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posted a comment on Maurizio - Domina. 2 days ago
where do I start with this one...
for me it was the soundtrack of 1997, yes i was late.

but once you ve got these three cuts, there's no way back. you meet maurizio and carl at their best.

All three cuts cover very different territories, but are ... See full review
posted a comment on Rhythm & Sound - Trace. 14 days ago
"Imprint" strikes instantly, but after some time you realize "Trace" is quite fast paced so it can be used as 4 am dj tool connecting a dancefloor techno music with more abstract/ambient material..

"always inside the dj bag" type of 12".
posted a comment on Stenny - Eternal Restriction. about 1 month ago
halfway between Drumcode (12-15) and Downwards (22-28) - cant remember anything sounding like the "good old Sweden" for ages. Excellent techno record. "Boulders" is a big one, if you liked Johannes heil's "I love to beat you cause I hate you" chances are ... See full review
posted a comment on After Hours - Waterfalls / Feel It. about 1 month ago
why "despite", the Dutch white compund rates among the very we best, at least i recommend it to our clients and they never complain.

how about the distortion on the baselines? have they found clean tracks and mixed it again, or all After Hours issue ... See full review
posted a comment on Biosphere - Shenzhou. 3 months ago
somehow it feels asif G.Jensen's and W.Voigt's paths crossed. Debussy, Zauberberg, unknown space exploration movie.. what an amazing release this is..
posted a comment on Fluxion - Redundant. 4 months ago
to me this is Fluxion's most expressive release, and as difficult as it is to pick his best moments from the invalueable early CR discography, i'd say this one is the most important for me personally, because of the way the "outer space" and the "human ... See full review
posted a comment on Basic Channel - Octagon / Octaedre. 4 months ago
as much as i love my elder editions, this one is my fave, the same can be told about M6 from the same "batch", fantastic, crispy, punchy sound. How to define the change of sound? I'd say it somehow sounds as if the tape deck feeding the cutting lathe ... See full review
posted a comment on echospace [detroit]. 5 months ago
the label seems to attract the most patient fanbase around :)
posted a comment on Remixed With Love By Joey Negro. 5 months ago
this series is something else, i dont "blind buy" music..i examine rhythms, chord progressions, everything in details..but when i see a Joey Negro working with multi track tapes i know it's gonna be a matter of: two? three? more? copies that i will ... See full review
posted a comment on Neapolitan Soul - Welcome To The Dub (Phunky Trip). 6 months ago
please release it properly, a lovely take on a classic original, highly playable crowd-pleaser.
posted a comment on The Vision - Spectral Nomad. 6 months ago
the punch of the 909 is lost, best audible on the A1's closed hat, the original was giving the track its shuffling pace, sounding almost like a snare's rim, the reissue is no match to the original in terms of dynamics, which in case of 909 driven techno, ... See full review
posted a comment on Von Schommer* / Imax - dcv07. 8 months ago
wurfel version... once you hear it you wont be able to take it out of your head.. the original is more "playable" but the slower "version" is the essence of the record.

in one word: haunting.
posted a comment on Round Two - New Day. 10 months ago
three copies here, each from different batch - all sound crisp, with very satisfying S/N ratio. If i spot a shit pressing i'll let you know, but pressing complaints should always include cartridge used, condition of the stylus, tone arm alignment.

the ... See full review
posted a comment on Rino Cerrone. 10 months ago
i'd love to have a look at the wiring of his 909 during his design / rilis period. rilis 02, 05 and the Qmen records sound like nothing else (when you pay attention to detail) and the 909bd cuts thru the mix perfectly, not sticking out, but doin its ... See full review
posted a comment on Skogen (3) - Svitjod. 10 months ago
natthymn sounds like a stripped down / simplified transcription of Jerry Goldsmith's "trees" from the Medicine Man o.s.t.

^from 1:10 onwards..

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and i'd swear ive heard the c3 song with a Bjork's ... See full review
posted a comment on Perception (2) & Mad Mike* - Windchime. 11 months ago
there is this neurotic nature of the A side that i still cannot "get"; and yes it is the raw B side that steals the show to me, the portamento on the "guitar" turns it into a "steel guitar" equivalent, whatever technique was used to make it sound like ... See full review
posted a comment on Ulf Lohmann - Because. 11 months ago
there were quite a few "loop soundtracks" released by Kompakt-related labels at the time, but this one stands out. The B side "scenes" are a bit ..melancholic, if not nostalgic, you need a good reason to dive into this; in the meantime try the A3, this ... See full review
posted a comment on Deanne Day - The Day After EP. 11 months ago
can anyone report on the sound quality / cutting engineer signed in the runouts?
posted a comment on Convextion - 2845. 12 months ago
Daniel Krieger @ SST Bruggeman has done it again.. Excellent quality of all four masters.
posted a comment on Tim Taylor - Fear Of Music (Remixes). about 1 year ago
the record labels are plain black, no titles, no mention of any remixing - runouts say "respect to mr laux / respect to chancellor".

