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posted a comment on Mike Perras - Beginning Of Life. over 2 years ago
This is a tremendous record from a glorious period of house music. All three tracks are winners in their own right. 'Keep Movin' is the standout track that rocked the finer clubs back in the day, particularly the Hacienda in Manchester. The other two ... See full review
posted a review of Arnold Jarvis - Take Some Time Out. over 11 years ago
Perhaps the finest Garage track ever! Probably one of the slowest Garage tracks but with an incredible bassline and superb Tommy Musto production. The horns on the Dub mix just keeping lifting the track into a higher orbit, without any need to ... See full review
posted a review of Graeme Park. over 12 years ago
Graeme Park or 'Parky' as known to thousands of misty eyed devotees from 1988-95 was THE original British House DJ's DJ. Along with Mike Pickering, he was the first British DJ to champion House Music in 85-87, long before Rampling, Oakenfold et al ... See full review
posted a review of Gil Scott-Heron. over 13 years ago
Gil Scott-Heron is a poet come musical artist come political activist come founding father of socially conscious Hip Hop. His music encompassess Soul, Jazz, Blues, R N'B.... His lyrical vision is incredibly powerful and poignant. The guy does not get the ... See full review
posted a review of Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted And Black. over 13 years ago
The Queen of Soul delivers a truly stunning album that is surely her finest and one of the greatest pieces of Soul music ever made. Aretha's vocals on this album are breathtaking and incredibly moving. From the powerful black Soul power of 'Young, Gifted ... See full review
posted a review of Althea & Donna / The Mighty Two, Marcia Aitken / Trinity (4) - Uptown Top Ranking / Calico Suit. over 13 years ago
'Uptown Top Ranking' is one of THE Reggae dancefloor party anthems of all time. Produced by the mighty Joe Gibbs, this tune has rocked dancefloors worldwide and continues to do so. It's like the equivalent of 'Rapper's Delight' for the Reggae heads. This ... See full review
posted a review of Junior Murvin - Police And Thieves. over 13 years ago
One of the greatest Roots Reggae anthems of all time. 'Police & Thieves' is a glorious piece of political/social commentary is true rastafarian style, mixed by the incomparable Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Junior Murvin's voice is achingly beautiful. Any ... See full review
posted a review of The Verve - Urban Hymns. over 13 years ago
One of the greatest albums of the 90s and just absolutely fanatstic guitar music. Richard Ashcroft's lyrics throughout this album or pure poetry and beautifully poignant. The lyrics on 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' are just superb "It's a bitter sweet symphony ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Viva Haçienda (Fifteen Years Of Haçienda Nights). over 13 years ago
The UK's most important and influential club - make no doubt about that. It was alawys a leader of fashions and never a follower. The Hacienda was playing House music long before London clubs had picked up on it (yet this never get's documented in the ... See full review
posted a review of The Upsetters With Lee Perry And Friends* - Build The Ark. over 13 years ago
Mesmerising box set of Lee Perry's early work at the Black Ark studios. This astounding collection bring togther some incredibly rare tracks and artists that cannot be found on any other Reggae albums. Then there is of course Perry's fantastic house band ... See full review
posted a review of T-Connection / Erotic Drum Band - Super Disco Breaks Volume 1. over 13 years ago
T-Connection's 'At Midnight' re-rubbed on this fantastic twelve inch (superb quality vinyl pressing as well). The drums on this re-rub are fantastic and tweaked for maximum dancefloor action. The build up is superb and then BANG it kicks for an ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Strictly Rhythm: The Early Years. over 13 years ago
Exquisite Old School U.S. Deep House from one of the greatest House labels of all time. Strictly Rhythm was a groundbreaking label in the early 1990s, with virtually every great House producer worth his salt recording for this iconic label and producing ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Garage Pressure. over 13 years ago
Just check the tracklisting for this astounding compilation of U.S vocal Garage & House classics. The music spans from 1989 with the glorious Ten City, through to the early nineties and serious anthems such as Inner City's 'Pennies from Heaven' & Degrees ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Freezone 2 : Variations On A Chill. over 13 years ago
Classic, classic, classic Chill Out compilation and by far the best out of this series. DJ Morpheus mixes an astounding selection of beats and downtempo grooves across 2 discs. There are just so many hidden and obscure gems, as well as A grade certified ... See full review
posted a review of David Mancuso - The Loft. over 13 years ago
Both Loft compilations (Vols 1 & 2) are essential pieces of Dance music history containing a wealth of amazing records spanning Disco, Soul, Funk, House, Dub, Disco Not Disco, Electronica, African Funk....They have exposed me to so many artists that I ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Classic Salsoul Mastercuts Volume 1. over 13 years ago
If you wanna check where the roots of House music are from, you NEED to check this amazing compilation. Salsoul is basically Disco music but all taken from the vaults of the legendary and hugely influential Salsoul records label. All of these tracks have ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Classic House Mastercuts Volume 1. over 13 years ago
