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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submitted Worm Is Green - To Them We Are Only Shadows. 3 months ago
posted a review of Ralph Myerz - Supersonic Pulse . 6 months ago
On his third album after separating from the Jack Herren Band, Ralph Myerz emits a SUPERSONIC PULSE aimed straight towards the heart of electronic pop. The easy listening gets more electrified and funkified via George Clinton on "Welcome On Board." But ... See full review
posted a review of Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band - Your New Best Friends. 7 months ago
After the criminally underrated A SPECIAL ALBUM, Ralph Myerz & the Jack Herren Band return for YOUR NEW BEST FRIENDS, a continuation of their downtempo explorations. The ringing and slide guitar of the sleepy "Kill The Habit" suggest a poppier ... See full review
posted a review of Mylo Featuring Freeform Five - Muscle Car. 7 months ago
Mylo's MUSCLE CAR gets a full complement of remixes here, with Tiga getting first shot, putting a glittery 80s sparkle and some acid into the track. Sander Kleinenberg follows soon after with a bass-heavier track that also brings in some poppy-sounding ... See full review
posted a review of Mylo - Destroy Rock & Roll. 7 months ago
The title track from Mylo's DESTROY ROCK & ROLL gets the remix treatment here, letting the spirit move through the disco auto-da-fé. Tom Neville offers up a more spare, electro mix that's a touch darker than the original, whereas Headman takes an ... See full review
posted a review of Greenskeepers* - Polo Club. 7 months ago
The Greenskeepers return for another album of funky tracks on POLO CLUB. And here, they seems to adopt a more rockabilly attitude with the title track, mocking the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But "15 Minutes" gets back to more of their ... See full review
posted a review of Buraka Som Sistema - Black Diamond. 7 months ago
Portugese group Buraka Som Sistema spread their grime throughout the world with their debut, BLACK DIAMOND, opening with the thundering "Luanda Lisboa" before M.I.A., Saborosa and Puto Prata spits their fierce verses on "Sound Of Kuduro." The baile funk ... See full review
posted a review of Guy Gerber - Late Bloomers. 7 months ago
Guy Gerber's debut LATE BLOOMERS kicks off with the melodic rapture of "The State of Change" before it shifts into the moodier title track. The shorter groove of "Unfulfilled" feels like he's drawn a veil over a pop song, but the thicker bass of "Are U ... See full review
posted a review of Bajofondo* - Mar Dulce. 7 months ago
Bajofondo drops its 'tango club' and embraces MAR DULCE, another album of Latin electronics, though the thundering beats, bandoneon and string section of "Grand Guignol" show they haven't totally abandoned the tango aspect. The slower, romantic ... See full review
posted a review of Closer Musik - After Love. 7 months ago
Dirk Leyers and Mathias Aguayo only released one album as Closer Musik, but what a startling beauty AFTER LOVE is. After starting with the crisp minimalism of "Closer Dancer," it shifts into the mesmerizing and gorgeous "Departures," the unmistakable ... See full review
posted a review of The Eyes In The Heat - Program Me. 7 months ago
Just the band name Eyes in the Heat sounds omnious, but their debut PROGRAM ME, they go for a new wave feel, blending an electro bassline with post-punk plucking and lyrical chanting on "Amateur" or letting the electronics twinkle against a woozy ... See full review
posted a review of Anti-G (2) - Presents Kentje'sz Beatsz. 7 months ago
I'd never heard of 'bubbling house' as a genre, but after listening to Anti-G's PRESENTS KENTJESZ BEATSZ, there's now no mistaking the dancehall-inspired techno, particularly with the colder, industrial drums of "OepSs Te Hard!" contrasting the ... See full review
posted a review of Solvent - Subject To Shift. 7 months ago
Solvent finds himself SUBJECT TO SHIFT, though one thing that hasn't shifted is his smooth electro. The soft clatter of "Loss for Words" carries a sweet bounce to accompany the gentle, romantic lyrics, while "Formulate" goes for retro techno. "A ... See full review
