Avid fortysomething music collector who loves all things electronic. No really.
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posted a comment on Cabaret Voltaire - Mix-Up. over 8 years ago
Heard of 'Reproduction' by Human League? Now that's a synthy debut. Came out the same year.
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - 2X45. over 11 years ago
This is probably the closest Cabaret Voltaire have come to making a rock album. This release comprises two recording sessions, one from October '81 (just before co-founder Chris Watson's departure) and the other from February '82. There's a definite ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - The Dream Ticket. over 14 years ago
This little number builds upon the sounds Mal and Kirk introduced on 'The Crackdown' and adds a bit of electro-funk to the mix. Both tracks are similar in style and foreshadow what was to come on 'Micro-Phonies'.

After only being available on 12" ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - The Voice Of America. over 14 years ago
This is the Cabs' second full-length release that originally appeared in late 1980.

It's a bit of a disjointed affair - some tracks on the album seem curiously thrown together among the more intense electro-warped items. Sonically, although ... See full review
posted a review of CLOCKDVA* - Buried Dreams. over 14 years ago
Adi Newman resurrected Clock DVA in 1988 after five years of experimenting with other styles of music under his Anti Group moniker. The new Clock DVA consisted of Adi's 'Advantage'-era band members (Newton, Paul Browse, & Dean Dennis) but the music was ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2. over 15 years ago
Kraftwerk's third release (if you include the 'Tone Float' release under their previous incarnation 'Organisation'). By this time, the group had shrunk to a duo, consisting only of Ralf and Florian, most of the others forming Neu!. It's a very minimal ... See full review
posted a review of Witchman - Explorimenting Beats. over 15 years ago
Wow! This is Dark shite! Drum 'n' Bass was on a huge upswing in '97 when this was released. By this time, the genre had become more accessible to the point where even Bowie and Clapton (!?) were coming out with DnB tracks. In underground circles it ... See full review
posted a review of Torch Song - Prepare To Energize. over 15 years ago
A great example of early/mid-80s electropop. Torch Song was/is an electronic music project headed up by a then unknown William Orbit. This 12" features two versions of the title track. Of the two, the Fong Test vesion is the more outstanding. It has ... See full review
posted a review of M|A|R|R|S - Pump Up The Volume. over 15 years ago
I just listened to this yesterday after not hearing it for years and it STILL sounds great. It hasn't aged at all. The flipside, "Anitina", is a completely different beast. It's a tremendous spaced out dubby excercise with cavernous basslines, ... See full review
posted a review of Cocteau Twins - Garlands. over 15 years ago
And so it begins. The Cocteau Twins' first release (originally released on 4AD in mid-82) is murky and dissonant, a far cry from the intricate and beautiful melodies that the group would come to be known for later on. There's a definite ... See full review
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Sextant. over 15 years ago
Over ten years before 'Rockit' hit the shelves, and was subsequently played to death on the airwaves, this multi-talented monster of jazz was already producing sprawling electro-jazz masterpieces. 'Sextant' was one of the more intricate of the releases ... See full review
posted a review of The Anti Group. over 15 years ago
The Anti-Group is former Clock DVA member/vocalist Adi Newton's multi-media side project which he formed shortly after his previous group folded in 1984. He remained active in this outfit until just after he re-formed Clock DVA in 1988. A lot of the ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Early Modulations Vintage Volts. over 15 years ago
This was one of the first compilations I knew that highlighted the more academic side of electronic music. Released as a follow-up to the 'Modulations' soundtrack, 'Vintage Volts' spans three decades (1930s to 1960s) of early experimental electronic ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - Micro-Phonies. over 15 years ago
The Cabs' follow up to 'The Crackdown' is a bit grittier and sparser sounding, concentrating more on the beat/rhythm for the dancefloor. It was also the first release that received some recognition from the mainstream. The CD features both the original ... See full review
posted a review of The Wolfgang Press - Bird Wood Cage. over 15 years ago
This is perhaps the Wolfgang Press' best release ever. The group's full potential is fully realized here, as well as Allen's highly expressive vocals (he could almost pass for Nick Cave!). Whereas previous releases like 'Standing Up Straight' and ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - The Living Legends.... over 15 years ago
From 1978 through 1981, up to the departure of co-founding member Chris Watson, the Cabs produced some of the most intense music ever recorded. Even over twenty years later, the material compiled on this disc still sounds like nothing ever released ... See full review
posted a review of Meat Beat Manifesto - 99%. over 15 years ago
Meat Beat Manifesto's major label debut on Elektra doesn't pack the same sonic punch as their earlier Sweatbox/Wax Trax! releases but it still sounds like nothing else that was coming out at the time (certainly not on a major label). The '99%' release ... See full review
posted a review of Lassigue Bendthaus - Render. over 15 years ago
Industrial dance music in the mid-90s was awash in guitars as many groups and projects took cues from earlier releases from Ministry and NIN. Even groups that leaned toward EBM like Front Line Assembly and Front 242 were bringing guitars into their ... See full review
posted a review of Haujobb - Polarity. over 15 years ago
This CD was my all-time industrial favourite from 2001. The trio of Samardzic, Meier and Junemann have more than made up for their previous 'Ninetynine' CD with this follow up release. The strong EBM influences remind me of old Front 242 and Plastic ... See full review
posted a review of Severed Heads - Bulkhead. over 15 years ago
