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posted a review of Joel Mull. over 12 years ago
Joel Mull has staying power: throughout the years, since his first releases, he's produced consistently high-quality music. Mull also has the capability of balancing new, almost weird sounds, with heavy-duty rhythms, chords, and tones--and he's not ... See full review
posted a review of Jeff Mills - Exhibitionist. over 12 years ago
It's easy to be wowed when a DJ/producer of Mills' caliber puts forth a DVD showcasing his aggressive, raw, 3-deck mixing style. A project like this also places itself under even heavier scrutiny, having claimed that it can serve as an educational tool. ... See full review
posted a review of Selffish - Blue Planet Chill. over 12 years ago
This is a collection of Selffish's earlier work, now almost exclusively available from the artist himself. While much of the work is relatively unpolished--skirting various iterations of IDM, ambient, and house--it suggests a strong effort that ... See full review
posted a review of Forcept 1 - FR:01 (Akufen's Concept 1 Reinterpretations Volume 1). over 12 years ago
Richie Hawtin's Concept 1 was treated to reinterpretation in 1998 by Thomas Brinkmann, setting an impressive pace with big-name conceptual techno talents. One might imagine that Akufen has big shoes to fill, especially given the very distinctive sound of ... See full review
posted a review of Mike Y Juanself - Chimichurri. over 14 years ago
While this record's artists are relatively unknown (or could be the alias of an artist?), the release contains four beautiful pieces of music. The level of detail in arrangement and production are surprising, but beyond that: it's the "melody" that ... See full review
posted a review of Ángel Molina* - Pasada Profesional. over 14 years ago
Fragil Discos is one of those labels that puts Argentina on the electronic music map, albeit with unusual and challenging sounds; these guys aren't messing around. Here, Madrid's Angel Molina selects from Fragil's back catalog to piece together a set of ... See full review
posted a review of Midas (4) / Hermes (5) - Capacity Unknown. over 14 years ago
Few are aware that this is actually a collaboration between Adam Beyer (as Midas, tracks A1 and B2) and Joel Mull (as Hermes, track B1). This is a subtler, somewhat deeper excursion of their tough techno on other labels, perhaps more appropriate to the ... See full review
posted a review of Dis X 3* - Brothers In Mind EP. over 14 years ago
This is Alexander Kowalski in his harder techno alter ego, perhaps his testing ground before moving into more musically developed territory. The DisX3 project is rather harsh and raw, but it packs a great deal of techno muscle. Lots of distortion, dirty ... See full review
posted a review of John Dahlback* - Street Talk EP. over 14 years ago
While many know of his famous cousin, the youthful John Dahlbäck has already quickly established his own flavor and sound. This is a solid EP that blends warm, smokey tones and rich basslines, and while much of the mood is introspective and somewhat ... See full review
posted a review of Uusitalo - Vapaa Muurari Live. over 14 years ago
This album of Delay's (here going by alias Uusitalo) is a reinterpretation of previous work, in a "live" format. One of the interesting things about this album is that it's not just a set of remixes, but music that is a refreshing and yet logical ... See full review
posted a review of ADNY - Selections '97-2000. over 14 years ago
Alexi Delano (here operating as ADNY) provides a near-flawless array of his music from 1997 to 2000. This collection consists mainly of his own compositions, but also includes a couple reworkings of pieces by the likes of colleague Lekebusch, and DKMA. ... See full review
posted a review of Trüby Trio - DJ-Kicks. over 14 years ago
Truby Trio have crafted an elusive and seductive mix of jazz, Latin and Afro rhythms, and smooth electronic sounds--a thick musical stew which defies easy categorization (now being dubbed such things as nu-jazz, broken beat, electronic lounge,etc.). Not ... See full review
posted a review of David Roiseux - Senses. over 14 years ago
The French protege of Cari Lekebusch offers a heavily textured interpretation of the compressed techno that often hails from Sweden. This first release on Roiseux's own Arrival Works label sets the pace with brooding atmospherics, thick percussive ... See full review
posted a review of Surgeon - Muggerscum Out. over 14 years ago
While the EP is titled after the raw and screechy B1 track, the piece to listen to is "Coaster," a lengthy and hypnotic techno composition of both subtle and epic proportions. The elements are few, but the timing is effective; by the time Coaster seems ... See full review
posted a review of Vincenzo - The Love That I Knew. over 14 years ago
"Where's The Love That I Knew?" is easily one of Vincenzo's best and most thoughtful pieces. The music takes its time to build into a slow, aching groove that just doesn't stop--a lone female voice strikes a melancholy note against minor chords and a ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Lords Of Svek - Unreleased (Part 2). over 14 years ago
The now dormant Svek crew prove their worth once again with this stunning release, showcasing some deep, emotive, and melancholy sounds. Joel Mull's "Close 2 You" is reason enough to hunt for this record. While Mull is normally known for his distinctive ... See full review
posted a review of Rino Cerrone - Reset EP. over 14 years ago
