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posted a review of Luke Slater's 7th Plain* - The 4 Cornered Room. over 12 years ago
I got this when it came out in 1994 and was really disappointed. It just seemed flat, and bland, and trying to hard to sound beautiful. And the cover design was awful. But I persevered: if ever a release rewarded repeated listenings, this is it. So many ... See full review
posted a review of The Detroit Escalator Co.* - (Excerpts). over 12 years ago
Lovely. Detroit Escalator Company is one of the few acts that actually sounds like the description "ambient techno" suggests. Soulful Detroit percussion and strings, but beautifully laid-back and spacey.

Abstract Forward Motion (As a Mission) is the ... See full review
posted a review of Stasis - Past Movements. over 12 years ago
A very ordinary, inoffensive but uninspiring collection of coffee-table house and techno, saved by the inclusion of "Point Of No Return" a bona-fide Detroit-style classic.
posted a review of The Other People Place - Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café. over 12 years ago
I had this CD (a promo freebie from Warpmart) for about 4 years without giving it a thought. I'd played it once, thought "nice, but nothing special" and never looked at it again. Then a month or so back I stumbled across it and decided to give it a ... See full review
posted a review of State Of Flux - Grow More Pot. over 13 years ago
Yes, State of Flux were a couple of guys - their names escape me - who were friends of a friend at Glasgow School of Art, back in 1993 or thereabouts. It definitely isn't a cover for Twitch & Brainstorm, although they were certainly friendly with the ... See full review
posted a review of The Shamen. over 13 years ago
Ah, the Shamen. Made a bold move for a guitar-based band by (slowly) casting off their 60s-influenced psychedelic pop in favour of a more clubland feel, years before Primal Scream et al jumped aboard the bandwagon. Then tragedy struck when Will Sinnott ... See full review
posted a review of Underworld - Spikee / Dogman Go Woof. over 13 years ago
'Spikee' is a neglected classic. The review in NME described it as something like "driving at 60mph down winding country roads with your eyes closed, at night", which sums it up nicely. A twisting, turning, constantly evolving epic like Underworld ... See full review
posted a review of Rhythmatic - Frequency / Demons / Take Me Back. over 13 years ago
I love this. Rhythmatic's stuff is really hard (for its time) but not fast, and the spaces between the sounds are massive - like they don't use any reverb or anything. The remix of 'Take Me Back' isn't quite as good as the version on 'Biorhythms', but ... See full review
posted a review of Global Communication - 76:14. over 13 years ago
Not dated so well, I fear. I know it's been re-released to keep down the crazy prices on ebay, and "14:31" is one of the all-time great ambient tracks, but there's a bit too much flab and not enough real meat on this, 12 years on.
posted a review of Basic Channel - Radiance. over 13 years ago
This was the first Basic Channel thing I bought, in 2002. I'd been aware of the name back in '94 or so but somehow didn't think it was up my street so I never gave it a go. How wrong I was! I now regret missing 8 years of quality listening pleasure. ... See full review
posted a review of Amorphous Androgynous - Tales Of Ephidrina. over 13 years ago
Probably the best thing FSOL ever did. It beats "Lifeforms" hands down, mostly because it isn't an effect-driven, structureless show-off. Quality (and very varied) beats, unsettling ambience, and some great fun to be had sample-spotting.
posted a review of Tricky Disco - Tricky Disco. over 13 years ago
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, this. Novelty techno that's hard as nails at the same time. Are Warp embarrassed by it these days? It wasn't on the DVD. Chirpy-chirpy-bleep-bleep!
posted a review of David Holmes - Johnny Favourite. over 13 years ago
This is blinding. So intense, with huge peaks and breakdowns like you used to get in the olden days...

