I'm partial to most any sort of electronic music. I realized about three years ago that there was no point even defining it, although I do have an ear for the darker, more experimental side of things (Zoviet France and Tangerine Dream figure heavily in my influences.) I only buy and play techno but I'm partial to just about any style of mixed music and have probably been into most everything by now. Recent things that have grabbed my ear are... pretty much anything out of Berlin, esp. the Bpitch label.
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posted a review of Tim "Love" Lee - Against Nature. over 12 years ago
Last time I checked in, Tim "Love" Lee was known for making San-Fran style downtempoish tracks, none of which I confess made me particularly waiting on pins for his next piece of output.

What he has done here is create one of the best avant-garde ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Silicon Ghetto EP Vol. 2. over 12 years ago
Like many techno fans, I went through a brief phase where I started reminiscing about my younger years in the underground party scene. For some reason, Daniel Bell's music always struck a nerve back then, and I thought I had to "collect 'em ... See full review
posted a review of 4hero* - Two Pages. over 12 years ago
This is a garbage release that does a complete disservice to this "Two Pages", arguably one of the best electronic records ever released. There's a reason why it was called "Two Pages" - because it was TWO CD's, each with a distinct vibe.

This is a ... See full review
posted a review of Joe Lewis - He's Back. over 13 years ago
Eschewing any equipment that would place this record anywhere other than Detroit in the early or mid 90's, Joe Lewis has nevertheless managed to make a record that is fresh, emotional, and evocative - proving that it is more important to have a sense of ... See full review
posted a review of Orange Water - Lo Tek / Love Life. over 13 years ago
I was very surprised to see that this record got a fairly low rating. Released five years ago (therefore rendering it ancient by electronic music standards) this is still a unique, refreshing record that stands out in my collection.

Both sides ... See full review
posted a review of Carl Cox - Non Stop 98/01. over 13 years ago
I'm not sure what was going on with this release, but Carl sure dropped a stinker here. Since I bought this for $30 back during an era where I would buy the latest Carl Cox mix without even listening to it, this was a particularly sore purchase for ... See full review
posted a review of Foul Play - The Best Of Atmospheric Drum & Bass. over 13 years ago
This is an absolute classic that will be appreciated by any electronic music fan. I'm not a huge drum and bass person - the tech-step stuff and the MCing kind of killed it for me - but if you can step into your time machine and think back to what this ... See full review
posted a review of Mory Kanté - Yeke Yeke. over 13 years ago
File this under "guilty listening pleasure." OK, no serious (cough) electronic music type would be caught dead listening to a record that now seems to have all of the elements that are generally despised: the "ethnic" vocal sample (OK, at least ... See full review
posted a review of Funkstörung - Viceversa. LP. over 13 years ago
This is worth getting if only for the Speedy J "Something for your Mind" remix. It still contains the vocal you've heard a million times but breaks down into a sick, twisted glitchy breakbeat track that is perfect for a transition if you've just played ... See full review
posted a review of Robert Margouleff And Malcolm Cecil - Tonto's Expanding Head Band. over 13 years ago
This is a lost analogue classic from the 1970's that is, IMHO, on par with the best work of any of the more well-known names of the era (TDream, etc.)

In short, if you like big rolling Moog crescendoes with innovative arrangements (without the "bad ... See full review
posted a review of Tipper - Donut. over 13 years ago
I'm not a "nu school breaks" guy at all but this record is a favorite of mine. Well programmed drums that are jazzy without sounding cut-up or overprogrammed float under some squelchy noises and an almost rave-y bassline. Wagon Christ turns in a ... See full review
posted a review of Plastikman - Hypokondriak / Afrika. over 13 years ago
Gotta say this track doesn't do it for me at all. I've always felt that RH's output was kinda hit or miss but this shouldn't even have been pressed, IMHO.

