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 Special Request (4) - Offworld. 5 days ago
Special Request offloads his third album on 2019, OFFWORLD, with "237,000 Miles", an amalgam of vocal house and Detroit techno, and "Shepperton Moon Landing" continues this, with the vocals adding atmopshere instead of being the central focus. "Offworld ... See full review
posted a review of Special Request (4) - Bedroom Tapes. 5 days ago
On BEDROOM TAPES, Special Request reaches back into his IDM-related archives to bring out some doozies, like the angular melodies and robotic breaks of "Panaflex Sunrise" or the Detroit-inspired "Pineal Gland." The warmer tones of "Thermatropic" lead ... See full review
posted a review of Djosos Krost - No Sign Of Bad. 7 days ago
Dub is the name of the game for Djosos Krost's debut NO SIGN OF BAD from the first digital drippings on "Straight Upfront." Though their electronic take on dub isn't anything new, they manage to evoke sun-drenched island vibe. "Trompet" and "Kaba Kaba" ... See full review
posted a review of Special Request (4) - Vortex. 18 days ago
In an ambitious 3-album year, Special Request starts off with VORTEX, the more beat-driven album of the three. The flanged rhythm of "SP4NN3R3D" kicks things off with a rattle, before "Memory Lake" soaks in the bracing rinse of acid house. "Ardkore ... See full review
posted a review of Special Request (4) - Belief System. 19 days ago
Special Request kicks off his second album, BELIEF SYSTEM, on the melodic, ambient note of "Chrysalis" that seems to harken back to Detroit before "Adel Crag Microdot" and "Scrambled In LS1" bring in the bass and old-skool electro rave flavors. An ... See full review
posted a review of Ultramarine - Signals Into Space. about 1 month ago
Ultramarine return (thankfully!) with SIGNALS INTO SPACE, a dreamy concoction that builds off their moody electronic work, this time incorporating vocals from Anna Domino, who adds a torch-like quality to "Spark From Flint To Clay." It's almost a ... See full review
posted a review of The Wackdaddies - Return Of The Wack Planet. about 1 month ago
For their second album, the Wackdaddies see a RETURN OF THE WACK PLANET, with more dancefloor-ready beats. "Defectors" gets things kicking with a steady drive, and "Fight the Power" offers a funky-electro groove before segueing into the hip-house ... See full review
posted a review of Alex Cortiz - Magnifico!. about 1 month ago
Though Alex Cortiz's MAGNIFICO isn't billed as a 'best-of' compilation, it still gathers together tracks over the course of four albums. The light Latin percussion and gentle piano and saxophone on "Barfly" let you know exactly what kind of chill he's ... See full review
posted a review of TOKiMONSTA - Midnight Menu. 3 months ago
The retro grooves of "Gamble" kick off Tokimonsta's debut, MIDNIGHT MENU, on a gentle note, and the dubbed-out horns on "Sweet Day" only reinforce this sense. But she doesn't shy away from messier sounds, as the Asian-inspired clatter on "Sa Mo Jung" ... See full review
posted a review of Chib - Moco. 4 months ago
Chib's only release, MOCO, is exceedingly gentle, with "Chips" composed of a simple piano riff accompanied by a string line and a handful of vocal samples. Some guitar strums take the stage for the spare beauty of "S," only to be supplanted by a ... See full review
posted a review of Disrupt (2) - Foundation Bit. 4 months ago
Though Disrupt has his own label, Jahtari, that didn't stop him from releasing FOUNDATION BIT on Werk Discs, the Ninja Tune offshoot. It's leans heavy on the dub, like the slow throb of "Tubby ROM Module," mixed with 8-bit tones and samples, as on "The ... See full review
posted a review of Lowfish - BurnTheLightsOut. 4 months ago
Lowfish takes a temporary break from his own label, Suction, to drop BURN THE LIGHTS OUT for Satamile. He keeps the electro, of course, from the spare opener "999" to the wiggle of "Wahawa." "Krak" keeps things on the lower end of the sound spectrum, ... See full review
posted a review of Slam - Athenæum 101. 5 months ago
As a concept album, Slam's ATHENAEUM 101 is an interesting one. Keeping the tempo at or below a steady 101 BPM, the tracks segue seamlessly into one another. Indeed, the album was meant to be listened to as a whole -- the individual tracks don't ... See full review
posted a review of Slam - Reverse Proceed. 5 months ago
A Slam album is always a reason for celebration, and on REVERSE PROCEED, they start to delve deeper into themselves, with "Toyko Subway" perhaps taking inspiration from labelmate Deepchord, with his ambient field recordings. But once the title track ... See full review
posted a review of Abraham - On The Surface. 5 months ago
Sadly, Abraham got lost in the trip-hop shuffle of the early 2000s, despite having two secret weapons: Rachel Cumings' earthy vocals and production by Hefner. The slinky funk of "God" is offset by Cumings' earnest lyrics (a mode revisited on "The ... See full review
posted a review of Atmosfear - Altered Slates. 5 months ago
British funk-disco band Atmosfear gets the remix treatment twenty years later on ALTERED SLATES, with Masters at Work working their house magic on "Dancing in Outer Space," before Spook (featuring Róisín Murphy on vocals) really catapult "Feel Up" into ... See full review
