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 review of Frost & Wagner - Remixes. about 1 month ago
Frost & Wagner bring their reggae chops to their German compatriots for this compilations of REMIXES. Right away, from the smooth vocals and horn stabs of Re:jazz's "Torch of Freedom" and Kabuki's "Speed of Sound" or the slow bounce of Taxi's "A Certain ... See full review
posted a review of The Black Dog - Liber Dogma. about 1 month ago
The Black Dog’s LIBER DOGMA kicks off with the slow melodic breaks of “Dark Wave Creeping,” shifting away from the ambience of their previous album for a more beat-oriented journey, though the darker tones of “The Death ov the Black Sun” don’t shy away ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - Where. about 1 month ago
John Tejada starts with a stripped down coolness and some HAL 9000 samples on "Feel It," so you know he's going some WHERE with this album. The twinkling on "Moogbits" hints at Plastikman's minimalism, but Tejada can't help but add some warmth atop ... See full review
posted a review of Com.A - Shot Of Love. about 1 month ago
The stylized gunfire that kick off Com.a's SHOT OF LOVE soon fall into a twitchy electro groove, punctuated by stabbing samples, whereas "Air Scratch Battle" and “Heart Warming Creatures” are content to stay purely glitchy in their construction of ... See full review
posted a review of Ski Oakenfull - Rising Son. 2 months ago
I'm a huge fan of Ski Oakenfull's debut and was excited to track down, at long last, his follow-up, RISING SON. And... well, it's a disappointment, to be honest. Sure, the drifting ambient notes and Japanese field recordings of "Intro" set the right ... See full review
posted a review of Trackheadz - Trackheadz. 2 months ago
For their eponymous debut, the Trackheadz don't venture far from solid club-based house, though they put their funky spin on things, like the bass on "I Believe in Freedom" or the synth blips of "Night Koder." The growing strings on "Our Music" lend a ... See full review
posted a review of Jesse Rose - The Whole Twelve Inches. 2 months ago
For THE WHOLE TWELVE INCHES, Jesse Rose continues his brand of club-friendly house music with the peppy "Love the Feeling High" and the dreamy ""Alone." A touch of classic Chicago house hits the right chords with the vocals on “Time is But a Moment,” ... See full review
posted a review of The Black Dog - Music For Real Airports. 2 months ago
The Black Dog pay homage to Brian Eno with MUSIC FOR REAL AIRPORTS, a mix of field recordings, like the ambient sounds that start off "M1" and sustained tones that drone into "Terminal EMA." Meanwhile, a harsh rhythm finds its way to the "DISinformation ... See full review
posted a review of Jesse Rose - What Do You Do If You Don't?. 2 months ago
While there's certainly nothing wrong with club-oriented house, Jesse Rose, on WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU DON'T?, tries to carve out his own space. Too bad most of that space has already been occupied. Sure, the self-call out of "Forget My Name" (though ... See full review
posted a review of Bio.com - Coming Up For Air. 2 months ago
I found Bio.com's COMING UP FOR AIR in the bargain bin of my local record shop and decided to give it a try. Was it worth the money? Well, the weather reports and layered samples of "Five Fathoms Deep" hint at something promising as it glides into the ... See full review
posted a review of Holy Other - Held. 2 months ago
After the astonishing WITH U EP, Holy Ghost release their debut full-length, HELD, which from the first track, "(W)here," continues to delve into emotive electronics. The slightly off-beat blippings keep the listener off-balance, even as the tempo of ... See full review
posted a review of Holy Other - With U. 2 months ago
I still don't understand the concept of witch house as a genre, but if it results in work like Holy Other's WITH U, I'm all for it. Instead of occult imagery on "Know Where," the track relies on melancholy synths and altered vocal snippets to form an ... See full review
posted a review of The Black Dog - Further Vexations. 2 months ago