This is a surprising release for the Saw Recordings catalog, for two reasons. First, the record is a techno record rather than a "progressive" one (as is the usual habit for the label). Second, Cerrone eschews his tendency to compose over-the-head tough ... See full review
posted a review of Joris Voorn - The First Sound. over 14 years ago
Dutchman Joris Voorn recently has been making a name for himself with the the Lost Memories 12"s, but it's this EP that's worth seeking. Over four tracks, Voorn establishes a finely polished sound that is both versatile and textured. Compositionally, the ... See full review
posted a review of Chester Beatty / A Taste Of Honey - Love Jet EP. over 14 years ago
Chester Beatty's tough disco-techno gets a proper release on the German Tresor label. The tracks are incredible, if infectious, and yet it's a sound that could easily run into a dead end. The record also suffers from poor mastering, as the massive sounds ... See full review
posted a review of Echoplex - Divisible. over 14 years ago
This is an understated and perhaps underrated release from Echoplex, who since went on to develop a more orchestrated and less minimal sound. Richie Hawtin gave this record some exposure in his DE9:ce mix (though in the form a of a short snippet), but in ... See full review
posted a review of Jean F. Cochois - Electronique Love. over 14 years ago
The man behind the Timewriter takes a break from his well-known and rather velvety tech-house to offer us an introspective and surprisingly calm array of music. The album is understood best in its entirety, wherein the relatively short pieces flow from ... See full review
posted a review of Circulation - Green. over 14 years ago
This began the whole colors series by the Circulation guys, and it's easily one of the best. One of the sides is a monster of a hypnotic track, and is perfect for adding a bit of tech-y atmosphere to the dancefloor.
posted a review of Fluxion - Vibrant Forms II. over 14 years ago
The second Fluxion effort on Chain Reaction unravels as an epic two discs, and while it seems an overly thorough exploration of a type of dubby techno, it in no way disappoints. Subtlety is the name of the game here, and Fluxion does it with effortless ... See full review
posted a review of The Memory Foundation - Timequake. over 14 years ago
Berlin-based Austrian duo The Memory Foundation unleash an incredible double EP that spans a huge range of their work. While they seemed to be gaining their footing with earlier EPs (and meanwhile chiseling the sound of their own Central Records), ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Juliana's Tokyo Vol. 4 ● Trance Rave Party. over 14 years ago
The Juliana's CD series started out with a promising first issue (save for the vapid shouts of the half-witted DJ over the top) with a near best-of line-up of Belgian New Beat. By the fourth installment, however, the music has rapidly degraded to ... See full review
posted a review of Red Jerry - Elements. over 14 years ago
Red Jerry's assembly of tracks for his two labels (Airtight and Hooj, now defunct) seems a somewhat conventional DJ mix, though it spans a range of deeper sounds, and ventures into some "progressive house" territory. The Trancesetters' Roaches track was ... See full review
posted a review of James Ruskin - Definition Of Mixes. over 14 years ago
Broom's remix and Ruskin's original are the expected tough-as-nails British techno treatments. Paul Mac, on the other hand, has a tendency to slip into more melodic techno ideas, and his "definition of" the track is refreshingly moody, if not altogether ... See full review
posted a review of Akufen - My Way. over 14 years ago
This is indeed an incredible album, make no mistake. Akufen (Marc Leclair) has a very distinctive aesthetic, and approach to piecing together coherent, even danceable tracks culled from snippets and snapshots of noise, voices, and other odd sounds. It ... See full review
posted a review of Baruka - Play It Loud. over 14 years ago
Orlando Voorn probably had little idea of the magnitude of his Baruka project's "Play It Loud" when it was first released in the early 90s. Now the well-respected Monoïd label has released the track once again, this time with a wide array of remixes and ... See full review
posted a review of Jorge Zamacona - Mosaic Efforts: Vol.1. over 14 years ago
Paul Mac is in disguise here, with a stunningly melodic, deep and techy outing. One of the tracks sports a bassline so velvety that it's nearly impossible to resist. It's simple, but beautiful.
posted a review of Boeing - Beta. over 14 years ago
The Argentinians behind Boeing craft a beautifully produced, fluid set of tech house tracks that work surprisingly well both on and off the dancefloor. Much of the music focuses on the deeper end of things, with full, lush chords and a relaxed, spacy ... See full review
posted a review of Conceiled Project - Pattern 1 - 4. over 14 years ago
This is Adam Beyer in disguise for a project for Svek. Perhaps his most intriguing side project, Beyer's work here features melancholy, mournful strings over soft and deep basslines. It's a moving effort from one who normally flexes a more aggressive ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Juliana's Tokyo (Techno Rave Party). over 14 years ago
The track list on this CD reads as a best of early 90s rave anthems, and indeed it would be an incredible trip down memory lane were it not for the vapid shouts of the Juliana's DJs interfering with the mix.
