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posted a comment on Soma - Hollow Earth. over 4 years ago
This is a great overlooked 90's release. The style is a true hybrid of electronica, at times feeling like early sci-trance, but with a lot of unexpected breaks and transitions - engaging arrangements of lush and crisp sounds. A recurring ... See full review
posted a review of The Fastman - The Fastman. over 10 years ago
The standout track here is B1 "I Want You Girl," a dirty booty hip-house banger. Sort of a Chicago 4/4 house take on the sex-laden Miami bass that was popular at the time (think housed-up 2 Live Crew). About what you'd expect from a booty track, with the ... See full review
posted a review of How II House - Time To Feel The Rhythm. over 10 years ago
I was fortunate enough to pick up on this through Frankie Bones' 1990 Quadrant Park mix, and it's a good thing I did. What an uplifting, soulful house track. It has just about everything you could want: funky basslines, nice disco-y strings, and a cool ... See full review
posted a review of Mark Imperial & Co. - She Ain't Nuthin' But A Hoe. over 10 years ago
This is classic Chicago acid house in its truest form. It has perhaps one of the most memorable basslines of the style, and a distinct chopped vocal sample. The theme of the track is about what you'd expect... calling a ladyfriend a hoe for dancing with ... See full review
posted a review of MN/RG - Save The World. over 10 years ago
This is a contemporary acid house track somewhat questionably masquerading as a classic Chicago one. The label design is an obvious nod to Trax, and they even went so far as to hand-etch "RELEASE DATE: MARCH 1988" in the runoff groove. It's "distributed" ... See full review
posted a review of Bose* - Rock The World (Like No Other Girl). over 10 years ago
This record is pretty amusing. It's a blatant sound-alike of Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock," complete with trademark Arthur Baker-style beat and the pitched-up Kraftwerk "Trans-Europe Express" sample. To top it off, it's pressed on some truly flimsy ... See full review
posted a review of George Kranz - Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa) (Remix). over 10 years ago
Heavily sampled in the pop rap hit "Shake" by Ying Yang Twins. Also used in the Microsoft XBox 360 "Jumprope" commercial, possibly because it was recognizable from the YYT track... possibly because it was cheaper to license? Or just because it's a sweet ... See full review
posted a review of Kaito - Special Love. over 10 years ago
This release is such a great idea. As noted above, it's the beatless (and bass-lightened) versions of some of Kaito's melodic house tracks.

First, these songs sound beautiful without beats (seriously, how much house pays this much attention to the ... See full review
posted a review of My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything. over 11 years ago
A great album that I despised on my first listen. The first track sounded totally dissonant to me, and the others just sounded disorienting and noisy. I stopped the CD half-way and tossed it in storage. A month or so later, I decided to give it a second ... See full review
posted a review of Underworld - A Hundred Days Off. over 11 years ago
Not engaging for me all the way through, but beautiful in places nonetheless. I don't consider it a disappointment at all -- did people expect them to keep looping "Born Slippy" for all eternity? The fact that they took on a lot of odd directions for ... See full review
posted a review of Doris Norton - Personal Computer. over 11 years ago
I heard track B2 "Caution Radiation Norton" from this release on an Autechre Solid Steel radio mix. It's actually quite visionary for 1984. It has disorienting, syncopated rhythms, a pseudorandom arpeggiated "melody," and very cool robotic/alien ... See full review
posted a review of Autechre - Garbage. over 12 years ago
This is one of my favorite Autechre records, due mostly to the first track. This is not to say that the other three tracks are weak, but Garbagemx36 completely blows me away every time I put it on. One of the truly epic Autechre tracks, it clocks in at ... See full review
posted a review of Akufen - My Way. over 12 years ago
There's something I really like about this album, but I'm not sure if I love it overall. The cut-up sample aesthetic is far from revolutionary (it first struck me as a housed-up Prefuse73), but Akufen does it in a unique style. The album builds momentum ... See full review
posted a review of Various Artists (3) - Decay Product. over 12 years ago
This is probably the best minimal dub release I've heard. The chords in "Erode" are extremely powerful in their repetition, and I can't help but to hear human voices in them ("stop moving, start moving"). One of the most atmospheric and emotionally ... See full review
posted a review of Pumpkin And The Profile All-Stars - Here Comes That Beat!. over 12 years ago
Seminal old school hiphop/electrofunk track. Source of the classic sample, "the scratch, the bass...."