The church-like tones of “Biomantric L-If-E” bring an immediate mystery to The Black Dog’s FURTHER VEXATIONS, while the contrast between the deep bass and the bright ringing of “93” and “Stempel” spark them into being. The Black Dog have always exceled ... See full review
posted a review of James Taylor* - Carthage Milk. 2 months ago
James Taylor takes a quick break from Swayzak to release CARTHAGE MILK under his own name but the tech-house remains undisturbed as the melodic tones of “Never Really Wanted to Be Like You” ease into your ears. “Bumpkin” takes a blippier approach, though ... See full review
posted a review of DeepChord - 20 Electrostatic Soundfields. 2 months ago
Deepchord goes mostly ambient with 20 ELECTROSTATIC SOUNDFIELDS, a furthering of their sound and their ethos. From the quick intro from “Driftwood” to the subdued throbs of “De Wallen,” Deepchord seems much more interested in sound sculpture than in ... See full review
posted a review of DeepChord - Sommer. 2 months ago
Deepchord’s SOMMER starts, fittingly enough, with “Glow,” a piece of ambience that soon finds its voice and its beat, whispering into the warmth of “Aquatic.” The fundamental mystery of “Cruising Towards Dawn” lies in its simplicity: two ringing notes, ... See full review
submitted Richard Devine - Sort\Lave. 2 months ago
posted a review of DeepChord - Hash-Bar Loops. 2 months ago
Deepchord makes the move to its new home on Soma Quality Recordings with HASH-BAR LOOPS, and from the opener, “Spirits,” one could be tricked into thinking that Deepchord has maintained pure ambience, carried over from LIUMIN REDUCED. And you wouldn’t ... See full review
posted a review of DeepChord Presents Echospace - Liumin. 2 months ago
On Deepchord’s second and final album for Modern Love, LIUMIN, they haven’t entirely moved away from the dub techno that marked their earlier work, but they definitely have embraced the techno side of things, though not without incorporating plenty of ... See full review
posted a review of DeepChord Presents Echospace - The Coldest Season. 3 months ago
For their debut full-length, Deepchord enter THE COLDEST SEASON, which one would normally think is winter, but instead, it’s dub techno. And though “First Point of Aries” starts with long hiss sweeps, like wind across a tundra, the beats soon emerge to ... See full review
posted a review of DeepChord - Vantage Isle Sessions. 3 months ago
If Deepcord releases 13 versions of a track, remixed mostly by his hand with an assist from cv313, does it make an album? Maybe not, but the “Vantage Isle Sessions” still remains eminently listenable, as the groove establishes itself immediately in the ... See full review
posted a review of DeepChord - dc13|dc14|dc16 [remastered]. 3 months ago
Deepchord continues with its re-releases on DC13/DC14/DC16, as “DC13 A1” takes a steady, dub-laden tone and “DC13 B1” continues that before “DC13 B2” brings more movement. The chug of “DC14 A1” adds a thicker bass to accompany the bass and the clanging ... See full review
posted a review of Deepchord - dc10|dc11|dc12 [remastered]. 3 months ago
Deepchord’s DC10/DC11/DC12 starts with the warm, windy sweeps and the deeper rhythmic throbs of “DC10 A1,” before “DC10 B1” brings the beats more to the surface. The slower “DC10 B2” has a hint of submerged jazz in its subdued, Detroitian synths. “DC11 ... See full review
posted a review of Deepchord - dc07|dc08|dc09 [remastered]. 3 months ago
On DC07/DC08/DC09, Deepchord re-release some of their earliest work under various pseudonyms, making them available on CD for the first time. And right away, on “Soft White,” the dub techno that made them world-renowned hits immediately, with the ... See full review
posted a review of Aril Brikha - Deeparture In Time - Revisited. 3 months ago
Aril Brikha's DEEPARTURE IN TIME is considered by many to be a classic, and it's hard to argue: the smooth, Detroitian vibe of "Embrace" opens the album on a mellow but compelling note. Originally released on Derrick May's Transmat label (a mark of ... See full review
posted a review of Monolake - Ghosts. 4 months ago
