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posted a review of Sonic Solution - Quest. 22 days ago
'Music' deserves the accolades it gets, but, for me, 'Quest' entirely eclipses it; and, if you need to know the reason: it's those bleeps and that solid techno vibe that are the entirety of its construction.
posted a review of DJ Skull - The Graveyard Orchestra Remixes. 26 days ago
The original's proper house music, and cannot be remixed in my opinion. Nevertheless, Random XS do a great attempt—producing a tough, driving techno banger that makes you want to leap around with a big, lunatic grin stuck to your face.
posted a review of Various - Fuck The Superclubs E.P.. about 1 month ago
'Scorpion Pills' = the best tune of 2021 so far. Absolutely bursting with the sort of superfunk that's a characteristic of Wavescape 22, this is a real arse moving, head... See full review
posted a review of Alignment (2) - Infinity. about 1 month ago
Bought this on repress, primarily for 'Alienist'—which is a real riff beast—but also for the title track; as they're both dark, peak time killers that'll keep any dancefloor sweaty and full.
posted a review of Bileebob - Call Me. about 1 month ago
Take the 'DNA' of Prince, sprinkle it into Mad Mike's, stir well and cook on a medium heat in a Detroit oven. Michelin Star stuff.
posted a comment on Thomas Krome - Shockabuku Volume 2. about 1 month ago
Dancing to this is why God gave me legs. An absolute perfect storm of darkness and funk.
posted a review of Roog Unit - Nu Rebels Club E.P. about 1 month ago
Two of the finest talents around produce one of the finest releases around; 'Edge 2' being especially good, as there's so much going on throughout, with its bloops (not bleeps) and percussion.
posted a review of Various - Gemstones Emerald. 2 months ago
Spectacular sägezahn from Thomas Heckmann again; with deliberate skippy bits and jangly bleeps. The rest is more industrial, dark and also excellent. Dig deep and purchase.
posted a review of UR* - Codebreaker. 3 months ago
B2 is sick, dark and sinister machine funk that's trance inducing. Long overdue for an appearance on Telekom Electronic Beats' B-Sides feature.
posted a review of Brad Strider* - Bradley's Beat. 4 months ago
I wish that I could believe that this was released in 1991: as it'd have stood out like a fifteen inch cock amongst all the Belgian 'nosebleed' of the time; bringing with it a nice touch of subtly. However, as with WGYSS and Iron_Shirt, I... See full review
posted a review of Oscar Mulero - Tormenta EP. 4 months ago
Superb 'forward thinking' techno from Spain; comprising of trippy, rough squelches and some nicely subtle percussion. To quote Jockey Slut from way back: the future has a pulse.
posted a review of Insider - Destiny. 4 months ago
'Mentasm' driven madness on both sides. I love techno like this: all frequency changes that take you on a foot shuffling journey. Some people might call this monotonous—I say: 'fuck you'.
posted a comment on Leo Anibaldi, Robert Armani - Magic Tricks. 5 months ago
808 State show, Sunset 102, 18th February 1992: Darren Partington calls 'Syntex' a "tune and a half", and one 'that takes you back to 1988/89'. His way of making clear what we all know: that... See full review
posted a review of Kerrie - Before Calm EP. 5 months ago