posted a review of ADULT. - Anxiety Always. over 12 years ago
Adult (no period, sorry) knows how to make comically dark, good quasi-retro electro... sometimes. They know how to make their tracks fuzzy and dirty without getting overly distorted and losing dynamicism... sometimes. I agree that this record has a few ... See full review
posted a review of Lowfish - 1000 Corrections Per Second. over 12 years ago
This is a nice electro record. Quite happy and smiley in places, dark in others, with a thread of melancholy running throughout. Soulful and well produced. This record reminds me why I like electro so much - simple yet totally versatile. Just a fun ... See full review
posted a review of The Postal Service - Give Up. over 12 years ago
This album was a pretty big commercial hit. I can't cite the exact numbers or anything, but I'm pretty certain that this record sold over 500,000 copies in its first year or two, maybe more. It was #1 on the Billboard independent chart for quite some ... See full review
posted a review of múm. over 12 years ago
It should be noted that múm puts on a great live show. I saw them at the First Unitarian Church sanctuary in Philadelphia, and it was amazing. Imagine a chapel filled to the brim, the entire audience sitting attentively, all eyes and ears on this ... See full review
posted a review of múm - Finally We Are No One. over 12 years ago
This is an excellent record that defies easy classification. Emotionally evocative and very human, but also a true piece of electronic music. Múm's first album (not counting their obscure early releases), "Yesterday Was Dramatic...," while no means a bad ... See full review
posted a review of Panasonic* - Osasto EP. over 12 years ago
The first track, Uranokemia, is ridiculously intense. It sounds like "electronic" music in the purest sense, imparting a feeling almost like electrocution. Some of the best bass I've heard in a track -- the dynamics are almost like electro, but overall ... See full review
posted a review of Autechre, Gescom - Keynell / Keynell. over 12 years ago
Classic Autechre. The first track is one of the darkest tracks they've ever done - not something for the casual listener, it clocks in at over nine deep, slow minutes. Cut up "vocals" like most of the Key Nell tracks. Feels apocalyptic. It's really kind ... See full review
posted a review of Gas - Pop. over 12 years ago
This is one of the most haunting pieces of music I've heard. I'm not sure what my exact feelings are, but the previous reviewer is quite right - it puts you into sort of a dreamlike state. The music is quite peaceful, yet totally alien and emotionally ... See full review
posted a review of B12 - Electro-Soma. over 13 years ago
This is widely considered an "IDM" album, but it doesn't really represent anything paradigm-shifting. If you do your homework, you can tell that it's basically just acid house and/or early techno mixed with the futuristic atmospherics of electro. More ... See full review
posted a review of Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul). over 13 years ago
I have to agree with jay - this is an amazing track for the year it was made, and the production is excellent. It has repetive scratching low in the mix. While scratching on a lot of these older records can be suicide, it's used quite well here to add a ... See full review
posted a review of Autechre - Chiastic Slide. over 13 years ago
For me, this is Autechre's most emotional and human release. I would go so far as to call it personal - I think Sean and Rob put a lot of their feelings at the time into this record.

Some people look at Chiastic Slide as a rehash of the Tri Repetae ... See full review
posted a review of Gescom - C & D. over 13 years ago
These two tracks sound really sample-heavy and hiphop-influenced, and they aren't much like what Booth/Brown were doing as Autechre at the time. Really raw and really good, more engaging and energetic than the first Gescom EP for me - (of course the ... See full review
posted a review of Gescom - Minidisc. over 13 years ago
Probably the most experimental Gescom release. More of an experimental artifact than something I'd consider a substantive piece of work. More to the point: it's not something I consider enjoyable. It's still cool, though... if you really hate it, you can ... See full review
posted a review of Gescom. over 13 years ago
The people behind Gescom continue to be a mystery, with the exceptions of Gescom EPs 1 and 2, where the "conspirator" names are listed. I doubt they want us to know, and I doubt they want us to care, but that's not going to stop me from wondering. I'm ... See full review
posted a review of Kraftwerk - Computer World. over 13 years ago
When people call Kraftwerk influential, they're referring mostly to the music from this record and from Trans-Europe Express. The beat from "Numbers," especially, has been widely sampled. Classic.
posted a review of Autechre - Confield. over 13 years ago
I consider myself a pretty experienced Autechre listener, but I just can't get into this one. I've listened to most of the tracks lots of times, and they don't impress me -- the exceptions being track 3 (which is really quite dramatic once you "get" it), ... See full review
posted a review of Autechre - Draft 7.30. over 13 years ago
According to Autechre (I think they mentioned it in the FutureMusic interview and elsewhere), they didn't use any generative software for Draft 7.30. Supposedly it was all sequenced by hand.
posted a review of The Black Dog - Music For Adverts (And Short Films). over 13 years ago
Useless trivia: the title/concept is a nod to Music for Short Films by Brian Eno. More interestingly, the cover art is also an Eno reference: it looks (sorta) like the covers from his Ambient series (Ambient 1,2,3,4).