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D.I.E. Featuring The Men You'll Never See - The Unseen as reviewed by nik

April 25, 2015
In my opinion one of the best of D.I.E's releases, this 6 track '97 EP is full of strong tracks. "Let Yo Body Rock" is the pinnacle for me, featuring classic D.I.E analog strings and electro bassline these guys do so well. None of the other tracks are far behind, with the quirky "R U Married" earworm another favorite. Highly recommended!
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Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase nik

March 2, 2014
This version is on lighter (120 gram) vinyl and the 1st record has a different matrix number (98202)
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Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana* - Tropicalisimo as reviewed by nik

November 25, 2010
A most excellent record that is much more than it's "Salsa" branding would lead us to believe. Traditional Columbian rhythms that are highly atypical of the salsa genre are married to a warm and dry sounding musical backdrop, with the unusual (for 'salsa') use of a clean, jazzy, tropical sounding electric guitar. Many of the tracks are in 6/8, which together with the relaxed playing helps give the music a lilting quality. The bass, conga, guiro, and timbales set up the soulful vocals and horns perfectly. Strongest track has got to be 'Rio De Juaji', with the dramatic horns complementing the melancholic vocals and galloping rhythm.
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Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart nik

August 2, 2010
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December 15, 2009
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The Meditations - Greatest Hits nik

December 14, 2009
gringorinho - you can submit it to the database then.

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Carcass - Reek Of Putrefaction as reviewed by nik

December 11, 2008
This record is a good example of when undesired production quality ends up adding something to the end result, at least for some people. Initially when this came out, I thought that the 'production' on it was intentional. However, after having a conversation with Bill Steer at a Carcass gig in 1989, he made it clear that the production was not as they intended, and in fact (as hinted at in the album credits for the studio), it was a struggle for them to just get something on tape - apparently they had to rerecord parts of it and generally struggle with the recording. Carcasses later records probably show the bands desired sound, much more defined and 'sharp' sounding.

However, intentionally or unintentionally, the sound of this release just fits in perfectly with the concept. It sounds raw, indistinct, purified. In the fast sections, the instruments decay into one claustrophobic mush, only the cymbals and vocals escaping the soup.

Getting past the splattered mush of sound, the album has some classic mid tempo 'mosh' sections (perhaps the best example is in "Psycopathologist"), and early use of the pitch shift effect making the vocals sound like the undead from Evil Dead II and 'Bub' from "Day Of The Dead" are on vocals. There are some crazed out-of-nowhere kill frenzy guitar 'solos', and even though there are usually many tempo changes and sections in each track, there seems to be a point to the intricacies, and the tracks hang together through the changes.

Finally, through all the heavy riffage and gargling, the humor in this release is unmistakable, which just tops it off nicely.

"Burnt to a crisp,
Your hair is singed,
Devouring your scalp,
Receding your fringe"

Top marks.
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Augustus Pablo - King Tubby's Meets Rockers Uptown as reviewed by nik

September 14, 2003
If you only ever own one dub record (if you only ever HEAR one dub record) make it this one! All star cast of musicians headed by Augustus Pablo, with a who's who of the best 70's musicians from Jamaica. Add to this the DEEPEST EVER dubs from the master, the originator, King Tubby (RIP), makes this a 'top ten of all time' record.

Recorded and mixed on a (I beleive) 4 track recorder and mixer, the tones on this LP are some of the best heard from _any_ studio. Tubby built his own EQ's and effects, and hand wound his own inductors for his filters.

Deep deep bass, tight springy drums, sharp guitars, and the evocative melodica of Pablo drifting in and out on waves of delay, mysterious ambience, cross-talk, reverb, and the tightest playing - all dubbed within an inch of its life by King Tubby.

A must have.
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Prince Far I - Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 as reviewed by nik

September 10, 2003
Originaly released in early 80's, features lots of nice heavy and spacey dub. A classic Prince Far I and Adrian Sherwood collaboration. Highly recomended.
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Starski And Clutch - Triple Gold as reviewed by nik

June 14, 2003
East To West is a classic track, uptempo Detroit party vibe. Triple Gold and Drive Through Jit are both very fast (170 bpm) ghettotech tunes, almost the fastest this stuff goes. Both strong tracks. Drive Through Jit is really simple, just drums and synth, Triple Gold has cool low vocals.
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DJ Assault - Terror Tec E.P. as reviewed by nik

June 1, 2003
Includes the Ghettotech classic "Crank This Mother", usualy played out at +8. "Terror Tec" and "Techno Freak" are also great tracks, "Terror Tec" is a 4-on-the-floor track with a fat bassline and spooky "there's no turning back now" vocal sample, while "Techno Freak" is more of an electro / R&B / tech affair. "Wake Up" is a more run-of-the-mill electro / bass type track.

This was the first release for Electrofunk, and quickly brought the label up to speed, both in terms of sales, and of musical direction.
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Wafta - College Street Zoo as reviewed by nik

November 15, 2002
edited over 4 years ago
I heard that the guy who did this music had just split up from his girlfriend, and this stuff does have a slightly pissed off dark edge to it. While the sound quality and production isn't totally kicking (not bad though), I like the grungy quality to it. The main thing for me in this 12" is the music, which stands apart from most every other D&B, jungle, 'jazz and bass' and 'drill and bass' or whatever, really unique. Best track has to be Witchita Lineman, great wee electro/ drum and bass tune, kind of positive but melancholy at the same time. The rest of the tracks go between full on drum and bass 1996 style to dark ambient to almost industrial. Recommended.