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posted a review of Lowfour - Ian EP. 1 day ago
The best Lowfour release. This is because it sounds more akin to Andreas’s Rechord and Mokira sounds. It’s the perfect blend of those two. Dubby, but still cyber-washed with his signature glitch abstraction. It hits a nice riddim flow with a Smokey calm. ... See full review
posted a comment on Mokira - Chill Out. 3 days ago
I have not. Where is it available? Thank you and happy listening
posted a comment on The Verve - A Northern Soul. 7 days ago
Very helpful info - thank you. A shame we did not get more live material from this period, included in the box set.
posted a review of Svalastog - Woodwork. 12 days ago
This album sounds like vintage country music that was made with electronic instrumentation, in some weird future southern hill-billy tech future. Very strange and unique indeed. Glitched out zither, guitars, melting banjo and other things fill out the ... See full review
posted a review of Ocoeur - Inner. 12 days ago
The spirt of self awareness, intensely observing itself in the endless mirror of time. Translucent and simultaneously opaque, the spirit moving in undulating waves of self reflection...

A music experience of unusually high psychological and sonic ... See full review
posted a review of Vinyl Williams - Opal. 12 days ago
Vinyl Williams and his band have accomplished a very fluid, ethereal and sonically (and mentally) pleasing work of art with this album. The production and mixing is astute. When listened to via an analog High Fidelity sound system, or clear sounding head ... See full review
posted a review of Gastón Arévalo - Marea. about 1 month ago
Another wonderful album by this artist.
“Marea” is an ambient album that never rushes itself. The songs roll calmly, but with steadfast direction. Calm, yet energizing, and it never gets sleepy, only dreamy.

Some songs remind me of Dettinger, and this ... See full review
posted a comment on Mokira - Chill Out. about 1 month ago
if the lp was more chilled out, I would consider it...
posted a comment on Cezar Lazăr* - Archetypes EP. 2 months ago
Thanks for your response as I appreciate everyones perspective.
To answer your question, My review of this album has nothing to do with "doing a better job". Cezar produced a great album here, and in my opinion, it is a far improvement over some of the ... See full review
posted a comment on Yagya - Stars And Dust. 3 months ago
Mark, you have outdone your self with this review. Truly, you are an American Psycho-naut ;)
posted a review of Sugar Plant - Headlights. 3 months ago
The first new LP by Sugar Plant in 18 years. The previous LP "Dry Fruit" has never been out of listening rotation for me since its release. Thus, I have been hoping for new music by this dreamy and lovely band with some hopeful expectations.

My ... See full review
posted a review of Aos (6) - Den Heliga Ån. 3 months ago
A loving mix of ambience, slow burning techno with wise a dose of minimalism spread throughout each track presented on this LP.
The album moves with a sexy thrust that is underlined by a core confidence of sonic bloom.
Fine mastering by Andreas T. and ... See full review
posted a comment on Felipe Venegas Y Francisco Allendes - Llovizna. 4 months ago
I still love this record... Wish Cadenza was still releasing amazing music like this. MA, did you ever find a copy with the picture sleeve?
posted a comment on Emerald Web - Whispered Visions. 4 months ago
My vinyl copy sounds pristine, and my playback system is analog/tube.
posted a comment on Cezar Lazăr* - Archetypes EP. 4 months ago
I’m stating the Colorhadoo ep as being amazing, and everything since it as very mediocre.
posted a review of Nathan Fake - Sunder. 4 months ago
A true work of art that plays emotional homage to the artist’s self designed sound. A remarkable touchstone to what Nathan creates best, while tapping that which many of his fans love through and through.
posted a review of Mokira - Chill Out. 5 months ago
As a major fan of the sonic art of Mokira, I must say this LP is not as "chilled out"as the title would suggest. The album as a whole is a tad dark, and is not very settling.

I was hoping for a more mellow and chilled out listening experience.
posted a review of Cezar Lazăr* - Archetypes EP. 5 months ago
Most definitely the best Amphia release since 2015. A long stretch of mediocre house musik releases have plagued this once visionary label. Yet, this EP, by the ever stable Cezar Lazăr ignites any sound system that is graced by these 5 tracks of pristine ... See full review
posted a review of Albert Schwartz (2) - Berry Deep. 5 months ago
This release is a mystery of sonic pleasure.

