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posted a review of Recursion - Overdrive. 2 months ago
The idea behind the Recursion EP was to unleash new hardcore to
the masses in the form of two conventional tracks (Overdrive & Mix A2)
and also two abstract tracks (Running & Beyond My Dreams).

The tracks were written between 1998 and 2000, using Fast ... See full review
posted a review of Hiroshi Kawaguchi - Space Harrier. 6 months ago
I am delighted with this release - it oozes quality!

The pressing sounds great and the tracks are generously spread over the vinyl. The inner sleeve notes from Hiro offer an insight into the development process; I hadn't realised Yu Suzuki himself ... See full review
posted a review of Hiroshi Kawaguchi, S.S.T. Band, SEGA Sound Unit [H.] - After Burner II. 6 months ago
This is a solid release from Data Discs. The packaging makes superb use of the original 1987 Sega promotional artwork. There is a high quality poster included of the artwork as a bonus.

The double vinyl is generously cut at 45rpm, and the sound quality ... See full review
posted a review of The Todd Terry Project - To The Batmobile Let's Go. 8 months ago
Raw, rough and dirty house music from Todd Terry. Solid sampled breaks combined with energetic Roland drum machine patterns and peppered with cheeky samples from Kraftwerk, Art of Noise and others. Each track has the confidence of being slung together ... See full review
posted a comment on D.J. Sy & Unknown* - Real Love / The Anthem. about 1 year ago
Real Love is like having a dumper truck of serotonin tipped onto your brain!

It's not a formulaic happy hardcore track, at times laid back but then fidgety, but continually shifting, fun and intriguing. Thanks Sy & Unknown.
posted a comment on Tom And Jerry - Dancer. about 1 year ago
There was definitely a white label release of the record. I picked mine up in the mid 90s.
posted a review of DJ Luna-C*, Cru-L-T, Richie Whizz - Remix Records & Kniteforce Present 'The Remix's' Part 12. about 1 year ago
Back in the 1990s, the awesome thing about this series was how frequently the remixes bettered the original versions. Volume 12 is a spectacular return to form. The Alex Jungle and Shadowplay remixes are exceptional.

Both mixes pack so many ideas and ... See full review
posted a comment on DJ Force & The Evolution / The Timespan - Remix Records & Kniteforce Present 'The Remix's' Part 2. over 5 years ago
Business problems aside, I don't think the Ramos remix is all that bad. In fact, it's possibly an improvement on the original track, although obviously not as strong as some of the other Ramos/Supreme/Sunset releases around this time.
posted a comment on Acen - Trip II The Moon Part.. 2. over 7 years ago
Yes, there were plenty of rubbish raves tunes, I don't think anyone would suggest otherwise? And yes, there are plenty of creative modern tracks as you point out. But in terms of top notch rave music, wouldn't you agree this up there with the best, ... See full review
posted a review of Tic Tac Toe - 456 (Remix) / Ephemerol (Mickey Finn Remix). over 7 years ago
The 456 remix featured on this release is excellent. A great amen driven proto-jungle track with unique synths, rave sirens and "it's time for change" female vocal hook. It's a solid reworking of the original, that you may prefer dependent on your ... See full review
posted a review of New Era - New Era. over 8 years ago
A simple but effective breakbeat track dating from the golden age of rave. The track consists of a number of sampled loops: The 303 acid line is lifted from Phuture's 'Slam'; the piano from Bas Noir 'My Love Is Magic' and some of the vocals from Photon ... See full review
posted a comment on Automation. over 8 years ago
Automation were two producers from Gravesend in Kent who produced some rip-roaring techno/hardcore between 1991 and 1993. The majority of their tracks were fast and hard, making great use of stabs, bleeps and sci-fi noises. They were relatively well ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Classic To The Core Volume One. over 8 years ago
This is a very solid compilation of classic 1990-1991 era techno and hardcore tracks. The selection itself needs no introduction.

The main thing to note, from a DJ perspective, is that the pressing and mastering is particularly good. All the tracks ... See full review
posted a review of RR Fierce - Narcan / Panik. over 8 years ago
Panik has a brilliant groove, progression and attention to detail and as such avoids falling into the formulaic clichés that so many hard house tracks of this era suffer from.