posted a review of Solvent - Elevators And Oscillators. 7 months ago
As the companion piece to APPLES & SYNTHESIZERS, ELEVATORS AND OSCILLATORS starts with the gentle, nearly romantic strains of "Wish" before Mitgang Audio puts a smooth rub onto "My Radio," while Legowelt offers a darker take on the track. Schneider TM ... See full review
posted a review of Solvent - Apples & Synthesizers. 7 months ago
Solvent joins the Ghostly International crew with APPLES & SYNTHESIZERS, continuing his gentle electro takeover of the world. The percussive bursts of "Operating Ease" contrast the bouncy melody, while the more traditional bass that opens "My Radio" ... See full review
posted a review of Solvent - Solvent City. 7 months ago
Solvent shifts over to Morr Music for his visit to SOLVENT CITY, and the perkiness of "A Panel Of Experts" might be enough to get you to move permanently, and "Some Assembly Required" only seals the deal. Though the electronics have a retro, analogue ... See full review
posted a review of Savvas Ysatis - Select. 7 months ago
Savvas Ysatis takes a break from his ambient journeys with Taylor Deupree to throw down SELECT, a more rhythm-centered album for Tresor. And, indeed, as the beat kicks in on the title track, it seems as if Ysatis is taking a page from his dub ambient ... See full review
posted a review of Melodium - La Tête Qui Flotte. 7 months ago
Melodium crafts something like magic with LA TETE QUI FLOTTE, from the perky static and guitars that animate "Hellomusic" to the meandering synth-pop of "Les Psychotropes Sont Mes Amis, Puis Mes Ennemis..." or the off-kilter bucolic drift of "Se Rayer ... See full review
posted a review of To Rococo Rot - Speculation. 8 months ago
To Rococo Rot engages in some SPECULATION, and here's what they've come up with: some nice bass playing against the drums and woodblocks and of "Away" and crests and waves of guitars on the fluttering "Horses." A xylophone brightens up the post-rock ... See full review
posted a review of Nacht Plank - 1-12. 8 months ago
Lee Norris has never been one to stay still, and on his debut release as Nacht Plank, he engages a more experimental part of himself. You'd expect the warm tone of "1" to resolve into a glitch-house track, but it's merely a prologue for the longer ... See full review
posted a review of Aérea Negrot* - Arabxilla. 8 months ago
Aérea Negrot brings out the ARABXILLA in her, reveling in her unique musical vision, from the meandering vocals and perky electronics of the title track to the house slide and independence-asserting lyrics of "Todeloo." The homeward-looking Spanish ... See full review
posted a review of Tunng - Mother's Daughter And Other Songs. 8 months ago
Tunng introduced their own take on folk-tronica with MOTHER'S DAUGHTER AND OTHER SONGS, starting with the gentle strums, rattling percussive elements, and altered voice of the title track before it clarifies into classic vocal harmonics. Meanwhile, the ... See full review
posted a review of Nikko Patrelakis - Echo. 8 months ago
If you hear an ECHO in Nikko Patrelakis' work, it might simply be a reflection of the gentle orchestrations he crafts on "Voyage" or the cello that accompanies the piano chords of "Magnet." But the soundtrack qualities change with the summery samba of ... See full review
posted a review of Mint Royale - Dancehall Places. 8 months ago
For their second album, Mint Royale travel to DANCEHALL PLACES, starting with a visit, right off the bat, with "Blue Song," which lifts a vocal riff straight from the Delta. "The Sexiest Man in Jamaica" comes as a joyful pop confection with little ... See full review
posted a review of Jacob Mandell - Underling. 8 months ago
For Jacob Mandell's second release on his own label Kodama, he decides to serve as an UNDERLING, reveling in pure ambience. The metallic tones of "Cuzco" is like traveling along the rim of a Tibetan prayer bowl, while "Sans Fe" goes deeper and more ... See full review
posted a review of Sica - Partially Function Stub. 8 months ago
