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posted a comment on ANFS - A Shallow Ascetic. 3 months ago
For some serious mindfuck Dr. Mushroom recommends B2 on 45.
posted a comment on Cangaroo Planet - System Support. over 3 years ago
It's the same person who produced the other Airlock-releases too. My personal favourites/recommendations would be the "Elektroskunk" 2x12", Rogue Royce and Airlocktronics "Try Saving A Dream". In fact all the Airlocktronics-releases offer high-quality ... See full review
posted a comment on Rotterdam Termination Source - Poing. over 3 years ago
I got it - it's the sound of Flip the grasshopper from the German 70s cartoon series "Biene Maja"!!!
posted a comment on Fehlfarben. over 3 years ago
All That Heaven Allows, Magnificent Obsession, Written on the Wind, The Tarnished Angels, Es gibt immer ein Morgen (There's Always Tomorrow)...these guys know their Douglas Sirk!
posted a comment on Severed Heads - Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. over 4 years ago
"Dance" (B6) leads into one of the most brilliant and nerve-wracking endless loops since "Sgt. Pepper".
Groovy in a perverted way.
You don't want it to stop.
And it won't.
posted a review of Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Promised Land Sounds - Rockin' Live Ruff N Tuff. over 4 years ago
deepest tribal hypno dub. a killer album.
unfortunately the pressing is faulty. on my copy the needle jumps several times on "i ya i" (played on a technics 1210 btw).
i'll probably avoid these reissues in the future go for the originals.
(edit: looks ... See full review
posted a comment on The Flying Lizards - Sex Machine. over 4 years ago
The art student's idea of fun(k).
The B-side is not bad though.
submitted Dependance - Live Concert Performances. over 4 years ago
submitted Dependance - Extrakts. over 4 years ago
posted a review of Alpha Tracks - Orange. over 4 years ago
Dance records that pay tribute to a classic period often tend to become lifeless pastiches.
Now this here is a different beast. What started half a year ago with the stunning Alpha 3 record has been fully realised on "Orange": a proper modern-day update ... See full review
posted a comment on Chris And Cosey* - Heartbeat. over 4 years ago
you have the 2014 counterfeit which has the fake 2006 publishing date printed on the back cover.
posted a comment on Coil Presents Black Light District - A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room. over 4 years ago
Poor quality, crackly euro counterfeit reducing the original double album to one LP.
Not two but three tracks from the original are missing: Scratches And Dust, London's Lost Rivers and Chalice, the latter two being the best tracks on the album!
And of ... See full review
posted a comment on Phuture Pfantasy Club* - Slam / Spank Spank. over 4 years ago
"Spank Spank" on this UK pressing sounds a lot better than on my US original where the high frequencies of the cymbals are way too sharp. Not sure though if all Trax pressings have this problem (i have the version with blue labels).
Of course you need ... See full review
posted a review of Marc Et Claude Present: Chicago Jaxx - Vol. 1 - Dirty Bitch. over 4 years ago
poorly executed rip off of the 1994 dance mania classic
http://www.discogs.com/Track-Stars-Hardcore-Traxx/release/50576

the german copycats eliminate all traces of funk, groove and humour from the original and leave us with plain embarrassment. better ... See full review
posted a comment on Octave One - The "X" Files. over 4 years ago
anyone else having issues with this particular pressing (red labels on both records)? my copy has small dots/indentations all over the place and on side 2 starting after the second break in "farpoint" a repeated surface noise sets in and becomes more and ... See full review
posted a comment on Bob Dylan / Various - Radio Radio: Theme Time Radio Hour Volume One. over 5 years ago
Yes, albeit in unofficial form, titled "with your host Bob Dylan". Between 2007 and 2011 a european manufacturer released 11 box sets including a total of 114 cds (each box contains between 10 and 14 discs. some of the shows were 2-hour-programmes). The ... See full review
posted a review of Tony Clarke (2) - Poor Boy / The Fugitive Kind. over 5 years ago
Tony Clarke may have been a one-hit wonder but this single, released six months after "The Entertainer" and a commercial failure back in 1965, is still worth checking out.
Side 1 gives us a fine big city soul ballad that would have fit on Kent's "Hurt Of ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Wiener Blutrausch. over 5 years ago
what is considered by many as THE seminal early vienna punk compilation for the most part fails to deliver when listened to today.
the music is still deeply rooted in 70s art rock with decidedly un-punkish virtuoso breaks and ugly high speed guitar ... See full review
submitted Crépuscule* - Bookends For A Dream. over 6 years ago
posted a comment on Elvis Presley - O Sole Mio (It's Now Or Never). over 7 years ago
This was the first German Elvis single with a picture sleeve.
posted a review of Tousan - The Wild Sound Of New Orleans By Tousan. over 8 years ago
Allen Toussaint's debut album is a milestone of New Orleans R&B, but i can only warn potential buyers to stay clear of this (pirate) reissue. My copy (although bought sealed) is warped and has badly distorted sound on side 1.
This classic album would ... See full review
posted a comment on Fantasy - Fantasy. over 9 years ago
This is a rip-off of Pleasure Zone's 1988 tune "Fantasy" on Trax Records.
See here: http://www.discogs.com/Pleasure-Zone-Fantasy/release/24842
posted a comment on Roy C.* - Sex And Soul. over 9 years ago
Judging from the cheesy cover photo & title one would expect over-orchestrated bedroom soul à la Barry White but in fact this is a very traditional soul album that sounds like it could have been recorded a decade earlier at Stax.