The chilly techno that brings Monolake's GHOSTS to life travels to some darker realms, with a wobble bass and ominous vocals, while maintaining the careful hiss and clang of the percussion. "Taku" brings the mystery to the primary melodic line, as the ... See full review
posted a review of Monolake - Gobi. The Desert EP. 4 months ago
The half-hour long GOBI EP from Monolake starts with what could almost be field recordings, but are too electronic to sound fully natural. But that's part of its charm: the track mimics the natural, evoking a nighttime spent under the stars, even as the ... See full review
posted a review of Ruxpin - Avalon. 4 months ago
Ruxpin's fourth album, _Avalon_, starts with the organ chords and vacuum sweeps of "First Contact," a simple, blissful track to put you in a meditative state of mind. But "Together" introduces a funk bass to get things moving, ever so slightly, with some ... See full review
posted a review of Superpitcher - Here Comes Love. 7 months ago
Superpitcher has long since been a Kompakt mainstay, almost becoming synonymous with the label. And while he’s since moved on to his own label, his debut, HERE COMES LOVE, has all the hallmarks of the classic Kompakt sound: a solid 4/4, a melodic ... See full review
posted a review of Goldfrapp - Tales Of Us. 7 months ago
TALES OF US sees Goldfrapp operating between the stripped down folk of SEVENTH TREE and the moody electronics of FELT MOUNTAIN. Building each track as a narrative around a name, this album sees the band engaging in poetic storytelling, from the delicate ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - Dead Start Program. 7 months ago
John Tejada’s fourth album for Kompakt, DEAD START PROGRAM, starts with the angular tones and flustered percussion of “Autoseek” but the straight-up electro-tech of “Detector” quickly sets things right. Tejada definitely channels early 90s techno here, ... See full review
posted a review of Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself. 7 months ago
Telefon Tel Aviv shift to Bpitch Control for their third album, IMMOLATE YOURSELF, their last album as a duo before the untimely death of Charlie Cooper. But the slow build and thrum of “The Birds” show them at their best, more fully merging the vocals ... See full review
posted a review of Telefon Tel Aviv - Map Of What Is Effortless. 7 months ago
Telefon Tel Aviv’s second album, MAP OF WHAT IS EFFORTLESS, sees them going bigger, starting off with the orchestral density of “When It Happens It Moves All by Itself,” though their rhythmic intensity hasn’t abated in the least. Vocal textures also ... See full review
posted a review of Telefon Tel Aviv - Fahrenheit Fair Enough. 7 months ago
Telefon Tel Aviv's debut album, FAHRENHEIT FAIR ENOUGH, effortlessly straddled the worlds of IDM and post-rock, blissing out with the gorgeous title track that takes a melody and augments it with percussion that's frenetic but not overwhelming and some ... See full review
posted a review of Saschienne - Unknown. 9 months ago
Sascha Funke and Julienne Dessange collaborate as Saschienne and deliver an album that's UNKNOWN. And while the title track starts spare, focusing on Dessange's cool vocal delivery, the electronics soon come in to warm the proceedings. Meanwhile the ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - Signs Under Test. 9 months ago
SIGNS UNDER TEST sees John Tejada offering the watery vibes of “Two One” to start off the album right, followed by the cool burbling and Spanish hints of “Y Why.” “Beacht,” meanwhile, goes all in with its moody vibe. “Vaalbara” is warmer, however, and ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - The Predicting Machine. 9 months ago
John Tejada’s THE PREDICTING MACHINE starts off more energetic than his previous, with the spacy warfare of “Orbiter,” while the wavering tones of “A Familiar Mood” nods towards Detroit. “An Ounce of Perception” keeps its rhythm slightly more ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - Parabolas. 9 months ago
For his first album on the legendary Kompakt, John Tejada offers up PARABOLAS, continuing his streak of outstanding tech-house productions. From the start, “Farther and Fainter” blends the melody with the steady kick drums, while “The Dream” keeps its ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - Logic Memory Center. 9 months ago
