I love: downtempo, deep house, acid jazz, trip hop, rare grooves, IDM, abstract hip hop. Not a DJ, just an obsessive collector. How cool is that, eh?

By the way, if you're interested in something from my collection, I suggest haunting eBay.
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posted a comment on ADULT. - Anxiety Always. 8 days ago
Are they paying you by the word to write this drivel?
posted a review of WhoMadeWho - WhoMadeWho. 22 days ago
The Danish trio WhoMadeWho’s self-titled debut kicks off with the disco funk of “Rose,” and you know exactly what you’re in for. “Space For Rent” and “Small Wonders” make room for the twang of a slide guitar, or some tamboras to contrast the guitar... See full review
posted a review of Jimpster - Silent Stars. 25 days ago
The keys that kick off “Migrations,” the first track off SILENT STARS, shows Jimpster once again engaging his jazzy side before letting the groove kick in, and “Yansa” follows, building to a head with its increasing strings. “Sylvanshine” starts with... See full review
posted a review of Jimpster - Porchlight And Rocking Chairs. 25 days ago
After the more sedate AMOUR, it seems as if Jimpster might be keeping to that feel as the mellow "Jasmine Dragon" kicks off PORCHLIGHT AND ROCKING CHAIRS, and the gentle strumming on "Dance Of The Pharoes" only emphasize this more as it edges into an... See full review
posted a review of The Herbaliser - Remedies. about 1 month ago
As an early signing to Ninja Tune, The Herbaliser's debut, REMEDIES, has a strong hip-hop influence, mixed with plenty of jazzy flourishes, if the scratching and horns on "Intro" weren't enough to convince you. "Scratchy Noise' leans into its bass,... See full review
posted a review of Louie Austen - Heaven's Floor. about 1 month ago
Louie Austen's tracks have always relied on the contrast of his Rat Pack-channeling vocals with electronic music -- a fun combination that the opening track, "Heaven (Is In The Back Seat Of My Cadillac)" lends into with its party vibe. "Open Up Your... See full review
posted a review of Jimi Tenor - Sähkömies. about 1 month ago
Jimi Tenor's debut, SAHKOMIES (named after Puu's parent label Sähkö) got re-released on Warp once they had picked him up as an artist, and it shows all the hallmarks of Tenor's work: the retro sound of "Theme Sax" suggests a lounge sensibility, and... See full review
posted a review of Morgan* - Flying High. about 1 month ago
This second single for Morgan's FLYING HIGH sees him channeling the summery vibes of Air with some tinges of surf guitar, and Jadell adds some nice, mellow breaks to it, enhancing the mood with some Rhodes. The acoustic version strips everything down... See full review
posted a review of Billie Ray Martin presents Sonnenstahl - Crime & Punishment. about 1 month ago
Billie Rae Martin continues dabbling in drum 'n' bass with her second EP as Sonnenstahl, CRIME & PUNISHMENT. "Systems Of Silence" introduces a dark edge that's soon buoyed by her vocals, while "Crime Of Passion" has a peppier step to it from the... See full review
posted a review of Billie Ray Martin - The Soul Tapes. about 1 month ago
It's always a good thing when artists exercise their muscles instead of sticking with the same thing, even if their efforts don't always succeed. Such is the case with Billie Rae Martin with THE SOUL TAPES, as she moves from dance diva to soul singer.... See full review
posted a review of Biggabush* Presents Lightning Head - 13 Faces Of Lightning Head. about 1 month ago
Bigga Bush (here under his Lightning Head guise) is well-known for his electronic takes on Jamaican dub, and 13 FACES OF LIGHTNING HEAD offers a taster's choice of it. "The N.P.G." brings on the horns, accompanied by a simple, layered guitar, and... See full review
submitted Aril Brikha - Safe & Sound, Part II. about 1 month ago
submitted Aril Brikha - Safe & Sound, Part I. about 1 month ago
posted a review of DSP* - In The Red. about 1 month ago