"Hypokondriak" is a minimal 'sonar blip' sort of track (a cover of 'My Medusa', perhaps?) ... See full review
posted a review of Winx* - Don't Laugh. over 13 years ago
Oh my God, 1995 was the year that you could just not get away from Josh Wink no matter where you went - even my "cowtown" did not have a night without "Don't Laugh", "How's the Music", or (cue anticlimatic drum roll) "Higher State of Consciousness" ... See full review
posted a review of The Reese Project - I Believe. over 13 years ago
You know, this is a good record - not spectacular, but for some reason it just really grabs me. It has a really classic Chitown deep house sound to it, but it would not necessarily be worth tracking down if it were not for the Carl Craig mix of the ... See full review
posted a review of Biosphere - Microgravity. over 13 years ago
I rarely give negative reviews (since who cares, everyone's got a stinky "opinion") but since this has gotten such huge accolades, I figure I'd thrown in a dissenting opinion: this CD is a bit cheezy - typical hokey "spaced out ambient" sort of vocal ... See full review
posted a review of Dietrich Schoenemann - 19 Bullets. over 13 years ago
Let me confess off the bat that I am a huge fan of "19 Bullets", one of the best techno tracks of all time, in my opinion. So, I was a little skeptical to hear the Abe Duque remixes the first time - but good god - Abe managed to take a track that was ... See full review
posted a review of Astral Matrix. over 13 years ago
This all-but-forgotten group was nevertheless one of the best examples of the San Francisco sound - not the jazzy Mark Farina house that everyone always thinks of, but rather the "ravier", more underground side of S.F. (Alas, you don't really think of a ... See full review
posted a review of The Prodigy - What Evil Lurks. over 13 years ago
Illegal or not, this EP absolutely kills it... this was what got me into techno in the first place. Quirky vocal samples, funky breaks, perfect twists and turns into the music... techno just had unlimited potential back then. This record would work any ... See full review
posted a review of Hieroglyphic Being - Machines For Lovers EP. over 13 years ago
This gets my vote as the absolute top release I have heard in 2004. "Glitchy" doesn't really do this record service - it's just downright bizarre! Yet there is this underlying funkiness to the whole thing I find very appealing.

Can't wait for more ... See full review
posted a review of Slam - Positive Education (Josh Wink Remixes). over 13 years ago
I'm not sure why this got rated so low. (Techno elitists with their purist attitudes are certainly to blame for this.) IMHO JW did a stellar job on the remix here - the remix is long, deep, and moody. This is sadly not the case with the Carl Cox ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Best Of Techno - Volume One. over 13 years ago
One of the best techno compilations ever. Back during this time, this music was proceeding at a dizzying pace - the "hot" style during one six month period would almost completely mutate and change during the next six month period. And as it happens, ... See full review
posted a review of Horizon 222 - Through The Round Window. over 13 years ago
This is an extremely high-quality experimental record from 1992. In my opinion it's just as important as anything that FSOL or The Orb ever did although it seemed to largely be ignored at the time.

It goes from a nice trancey groover to dub to some ... See full review
posted a review of Richard H. Kirk. over 14 years ago
What can you say? The history of electronic music wouldn't be complete without a paragraph or two about this guy.

For any serious student of electronica, you could do a lot worse than to pick up the early Cabaret Voltaire stuff. His style is ... See full review
posted a review of Groove Committee Featuring Glenn 'Sweety G' Toby* - I Wanna Hold You. over 14 years ago
This is a timeless garage track, if you like old-school, deep Chicago house! The Kazuhiko Gomi remix is super-funky, too. Highly recommended. It's too bad Emotive seemed to fold.
posted a review of The Detroit Escalator Company. over 14 years ago
There's something about the DEC's music that is absolutely timeless. (If you've ever cruised down Woodward and marvelled at the collapse of urban America, or visited the Submerge record shop next to the burned out gas station it might take on even more ... See full review
posted a review of On-U Sound. over 14 years ago
I'm not quite sure why this label never got its proper recognition, but this should be re-discovered by everyone with a serious interest in dub or electronic music.

My theory is that it was in its prime a little too early for the electronica craze. ... See full review
posted a review of Ultramarine. over 14 years ago
I remember seeing these guys live back in 1992 as part of the Communion Tour (Ultramarine, Orbital, and Meat Beat Manifesto).

Their albums are really great - they have a timeless sound that defies aging quite well. It's a mixture of stark Detroit-ish ... See full review
posted a review of Morgan Geist - Quadri-Locular EP. over 14 years ago
Morgan Geist was definitely ahead of his time on this one. I remember him being an, how shall I put it: "regular" contributor to the Detroit techno mailing list "back in the day", and I always wondered if he had any life outside of techno.