The B side houses the majestic restyled Remix by Rahadoo. This is the track that you are looking for. The track just unfolds and transforms all over your hearing perception, and kicks the groove into high ... See full review
posted a review of Deepchord & Fluxion Present Transformations - Bona Fide EP. 5 months ago
"Bona Fide Pt.1" is a general affair from these two gents. Nothing to heavy, not very spacey, but it has a good pendulum groove that loops a bit to receptively.

Side B, "Bona Fide Pt.2" is where the listener is laid out on the massage table, and two ... See full review
posted a review of Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan - Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan. 5 months ago
The birds flew over head, silently as the technicians placed the microphone in an arrangement that would not be bothersome to the Master. It was a lovely day, and the air waves crackled their desire to project the vocal magic of this great musician. ... See full review
posted a review of Villalobos* - Baby EP. 6 months ago
A comedic sonic jaunt by the ever tongue and cheek Ricardo. This EP houses two tracks of classic Villalobos groove, but arcs with a flare of self poking fun. Is it Ricardo singing on the A side track "Baby"? I postulate that it is, as it sounds like the ... See full review
posted a review of Maya Deren - Voices Of Haiti. 6 months ago
I would like to know where the audio was sourced to produce this "repress" . Can any one say?
posted a review of Occult Orientated Crime - The Occult Orientated Crime Album. 6 months ago

His right hand lifted a secret gun from the open fold of his hooded cape.

His Left hand formed fluid mudras that subtly opened the gates of Paracelsus.

The only marker of transformation was the binding light that went from zero to 777 lux, ... See full review
posted a comment on Björk - Utopia. 6 months ago
It's truly beautiful and a remarkable work of sonic art
posted a review of miHIgh* - Roll Over. 7 months ago
That B side though...

This in an incredibly strong 2 track EP. Nice packaging, nice cover art, mega clean 180 gram pressing, and the music is superb.

Mihigh brings a unique technical perspective to the Romanian Minimal arena, where his signature sound ... See full review
posted a review of Aidan Baker, Gareth Davis - Invisible Cities. 7 months ago
Fantastic record that airs its breath of mysteries though a unique blending of ambience, wind instrumentation and droning field recordings. Never is there a dull moment on this record, and it is at times a ponderous listening experience that beckons the ... See full review
posted a comment on Shuttle358 - Field. 7 months ago
I wonder what the "correct" speed is actually ended to be? :)
posted a review of Shuttle358 - Field. 7 months ago
"Field" starts out with sounds akin to an old hardware AI booting up in to activity, after an extended period of sleep. It unfolds in yawning draws of tone, completing its memory check into the track "Caudex". Which by the way, sounds slower on the ... See full review
posted a review of Shuttle358 - Field. 7 months ago
"Field" starts out with sounds akin to an old hardware AI booting up in to activity, after an extended period of sleep. It unfolds in yawning draws of tone, completing its memory check into the track "Caudex". Which by the way, sounds slower on the ... See full review
posted a review of My Bloody Valentine - Loveless. 7 months ago
I dropped the needle on this long awaited "analog remaster" and within the first 30 seconds, I was smiling ear to ear. This remaster has offered the world a "version" of Loveless (a favorite lp for many) that has mid range definition, weight, and ... See full review
posted a comment on Vincentiulian - Sinc. 7 months ago
The "Romainain" minimal techno "sound" has definitely morphed from the onset of it on the electronic music stage. There have been at least 4 waves of artist in my opinion. It's current iteration is more sped out looped house sounds with well based mai ... See full review
posted a review of Barac - Pata Din Mijlocul Naturii. 7 months ago
One of the more varied releases by this steady artist.

Side A is the usual Barac rolling, looping and slightly mechanical sounding minimal track. A pretty standard blueprint of what this guy does well. A fun track for sure, but not ground ... See full review
posted a review of Christopher Groove - Secret Garden Part II. 7 months ago
This is 5am to about 7:17am Ricardo. Sweaty, smiling and totally working hard for the perpetual money shot.