The overall sound, though, is obviously influenced by Burns & Kooner - it sounds like a Sabres of Paradise release.
posted a review of Laurent Garnier - A Bout De Souffle EP. over 13 years ago
Long-forgotten techno release from Laurent Garnier - his first UK output. 'Breathless' is an intense, rushing, claustrophobic epic and worth tracking this down for (the vinyl is pressed so it looks like there are 2 tracks on the A-side but there aren't). ... See full review
posted a review of Various - (Motion). over 13 years ago
Great release at the time - it was so exciting to see "computer graphics" that didn't follow the cliched 'Stakker' formula (psychedelic spinning visuals, fractals, etc) of so many "rave" videos of the time. This, like the music, is far more ... See full review
posted a review of LFO - Tied Up. over 13 years ago
This is a dirty, dirty mix of "Tied Up". Crunching and grinding and belching. Magic. My original copy got folded in half by mistake! Luckily Jockey Slut still had a few back issues so I got another one...
posted a review of Speedy J - Ginger. over 13 years ago
A classic. Beautiful, discreet, warm, crystalline - "Ginger" is all of these and more. The vinyl version of "Pepper" is different, more upbeat, than that on the CD.
posted a review of FUSE* - Train-Tracs. over 13 years ago
A good single taken off my all-time favourite album. That said, I never really rated "Train Trac.1" but Richie Hawtin does some tricks here, from the 13 minute ambient/acid "Kaboose" mix, to the electromagnetic "The Day After". Mark Gage's remix is ... See full review
posted a review of Polygon Window - Quoth. over 13 years ago
Great track - all driving, clattering, metallic percussion. A real groundbreaking track and one of the first techno releases to really get the attention of the indie-kids back in 1993. This was released and deleted on the same day, on nice opaque vinyl.
posted a review of Autechre - Basscad,EP (Basscadetmxs.1 Of 3). over 13 years ago
This was my first Ae purchase. Two good mixes here: the BCDTMX mix is familiar from the 'Motion' video, but Beaumont Hannant creates a cold beauty in his version, well worth the admission price. Wish I'd taken the chance to get all 3 of the 10"s and the ... See full review
posted a review of Resoraz - Art Of Time. over 13 years ago
This is exactly the kind of excellent one-off dancefloor release Warp used to (and still occasionally do) put out. Sounding very much like the Rhythm Invention stuff from the same period, this is a 10-minute epic building "progressive house" track, from ... See full review
posted a review of Derrick May - Innovator. over 13 years ago
Yes, its a an anthology of Techno's most important producer. Yes, it's lavishly packaged and yes, it's stupidly rare now, but I've never figured out why so many of the tracks are little more than snippets (why chop "Emanon" in two, for instance?), ... See full review
posted a review of Rhythim Is Rhythim / Derrick May / Mayday - Innovator - Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet. over 13 years ago
Very hard-to-find release, this. Contains most of the best of Derrick May's peerless output, including the full length mix of "The Beginning" (unlike the Innovator box-set which fades out the manic percussion at the end) and "Emanon" which is pretty ... See full review
posted a review of Speedy J - G Spot. over 13 years ago
Am absolute gem of an album. It might not have had the high profile of his early 12" releases, or of 'Ginger', but this is an accomplished, atmospheric and beautiful piece of work from beginning to end. I love the building intro to 'The Oil ... See full review
posted a review of From Within - From Within I. over 13 years ago
I bought this when it came out but have never been able to play 'A Million Miles to Earth' because of the rubbish pressing of the vinyl (a common Plus 8 complaint): a shame cos its an epic piece of spacey ambience, but I had to get the CD on Fax to find ... See full review
posted a review of Speedy J - Evolution E.P.. over 13 years ago
Speedy J said he didn't want to keep on producing dancefloor-by-numbers tracks like 'Pullover' and 'Something for Your Mind' where a single hook is repeated endlessly. This aptly-named track is the result. A classic, sharp-edged, minimal but blistering ... See full review
posted a review of FUSE* - Dimension Intrusion. over 13 years ago
This remains, more than a decade after its release, my all-time favourite album: I had to buy the CD because my white vinyl copy had become unlistenable. Hawtin's Plastikman material has eclipsed his earlier work but this is an often beautiful, often ... See full review