Most Excellent four tracker from Eastern Bloc's own. The finest European influences meet Chicago acid and get beaten and thumped into exciting new shapes. True value for money.
posted a review of Double Trouble - Gimme Some More. 6 months ago
The Bass and Dub mixes are the two to check here. Excellent borrowing of the iconic riffs of Testone and [url=]Acid... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Acid II Sound Of The Underground. 6 months ago
'Ain't It Funky' is one of Fast Eddie's finest tunes; up there with the likes of Acid Thunder—even if not quite surpassing it. Flap those arms and... See full review
posted a comment on Mr Lee* - Pump Up Chicago. 6 months ago
Ditto. But I've never been able to understand what he says after "at the jungle".
posted a review of Two On Acid - Two On Acid. 7 months ago
Say Again: one of the best tracks ever produced—anywhere. Bleepy and robotic like a dancing mainframe.
posted a review of A.G.E.* - Strange Out Sight E.P.. 7 months ago
'Infinity' is a pounding piece of 303 madness that seems to be exclusive to this release; with its psychedelic acid and trippy percussion combining to dance on the endorphins. The live version of 'Spectral Emotions' is an interesting variant on its... See full review
posted a comment on Justin Berkovi Presents BTrax - Black & Orange E.P.. 7 months ago
The A side is my own personal favourite Justin Berkovi tune of all time. Superbly funky and freaky, it's a huge pleasure to dance to; and you will dance—even if you're dead.
posted a review of TPH / WJH* - Wildwechsel. 7 months ago
A deceptively laid back sägezahn track, that's both relaxing and energetic—a sort of 'languid riot'—making it useful both at peak and towards the end of the night. I love those frequency changes.
posted a review of Electro Nation - We R Electro Nation. 7 months ago
The chilled bleeps of 'Pluto's Demise' are my own personal highlight of this release. Its nice, relaxing, retro vibe drags a pleasant sensation up the spine.
posted a review of House Hallucinates - Prisoners Of Ecstacy. 8 months ago
The 'House Mix' is the perfect combination of acid and piano to have the dancefloor bouncing. Whilst the 'New York Hardcore Mix' is chunky synths and police siren; all of which will have the same effect. Teutonic excellence again.
posted a review of Corrado Izzo - The Golden Age Interpretations [Part Two]. 9 months ago
The Sandbenders track at 33 rpm becomes a haunting, melancholic, mournful trip; one that sounds so good, I want it to be the music for my funeral. The best strings this side of Adagio.
posted a comment on Housetime Records. 9 months ago
That's a fair question, as the only evidence I can offer is the link to the mix. That's circular I know, but I'm trusting enough to take the word of whoever compiled the mix; especially as I'd have expected someone to challenge the inaccuracy by now... See full review
posted a review of Justin Berkovi - Rich Bitches & Superstuds #1. 9 months ago
All four tracks on this release are excellent, but I'm so in love with 'Antarctica' that I completely ignore the other three. Deep, sensitive and danceable is the most concise description. Check out the mini crescendo near the end; and if you ever... See full review
posted a review of Hell - Totmacher. 9 months ago
Music For Films is a druggy, smokey basement jam. DJ Hell's finest moment.

