I once tried to submit a release to Discogs, but I obviously got so many things wrong that the moderators got fed up of my ineptitude and they rejected my release. Suitably chastened, I have never tried since.

My collection is increasingly becoming a mess, as I only try and add things I legitimately own. With one-off MP3 purchases, HDD swaps with friends and the likes of Spotify, my physical/legit collection is less and less representative of what I've heard. It's also a real mix of stuff. When I started out listening to electronic music I was just a kid and I had to shop at my local HMV, buying fairly commercial stuff. As I've grown up there's an increasing amount of underground and experimental music rubbing shoulders with cheesy trance singles from 2003. I doubt it makes any sense to the outsider looking in, but it remains a document of my evolving musical personality.
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posted a review of Various - 21st Century Deep Trance. 10 days ago
Flash back to the good old days of the year 2000. Alongside your superclub mix comps and your superstar DJs with their magic journeys and global excursions, you could also get your recommended daily dose of glowstick trance served up in big chunky box ... See full review
posted a review of PFM - Producer 02. 16 days ago
PFM (AKA: "Progressive Future Music") made some of the most radically beautiful music to emerge from the heyday of atmospheric drum 'n bass in the mid '90s, and the majority of their highlights are collected here in one form or another. There's a depth ... See full review
posted a review of Sasha - Airdrawndagger. about 1 month ago
[Note: this is a slightly edited version of a review I originally wrote in 2009, but which has been unavailable to read online for several years now]

There are few electronic music long players out there with more mixed reviews than Airdrawndagger. ... See full review
posted a review of Danny Tenaglia - Global Underground 017: London. 2 months ago
What surprises me about this compilation, for all the talk about meticulous re-editing and seamless blending from "the DJ's DJ", is just how rough some of the mixing is, particularly on the second disc. Over and over again the transitions are badly EQ'd ... See full review
posted a review of Carly Simon / Chic - Why. 3 months ago
I once bawled my eyes out to this song at an after-party, sitting on a living room carpet at one o'clock in the afternoon with the sun creeping through the curtains after a bottle of wine and far too many chemicals. I was completely inconsolable for a ... See full review
posted a review of Danny Howells - Balance 024. 3 months ago
I'm surprised there isn't more praise for this compilation. The second disc in particular is absolutely magical, cosmic deep disco house of the finest order. It's very rare that you get an 80 minute mix on a CD compilation that is faultless, particularly ... See full review
posted a review of E-Dancer - Heavenly. 4 months ago
For an album landing squarely in the ultra-revered classic Detroit techno canon, from the mind of none other than the great Kevin Saunderson, this otherwise perfectly listenable album boasts a couple of utter stinkers. The opening track 'Banjo' has a ... See full review
posted a review of Between Interval - Legacy. 5 months ago
One of the best ambient albums I've heard in years, and a huge step up on Between Interval's previous output after a long hiatus. The vast soundscapes rendered here are simultaneously desolate yet peaceful, reminiscent of the quieter moments of ... See full review
posted a review of Güero - My Way My Rules. 5 months ago
Ridiculous style tag by the Discogs overlords. This album is a thousand miles away from minimal techno. It is, rather, Andrew Weatherall-style slo-mo cosmic disco of the highest calibre, landing squarely amidst that immensely satisfying musical nexus ... See full review
posted a review of Hernan Cattaneo* - Balance Presents Sudbeat. 6 months ago
The first disc of this compilation is pure sex: sensuous, slow motion, zero-gravity sex. The pace, the flow, the incremental layering of the vibes… perfect. Every track on this compilation was an exclusive, and there’s the sense that each one was written ... See full review
posted a review of Orbital - Monsters Exist. 6 months ago
Oh dear. Oh dear. Right from the start I had feared the worst for Orbital's second comeback, with Phil Hartnoll now appearing in every press shot with a handlebar mustache and a leather jacket, like your best mate's particularly tragic uncle, and the ... See full review
posted a review of Hernán Cattáneo. 7 months ago
The reigning king of progressive house. A late developer on the global DJ circuit, he didn't break out of South America until the end of the '90s when his contemporaries in the UK and Europe were already superstars. With his Renaissance discs and radio ... See full review
posted a review of Almunia - New Moon. 7 months ago
This unassuming little album grows with repeat listens into one of the most sublime assemblages of languid Balearic groove and achingly gorgeous guitar work you will ever hear. Every single track is brilliant: hypnotic, simple, addictive, beautifully ... See full review
posted a review of Evolution + Lucien Foort - FluidCompilation. 10 months ago
It speaks volumes for the quality of Fluid Recordings that this compilation manages to be extremely enjoyable despite eschewing just about all of the label's biggest tunes. Released at the very start of 2002 and with one eye clearly on staying "on-trend" ... See full review
posted a review of Breeder - The Chain. about 1 year ago
For me, this is the greatest trance record ever made. Every single second is pure brilliance. It's a sonic firework display, full of hard, crackling sounds tuned directly to the frequency of your spinal column, lighting up every nervous fibre on the way ... See full review
posted a review of De Niro - Mind Of Man. about 1 year ago
One of those tunes that makes you feel as though you've triple-dropped the strongest pills ever pressed, even when sat in traffic during the morning commute. The word "banger" was invented for the likes of this.