Dynamic Syncopation's second (and final) album goes IN THE RED, full of funky breaks and hip-hop style right from the get-go with the deep and groovy "Systematic" to contrast the mysterious funk and female M.C. fronted "Where Is It." A rhythm bass... See full review
posted a review of Various - Perfect Remixes Vol. 3. about 1 month ago
DJ Tiësto is here to make you dance, and on PERFECT REMIXES VOL. 3, he pushes his progressive trance agenda onto his fellow music makers for further dancefloor domination. Balearic Bill's "Desintation Sunshine," for instance, gets a darker mix, while... See full review
posted a review of Dave Tarrida - Paranoid. about 1 month ago
Dave Tarrida's debut on Tresor, PARANOID, starts with the sharp oscillations of "Stop the Ride," and thunders onto "Humatics," which is just as driving, but not quite as ear-piercing. The percussion takes a slight tribal feel on "Blood Simple" and... See full review
posted a review of Alix Perez - 1984. about 1 month ago
Alix Perez's debut album, 1984, offers a little bit of everything for drum 'n' bass heads: the dark sci-fi intro of the title track gives way to warm abstract breaks, while "The Cut Deepens" maintains the darkness all the way through, punctuated by... See full review
posted a review of Andy Votel - All Ten Fingers. about 1 month ago
Andy Votel uses ALL TEN FINGERS for this album, a pleasing entry into his brand of left-field combination of rock and electronics. "Komedahead," for instance, pays homage to the famed soundtrack producer, while "On Dogs!" and "Gentleman Thief" offer... See full review
posted a review of Bogdan Raczynski - Alright!. about 1 month ago
Bogdan Raczynski tries to prove that everything's ALRIGHT, with his final album on Rephlex. Broken up into 8 parts, the album takes hyper-frantic approach to the drum programming and rubs a nice sheen of classic rave and IDM sounds on top of it. ... See full review
posted a review of Dom & Roland - No Strings Attached. about 1 month ago
Dom & Roland continues his classic style of techstep with NO STRINGS ATTACHED, from the dark growling of "Mind Feeders" to even more aggressive "Tajitsu." And while "Ice Age" isn't quite so in-your-face, it has enough menace to match the other tracks.... See full review
posted a review of Pizzicato Five - Overdose. about 1 month ago
Pizzicato Five's sunny brand of Japanese retro-pop reaches OVERDOSE levels on this album, with the one of their biggest hits taking the cake here: "Happy Sad," a vibrant piece of pop that put them on the radar of hipsters around the world. But... See full review
posted a review of Everything But The Girl - Corcovado. 2 months ago
Everything But the Girl make a quick trip to Brazil to cover Antonio Carlos Jobim's CORCOVADO with some drum 'n' bass backing. But the Knee Deep mixes put the track firmly in the Latin house camp, replete with horns, and DJ Marky & XRS bring their... See full review
posted a review of Tracey Thorn - Out Of The Woods. 2 months ago
Tracey Thorn's first solo album after the dissolution of Everything But the Girl seems, with the vocals and strings of "Here It Comes Again," to avoid the electronics that marked EBTG at end of their run. But her album actually draws on a deep well... See full review
posted a review of Victor Davies - Hear The Sound: Remixed. 2 months ago
Victor Davies' third album gets reworked on HEAR THE SOUND: REMIXED, featuring a global mix of househeads and downtempo gurus. The title track gets some Latin percussion, courtesy of Louie Vega, while Domu offers some chunkiness to "Would You Believe... See full review
posted a review of Gerardo Frisina - Note Book - A Journey In Sound - The Remixes. 2 months ago
On NOTE BOOK, Gerardo Frisina shows off his remixing skills as well as releasing some new tracks. His take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac" brings the Latin flavor in full force, while Toco's "Guarapiranga" gets a stripped-down samba... See full review
posted a review of Gerardo Frisina - The Latin Kick. 2 months ago