The production is top notch, as layers upon layers of unique noises build ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer - Don't Need Your Love / In Effect. over 10 years ago
The Slammin Vinyl boys really knew how to push their limited hardware to the limit. This release, strung together on an Amiga computer, sounds lo-fi as hell but is ironically a sonic marvel. There's as much attention to detail as some of the best beard ... See full review
posted a review of Orca - 4AM. over 11 years ago
"You look like you’re in another world, but I can read your mind, It’s four o’clock in the morning and it’s starting to get light"

Who would have thought that two vocal samples from a Beverly Craven ballad could result in such a euphoric hardcore ... See full review
posted a review of Bizarre Inc vs. Blue Pearl - Playing With Pearls. over 11 years ago
A bootleg mashup that truly works. The Blue Pearl vocals fit seemlessly with Bizarre Inc's fantastic backing.

The Bizarre Inc samples seem to have faired worse in the mixdown, and are quieter and poorer quality than the vocals. This is a shame, as ... See full review
posted a review of Yolk - Sunny Side Up E.P.. over 12 years ago
The best thing about this repress is the sound quality, and loud recording. Definitely one to grab if you want to play this tune out!
posted a review of Mastersafe - The Yorkie EP. over 12 years ago
This is definitely one of the more abstract releases on the F-Project label. The A-Side is a somewhat disturbing track, containing a whispered sample from the film 'Total Recall', "Please ... open your mind, open your mind", layed over tribal percussive ... See full review
posted a review of D.J. Seduction* - Bleep Bleep Mash Mash. over 12 years ago
I believe this is DJ Seduction's first release, and it's definitely on a different tip to his later hardcore/rave material. It sounds similar to the 'bleep n bass' Warp releases.

Like most of Seduction's material, the track is well produced and has aged ... See full review
posted a review of Influx - Braineater. over 12 years ago
Sometimes a track comes along which just works - and its hard to pinpoint why you love it so much. Braineater combines elements of Techno, Acid and Trance to create a beautifully hypnotic journey.

One of those rare electronic moments that perfectly ... See full review
posted a review of 808 State - Prebuild. over 13 years ago
Cosacosa, Johnnycab and Clonezone would be the best tracks on this album. Unfortunately the sound quality is equivalent to a low bitrate RealAudio file. What was the point in pressing these tracks up, as they are totally unplayable?!

What Rephlex ... See full review
posted a review of Blow - Cutter. over 13 years ago
Tracks A and B1 also appear on the well known Rabbit City #1 EP. However, be warned that the tracks aren't pressed particularly loudly on this release.

B2 is a megamix (in a similar style to the other tracks) using elements of John & Julie - Circles, ... See full review
posted a review of The Afro Boys - Sound Boy / Unity. over 13 years ago
Unity samples Spectrum - 'Brazil' on R&S records, as well as Michael Jackson's 'Wanna be starting something' plus adds a fat bassline and chunky beat. A novelty throwaway record, but one I still find myself playing more than I expect to. Must be alright ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Edge - *19. over 13 years ago
The hidden killer on this release is "Pusher" on the B-Side. A live trumpet-led slice of acid-techno - which at the 135bpm mark will complement your detroit techno sets like a dream. The rest of the EP is pretty forgettable.
posted a review of S-Express* - Theme From S-Express. over 13 years ago
1988 saw the release of a series of highly successful sampladelic dance tracks including Bomb the Bass - "Beat Dis", Coldcut - "Doctorin' The House" and S-Express - "Theme from S-Express". All three of these tracks were produced by DJs hanging out at the ... See full review
posted a review of S'Express - Superfly Guy (Limited Edition Remix). over 13 years ago
The 'Fluffy Bagel mix' is an excellent acidic reworking of the original, and still sounds fresh today. Mark McGuire strips the track down to the "Superfly guy" vocal hooks, adds some bubbling 303s and mechanical drum patterns, whilst maintaining quality ... See full review
posted a review of Wagon Christ - Ataride / Tomorrow Acid. over 13 years ago
'Ataride' seems heavily inspired by Automation's 'Espionage Remix' on the Triple Helix label. The use of the main synth riff and Amen drum loop are almost identical.
posted a review of Acen - Trip II The Moon Part.. 2. over 13 years ago
Visionary rave music, that has not been surpassed by Acen or any other artist. A truly spiritual track, exploding with ideas, creativity and passion - three ingredients that so many producers sadly lack today.