PARTIALLY FUNCTION STUB was Sica's only album, and it has all the titchy IDM that you'd expect from Neo Ouija, but the altered guitar meandering and abstract on "Mixersuptime" adds some flavor and helps give the stuttering "Goomp" more structure. But ... See full review
posted a review of Hiroshi Watanabe - Genesis. 8 months ago
Hiroshi Watanabe, better known as Kaito, releases GENESIS under his own name, but even here, he sticks with his tried-and-true technique: blissful, trancey chords and steady beats. "Sui-Sei" never skimps on the melodic content, but only magnifies it. ... See full review
posted a review of Marquis Hawkes - Social Housing. 8 months ago
Marquis Hawkes makes SOCIAL HOUSING into a house social for Houndstooth. "Ode to a Broken Heart" is classic looped Chicago house, while "The Landsberger Funk" goes for deeper tones and grooves. "Fantasy" is brighter in character, mixing a perky synth ... See full review
posted a review of Aïsha Devi - Of Matter And Spirit. 8 months ago
Aïsha Devi's debut, OF MATTER AND SPIRIT, is a strange beast. It starts with the whirling textures and deep bass drawls of "Adera" that shifts into a klaxon-like synths and heavily filtered vocals that switch from soulful to operatic. "Mazdâ" has a ... See full review
posted a review of Akkord - HTH035. 8 months ago
Akkord continue their dark techno paths with HTH035, a gathering of previous EPs and 12"s. The slow throb of "Gravure" is like an artificial heart learning how to pump blood again, and the breaks and rave sweeps of "Continuum" will certainly get it ... See full review
posted a review of Snow Ghosts - A Wrecking. 8 months ago
For their second album, Snow Ghosts go in for A WRECKING. And by that, they wreck they song structure that featured prominently in their first album for more atmospheric, abstract compositions. The dark and moody "A Wrecking (Part I)" coasts on three ... See full review
posted a review of Second Storey - Double Divide. 8 months ago
Second Storey has a lot to build upon, hailing, as he does, on the Houndstooth label. But as DOUBLE DIVIDE gurgles into life with the synth layers of "North Facing" and the breaks of "Reserved" start the forward momentum. The twitchy "Combustion ... See full review
posted a review of Call Super - Suzi Ecto. 8 months ago
Call Super's debut for Houndstooth, SUZI ECTO, starts with the moody sound sculpture of "Snipe" before shifting to the meditative "Dovetail." This is a personal vision of IDM, full of angular melodies and Detroitian flourishes, like on the gentle ... See full review
posted a review of 18+ - Trust. 8 months ago
I didn't know much about 18+'s debut, TRUST, when I first picked it up other than it appeared on Houndstooth, a label I trust implicitly. And as the mysteriously sexy hip-hop of "All the Time" came over the speakers, I was puzzled and beguiled. It has ... See full review
posted a review of Throwing Snow - Mosaic. 8 months ago
The feedback and Middle Eastern strings of "Avarice" that open Throwing Snow's debut MOSAIC only hints at what's to come, as the track drops a thick beat and some chamber music strings atop. "The Tempest" offers up a whirling dervish at its start before ... See full review
posted a review of Akkord - Akkord. 8 months ago
Deep, dark tones collide with spacy techno effects on "Torr Vale," the first track of Akkord's eponymous album. But "Smoke Circle" introduces a tribal rhythm and deep percussive hits, replete with ethnic chanting, to show off their more earthly ... See full review
posted a review of Special Request (4) - Soul Music. 8 months ago
Paul Woolford has made a name for himself in techno, in house, and now, as Special Request, in jungle. SOUL MUSIC is a double disc filled with energy. And even if the electro beats that kick off the melodic "Forbidden" don't sound like much initially, ... See full review
posted a review of Snow Ghosts - A Small Murmuration. 8 months ago
Snow Ghosts haunt the scene with their debut, A SMALL MURMURATION, though the sounds on this album are anything but small. Instead the electric growl that starts "The Hunted" allows Hannah Cartwright's vocals to float atop it, building towards a climax ... See full review