This is one hell of a compilation to see what real classic House music sounds like. Every track is legendary and will go down in the anals of Dance music history. All killers and certainly no fillers. If you want to delve into the early days of House ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Classic Disco Mastercuts Volume 1. over 13 years ago
Stunning collection of proper underground Disco classics by Joey Negro Aka Dave 'Disco' Lee. Each track is legendary and will rock any discernible dancefloor. Each track has also been sampled or ripped off countless times beacuse they are just so ... See full review
posted a review of Risco Connection / Joe Gibbs - Ain't No Stopping Us Now / Chapter Three. over 13 years ago
What a corking 10inch release by the quality House imprint Nuphonic. Both tracks are classics that were played at the legendary & hugely influential Loft club in New York and are taken from David Mancuso's fantastic 2 compilations (also available on ... See full review
posted a review of Various - 100% Dynamite! (Ska-Soul-Rocksteady & Funk In Jamaica). over 13 years ago
This is one of the finest compilation series around showcasing the finest Reggae from right back to the Ska days up until Dancehall. So many forgotton gems have been exposed to a wider audience today as a result of the fantastic Dynamite series & Soul ... See full review
posted a review of Scratch* & The Upsetters - Super Ape. over 13 years ago
Stonking Roots Reggae from the true Master Lee 'Scratch' Perry. This is by far the best of all his Ape/Kung Fu carnation inspired albums. Each of the riddims are pure classic Perry and some instantly recognisable and have been utilised by other Reggae ... See full review
posted a review of Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight / Apache. over 13 years ago
The first Rap/Hip Hop tune ever. The one that started it all off and for me the greatest piece of Hip Hop ever. Clocking in at nearly 15 mins this is the start of the great DIY ethic in modern music, whereby you didn't have to be part of a quartet in a ... See full review
posted a review of Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin. over 13 years ago
One of the greatest pieces of British Black music ever! and up there with the all time Soul classics. Soul II Soul are legends in my opinion, primarily for the creation of this stunning record and their also fantastic all time classic Dance album 'Club ... See full review
posted a review of Tracy Chapman - Fast Car. over 13 years ago
I love Tracy Chapman, she has an incredibly unique voice and makes beautiful Folk music with a Black perspective. 'Fast Car' is my all time classic Chapman tune and it still sounds timeless today. The combination of that beautiful guitar, inspiring & ... See full review
posted a review of Tamiko Jones / Brian Briggs - Can't Live Without Your Love / Aeo (Pt. 1-2). over 13 years ago
'Can't Live Without Your Love' is an awesome New York electronic Disco classic that rocked the legendary clubs such as The Loft & The Paradise Garage. Incredibly energetic and powerful Disco that would definitely rock any discernible dancefloor today. ... See full review
posted a review of Sunscreem - Perfect Motion. over 13 years ago
What a tune! Terry Farley & Pete Heller's (Boy's Own) finest contribution to House music and a record that I can simply never ever tire of. Electronic House music that takes the breath away with it's beauty and emotional power. Music to transport you to ... See full review
posted a review of Stevie Wonder. over 13 years ago
What can one say about Stevie that already hasn't been recited? The words/phrases 'genius', 'God given talent', 'from a different planet', 'Soul music legend' etc all seem appropriate. The guy has been singing for so long right back to the early days of ... See full review
posted a review of Sounds Of Blackness - The Pressure Pt. 1. over 13 years ago
The Sounds of Blackness are legends for anybody listening to quality House music in the early 90s. They are a huge Black Gospel group that have been remixed by countless House music legends including Frankie Knuckles and David Morales. Their music has ... See full review
posted a review of Soft House Company - What You Need.... over 13 years ago
The most perfect Italian piano House tune ever. This record oozes sophistication and perfection in it's beautiful construction. As compared to some of the Italian piano screamers of the past that have dated quite badly, this continues to live on as a ... See full review
posted a review of Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (Sure Is Pure Remixes). over 13 years ago
Sister Sledge's finest moment and a Disco record that is always guaranteed to bring the house down. These House mixes do an excellent job in respecting the original and beefing up the tune to be played on House floors. Mike Pickering used to dig this out ... See full review
posted a review of Sister Nancy - Bam Bam. over 13 years ago
Anybody who loves Jamaican music NEEDS to own this record. It's one of THE all time classic Dancehall anthems that ALWAYS brings the house down. I cannot begin to describe how vital this record is to any self respecting Reggae collection. An anthem if ... See full review
posted a review of Shirley Murdock - Let There Be Love (Remixes By Frankie Knuckles). over 13 years ago
U.S. Vocal Garage at it's absolute best. This is a superlative piece of soulful dancefloor action mixed by the legend Frankie Knuckles. An essential all time classic Hacienda Anthem that rocked throughout 91 & 92. The lyrics are incredibly unique and ... See full review
posted a review of Rhythim Is Rhythim / Model 500 - Strings Of Life / Off To Battle / Kaos. over 13 years ago
'Strings Of Life' is a Techno masterpiece and a musical work of art. It's certainly Derrick May's finest moment (although he has made some cracking records such as 'The Dance', 'Nude Photo', 'Beyond the Dance'). But this record will go down in Electronic ... See full review
