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Timeline (2) - Return Of The Dragons as reviewed by phrasedjs

March 10, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
This is IMHO the greatest UR record ever. Time Sensitive is truly one of those special pieces of music that makes you glad to be alive. Such beauty and emotion make this an absolute essential record for UR fans to have. The Los Hermanos mix is good and is the one that will get played in clubs but the original for me is amazing.
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UR* Presents Galaxy 2 Galaxy - A Hitech Jazz Compilation as reviewed by phrasedjs

March 6, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
This is an incredible album from UR showcasing some of the finest releases from Galaxy 2 Galaxy, UR's band. Some of the tracks such as Nation 2 Nation and Body and Soul are from early releases but then there are new tracks such as Momma's Basement which is a great downtempo jazz track but the real highlight for me is Afro's, Arps and Minimoogs. This song is amazing and has shot right up there into my favourite UR tracks ever. Does exactly what it says on the tin. A track with real funk and soul that for me is a dancefloor bomb. But IMO the whole album is great.

Don't be shy you know you want one!!!
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Underground Resistance - Sweat Electric as reviewed by phrasedjs

March 6, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
Just picked this up from a guy in the D who says there are 200 copies in existance. Cost me an absolute fortune but was worth every penny. Electro at its best for me.
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Dark Comedy - Funkfaker: Music Saves My Soul as reviewed by phrasedjs

November 26, 2005
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This album for me sums up why Kenny is the greatest producer to come outta the D IMHO. Such beauty and emotion in every track make for a truly special listening experience. Kenny Larkin is pushing the boundaries of Detroit Techno into areas no other producer is even attempting to. For me the highlight has to be House Music. Beautiful chords and an emotiv vocal combine to make a incredible piece of music. This album is a masterpiece. Invest your money in this today, you will not be disappointed.
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Planetary Assault Systems - Archives as reviewed by phrasedjs

August 26, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Booster and Twilight are great tracks but for me it has to be Gated. What a track. Classic dancefloor techno that will always get me boppin'. First came across this track through Dave Angel dj sets around 1993 and it took me an eternity to track it down. Luke Slater at his best for me. Essential.
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Rhythm Controll - My House as reviewed by phrasedjs

August 24, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
My House to me is the epitome of house. The song just has so much emotion for me, maybe it's all the times I have heard the acappella played by DJ's over the top of some other random record. But for me the original cannot be topped. Cost me an absolute fortune for this record but believe me if you have the chance to buy one do not miss it. No collection is complete without it.
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Drexciya - Drexciya 2 - Bubble Metropolis as reviewed by phrasedjs

August 20, 2005
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The standout track on Drexciya 2 has to be Bubble Metropolis. IMHO has to have one of the fattest basslines ever. The music allows you to picture yourself piloting you Lardozian crusier through the Drexciya underwater world speeding along the aquabahn. Another masterpiece from Drexciya. If you have never heard or come across Drexciya before I believe there is no better place to start than this EP. Absolutely Essential.
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Drexciya - Aquatic Invasion as reviewed by phrasedjs

August 19, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Wavejumper is IMHO the best Drexciya track ever. I Just cannot get enough of this song. Totally haunting and dark. The intro sends shivers up my spine every time.

You must face the power of the black wave of Ladozia,
Before you can become a Drexciyan Wavejumper.
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Various - Best Of Electro Volume 1 as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 28, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
No better place to start if you are not aware of the early electro scene. Classics aplenty from Newcleus, Cybotron (Juan Atkins), Davy DMX, Hashim & Man Parrish. Worth buying this comp alone for West Street Mob and the killer that is Breakin in Space. Classic track from Key-Matic that was hammered by Norman Jay. Every song on here is top quality and very hard to find these days. So if you come across one of these albums on your travels, BUY IT!!!!!!!!!
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Flipped Out - Everybody Is Somebody (Remixes) as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 28, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Another classic from Flipped Out. Uses a Sample of a Helicopter halfway in the original version of this song that just sounds mental in a club. Then the song kicks back in with some huge alarm sounding synth stabs, then back to the beat. But the best is yet to come as just when you think the song is finishing, the piano and vocals kick in. Truly EPIC!!!!!. Another ARK classic.
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Ultraviolet - I Wish That as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 28, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Great record from Ultraviolet. A lot of people go for Kites which is a excellent track, with a real haunting vibe. But for me it is I Wish That. The vocal by Maria Nayler who later went on to work with Sasha, is astounding. This is a classic from 91 and still sounds incredible today.
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M500* & 3MB - Jazz Is The Teacher as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 27, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Jazz is the Teacher is a great tune but is totally in the shadow of Cosmic Courier. This song just pulsates with emotion creating a sweet sonic landscape that just has you floating along, and when the beat kicks in. BOOM!!!!!......

Perfection.