posted a review of Paul Oakenfold - Perfecto Presents Another World. about 1 year ago
CD1 is probably the best thing Oakenfold ever did. Oakey's weakness as a beat-mixer is well known, and he's never been the kind of DJ for long, hypnotic blends or airtight control of energy levels. When he works well it's generally by deliberately ... See full review
posted a review of Curses! - The Deep End. about 1 year ago
If the Holy Ghost Dub has been released in 1978, it would probably have topped the US charts for 22 weeks in a row, or something like that. Instead it's virtually unknown. What a crime. This is impossibly brilliant disco with the kind of riff that ... See full review
posted a review of Blind Observatory - Scanning / And The Flying Saucer. about 1 year ago
Scanning is quite simply one of the most evil tunes ever made. Dystopian, implacable, creeping doom. This is the sound of Cthulhu stirring in the ocean depths and slowly beginning to awaken. A remarkably well produced and well imagined piece of techno. ... See full review
posted a review of Fluid Recordings UK. about 1 year ago
Pound for pound, probably the finest progressive label of them all. Hopefully one day they will digitise their back catalogue, although they'd be at risk of UN sanctions for stockpiling so many bombs under one roof.
posted a review of Carl Craig - At Les (Christian Smith Remixes). about 1 year ago
Surely one of the greatest remixes ever made. Carl Craig's original version is a melancholic classic of skittery Detroit futurism, almost more jazz than techno. As such, it has a purist reverence amongst connoisseurs that almost invariably leads them to ... See full review
posted a review of Applescal - For. about 1 year ago
This album is truly lovely. I've been playing it for over two years now and it hasn't lost anything with repetition. Ignore the misleading genre tags on Discogs - this is melodic ambient techno for the 21st Century, with a delightfully soft musical ... See full review
posted a review of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run. about 1 year ago
The Amorphous Androgynous Remix of AKA... What A Life might just be the greatest remix ever recorded. It takes Noel's undeniably belting vocals and puts them through the full psychedelic odyssey. Crunching rock guitars, opulent disco strings, soaring ... See full review
posted a review of Force Mass Motion - Motions Beyond. over 2 years ago
Michael Wells of Force Mass Motion was one of relatively few veterans of the breakbeat hardcore scene who opted against moving into drum 'n bass or happy hardcore. Instead, his riff-tastic style washed up on the shores of the mid-90s trance scene ... See full review
posted a review of Acropod - Tales Beyond The Unknown. over 2 years ago
This sounds so much like the work of Aural Imbalance / Deep Space Organisms that you wouldn't even notice that Track 9 is a remix unless you were looking at the tracklist while listening. I'm not entirely sure who these two Greek chaps are, appearing out ... See full review
posted a review of Hardway Brothers - Mania Theme. over 2 years ago
January 2012, a London so cold the wind racing between shiny high-rise offices feels like it's etching permanent lines into my face. There's a few hours to kill before the train departs so I duck into Rough Trade on Brick Lane. The light and the warmth ... See full review
posted a review of The Auranaut - People Want To Be Needed The Album. over 2 years ago
This really is a great album. I'm mildly amazed to be the first to grace it with a Discogs review, given the cult status of the title track. I can only assume that its place in lost treasure limbo comes down to being released in 2004. Not only was the ... See full review
posted a review of Man Power (2) - Kiloton Ep. over 2 years ago
The Hardway Bros turn in an absolute monster of a remix here at a remarkable 105bpm. Remarkable not just because they create a scarcely believable amount of energy at a tempo that never rises above walking speed, but also because it renders the track ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Seaman - Renaissance: Desire. over 2 years ago
On the face of it, this is just another double-disc prog excursion from the days when double-disc prog excursions were everywhere. You know the formula: first disc deep, second disc guns blazing, rarely more than 12 tunes to a CD, mixing ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Koze - XTC. over 3 years ago
What a brilliant vocal sample. Never has the ambivalence of the drug experience been more suggestively poised. The music itself couldn't be finer tuned to the question - blissful, brittle, contemplative. Laconic philosophy on wax.
posted a review of Model 500 - Starlight. over 3 years ago
One of my favourite techno releases. I suppose it's an EP by the letter of the law, although it plays out more like an album. The original Starlight is an understated Metroplex classic from 1995 but the echospace crew demonstrated that Detroit techno, so ... See full review
posted a review of The Future Sound Of London - Environments 4. over 4 years ago
(NOTE: The following was actually written back in 2012 and was supposed to go on my now-defunct blog but never made it online. I've just uncovered it on my hard-drive and figure it's worth posting here.)