For his third album, Gerardo Frisina goes on THE LATIN KICK, though you could argue he's always been there. His jazzy leanings are still there, but he's also more invested in keeping a mid-tempo house beat under his tracks. Right from the kick drum on... See full review
posted a review of Gerardo Frisina - Hi Note. 3 months ago
Gerardo Frisina's smooth Latin jazz continues apace with HI NOTE, which kicks off with the warm vibes of "Inviolatin," a horn-driven groover. The rhythms here skew faster, flavored more with breaks, as on "Joyas," than his more sedate earlier... See full review
posted a review of Gerardo Frisina - Ad Lib. 3 months ago
Gerardo Frisina's debut AD LIB brings forth the Latin rhythms and jazz tempos for a smooth, easygoing ride. The opening track, "Mas Eu Quer Ser," is like a warm breeze, while "The Tallest Tree" leans on its double bass to provide plenty of groove.... See full review
posted a review of Ghislain Poirier - Breakupdown. 3 months ago
BREAKUPDOWN, Ghislain Poirier's second album for Chocolate Industries, starts with the funk of "Hamado" and quickly shifts into the rat-a-tat electro hip-hop of "Don't Smile, It's Post-Modern." The electro continues as Beans lends his lyrics to "Cold... See full review
posted a review of Ghislain Poirier - Conflits. 3 months ago
On CONFLITS, Ghislain Poirier brings an experimental approach to his work, starting with the strings and beats of the brief "Les Deux Bouts Du Monde" and moving into the sonic morass of "Rupture" and "Les Retombées." "Où Je Voulais Aller" and "Pour La... See full review
posted a review of The Phenomenal Handclap Band - The Phenomenal Handclap Band. 3 months ago
The eponymous debut album of The Phenomenal Handclap Band starts with "The Journey To Serra Da Estrella," which kicks off on a sedate note, but don't fear, the handclaps come in to jive up the place. The lo-fi groove of "All Of The Above" really sets... See full review
posted a review of Mark Templeton - Standing On A Hummingbird. 4 months ago
A mixture of glitchy electronics and gentle instrumentation, Mark Templeton's STANDING ON A HUMMINGBIRD maintains a steady, calm presence throughout its run time. Opening with the sustained tones of "Amidst Things Uncontrolled," the piece soon shifts... See full review
posted a review of Last Days - These Places Are Now Ruins. 4 months ago
The thrumming of "Station," the opener of THESE PLACES ARE NOW RUINS, the second album from Last Days, soon filters itself into a lull of slow, sustained notes, and the gentle guitar makes itself known on "Reasons to Go," along with a piano and bells.... See full review
posted a review of Venetian Snares - Cavalcade Of Glee And Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms. 4 months ago
Venetian Snares' output in the mid-2000s was overwhelming, both in terms of volume as well as with aural intensity. That didn't change with CAVALCADE OF GLEE AND DADAIST HAPPY HARDCORE POM POMS, which threw in the frantic beats and acid touches with... See full review
submitted Jimpster & Matt Masters - Dub Come Down EP. 5 months ago
posted a review of BANKS (7) - London. 6 months ago
The LONDON EP from Banks sees her collaborating with some fine producers, with 4AD stalwart Sohn lending his choral leanings and dark throb to "Waiting Game" and Jamie Woon and Lil Silva go for a dubstep-inflected "This is What It Feels Like." ... See full review
posted a review of Gravenhurst - The Western Lands. 6 months ago
Gravenhurst's THE WESTERN LANDS starts off with the dreamy "Saints," while bits of dissonance creep onto "She Dances" until Nick Talbot's voice gives the track focus. It's as indie as indie rock gets, in other words, with plenty of jangle on "Hollow... See full review
posted a review of Grizzly Bear - Shields. 6 months ago
"Sleeping Ute" makes it sounds as if Grizzly Bear's SHIELDS is going in a lo-fi direction, a feel that's only reinforced by "Speak in Rounds." But their polyharmonic songwriting hasn't changed any, and the wall of sound that they employed in... See full review