Magic Juan has create some amazing music throughout his life and for me this track is right up there with the best of them.
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Ann Nesby - Witness EP as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 26, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Head straight for Mousse T's Funk 2000 Mix. Now here's a floorfiller if i've ever heard one. Ann has a voice to die for. Mousse T doesn't let her down with a top quality remix. It is hard to believe that he remixed this and later went on to produce Sex Bomb. But I can forgive him because this is sheer class. Ann Nesby has not sounded so good since which is a real shame.
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Jeff Mills - Azuli Presents Jeff Mills - Choice - A Collection Of Classics as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 26, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Mills shows his real eclectic side with this selection. From techno classics such as Blake Baxter's Sexuality to the jazz funk of Chas Jankel. Worth buying this comp alone for Jackie Moore & Deodato. A real turn up for the books from Jeff, you sometimes forget his roots in the scene. Azuli should be applauded for their vision to get the worlds best DJ's & Producers to select their own favorite tracks.
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Kenny Larkin - Metaphor as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 25, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
What an incredible album this is. Beautifully created by one of the most outstanding producer's to herald from the motor city. From the Intro to Amethyst this has to be one of the greatest albums to be produced in the 90's. The stand out track for me is Metaphor. For me this is the best work Kenny has ever done. Starting with the really crisp high hats and the synths gently added layer upon layer. Then the main hook is faded in just teasing you enough to create a sense of anticipation, and by the time the drums kick in, the song just GOES OFF. But to single out one song only would not be giving enough credit to the others. There is not one bad or even average song on this album. Larkin has encapsulated so many different emotions in this album all expertly crafted together, listening to it today it is hard to believe it was made so long ago.

A must have album.
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The Unabombers - Saturday Night Sunday Morning - An Electric Chair Execution as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 24, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
The Unabombers have done it again. What a classic. Something for everyone here. From dancefloor bombs such as T-Coy and Black Science Orchestra to top quality hip hop like Craig Mack. But for me the stand out track is Shola Ama. Never has a remix worked so well. Turning the Pop/R&B original into a real hidden bomb. Always goes down a treat whenever I have dropped this, with people wanting to know what it is. Another essential release from the Unabombers.
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DJ Spinbad - FabricLive. 14 as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 23, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
For me this CD does not get going until the Mystikal Track. From there on in its full of party anthems that could rock any dancefloor. Stand outs for me include Sounds of Da Police, South Bronx, I got it Made and The Choice is Yours. A real quality mix from a DJ I Knew nothing of until this CD. Recommend
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RPM - Food Of My De-Rhythm as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 23, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Mo Wax at it's best for me. Supa beats, dirty bass and funky guitar what more could you want. Not forgetting the sax and quality scatching. Cracking production from R.P.M with some well choosen samples make for a throughly great song. Took me a long time to eventually track this down, but it was worth the wait. Food of De-rhythm is wicked.

Rhythm is fundamental to the spirit
like the beat of a tribal drum
let it in and it will set you soul free

Ya dig.
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Derrick May - The Mayday Mix as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 23, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Derrick May shows why he is one of the best DJ's in the world on this mix. The mix moves effortlessly from the house sounds of tracks like The Groove Essentials to techno classics like Alarms and Club MCM. All mixed to perfection by the man himself, using all the tricks in the book. Some of my personal favourites have to be Lonely Disco Dancer, Cosmic Coast, the old school acid of Spank Spank and the classic that is French Kiss. May pulls a blinder out of the box with the Bassment Jaxx track Eu Nao towards the end of the mix. I have had the pleasure of seeing him play on more than one occasion and he is even better in person, driving crowds wild with his ability to mix up the music from one style to another. I hope that the rumours come true and another Mayday mix is produced. If you have never heard May play then I suggest you track one of these CD's down at all cost, you will not regret it.
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DJ Spen - The Midnight E.P as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 23, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
DJ Spen has shown what an under used instrument the saxaphone is in dance music with this production. The Sax at Midnight mix is top quality. Tight beats and a real understated bassline create a perfect build up for the sax. And when the sax eventually enters into the mix it just finishes the song off beautifully. One of those songs I never leave home without.
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2020 Soundsystem - The Chase as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 21, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
What a desicion to release these 2 live gems from the 20:20 boys. Classic Moroder and Knuckles updated for the 21st century. All this done without using a sample. My favorite has to be YOUR LOVE with Diane Charlemagne doing an excellent job on main vocal duties. The production loses none of the sparkle that the original had bags of. Hats off again for another crackin release.
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Flipped Out - Basstab / Love Bomb as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 21, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Rob Tissera's mix of Love Bomb is a classic. Anyone who went to the ARK raves will recognise it straight away. Beautiful pianos and emotional vocals make for a hands in the air anthem.
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Dark Comedy - Funkfaker: Music Saves My Soul as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 21, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Music Saves My Soul is an incredible song. Larkin has done it again creating a 12 bar blues techno track. With Kenny on vocal duties himself, he sounds like Howlin' Wolf or Robert Johnson singing the blues about his girl. Great guitar and bass make for a wicked song. Make it on the other side isn't to shabby either. Top quality motor city blues.
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Underground Resistance as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 21, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
UR is the greatest record label in the world. From the very first release to the latest one, the standard has been set to an almost unreachable level, that the majority of other labels find hard to live up to. For me UR is the epitome of Detroit. Whether it be the harsh rhythms of early releases such as The Punisher, The Fury or Riot or epic classics like Knights of the Jaguar, Illuminator and First Galactic Baptist Church. UR is out in front of most by miles. If you don't own a UR record I suggest that you go out and buy one straight away.

No Hope, No Dreams, No Love,
My Only Escape is Underground.

Underground Resistance - Somewhere in Detroit
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Paper Recordings as reviewed by phrasedjs

April 20, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
This is without doubt the greatest label to emerge from the UK for a very long time. It has something for everyone, from dancefloor anthems to downtempo grooves.
Some of the standout release have to be THE BOOK, OUR SUNSHINE SUITE and TRIO DE JANEIRO. But i am disappointed as the output seems to have stop. If the label has called it a day, then it leaves a big hole to be filled in the UK scene.