posted a review of House Of Black Lanterns - Kill The Lights . 8 months ago
Former Ninja Tune artist Dylan Richards sheds his King Cannibal guise and moves into the House of Black Lanterns for his debut, KILL THE LIGHTS, on Houndstooth, bringing with him some dark-pitched techno. The ominous strains and growling vocals of "Beg" ... See full review
posted a review of Slugabed - Time Team. 8 months ago
Slugabed joins Ninja Tune with TIME TEAM, and as the layered whirling of "New Worlds" starts, you can hear the sonic density accumulate, though "Sex" has much cleaner sound as it dives into the 80s electro. The more delicate "All This Time" hints at ... See full review
posted a review of Damian Schwartz* - Party Lovers. 9 months ago
Damian Schwartz's debut, PARTY LOVERS, might sound like it's going to be a barn-burner, but as it opens with the whirring "Get Into," you sense that there's something else at play here. "Dos Días Después," despite its steady beat, stays low to the ... See full review
posted a review of Anja Schneider - Beyond The Valley. 9 months ago
Mobilee co-founder Anja Schneider travels BEYOND THE VALLEY for her debut, hinting at some tribal xylophone tones on "Safari," while "Mole" pops up for a more minimal experience. A few voices punctuate the title track, and "Gimlet" returns us to spare, ... See full review
posted a review of Mike Shannon - Possible Conclusions To Stories That Never End. 11 months ago
On POSSIBLE CONCLUSIONS TO STORIES THAT NEVER END, Mike Shannon lets a slightly more pop-abstract side of himself show, as the low-house tempo "Come To U" quietly hums into life, accompanied by breathy vocals by Anaïs. "Sudden Moves" goes in a bouncier ... See full review
posted a review of Nikonn - Poladroid. 11 months ago
So, first things first: the packaging for Nikonn's debut POLADROID is awesome. The exterior resembles an old Kodak package, and the CD itself is housed in a black plastic pocket, much like instant film itself was. As for the music itself, the gentle ... See full review
posted a review of Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Fetch. 11 months ago
The Moritz Von Oswald Trio invites you to play FETCH, as they craft another album of abstract jazz, electronics and dub. The opening track, "Jam," centers on ghostly trumpet blares as a spare rhythm and a few strums of bass hold their ground until they ... See full review
posted a review of Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Horizontal Structures. 11 months ago
For their second album, HORIZONTAL STRUCTURE, the Moritz Von Oswald Trio doesn't stray too far from their dub and techno roots but instead expand their sound outwards, as the quiet wanderings of "Structure 1" reach wide and far. The drumming on ... See full review
posted a review of Xenia Beliayeva - Ever Since. 11 months ago
Xenia Beliayeva cements her darkwave credentials with her debut, EVER SINCE. The title track combines the dark synth-pop grooves with almost romantic lyrical content. But the heavier "Mind Damage" roughs up the proceedings some before "New Day" wobbles ... See full review
posted a review of Mike Shannon - Memory Tree. 12 months ago
Mike Shannon's MEMORY TREE, on Richie Hawtin's much-vaunted Plus 8 label, and as the off-kilter rhythms of "Beyond Incubation" kick in, a jazz-like melody hangs out in the background. But "Mercury Mile" is more straightforward, with a driving ... See full review
posted a review of Niederflur - ND4. 12 months ago
Let's see: German duo on M_nus. It's probably going to be minimal. And sure enough, the clicking percussion of "Bahnhof Deutz/Messe" is accompanied by a single chord, a vocal sample, and a slippery bassline. "Zollstock" follows the same pattern, ... See full review
posted a review of ADNY & The Persuader - Quarter Of A Century. about 1 year ago
Tech-house doesn't get much smoother than the collaboration of two of the masters: ADNY and Persuader. On QUARTER OF A CENTURY, they gather together their various 12" and present them here for our delectation. The tribal percussion of "Omnipotent" ... See full review