s, when chillout and downtempo completely swiped out trip hop (though similarities are there). Plenty of magical moments in here, half due to Rachel Foster dramatic delivery half to Andy... See full review
posted a review of Mike Oldfield - Crime Of Passion. 29 days ago
one of my favourite songs from Mike Oldfield. He basically takes the orchestral hyper produced folky sound of the 70s (see The Year Of The Cat, Baker Street) and amps it to eleven. He worked really well with the 70s AOR tropes, and here he delivers a... See full review
posted a comment on Shakatak - Down On The Street. about 1 month ago
I love Down On The Street but let me use this space to state how much I love the cover art, with that 80s geometrical surrealism that converged later in the Memphis Design.
posted a comment on Aleksi Perälä. about 1 month ago
A lot of talk about academicism (I understand, getting into the technical is a rabbit hole difficult to resist) and not enough about the incredible results when hundreds of hours of music are released every year by this handsome Finnish guy. It would... See full review
posted a comment on Vengaboys - The Party Album!. about 1 month ago
I need to give my opinion. I need it! Vengaboys are SMART. They saw their meme potential, they encouraged it, they retweeted any bedroom dance that was done with We Like To Party or Boom Boom Boom Boom, they created new videos and they created the... See full review
posted a review of Tango? - Como Invertir Su Dinero. 3 months ago
Glorious boogie/funk album that I don't have an idea where it came from (well, now I know, seeing common names with other minor hit projects like Jules Tropicana) but where I like all of it, from the overwordy titles, the awesome 80s surrealistic... See full review
posted a review of Alex Attias Presents Mustang - Back Home. 3 months ago
Another highlight of the always underrated broken beat genre, this time with all the cinematic grandiose. All the tracks have almost identical production sound and mixing which I think is part of the point but makes them a bit similar. My favourites... See full review
posted a review of Zero 7 - The Garden. 3 months ago
A fan favourite and actually my favourite of the folky electronica genre that was popular around the 00s: the third Zero 7 album gathers all the traces from trip hop from the 90s, the obvious Air nods from their previous albums and mixes them with a... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Earthrise II. 3 months ago
Interestingly there are alternate edits of many of the songs here. I knew some of the songs because I bought the album back then and it was a surprise to me to see that they were not the main mixes (the U2 one is the Temple Bar mix, the Queen one is... See full review
posted a comment on U2 - Zooropa. 3 months ago
There are some albums that show the change of their bands from the new wavey sound of the 80s to a much more dirty urban 90s one and Zooropa is the one that always comes to mind. People "blame" this change of sound to Brian Eno, but I credit the whole... See full review
posted a comment on Wim Mertens Performed By Soft Verdict - Maximizing The Audience. 3 months ago
Wim Mertens has been low level a big influence on the European electronic scene, mostly the progressive trance one, and it is fun to trace common elements from his compositions to what ended up on the most well known tunes of the style. "Maximizing... See full review
posted a review of Colonel Red - Blue Eye Blak. 3 months ago
This has grown every year to become one of my favourite neo soul examples which came from the broken beat scene, meaning that the sounds are way more alien than usual, with chords that go in semitones and drums that never quite go to the expected... See full review
posted a review of Mo'Horizons* - Come Touch The Sun. 4 months ago
A very paradigmatic album of the "downtempo" style, when trip hop was gradually replaced by more optimistic and sunny latin rhythms, where many European producers sampled more or less obscure albums they found on second hand stores. This one shares... See full review
posted a review of MSTRKRFT - The Looks. 4 months ago
sometimes in the Ed Banger era there was a daft punkish band that had proper songs apart from the reach for the dancefloor, and thanks God MSTRKRFT went that way in here because the saturation was too much otherwise. SAme same same bag of tricks of... See full review
posted a review of The Bloody Beetroots - Romborama. 4 months ago
The Ed Banger era that Justice started was a very fun one but Jesus did all the bands/producers sound the same. The Bloody Beetroots at least had a very fun live which I am not able to say how much was pushing one button and how much it was pushing... See full review
posted a comment on Virtual Boy. 4 months ago
I wonder if "How Long Does It Take To Get To Space" was officially released, as I got it via nodata and I guess many producers took the opportunity of that blog to send their stuff as many people were downloading there. In any case, so archetypical of... See full review
posted a review of Lamb - Lamb. 4 months ago
Trip hop moved to drum n bass rhythms around 1996 and Lamb were one of the main parties to drive that change. It is one of those lovely 90s pieces of music that mixed strings, syncopated rhythms, unique vocals and a lot of cinematic quality. Others... See full review
posted a comment on Paul Johnson - She Got Me On. 4 months ago
Same. This was the first track I thought of when I heard about the news. I hope he has a good space in Heaven.