posted a review of Daniel Bell - The Button Down Mind Of Daniel Bell. over 14 years ago
I remember when I picked this up the summer it was released, I was completely blown away by the expert combination of minimal house and techno grooves in the hands of Dan Bell. It suddenly didn't matter if it was either genre; the mix simply *flowed.* ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Excursions In Ambience (The Third Dimension). over 14 years ago
In spite of the lackluster, early-to-mid 90s graphic design, this compilation packs a solid ambient wallop, with a broad range of pieces from a stong line-up of artists. From the lush, full sounds of Spacetime Continuum's "Floatilla" and Grain's ... See full review
posted a review of Jay Cortez - Samples. over 14 years ago
This record is a pack of sinister, stripped-down grooves coming from the relatively young techno scene in Hungary. Cortez seems to take his cues from the British, including Inigo Kennedy and Surgeon, though with a much colder, hollower approach. It's an ... See full review
posted a review of Concept 1 - Concept 1 - 96:VR. over 14 years ago
Hawtin generally doesn't commission remixes, so it's a lucky that we get treated to a combo of two rather innovative minds in electronic music. The premise is simple--Brinkmann deconstructs a selection of the originals with his famous multi-tonearm ... See full review
posted a review of Dean Cole - From Beyond E.P.. over 14 years ago
Dean Cole emerges from his contributions to the User releases long enough to put forth a set of hard-edged, textural tracks. Despite its somewhat machine-like aesthetic, the rhythms remain "swingy" and insistent. The highlight is definitely Regis' ... See full review
posted a review of The Persuader - Stockholm. over 14 years ago
This is an essential moment in the history of deep house music. Dahlbäck asserts his talent and mastery over a series of very personal tracks, expertly bringing forth a warm, perhaps even melancholy atmosphere alongside jazzy elements. Each track is ... See full review
posted a review of Isolée - Beau Mot Plage. over 14 years ago
Isolée is known for some really quirky and interesting tech-sounds, and this record is perhaps the closest thing to an Isolée "classic." Beau Mot Plage maintains a smooth, summery feel, and yet this record fits itself into more adventurous audiences, ... See full review
posted a review of Samuel L Session - A Samuel L Session On Monoid. over 14 years ago
As above, this is a solid set from Samuel Session. Though it features his own material, Session slips in a few other goodies like Mills, some funk-influenced tracks, and that record from Rodriguez. Session's mixing style is aggressive, fast, and yet far ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Misjah - At The Bar EP. over 14 years ago
A long-standing contributor to the techno scene, Dutch producer DJ Misjah puts together another set of high-quality, aggressive club tracks. It's actually not too innovative, and yet this is a good example of Misjah's evolving sound toward heavily ... See full review
posted a review of 3ST vs. Dash - U Know?. over 14 years ago
This record was given to me by Stewart himself. His own remix stands head and shoulders above the other tracks, with raw, abrasive stabs over a heavy rhythm. Simple, yet effective, it's a mid-paced mover with a dark flavor. Choice.
posted a review of Morgan Page - Touch Tone EP. over 14 years ago
It's a wonder more people haven't picked up on this record. Morgan Page exercises an extremely deep flavor over the three tracks, working with smooth, atmospheric chords, and the beginnings of his signature drum sounds. "Inhale" is the piece of choice ... See full review
posted a review of Deetron - Miss Suave. over 14 years ago
Deetron's Ms. Suave screams "anthem!", which may or may not be a good thing. The record works mainly during the peak hours as a party track, and is reminiscent of Samuel Session's "Merengue." To be fair, the melody is well crafted, and the bassline is ... See full review
posted a review of Luomo - The Present Lover. over 14 years ago
Though Vladislav Delay received heavy criticism for his second album, it still remains within the lineage of the first, although with much more emphasis on recognizeable song structures, and more prevalent vocals. The vocals in the Present Lover are no ... See full review
posted a review of Andreas Saag - Latin Lesson. over 14 years ago
Andreas Saag returns to Samuel Session's label for the third time with a refreshing take on the latin techno trend. Rather than adding some rudimentary vocal snippets over the normal compressed-drum techno fair, Saag seems to have taken latin pieces and ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Pete - Latifah. over 14 years ago
Though all of the versions on this EP are somewhat similar, Pete manages a surprisingly crunchy, shifty, snarling techno track. It's sparse on tones and any semblance of melody, but its effectiveness comes from hollow bass lines, dirty drums, and ... See full review
posted a review of Graylock - Acceleration By Bush. over 14 years ago
Mike Ink lays down a solid rework on an otherwise somewhat commercial track. Though Ink refrains from giving it the full Cologne-minimal treatment, he still slips in a bit of acid, a few well-crafted stabs, and drums to keep the whole assembly moving.
posted a review of User (4) - User Live In Tokyo @ Mount Fuji. over 15 years ago
All the proper User loops are packed into this mix, which includes silly/classy blue-white graphics on the packaging. Tough, grinding, funky... It's either appropriately or disappointingly short; can't quite tell for sure.