LOGIC MEMORY CENTER kicks into high gear with the warm glitches of “Strange Creatures,” showing John Tejada returning to his tech-house roots, replete with warped vocals. Meanwhile, “Unit B1656” goes in a more robotic direction, but the low-key lyrics ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - Daydreams In Cold Weather. 9 months ago
In his jump to Plug Research for DAYDREAMS IN COLD WEATHER, John Tejada goes slightly colder with his compositions, with the crisper drums of “To the West” snapping beneath the synth pads, while “Stop the Mechanism” goes for darker electro. An ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - The Matrix Of Us. 9 months ago
John Tejada shifts to the defocus label for his second album, THE MATRIX OF US, and true to that label’s aesthetics, “Summer Spell” has a warm, electro shuffle, while the spoken word and operatic vocals on “Genetical Love” act as a counterpoint to the ... See full review
posted a review of John Tejada - Little Green Lights And Four Inch Faders. 9 months ago
John Tejada's debut under his own name, LITTLE GREEN LIGHTS AND FOUR INCH FADERS, kicks off with the warm pads of "L.E.D.," while "In Control" kicks up the juice. The deep percussion of "Pasadena Shuffle" thunders in place before the melody comes in to ... See full review
posted a review of Lucid Dream - Pure Punk. 10 months ago
John Tejada, appearing here as Lucid Dream, claims to be PURE PUNK, but it's all tech-house instead from the dub-touched "Dreamwork" to the housier "Clustered Sample." Some bleeps and a granular kick drum take hold on "Chatter," though it doesn't ... See full review
posted a review of Peace Bureau - Acoustic Soulful Bebop Booms. 12 months ago
Before moving on to form the Thievery Corporation, Eric Hilton had joined forces with Farid Ali as the Peace Bureau, and on their first EP, ACOUSTIC SOULFUL BEBOP BOOMS, they set out a funky, hip-hop path for themselves right from "Vibe Providin'." ... See full review
posted a review of Neon Phusion - The Future Ain't The Same As It Used 2 B. 12 months ago
Broken beat was a short-lived genre, but it blossomed under Neon Phusion and their only album to date, THE FUTURE AIN'T THE SAME AS IT USED 2 B. Their mix of breaks, funk and jazz is immediately apparent on "Destination" but they can play to dreamy and ... See full review
posted a review of A:xus - Soundtrack For Life. 12 months ago
With the smooth "Baghdad Cafe (Callin' U)" -- with vocals provided by the talented Naomi N'Sembi to open SOUNDTRACK FOR LIFE, A:xus shows that he's ready to warm the heart with some deep house. The breaks of "Raw Emotions" is boosted by a dreamy ... See full review
posted a review of Swayzak - Some Other Country. about 1 year ago
On their final album (as a duo, at least), Swayzak travel to SOME OTHER COUNTRY and bring back some lovely electronic music. Gone are the more poppy elements; moody seems to be the order of the day here. Cassy offers her vocals to the darkly thundering ... See full review
posted a review of A:xus Featuring Naomi* - Callin' U. about 1 year ago
CALLIN' U is definitely the highlight of A:xus' debut album, and here, the "DJ Mix" and the "Extended Mix" don't alter the original's langourous house in any significant way except to shorten or lengthen it. The "Mood II Swing Vox," however, take the ... See full review
posted a review of Midnight Funk Association - Sexy Way. about 1 year ago
After shifting away from Mo'Wax, the Midnight Funk Association released their SEXY WAY EP, letting the angular funk of the title track slither its way into the consciousness, even as it momentarily grows shimmering guitar riff halfway through. But the ... See full review
posted a review of Rue East - Summer Of Blood. about 1 year ago
Dave Hill and Mark Broom reconvene as Rue East, and for SUMMER OF BLOOD, their debut, they strike out for the lands of pure techno, and mine "Shopping" for all its drive and energy, whereas "Diskoid" introduces some bongos into the percussion. "Son of ... See full review