No orchestra, no ... See full review
posted a comment on Unit Moebius / Polygamy Boys - The Sixth Reich Pax Amerikkkana. over 9 years ago
I like Unit Moebius but equating the American invasion of Iraq with the nazi invasion of Poland in 1939 is way over the top. And sampling Hitler's voice isn't exactly subtle either.
A rather stupid record and musically unsatisfactory too.
posted a comment on Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited. over 9 years ago
what you have is an 80s reissue. feel free to submit it to the database.
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Black Celebration. over 9 years ago
This was one of the big records of my teenage years. You probably know about growing up in the 80s, dressing all in black, sniffing mama's nail polisher while reading Baudelaire, cultivating world-weary melancholy...
Listening to it again after all ... See full review
posted a review of Sun Electric / Schizophrenia - Tresor 3. over 9 years ago
Being a fan of Basic Channel since their first release it took me more than 15 years to discover this BC-related gem!
"Schizophrenia" (produced by Moritz von Oswald and Thomas Fehlmann) is a beautiful, melancholic yet uplifting piece of ambient that ... See full review
posted a comment on Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs. over 9 years ago
actually the labels on the repress are brown/white too.
maybe the repress came out shortly after the original?
posted a comment on The Detroit Escalator Co.* - Black Buildings. over 9 years ago
This is my winter ambient album. There's nothing like listening to it on a lazy afternoon while having a cup of chinese tea and watching the snowflakes swirl outside the window.
posted a review of Reuben Bell - Leave My Kitten Alone / All The Time. over 10 years ago
Excellent southern soul from Shreveport native Reuben Bell, who was a local success in the Louisiana area in the seventies but died a poor man in 2004.
"Leave My Kitten Alone" is a funky, midtempo version of Little Willie John's 1959 hit with down-home ... See full review
posted a review of Markant. over 10 years ago
Musically the Markant releases owe a lot to Aphex Twin's "Selected Ambient Works II" as well as to the dark "Sound of Rome" created by Leo Anibaldi, Marco Micheli and others. Fans of Autechre and Skam also might find some affinity here.
Tribalistic ... See full review
posted a review of Big Maybelle - How It Lies / Old Love Never Dies. over 10 years ago
"How It Lies", a cover version of a 1949 swing tune, is driven by a big bandish horn section and a funky breakbeat that would have done honour to every 90s Drum & Bass production. Waiting to be explored by sampling enthusiasts and as a secret weapon for ... See full review
posted a review of Big Maybelle - Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean) / Keep That Man. over 10 years ago
"Keep That Man" is a beautiful Stax-type deep soul ballad that in my opinion would have been more effective without the excessive orchestration that sets in after the first chorus.
"Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)" is of course a remake of Ruth ... See full review
posted a review of Little Buster - Rivers Invitation / Lookin' For A Home. over 10 years ago
"River's Invitation" is a pop/R&B dancer with tasty electric guitar licks.
My pick on this one however is the B-side "Lookin' For A Home", a deep soul ballad that is VERY reminiscent of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come". Not only the vocal delivery ... See full review
posted a review of Elvis Presley - Elvis At Sun. over 10 years ago
If you haven't got the necessary pocket money for the original Sun 45s but want to hear these essential first Elvis recordings on vinyl then you should get a copy of this release.
The sound quality is substantially improved in comparison to the 70s RCA ... See full review
posted a review of Bob Dylan And The Plugz - Don't Talk. over 10 years ago
In spring 1984 Bob Dylan was invited to the Letterman Show in order to promote his new album "Infidels", which he did in his very own way by hiring a young punk band from California called "The Plugz" and playing the songs in raw R&B arrangements that ... See full review
posted a review of O. V. Wright* With The Keys (4) - There Goes My Used To Be. over 10 years ago
Like many soul singers O.V. Wright started his career as a member of various gospel groups. This 45 was his first secular record and his only release on the memphis-based Goldwax label. Due to contractual reasons he returned to Duke Records subsidiary ... See full review
posted a review of Roy Hamilton (5) - Crazy Feelin' / In A Dream. over 10 years ago
I guess most people will know Roy Hamilton as an eminent balladeer of the 50s (with signature tunes like "Hurt", "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Unchained Melody"), and that's what we get to hear on the b-side of this release: a beautifully sung big ... See full review
posted a review of Betty LaVette* - He Made A Woman Out Of Me / Nearer To You. over 10 years ago
One of Betty's finest. "He Made A Woman Out Of Me" is down-home southern soul with funky rhodes piano, a blasting horn section and earthy mid-tempo backbeat.
The flipside ballad "Nearer To You" shows what a powerful singer Betty Lavette is: soft, ... See full review
posted a review of Cleveland Crochet - Sugar Bee / Drunkard's Dream. over 10 years ago
Similar to Sam Phillips, who had been looking for a "white boy who could sing with a negro feel" and found it in Elvis, Goldband label owner Eddie Shuler had a particular musical vision of his own. Shuler was searching for "a Cajun band that could play ... See full review
posted a review of Bob Dylan - Street-Legal. over 10 years ago
If you want to buy "Street-Legal" on vinyl then go for the (now deleted) Simply Vinyl reissue.
While the front cover reproduction is not so good (too much red), the music itself sounds way better than on the original release which was mastered poorly ... See full review
posted a review of Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks. over 10 years ago
Unfortunately only two Dylan albums were released in half-speed mastered form, this one and "Nashville Skyline". The sound quality is fantastic on both!

According to Clinton Heylin's book "Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions" (p.107), this LP runs 2% ... See full review