The answer ... See full review
posted a review of Fumiya Tanaka - Unknown Possibility Vol. 2. over 14 years ago
Not sure how I missed this guy before, but he gets my vote as one of the best techno producers around... don't be impatient with this CD, listen to it all of the way through on the headphones or on a pair of good speakers, and note the subtlety and ... See full review
posted a review of Modern Romance - Everybody Salsa / Salsa Rappsody. over 14 years ago
One of my all-time favorite tracks, although probably not "electronic". This record just oozes hipness. It's basically a stripped down funk loop (that would sound at home in a Sly & Robbie song) with some Latin percussion and this white English guy ... See full review
posted a review of Tangerine Dream. over 14 years ago
Not much you can say about these guys - absolutely seminal, although they always seem to get overlooked in every "electronica history/retrospective" sorta thing I've ever read. They did get namechecked in LFO's classic "What Is House?" at one point ... See full review
posted a review of Six Brown Brothers. over 14 years ago
Interestingly enough, this is actually Die Warzau - they also produced acid house under the name "V.L. and the Porch Monkeys". Definitely a good acid track, it starts with an electro beat, moves into the typical 303 funk line with "Uh huh!" James Brown ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Best Of Jungle Volume 1. over 15 years ago
I tend to disagree with the above poster. IMHO the producers of these box sets really went out of their way to pick some (mostly) obscure tracks that never made it onto CD or anywhere else, the sort of tracks that have been collecting dust in someone's ... See full review
posted a review of Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue / Time Warp. over 15 years ago
"Time Warp" is one of the greatest future-disco/proto-house masterpieces of all time (and I've heard it's one of Derrick May's favorites as well - go figure.) People must've not had any idea what the hell that was when they flipped over "Electric ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Rave 'til Dawn. over 15 years ago
This gets my vote as the all-time worst rave compilation, but as others have suggested, this (for some strange, otherworldly reason) seems to be either the first "techno" compilation that every suburban American raver bought, or heard. Who ran the ... See full review
posted a review of C.J. Bolland* - DJ-Kicks. over 15 years ago
I was quite disappointed in this release. Many of the records are hokey "Eurotechno" from the early to mid 90's that have dated very poorly. You know, lots of "three note synth wash" sorts of riffs over generic 909 kicks - just way too much filler on ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Rave Zone Montini Volume Two. over 15 years ago
YEAH! This is one of those titles you'd pass over in the used bin unless you really knew, but man, some of these tracks take me back. This is the real sound of the techno underground of the early-mid 90's - the Drax track makes me want to grind my ... See full review
posted a review of DHS - Mind Control. over 15 years ago
One of the most dependable producers, and thankfully still at it after well over a decade, you can tell Ben Stokes spent a bit of time hanging out with Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto. The quirky samples from old propaganda films are still there, ... See full review
posted a review of Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia - Maenad / Exit 23. over 15 years ago
These remixes come highly recommended if you ever liked PWOG. The "Exit 23 (Remix)" is a really nice remix done in a very 1994-esque "tribal trance" sort of style; the "Alter Ego" mix has a very new school electro-funk sort of riff to it. The "Maenad" ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Rolando. over 15 years ago
Rolando will probably always be known for his "Knights of the Jaguar", which is definitely a good track. All of his other work on/as Los Hermanos is very good as well. Check out his remix he did for Kraftwerk's "Expo 2000" for a good example of his ... See full review
posted a review of Riuichi Sakamoto* - Riot In Lagos. over 15 years ago
I heard this title track just a few months ago for the first time and was highly impressed. This could very well be the most sophisticated piece of electronic music that I have heard made before 1990 or so. When you listen to music like this, it truly ... See full review
posted a review of Derrick May - Mix-Up Vol. 5. over 15 years ago
That's funny, usually I can spot the studio mix a mile away but I didn't get that from this CD at all. Whatever the case, I was somewhat disappointed with it. A lot of the tracks are "classics" but I didn't really need to hear French Kiss again (sorry, ... See full review
posted a review of Kevin Saunderson - X-Mix - Transmission From Deep Space Radio. over 15 years ago
This is an example of how edits can be used on a mix in order to make it more exciting. If you're in the know, think of old school Chicago tape edits versus new school edits where the mixes are extended to make them sound longer and therefore more ... See full review
posted a review of Claude Young - DJ-Kicks. over 15 years ago
OK, Claude is my all time favorite techno DJ - I mean NO ONE even comes close in my opinion except for maybe Mills, but it's hard to compare them because they have different styles... I've got a soundboard of Claude in Vienna at "Liquid", and it is ... See full review
posted a review of Jeff Mills - Live At The Liquid Room - Tokyo. over 15 years ago
This is, simply put, my all time favorite mix CD. I haven't heard anything like it released professionally before or since. It's a special gem in this era when most "mix CD's" are really just digital compilations. And we wonder why people don't think ... See full review
posted a review of Bam Bam - Where Is Your Child (Archiv #02). over 15 years ago
I highly recommend picking up this acid house classic if you missed it the first time around. DJ Rush, alas, puts in another predictable sort of remix here - distorted filter drums added and not much else. Flip it for the more enjoyable original ... See full review