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posted a review of DJ Edge - Feef Logic. 11 months ago
B3. S.F. (Acid Mix).
Ostensibly a remix of Digital Domain - "I Need Relief" but with all the cheese cut out. The late 80s house hook catches your attention before Ann Nesby cries "I need release!" and the acid line is allowed space to drive the track... See full review
posted a review of D-Shake - Techno Trance (Remix). 11 months ago
A. Techno Trance (The Next Generation).
Hard to top the original, but it's still pretty good; the first drop into the bassline is strong enough to bring a rush on.
posted a review of D-Shake - Yaaaaaaaaaah (Freestyle Club Mix) / Techno Trance (Paradise Is Now). 11 months ago
AA. Techno Trance (Paradise Is Now).
Epic buildup as the panned calls to "C'mon!" get louder and more commanding... then the sudden kick off and rat-a-tat percussion take over to shatter dancefloors the world over. Sasha used to play acapellas over... See full review
posted a review of Space Opera - Space 3001 (The Remixes). 11 months ago
A1. Space 3001 (The Trance Mix).
A2. Space 3001 (The Team Mix).
D-Shake (De Moy) reworks his masterpiece "Techno Trance" on the 'Trance Mix', with parts provided by the legends of R&S. It's fabulous big room stuff from the get-go: a huge,... See full review
posted a review of Sound To Light - He Butcher. 11 months ago
B1. Breeze.
Absolutely furious tour de force that remained in play well into the domination of trance and hard trance.
posted a review of Full On Sound - Mayhem. 11 months ago
B. Mayhem (Doin' The Apocalypso).
Has there ever been a better name for a rave act, or a rave tune?
Building trumpet intro, a growling "Yeaaaahhhh...." sample and a bad-ass kick drum.
Two thirds in, there's a calming bridge section of a crisp... See full review
posted a review of Phobia - Phobia. 11 months ago
A. Phobia (Kickin' Mix).
Absolute peak-time belter. None of the other mixes are worth a cracker, but this should be in any top 10 list of rave.
posted a review of Christian Jay Bolland* - Ravesignal III. 11 months ago
A. Mindwar.
B1. Horsepower.
Both tracks are original and inventive, making sophisticated use of swirling synths and filtered vocal samples - but Mindwar has the edge for rave dancefloors. Horsepower is darker and its teutonic kick marked the beginning... See full review
posted a review of C. J. Bolland* - Ravesignal III. 11 months ago
A1. Horsepower (Exclusive Remix).
Builds on the original to generate blinding high energy exuberance. The "do it" samples and tempo changes are let go, but the echoing rim shots and saw tooth bassline remain. Over these fly blistering acidic synth... See full review
posted a review of R.J.'s Rule - Rave This Nation. 11 months ago
A neat distillation of all the best elements of early rave from he who would gain later fame and notoriety as gabba and hardcore producer, Charly Lownoise.

A. Rave This Nation (Mix 1: Raw Substantial).
The ominous spoken intro is courtesy of the... See full review
posted a comment on L.A. Style - James Brown Is Dead. over 2 years ago
Yeah, OK,
you do know that LA Style were a Dutch duo don't you?
I'm quite fond of some of their stuff - "Precaution" (as Exposure To Little Electronic Noises), "Float In A Dream Of Ex-Tc" as Fire On High come to mind.
Not too fond of the stuff they... See full review
posted a comment on L.A. Style - James Brown Is Dead. over 2 years ago
Consider that word 'techno' in a bit more depth.

It's short for 'technology', and to paraphrase a critique I read many years ago, in 'techno' you get immediate insight into the thoughts of its maker about their intent, their tools of production, the... See full review
posted a comment on L.A. Style - James Brown Is Dead. over 2 years ago
However much of an anthem it was for some, "James Brown is Dead" is not techno. It's European Rave and not a necessarily fine or ground-breaking example of that.

We all hold our first exposure to a new sound and scene fondly. But just because it is... See full review
posted a comment on 80 Aum / Exhibit X - The Remix. over 3 years ago
That sample is Martin Luther King Jnr: "Let us rise up tonight (with a greater readiness)..."