There will never be another Trip II the ... See full review
posted a review of N•A•M* - Recycler. over 13 years ago
Sampling Smart System's 'The Tingler', 'Recycler' is an uncompromising slab of 1991 hardcore, and one of the better tracks on Warrior. Complete with nasty Cybersonik sampled hoovers, chanting, bleeps and breaks - it contains all the essential early free ... See full review
posted a review of From The Man Like The Pennywise - Suspension Of Disbelief / Mystery. over 13 years ago
An awesome and underrated EP. 'Suspension of Disbelief' is an absolute belter, and really lives up to the 'Symphony Sounds' label name - incorportating elements of classical soundtrack over amen beats. This track refuses to relent, adding layer upon ... See full review
posted a review of Armagedon* - News At Ten (Jumpin Jack Frost Remix). over 13 years ago
I remember first hearing this tune on a pirate station when it was released. At the time, the bassline sounded completely mental. Probably not the first tune with an overstated bassline, but definitely the first that grabbed my attention.

Listening to ... See full review
posted a review of Nightmares On Wax - Aftermath #2. over 13 years ago
The LFO remix of Aftermath is the best of the bunch, perfectly matching the early Warp bleep bass blueprint. Strangely eerie, and really capturing that Warehouse feel.
posted a review of DJ Edge - Feef Logic. over 13 years ago
While EDGE #1 is the most well known/played record on this label, EDGE #2 gets my vote for being the best all round EP on this label.

S.F. Acid Mix is an awesome reworking of Rabbit City #3, with the samples removed and lots of 303s added, plus some ... See full review
posted a review of Nebula II - Flatliners. over 13 years ago
C.O.D Rider is about as subtle as a trackwreck - which makes it an awesome bit of 'ardcore. When you hear those nasty 8-bit thunder samples - you know it's time for some seriously sweaty body-jacking action. "Thankyou and god bless you all!".
posted a review of Interface - The Toytown E.P. over 13 years ago
Mix A2 is possibly the track on here which cranks the mentalism to the maximum! It's a random sequence of stabs, apparantly made when his sampler crashed. Nasty.
posted a review of Razor Boy & Mirror Man - Cutter Mix / Beyond Control. over 13 years ago
Ah, "Beyond Control"... an excellent example of a series of classic techno samples set to a beat, that somehow becomes so much more than the sum of its parts!

In the mix we have:

Moby - "Go" (Woodtick Mix): The Beat, and the Twin Peaks chords.
Second ... See full review
posted a review of Shaft (2) - Roobarb & Custard. over 13 years ago
Following on from the above comment, the Ffrreedom release of this track is totally reproduced, and sounds a lot cleaner than the original white label mix. Due to this, the white label mix is a bit more 'ardcore. It also contains a terrifying acidic ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Dynamic (3) And DJ Phuturistic A.k.a. M.A.N.I.C. - Future 9T3. over 13 years ago
Usually, I'm not a big fan of 93 era ripoff tracks - but this is a definite exception. "Kicked Into Orbit" shamelessly lifts chunks of Orbital's Chime, but manages to twist it into an entirely different experience. Strange as a it sounds, adding monster ... See full review
posted a review of Freestylers - Phenomenon One / Back To '99. over 13 years ago
Ignore the nonsense that is "Phenomenon One" on the A-Side of this release, flip this one over and let "Back to 99" kick!

Not only one of the best attempts at recreating an Old Skool rave sound, but one of the best Freestylers tracks.

Whenever this ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Binary Operations. over 13 years ago
Great 5 tracker from Electrolab... The highlight for me has to be Laite's Fuckfaced Robots with some amusing tongue-in-cheek lyrics:

"Ass Punching Robots from Outerspace,
Taking shit loads of drugs
and punching you in the face".
posted a review of Hedgehog Affair - Rush Till Dawn Presents Hedgehog Affair Pt. 2. over 13 years ago
Definitely my favourite release on the Basement label. Every track on this EP is pure quality.

"These are the sounds of house" is Smooth at his best, dropping an assortment of stabs, funky beats and nasty noises whilst keeping it dancefloor ... See full review
posted a review of Soundscape (6) - Dubplate Culture. over 13 years ago
What an interesting track the original mix is... Oldskool mashed up break beats, into an acid riff, followed by a full trance breakdown. An overlooked, and truly atmospheric track that works in a whole range of sets.