Agree with those sentiments one hundred per cent: it's an absolute epitome of deep, eerie and paranoid. Hell means bright in German—this is its... See full review
posted a comment on Housetime Records. 10 months ago
The track is Ess & Dee - A.C.I.D. Washed. The Vimeo link should cue straight to it.
posted a comment on Housetime Records. 10 months ago
Number nine hasn't been entered into the database yet, but can be heard here:

The list for the mix is here:
posted a comment on 808 State - In Yer Face. 10 months ago
Absolutely correct. 808 State span this on their Sunset 102 show in July 1990, not long after its recording. They spoke all over it, of course, to avoid people taping it instead of buying. 😁
posted a comment on Heckmann* - Stardust / Slotmachine. 10 months ago
Hooks fly in all directions on this gem of a title track. A joy to dance to—and a great riff on that Heckmann signature sound.
posted a comment on Together - Hardcore Uproar. 11 months ago
If it was the Unit 7 party on the 4th February, then here it is:

Though I'm not sure if you mean the Nelson party on the 24th.
posted a review of Age - Strange Insight EP. 12 months ago
I rinsed 'Third Sphere' upon buying this; it being an acid journey par excellence. Your feet will follow the mind's course being traced by the 303 squelch and trippy moog drifting like mist. The denouement of 'Strange Insight' and the downtempo... See full review
posted a review of Coldcut Featuring Lisa Stansfield - People Hold On. about 1 year ago
A more deeply contrasting 12 is hard to find. Hitman & Her bollox on the A side, that makes me wanna puke; one of the finest British—or anywhere for that matter—acid house tunes on the B, that's a credit to the scene—and is perfect for a dark,... See full review
posted a review of N-Joi - Anthem. about 1 year ago
Never mind the handbags, here's 'Malfunction'. Coming from that era of British techno characterised by thick, chunky synths—an era that was brief, dated quickly, but was bloody exhilarating—this track is the only good reason to buy this twelve: unless... See full review
posted a review of X-102 - Flyby. about 1 year ago
This is worth getting just for the incredible 'Mimas', which was previously only available on vinyl here. Jeff Mills' finest moment for me: as it's... See full review
posted a review of The Sandman - Psychosis. about 1 year ago
Heard this on Mix Factory's Sunset 102 show on the Sunday—went out and bought it at Eastern Bloc the following Saturday. In between was an almighty scramble for a pen and paper so I wouldn't... See full review
posted a review of Heckmann* - Release The Pain . about 1 year ago
Chunky sägezahn techno with filter effects that sounds incredible on a big system. Spotless production as always; you should be hearing this everywhere that's worth its salt. Geil.
posted a comment on Last Rhythm - Last Rhythm. about 1 year ago
No need for a RECAP of what's been already said about this all time anthem, but, if you're DJing an old school night and want to send the old folks home with a grin across their faces, then make the last tune of the night this one.
posted a review of Various - Infidel Selection Volume II. about 1 year ago
Scorching hot sägezahn track from Herr Heckmann; with a 'drill' bassline and a Parrot Torture synth squawking away, determined to be heard. I'd love to have this on... See full review
posted a comment on Motion Unit - Motion Unit Vol. 1. about 1 year ago
Sorry to hear that, as this is one of the best acid records of all time. Super funky; super squelchy; super fun.
posted a comment on Mike Ink - 4 Remixe Für Andreas Dorau. about 1 year ago
Many thanks for the information. I'll re-edit my original comment to reflect this.
posted a review of Various - Overdreams. about 1 year ago
Here's one to tickle your g-spot. Four top quality productions from top quality names. Thomas Heckmann provides a gritty, grinding track which is a further evolution of his sound: this is sägezahn revised—sägezahn plus. WarinD & Huren's contribution... See full review
posted a review of Thomas P.Heckmann* - Bone Breaker EP. about 1 year ago
What a brutal release this is. 'Bonkers' is appropriately named: mad acid, but not any of the pallid imitations of Chicago's past that you may be familiar with: rather, a fluttering, squishy, gurn inducing stomper. 'Breaking Bones' is like a high... See full review
posted a comment on Exit 100 - Liquid. about 1 year ago
The punk sample at the beginning of 'Bubble One' was added without Mr. Heckmann's knowledge or permission. The Bandcamp version (where I got this info from) has this omitted.
posted a review of GTO - Elevation - 2 Originals + The '99 Remixes. about 1 year ago
TPH has finessed a class remix here. Buzzy sägezahn bassline, chants and channel migrating synths all add up to a fine dancefloor moment.
posted a review of Welt In Scherben - Ton Steine Scherben 2. about 1 year ago
The most successful of the Welt in Scherben series is characterised by morphing sägezahn synths and insane dance rhythms. Imagine yourself in Tresor's vault with this washing all over you. Peak time techno.
posted a review of Vernon's World* - Wonderer (Part 2). about 1 year ago
Thomas Heckmann's remix is a beautiful, melancholic masterpiece, that maintains the distinctive melody of the original, and backs it with an undulating sägezahn line that separates it from normal trance fodder. Anyone who still maintains electronic... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Rauschen 13. about 1 year ago
Excellent compilation of (mostly) previously released Force Inc. stuff. Best track is Heckmann's Introverse: done in his own inimitable style—and only available here. That's a shame, as it would have made a great vinyl release.
posted a comment on Autechre - RA.687. about 1 year ago
"Sunday rovers, the 17, 122, 123, 163, 164, and 167. MCWs and old Atlanteans."

(From the interview linked by daftcombo below.)

In case anyone hasn't guessed, these are North Manchester bus routes (and bus makes);... See full review