A fitting introduction to one of the weirdest groups that ever gained access to musical electronic equipment. This compilation spans the S-Head's first five years (1983-1988) and ranges from electro to crazy electronic noodling to house (?!). It's also ... See full review
posted a review of Download - Furnace. over 15 years ago
Download (cEvin Key & Phill Western) was still Key's side project outside Skinny Puppy. Indeed, this release was produced as the Puppies were trying to come to grips with the loss of fellow Puppy Dwayne Goettel (who also worked on this project) and the ... See full review
posted a review of Gershon Kingsley - Music To Moog By. over 15 years ago
A solid example of early commercial electronic music. This release originally hit the stands in 1969, only a year since Walter Carlos' 'Hooked On Bach' and also about the time the market was being flooded with like-minded moog cheese. Kingsley's first ... See full review
posted a review of Riuichi Sakamoto* - B-2 Unit. over 15 years ago
Worth getting. Sakamoto's solo release has more character than some of his group's collective outings. It's a fascinating listen from start to finish--especially 'Riot In Lagos' which was recently featured in a compilation put together by Mantronix. ... See full review
posted a review of Vangelis - Albedo 0.39. over 15 years ago
Okay, forget all the cheesy New Age imagery that surrounds this multi-talented artist (he plays every instrument on his records) and check out this album. This is Vangelis' jazz-rock fusion album. Tracks like 'Nucleogenesis', 'Main Sequence, and ... See full review
posted a review of Tangerine Dream - Phaedra. over 15 years ago
One listen to the title track and you'll be left in awe. Almost thirty years after it was released, it still defies definition, at least to this listener. 'Phaedra' is an amazing collection of rich synth textures, rigid sequenced and arpeggiated ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Exceller 8. over 15 years ago
Before they were robots. A great sampling of the group's pre-electronic phase from 1971-1974. Also includes the very hard-to-find 7" version of 'Autobahn'. Recommended for those who wish to check out what the group was all about before the release of ... See full review
posted a review of ClockDVA* - Advantage. over 15 years ago
An amazing mix of early-80s postpunk, hard funk and dub elements. This release (originally released on vinyl in May of '83) seems to be what Clock DVA had been striving for since their first obscure cassette release in 1979. The sound is very original ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell. over 15 years ago
Even these godz of stadium-rock had to start somewhere. In this case, a modest synthpop album. This import version contains a few more tracks than it's domestic counterpart and adds the contents of the group's first single 'Dreaming Of Me' as well. In ... See full review
posted a review of Finitribe - Sheigra. over 15 years ago
Finitribe (also recording as Fini Tribe) put the dancefloor first while making this awesome release. With this offering, their transition from industrial dance to techno was fully realized. The whole CD is a trance techno feast for the ears (check out ... See full review
posted a review of Fini Tribe* - I Want More. over 15 years ago
One of the first Wax Trax! singles I ever owned. Scotland's Fini Tribe do an excellent job covering Can's original 1976 hit. The muscular percussion is pushed to the fore in Fini Tribe's version, dominating both the long and short versions of the ... See full review
posted a review of Meat Beat Manifesto - God O.D.. over 15 years ago
Considering it was released way back at the tail end of 1988, this little ep has aged extremely well. Dangers spews vitriolic raps and wordplay against a slamming industrial trashcan beat and a multitude of cut-n-paste sampledelica. An amazing sonic ... See full review
posted a review of A Certain Ratio - All Night Party. over 15 years ago
ACR's first recorded release sounds a lot like something their fellow labelmates Joy Division would dream up, but with less foresight. A-side 'All Night Party' has a passing resemblance to Bauhaus' B-side 'Boys'. A Certain Ratio would release much ... See full review
posted a review of Autechre - Amber. over 15 years ago
The group's second full-length is probably them at their most ambient. You almost expect it to be after gazing at the beautiful cover work. If you're looking for sharp, angular, non-rhythmic arrangements you won't find them here. Instead it's a cool, ... See full review
posted a review of Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats. over 15 years ago
Originally released in October 1979, TG's fourth LP leans more towards electronic and sequenced sounds and sheds a lot of the murky industrial mire of their earlier albums. The general sound is grainy, still far from top-notch, such is the character of ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - The Conversation. over 15 years ago
The Cabs' last recording as a group to date. This 2-CD set is a further exercise from where the group left off with 'International Language' and 'Plasticity'. The overall sound is much more ambient and trance-y than the previous 2 releases while still ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Vøltaire* - Nag Nag Nag (1979 Original / 2002 RHKirk #4 Mix;). over 15 years ago
'Nag Nag Nag', along with 'Warm Leatherette' by The Normal is one of those early 'electrowave' (sorry, only buzzword I could think of) releases that seamlessly fused electronics with the do-it-yourself attitude of punk. It's raw, urgent, underproduced, ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - Mix-Up. over 15 years ago
Probably one of the darkest full-length debuts ever released by a group (well, maybe Throbbing Gristle might qualify as a close comparison). There was simply nothing else like it at the time of its release and it still baffles new listeners to this ... See full review
posted a review of Cabaret Voltaire - The Crackdown. over 15 years ago
This is the release that marks the Cabs' transition from their earlier experimental noise & rhythm period to the more aggressive hard funk material that was to typify their sound in the mid-80s. Fans of the early stuff might be put off by this sudden ... See full review