posted a comment on Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita. 4 months ago
but that is a good thing, right? Or do you prefer italo singles to be forgotten rather than to been adopted by "hipster teens and their Crosley players"? Gatekeeping is so harmful.

I love this single in any way. The break from italo pop to hi nrg and... See full review
posted a review of Bop (5) - Untitled Patterns EP. Part 3. 4 months ago
If this had not been released when Med School was already closing, or if it the drum n bass labels and artists stopped treating other labels as rivals and enemies, this would have had the credit it deserves, because Bop here not only goes to the... See full review
posted a comment on Prince - Graffiti Bridge. 4 months ago
Just read this. I was the only one mentioning Batman so I don't see where do you see the baffling part when what I said is that it has in common the new jack swing elements. Either you tried to read something I did not write looking for a straw man or... See full review
posted a comment on Vaceo. 4 months ago
I had the theory that this was Domu singing, but kinda sounds like Georg Levin at times.
posted a review of IG Culture - Zen Badizm. 4 months ago
Every time I listen to this album I have the feeling that many references, say philosophy, samples, cultural etc, are escaping me and are needed to fully understand each one of the pieces, because Zen Badizm is artie as an exhibition. An album about... See full review
posted a review of A Guy Called Gerald - Essence. 5 months ago
Came a bit late in the poppy dnb trend, but stayed as one really nice example of it. A Guy Called Gerald focuses on tight songs this time and gets on the territory that Lamb (represented here), Television, Everything But The Girl, Olive and so on were... See full review
posted a comment on Ako Beatz. 5 months ago
Like someone took a ouija and resurrected the Reinforced label. Very freeform jungle with no attachment to specific song construction or rhythm patterns.
posted a review of MISTiCAL* - The Eleventh Hour. 5 months ago
In the end, the only full length of Intalex, Calibre and ST Files together. There are elements of the three spread out in all the tracks, and it is always fun on these experiments to think which part is whose. DRS, a pretty close friend of all of... See full review
posted a review of D.Kay* - Individual Soul. 5 months ago
"At last" from Megashira was released in 2001, the seminal "Two Pages" from 4hero was released in 1997, but D Kay released his "organic instruments" drum n bass album in 2007, maybe a tad late for the trend, but who cares because the dnb crowd are... See full review
posted a review of Megashira - Zero Hour. 5 months ago
1997-1999 seems to be the golden era of dnb, innit. The same guys behind Kabuki and Makai had a jazzier project in Megashira, but in this album apart from trumpets and some melody there is that Reinforced records mood mixed with the a bit tighter drum... See full review
posted a review of Un-cut - The Un-calculated Some. 5 months ago
Will insist: in the early 00s there was a fast abrupt switch in production from "quirky sounds" that was around the idm and indietronica and glitch and bleeps and cuts to the more "real" sounds, and I see a few paradigmatic trends happening at the... See full review
posted a review of UC Beatz - Collective Cuts Volume 5. 5 months ago
Oh to discover producers that are so talented and have been there for quite a long time and are on the peak of their game. Four really solid tunes in here: the jazzy house banger in A1, the freestyle electro in A2, the boogie almost detroit house in... See full review
posted a comment on KiNK - Cloud Generator EP. 5 months ago
Cloud Generator was played by all Dixon like djs back in the day, but Breakbeat Piano was the one which entered the breaks revival before Objekt released his Theme for Q, with no sarcasm, and yes it was extensively used for the "let's open the blinds"... See full review
posted a review of Matt Bianco - Whose Side Are You On. 5 months ago
The way to the 90s acid jazz was much more subtle than some historians want to show, and the 80s had some good examples of pop with jazz influences, sax, pianos and loads of percussions, but this may be my favourite of them. Extremely dated but also... See full review
posted a comment on Matt Bianco - Whose Side Are You On. 5 months ago
there are common elements, but because the jazz pop funk style was actually really popular in the 80s. I mean, not only Matt Bianco and Yello were doing cha cha cha nods.