cover is a rework of Severed Heads "dead eyes opened".
posted a comment on Hallucinator. about 1 year ago
when i was younger i wasnt really into the mid-late Chain Reaction, 20 years later i have to admit i was completely wrong. Hallucinator release have not aged at all, they sound as abstract and fresh as the day i gave them an honest listen. Neither ... See full review
posted a comment on Jeff Mills - Axis Copper Edition. about 1 year ago
DMM is positive, meaning it is a playable groove, however it will sound harsh as there is no cart designed to run smooth across copper layer. To fully enjoy a DMM, you have to go thru the galvanics, make yourself a set of stampers, and press as many ... See full review
posted a comment on Biosphere - Microgravity. about 1 year ago
no sratches / scuffs or any visual problem on my C/D sides, but there is another issue. The A/B are technically perfect, the noisefloor is super low, the C/D disc is not that good, no drama, but iits "floor" is louder, plus my copies had a white spot ... See full review
posted a comment on Robert Hood - Apartment Zero. about 1 year ago
this one fits in between the mp312-mp316 range, hitchcock-theme 909 and string-ensemble based thriller, that's the RH i'd never get tired with. Great dynamics too so it will sound really punchy on a bigger system; a keeper.
posted a comment on Bandulu - New Foundation / Isn't It Time. about 1 year ago
i have a deeply rooted dislike for most reggae music, BUT having said that i have to add that i own almost all bandulu and rhythm & sound releases, so as an inspiration for electronic interpretation, the jamaican folk was quite important..
posted a comment on Samuel L Session - Check Out This I Bring. about 1 year ago
there is only one problem with this record - why did he use cartoons instead of actual models? imagine the same record with Alexis Silver on the front, and Anissa Kate on the flip, it would add an extra sparkle to an already crispy 4-tracker ;)
posted a comment on Locomotive - Steam EP. about 1 year ago
another pressing exists, 99-00,darker blue label, 185g disc pressed by MPO,the light blue/white records are 140s.
posted a comment on Anthony Rother - Sex With The Machines. about 1 year ago
halfway between dopplereffekt and kraftwerk, an excellent release by Anthony Rother. Be careful with the disc though, all copies ive ever heard or seen were heavily off-centre and these tracks should be played back with no pitch fluctuation.
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posted a comment on Grant (24) - The Acrobat. about 1 year ago
if in 1993 you got a copy of M's "domina" and loved it ever since, chances are you would also be into the D1 track on this double pack. Have a listen and you'll get what i mean ;)
posted a comment on Grant (24) - Perception. about 1 year ago
i got it for "my dfinition", very useful thing, BUT the general impression is deeply spoiled by the uncredited sample of Bango's "mystical adventure" (track C2).
posted a comment on Marenn Sukie - Malinal EP. about 1 year ago
"interesting" - that's the first word that came to me while checking the EP. From lazy hip hop beats to uptempo breaks, all perfectly connected creating a cohesive record - very strong 6-tracker, good sound, and a jacket easily recognizeable among other ... See full review
posted a comment on Grant (24) - Grant 005. about 1 year ago
what a shame about the distortion heard on B1's bassline - very similar story to that of After Hours on Strictly Rhythm, very good track that you eventually do not play because of this small but noticeable / irritating technical issue. A2/B2 are still ... See full review
posted a comment on Alex M - It Works / Without Thought / Lakeview Slang. about 1 year ago
how about a comment by someone who bought 3 copies ofthe running back reissue, and had to gave them away due to barely playable sound quality? a1 - poor dynamic range, muffled drums, completely no match for the vg+ copy of the FinalCut issue that i got ... See full review
posted a comment on Citizen Maze - Serenity In The Woods . about 1 year ago
so far so good, if they continue putting out releases comparable to #10 or #13 they'll soon earn a separate shelf right in between SVEK and Alleviated (: both thumbs up & can't wait for the next one..
submitted Krzysztof Zgraja - Laokoon. about 1 year ago
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posted a comment on DFI. about 1 year ago
whatever happened to this plant i'd love to find the people running the facility between 97 and 99. these records were perfect. pretty much 125-140g and putting to shame the average 180+ discs, perfectly centered too. they were the equivalent of today's ... See full review
posted a comment on Maurizio - M6. about 1 year ago
this, m7 and domina are my "speaker / room" testing tracks for years now.. rhythm & sound guys at the top of their game, still unmatched by whole generations of soundalikes..

a personal fave too, everybody has their formative moments, hearing this ... See full review
posted a comment on Maurizio - M6. about 1 year ago
because these two mixes are "acting crazy" dubs, just as m7 is a version of "ruff way".
posted a comment on Liquideep - Angel. about 1 year ago
havent checked all of the reworks, but the original surely deserves a proper release - preferably the whole side of a 12".
posted a comment on Analogue Attic. about 1 year ago
AAR 10 put the label on my radar; this one makes me believe AAR could grow into modern day SVEK.
posted a comment on W-Moon, Unless - Metro Juice Archives EP. about 1 year ago
great re-release. Long lost Tomoki Tsukamoto tracks properly re-cut and pressed flawlessly. Hopefully there will be a follow up including other Metro Juice material. the "re-mastering" (if any) is subtle and the tracks havent lost any of their foggy ... See full review
posted a comment on Svek. about 1 year ago
i am not collecting labels, artists, or "records" as such..i collect what i find to be good music, BUT there were certain labels that were quite special, and SVEK is definitely one of those..let's say 5 labels that are given their separate shelf. Even ... See full review
posted a comment on Groovin Recordings. about 1 year ago
got a few of these and must say im not even checking any further - the sound quality of these reissues makes the sought after originals even more expensive ;/
posted a comment on Merzbow. about 1 year ago
definitely deserves a top-10 spot in the ear-fatique ranking (probably no#2 right after Abruptum). His " perfect pain" remains one of the most irritating releases that i've heard, a definition of sonic displeasure.. audio signals dont get any more ... See full review
posted a comment on DeepChord - dc14. about 1 year ago
as much as i prefere the A side tracks, the B side label steals the record ;) This one and Echochord 06/09 are definitely my fave works by Rod Modell so far. The later Echospace and Modern Love releases sound..somehow compromised, the mid-late Deepchord ... See full review
posted a comment on Jeff Mills - Growth. about 1 year ago
cant be cut-related, it's either from badly electroplated stamper, or from "tired" (worn) stamper, or dirty stamper, if the press' cooling of the previous disc went wrong - could be storage related too; if the cut was messed, all stampers -> all ... See full review