There are few more reliable indicators of ... See full review
posted a review of Pink Bomb featuring Tracey Cattell* - Indica. over 4 years ago
Wot, not review? One of the biggest trance/progressive releases of 1998, both sides were caned by all the usual suspects. Indica made it onto a couple of compilations and is probably the better known of the pair, but Purple Krush is my pick of the two. ... See full review
posted a review of The Chemical Brothers - Remixes. over 4 years ago
This compilation is absolutely rocking. For those that miss that early Chemical sound of gigantic earth-shaking breaks, tweaking acid and head-spinning sampling, you need this in your collection. In fact, I'd even go as far as saying it's even better ... See full review
posted a review of Fortunato & Montresor - Imagine. over 4 years ago
Fun fact: Fortunato and Montresor are characters from Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Cask of Amontillado, a rather grisly tale of murder and revenge. Unlike this, a classic piece of airy early-set deep house that is probably one of John Digweed's ... See full review
posted a review of Deepchord - Prana / Tantra. over 5 years ago
Lovely pair of tracks from Rod Modell, more melodic than his usual texture-oriented DeepChord output and probably my favourite release of his for some time. Interestingly, the chimes in Prana are actually sampled from a drum 'n bass track: Aural ... See full review
posted a comment on Redcell - Interim Outerim. over 5 years ago
One of my absolute favourite techno records, this is mesmerizing neo-Detroit abstraction from the B12 boys. The chords and synths are indeed lush and awash with that retro-futurist utopian vibe characteristic of so much early British "intelligent ... See full review
posted a review of Renegade Soundwave - Renegade Soundwave. over 5 years ago
Oh my lord, the Leftfield remix is an absolute monster. Hard dub-acid-techno alchemy as only the boys Barnes and Dailey could deliver. Pounding, grooving, house shakin' and vibrating, with a soaring filtered guitar pinnacle casting shadows like a neutron ... See full review
posted a comment on Art Of Trance - Wildlife On One. over 5 years ago
Just a little explanation of the title for non-British readers out there: Wildlife On One was the BBC's flagship nature documentary for over 30 years, running from the '70s through to 2005 and narrated by the legendary David Attenbrough. It was called ... See full review
posted a review of Leftfield - Leftism. over 5 years ago
Leftism is obviously one of the best-known long players to have come from the club scene, selling over a million copies in the UK alone and still regularly propping up the Dance rack of any high store music chain. But while it is undoubtedly a good album ... See full review
posted a review of Sasha + John Digweed* - Northern Exposure: Expeditions. over 6 years ago
Expeditions is arguably the weakest of the Northern Exposures, if only because it is (for the most part) a fairly standard mixture of up-front progressive from the period, whereas the previous NE mixes were an attempt to play an eclectic selection of ... See full review
posted a review of Wink* Featuring Lil Louis* - How's Your Evening So Far?. over 6 years ago
One of those "second tier" dance music classics, the kind that will never end up on a Ministry Of Sound retrospective but will still raise the hairs of clubbers of a certain age. A simple but hugely effective filtered tech loop that samples Lil Louis' ... See full review
posted a review of Bedrock. over 6 years ago
In my opinion, the most consistently brilliant production team in progressive house and trance history. You can spot a Bedrock production from a mile away: the rumbling, muscular energy combined with smart, street-wise arrangements and structure. Muir ... See full review
posted a review of Suzuki K1 >> 7.5cc* - Satellite Serenade. over 6 years ago
The Transasianexpress remix by The Orb is a classic piece of ambient house that was immortalised on Sasha & Digweed's Northern Exposure compilation. However, it was only recently I realised that some of those ethereal pads from the intro are sampled from ... See full review
posted a review of Banco De Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa. over 6 years ago
I've never been much of a fan of the main album on Last Train To Lhasa. I played it again recently and it still sounds very standard A to B ambient house/dub with flat pseudo-house rhythms, uninspired sampling and none of the psychedelic detail that ... See full review
posted a comment on Peter Lazonby* - Wavespeech. over 6 years ago
For anyone who wasn't aware, the lyrics on this track are an excerpt from the mindstreams of Stephen Dedalus as he sits on the beach in the Proteus episode of Ulysses by James Joyce. Perhaps there's potential for a new genre here: modernist house, anyone?
posted a review of François K.* - Time And Space. over 6 years ago
I can't believe there is no review for this record. Time & Space is, in my opinion, one of the greatest house records ever made. You could loop the opening groove alone for six minutes and it would be brilliant, but the way the track evolves through a ... See full review
posted a review of Orbital - Are We Here?. over 6 years ago
Orbital really started to show their Kraftwerk influence on this beautiful track. It's almost impossible to hear that gleaming keyboard motif without being reminded of Computer World. The mixes found on this single are more concise and blissed out than ... See full review
posted a review of Horse (3) - Careful. over 7 years ago
The Sasha and Brothers In Rhythm remix of this track is so ridiculously superior to any of their separate remixes you have to wonder why it was relegated to limited release. Perhaps because this is basically unplayable - Dave Seaman had a game attempt on ... See full review
posted a review of Leftfield, Lydon* - Open Up. over 7 years ago
The Dervish Overdrive mix is one of those rare dance records that actually benefits from a shorter edit. The full cut is just a little too long to keep up the momentum, where as this rarer 7 minute edit packs much more of a punch. As much as I enjoy the ... See full review