posted a review of Linda Mirada - China Es Otra Cultura. 5 months ago
Ana Naranjo was almost dismissive of her first album when she relased the sophomore one as she felt that "Con mi tiempo y el progreso" was something way closer to her intentions, but I still see her debut here as a very valid and a very unique piece... See full review
posted a comment on The Grid / Fripp* - Leviathan. 5 months ago
Your review made me go to listen to it expecting some kind of EDM hipercompressed beats, but actually they are quite subtle and fit what the second part is about: dub techno, very much like what was around the 2000s, non intrusive at least until the... See full review
posted a review of Kosheen - Drum 'n' Bass Reborn. 5 months ago
Of the million of times Drum N Bass was considered dead, this was one of them. Kosheen goes through the variations that were popular at the time, starting with Hospital Records and similar jazzy soul 2 steppy tunes and ending in a darker mode. The mix... See full review
posted a review of Low Tape - Summernesia EP. 5 months ago
Summernesia should have been the electro banger of summer 2020. That electric guitar attack and that bouncy bassline are a match in heaven. B side pales a bit in comparison, but in any way, what a producer this Low Tape guy is. What a touch for the... See full review
posted a review of James Vernon, Rick Silver, Money House Club, Yallahs - UZ MI Stories Chapter One. 5 months ago
Came across this compilation thanks to a Lithuanian podcast that I found browsing radio stations in Euro Truck Simulator 2 (among the most exciting activities I had during lockdown) and it seems to be the work of mainly two guys. In any case, a... See full review
posted a review of Guedra Guedra - Vexillology. 5 months ago
Sometimes I find myself missing the late 90s early 00s mixes of world (i.e. "not anglophone") folklore and syncopated rhythms, and what usually happens is that these sounds are more difficult to come across because they rarely are covered by magazines... See full review
posted a comment on Henry Wu - Good Morning Peckham. 5 months ago
Just to add a comment, seems like this release has been removed from Rhythm Section altogether. Pity: it is very archetypical of what Williams was doing at the time.

EDIT: now that I am here, I will say that I love the sparse quality of this jazz... See full review
posted a review of The Simpsons - The Simpsons Sing The Blues. 5 months ago
My favourite album in the world when I was 12. What I like now is how this one, and all the albums aimed to kids in general, is a good time capsule of the current styles. New jack swing is in full force in the Bryan Lorens "Do The Bartman" (yes, with... See full review
posted a comment on Luomo - The Present Lover. 5 months ago
AGF whispers at times. Raz OHara can be heard singing "The Present Lover". Not sure about the rest.
posted a review of Drumattic Twins - Pure Future 2003. 5 months ago
I tell you something: this Czech magazine compilation that ended in my hands I don't know why is still my favourite breakbeat set. I recently was playing it again in the car with the windows down to see if it still had the same effect, and yes, it... See full review
posted a comment on Commix - Be True / Satellite Type 2. 6 months ago
The fact that in every and each drum n bass night I have been since 2012 someone drops "Be True" and not any other of the fantastic tunes from any Commix album is very telling on how generally boring and stale the scene is and how the audience wants... See full review
posted a review of Cyantific - Bloodline. 6 months ago
For a sophomore album that took so long to be released it is surprisingly conservative - it embraces the synth wave aesthetic, adopts some of the sounds (though the 80s synths nods were already running wild on previous Cyantific tunes) and even one of... See full review
posted a comment on Various - In Order To Care. 6 months ago
Fantastic compilation that I bought, listened to a couple of times and then I stopped listening because they removed it. Yay, the digital future, where you buy subscriptions and you never know the expiry date.

Very disrespectful from R&S.