Both sides drive it home, relentlessly and oh so flossy smooth.
posted a review of Deepchord & Fluxion Present Transformations - Accumulate Pt. 1 & 2. 8 months ago
This is a nice release, but it surprised me that the main track being worked on and through is Rod's "Mediterranea".
This is a good thing to my ears, because I really love that sensual release.

This rework by these two gentlemen is a pleasant ... See full review
posted a review of Thomas Köner - Novaya Zemlya. 8 months ago
The cold wind whipped through her hair as she opened the door that led to the main deck of the icebreaker ship, in which she was the captain. The sounds of the giant ice glaciers being crushed by her ship made her uneasy, yet she was accustomed to the ... See full review
posted a comment on ONUR* - Frequent Forest Turn EP. 8 months ago
Totally agree with your sentiment. This is not good music. For a brief moment, the new sound he released with Mormarch was epic. But this hardware electro is boring and not what most of his fans signed up for.
posted a review of Sonmi451 - Panta Rei (Eilean 99). 9 months ago
The most recent release by Sonmi451 is a calm journey of relaxed confidence, highlighted by bright positivity and comfortable tones.

A beautiful album to work, fall asleep to, and or long drives with stunning vistas.

Be sure to breath while you ... See full review
posted a review of Ricardo Villalobos - Empirical House LP. 9 months ago
Phenomenal LP through and through. It steers vigorously though brilliance and kaleidoscopic comedy. It is one of RV's best works of sonic art.

The sound jumps off this vinyl with a clarity and punch that is so visceraly fun. Play it on a main room ... See full review
posted a comment on Ricardo Villalobos - Empirical House LP. 9 months ago
M_A , Possibly set and setting?
This lp is phenomenal, the groove, the production, the tongue and cheek brilliance.
Try eating it, rather then smoking, and listen to it in this order: D, C, B, A.

It really is a special album.
posted a comment on The Cure - Disintegration. 9 months ago
True, not automatically, but in the case of this pressing it does as it sounds better. Also, from the original master tapes and not a "remaster".
posted a comment on Various - Clicks_+_Cuts. 9 months ago
Totally agreed. Superb work and tastefully other worldly. The two Neina albums are great as well.
posted a review of Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest. 10 months ago
A very high energy album that taunts an edge of sex and angst. Musically it is has a post electro and disco feel, but the feeling retains flavors of originality.
It is worth noting that the song "rest" gave me hope of a sensual mellow album. As I ... See full review
posted a review of Desolate (4) - Lunar Glyphs. 10 months ago
This release sounds like a continuation from Sven's "Sole Exception" release, which I have found to be his strongest release over the years.

I noticed the production and mastering is a tad better on this release then Sven's other releases. The overall ... See full review
posted a review of Ghost And Tape - Vár. 10 months ago
This is a lovely album from start to finish. The techniques and approaches to sounds creation heard on this lp are dynamic and full of organic qualities.
There is a lush and cinematic sound motif that is prevalent on every track.

It is an emotional ... See full review
posted a comment on Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch - Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). 10 months ago
Thanks for this detailed info.
To be clear, my comment about the music trailer wasn't "irrelevant", but it was inaccurate according to your account.
posted a review of Boreta. 11 months ago
A diverse artist who weaves acoustics, music and technology into a multi verse of perceivable experiences that are all impressive.

In addition to his out put with the GM, his solo material offers dynamic playback experiences that are always engaging.
posted a review of Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch - Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). 11 months ago
Absolute garbage OST. Created with a little over a month prior to the films release, there is very little feeling to be found in any of it. Missing are the soaring Vangelis inspired melodies, gone are the balanced atmospheric synth work outs, and no ... See full review
posted a comment on Gas - Königsforst. 11 months ago
@mark, if we do this blindfolded test on a hi end tube amp, nice turntable and clear speakers I would be happy to do so. Maybe add a cocktail into the mix as well ;)
posted a comment on Gas - Königsforst. 11 months ago
I am not suggesting "lower sound quality", only that there are sonic differences in the two pressings. I will have to listen to the other two albums and dig into a deeper comparison.
A thing to consider is that down the road it's the box that I'm gonna ... See full review