posted a review of Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me. over 13 years ago
An absolutely superb Hip Hop album by a true lyrical master, that stands up to any Hip Hop from the States. This is Hip Hop moving & grooving to it's full potential, full of inventiveness and meaningful lyrics than the usual bling & bitches tirade. Roots ... See full review
posted a review of Sandée* - Notice Me. over 13 years ago
Incredible deep bass heavy House music from two certified Dance music legends, Clivilles & Cole. This tune rocks like no other in a club and considering it was created in 1988, still sounds amazingly fresh today. Storming House music of the very highest ... See full review
posted a review of The Sabres Of Paradise - Smokebelch II. over 13 years ago
An electronic masterpiece and Andy Weatherall's finest moment. What a piece of music. This is electronic music that is almost Classical in it's sound. Incredibly moving, hypnotic and jaw drppingly beautiful. A legendary record that is one of the most ... See full review
posted a review of Shades Of Rhythm - The Sound Of Eden (Every Time I See Her). over 13 years ago
'The Sound Of Eden' is the finest piece of music to come out of the Rave scene in my opinion. It's a record that will truly stand the test of time because of it's undenying beauty and incredible euphoric feeling. A piece of dancefloor genius that makes ... See full review
posted a review of Roy Davis Jr. Featuring Peven Everett - Gabriel. over 13 years ago
People might put this in the dreadful Garage/ 2 Step brigade but Roy Davis Jnr is a House music producer first and foremost and a very good one at that. Yes he has utilised Garage /2 Step influences from around that period, particularly with the beats ... See full review
posted a review of Ralph Falcon - Every Now And Then. over 13 years ago
A timeless piece of House music that has just got better and better over the years. Haunting is a very apt adjective to describe this classic slab of Electronic Soul that can cause dancefloor destruction in the right clubs. Check the Soul Dub on the b ... See full review
posted a review of Rae & Christian - Northern Sulphuric Soul. over 13 years ago
A future British Soul/Hip Hop masterpiece that is achingly beautiful and proves that America is not the sole destination of great Hip Hop and Soul music. A collection of great collaborators have come together on this album but never to the detriment of ... See full review
posted a review of Prince - Sign "O" The Times. over 13 years ago
I can remember first hearing this in the middle of a House set at the Hacienda and Graeme Park just stopped the music and played 'Sign of The Times' and I was spellbounded. An incredibly beautiful and poignant piece of Black Soul music that is also ... See full review
posted a review of Primal Scream - Screamadelica. over 13 years ago
Stunning Indie /Dance music crossover album that is without doubt the Scream's finest moment and Andy Weatherall's finest moment as a producer. An album very much of it's time, from the early euphoric 90s when everyone was going mad and felt a part of a ... See full review
posted a review of Positive Force - We Got The Funk. over 13 years ago
I discovered this amazing piece of Disco Funk via a Frankie Knuckles compilation on Azuli (The Choice series). Boy what a tune! According to the living legend Frankie they used to roller skate to this tune in New York as kids. A real underground classic ... See full review
posted a review of Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon. over 13 years ago
One of the greatest albums of all time across any genre of music. Pink Floyd were groundbreaking in the creation of this record with the use of technology and special effects that were unique and so ahead of their time. 'Dark Side Of The Moon' delved ... See full review
posted a review of Orbital - Orbital. over 13 years ago
Orbital's finest moment without question and one of the greatest electronic albums of all time. This is intelligent techno that is full of ideas, inventiveness, beauty, sonic landscapes and breathtaking production. An album that rocks and is incredibly ... See full review
posted a review of New Order - Blue Monday. over 13 years ago
A track that was created in 1983 by these Mancunian legends and still rocks dancefloors worldwide. I recently heard this on the floor in the middle of an electroclash night and it brought the house down. That's testamount to one of the greatest pieces of ... See full review
posted a review of Mr. Scruff - Get A Move On / Ug. over 13 years ago
What an astounding record by this quirky Mancunian genius. It's a piece of dancefloor genius that would rock any floor and yet it is also one of the most original timeless pieces of dance music from the last 5 years (if not the last decade!). Nothing ... See full review
posted a review of Massive Attack - Protection. over 13 years ago
Another Massive Attack classic that was unfairly criticised upon it's release. This is probably Massive's most beautiful and etheral album. The use of Craig Armstrong's sweeping and emotional orchestral backgrounds, together with Tracy Thorns lush voice ... See full review
posted a review of Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. over 13 years ago
THE FIRST great political and socially conscious album that really threw down the gauntlet. Never before had an album tackled issues of poverty, race, war, inner city deprivation and hatred in one unifying and incredibly moving statement. 'What's Going ... See full review
posted a review of Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart. over 13 years ago
'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is certainly Joy Division's finest moment and if you like their signature tune (although they would be loathed to be associated as making an anthem). But this is as quintessential a Manchester anthem as you can get. A song that ... See full review