posted a review of Terry Lee Brown Junior* - Repack. 7 months ago
Terry Lee Brown Jr. is no stranger to remixes, and, as such, lets his own album SOFTPACK get remixed into a REPACK. He dubs out his own "Night in Sutivan," but then lets others take the wheel. David Alvarado keeps "Soul Digits" firmly dubbed, though,... See full review
posted a review of Terry Lee Brown Junior* - Selected Remixes Part 3. 7 months ago
This third volume of Terry Lee Brown Junior's SELECTED REMIXES sees him continuing his smooth tech-house, from the sensuous "Sunshine in My Heart" by Cooccer to the more tropical mix of "Bad Day" by MoBeatz. This collection showcases his ability to... See full review
posted a review of The Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams. 7 months ago
Erlend Øye has always been a Swedish pop mainstay, but with The Whitest Boy Alive, he (and his pals) gives you his DREAMS. The guitar work on "Burning" is clean and unfussy, while it takes on a more rhythmic turn on the chunky "Above You." Øye's... See full review
posted a review of Lustral - Everytime (Remixes). 7 months ago
Steve Jones and Rick Simmonds have a long history of producing tracks together, but perhaps their pinnacle is EVERYTIME made under the name Lustral, a mellow, sunny slice of Ibiza history. This single collects the various remixes that originally... See full review
posted a review of Coti - [Metamemoria\>. 7 months ago
METAMEMORIA starts with the hushed tones and field recordings of "Piccolo Poema Urbano," a melodic ode to city life, showcasing Coti's careful curation of sounds, while "M Key" relies much more on vinyl hiss for its short run time. Abstraction takes... See full review
posted a review of Peter Broderick - Float. 7 months ago
Peter Broderick isn't shy about letting his compositions FLOAT, carried in space primarily by his piano parts while the other elements develop around it, like the strings around the surprisingly spry "A Snowflake" or the whistling around the more... See full review
posted a review of Ojos de Brujo - Techarí Remixes. 7 months ago
Flamenco fusion group Ojos de Brujo get their versions on with TECHARI REMIXES, starting on a delicate note with a piano-centered version of "Corre Lola Corre," but soon, others start putting their stamp on the tracks. Nitin Sawhney, for instance,... See full review
posted a review of Baby Mammoth - Seven Up. 7 months ago
On their seventh album (helpfully titled SEVEN UP), Baby Mammoth don't stray too far from the traditional funky downtempo course, but with the guitar plucks and modulations of "1" certainly make for a joyful listen. "And I'll See You" leans heavily... See full review
posted a review of Natacha Atlas - Mounqaliba - Rising: The Remixes. 8 months ago
Natacha Atlas once again gives herself over to a group of like-minded remixers, this time for a reworking of her album MOUNQALIBA -- RISING. Cheb I Sabbah immediately turns "Batkallim" into a blippier affair, processing Atlas' vocals through a... See full review
posted a review of The Advent - Sketched For Life. 8 months ago
You can always count on The Advent for solid techno, and SKETCHED FOR LIFE is no different. From the rhythmic pounding of "Hi Jack" to the vocal samples and sci-fi touches of "Inn Touch" or the funk bass of "Keep It Under." The Advent has never been... See full review
posted a review of Karsh Kale - Cinema. 8 months ago
On his fourth studio album, Karsh Kale decides to go to the CINEMA. Of course, his work has always had a cinematic quality to it, and the long, drifting quality of "Island" only amplifies this, as an electric guitar replicates the traditional raga... See full review
posted a review of Afterlife - Simplicity Two Thousand. 8 months ago
Afterlife's SIMPLICITY TWO THOUSAND came right at the height of Ibiza-era chill out. And from the opening notes of "Dub In Ya Mind (Blue Water Mix)," that's exactly what you get. The Spanish guitar sweeps into "Never Before" and "Cry (Brown Bear... See full review