posted a review of Kosheen - Catch. 6 months ago
As a bit of pop-breaks, Kosheen's CATCH is perfectly good on its own, but Gordon Kaye gives it a house mix that's slightly more subdued than the regular progressive house, while Decoder brings back the breaks with a touch of a bass gurgle. Finally Hiver ... See full review
posted a review of Kosheen - Hide U. 6 months ago
Perhaps the best track of Kosheen's debut gets remixed here on "Hide U." The original pushes forward with propulsive breaks, while John Creamer and Stephane K give a progressive house drive to the track, while E.S. Dubs offer up some garage beats. But ... See full review
posted a review of Kosheen - Resist. 6 months ago
Kosheen kicked off their career with RESIST, sliding comfortably into their breaks with "Hide U," augmented by Sian Evans' strong vocals, pushing the energy further with "Catch." The electro takes a softer tone with "Cover," sliding into the slower chug ... See full review
posted a review of Throwing Snow - Loma. 6 months ago
Though LOMA isn't a album proper, but rather a collection of various EPs from Throwing Snow, his skills are still on full display. The deep bass of "Simmer" conjures up visions of dark dubstep with some subdued jungle clatter thrown in for good measure, ... See full review
posted a review of Future Funk - The Early Years. 6 months ago
Future Funk's THE EARLY YEARS gathers some of their material from various 12"s and presents them here for you easy consumption. It's pretty straightforward house, with some tech touches, like the vocoder and sweeps on "House Market II." They toss a ... See full review
posted a review of Throwing Snow - Embers. 6 months ago
After a blisteringly awesome debut, Throwing Snow returns with EMBERS, filled the sonic space with the fuzzy layers of "Cantor's Dust (Part 1)" to prepare your ears, as the gentle zither plucking gives way to the deep hits and paranoid dubstep of ... See full review
posted a review of Guy Andrews - Our Spaces. 6 months ago
Guy Andrews is all about his layered compositions, and you can hear the thickness in the bass rumble through on the opener of OUR SPACES, "Higher Waters," which is offset halfway through by the swelling strings. "All Our Flaws" leans much more heavily on ... See full review
posted a review of Aqua Bassino - Rue De Paris. 6 months ago
Aqua Bassino's second album, RUE DE PARIS, continues the soulful house of his first, as the jazzy saxophone of "Look 2 the Sun" quickly announces. The house beats slide into "I'm a Believer" to deliver a smooth groove punctuated by some gentle piano ... See full review
posted a review of Blue Foundation - Life Of A Ghost. 7 months ago
Blue Foundation decide to live the LIFE OF A GHOST for a while, and at first, they're "Stuck in a Hard Place" with poppy synth-rock hybrids like "Enemy." But the quiet growl of "Eyes on Fire" adds a pleasing texture, as does the blipping electro of ... See full review
posted a review of Blue Foundation - Dead People's Choice. 7 months ago
Blue Foundation sees themselves taking a slightly different tack with their mini-album DEAD PEOPLE'S CHOICE. The lo-fi strumming on "Elevate/As She Moved On" shows off a more indie sensibility, while "Voices" edges into shoegaze territory. "My Day" ... See full review
posted a review of HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club. 9 months ago
HTRK returns to Ghostly International with PSYCHIC 9-5 CLUB, an album that immediately delves into a deep melancholy from the outset with "Give It Up." The mood lingers into the echoing vocals of "Blue Sunshine" -- and, really, across the entire album. ... See full review
posted a review of Yacht - I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler. 9 months ago
Yacht's synth-pop on I THOUGHT THE FUTURE WOULD BE COOLER seemingly hits the right notes: some hipster cool, quasi-meaningful lyrics, catchy melodies. So why doesn't the album as a whole resonate? Well, their promotional hoax didn't help (though they ... See full review
posted a review of Blue Foundation - Sweep Of Days. 9 months ago
For their second album, SWEEP OF DAYS, Blue Foundation brings forth a meditative moment to open their cinematic track "History," and while the album sticks closely to familiar trip-hop beats, they do allow a sense of grandeur to grow on "End of the Day" ... See full review
posted a review of Blue Foundation - Wiseguy & Hollywood. 9 months ago
Blue Foundation, on their remix collection HOLLYWOOD & WISEGUY, first lounge in the sun with "Hollywood" before taking on a some noir with "Wiseguy." The Prunes, however, add a healthy amount of funk onto their mix of "Wiseguy," while a buzzing chaos ... See full review
posted a review of Apollo 440 - The Future's What It Used To Be. 9 months ago
With the rocking intro of "Stay Frosty," Apollo 440 seem determined to prove that THE FUTURE'S WHAT IT USED TO BE and that almost no time has changed since their debut in 1996. The singing on the title track only reinforce that brief period when it ... See full review
posted a review of Superchumbo - Get The Lead Out - Irresistible Remixes And Lead Heavy Beats By Tom Stephan. 9 months ago
Superchumbo was part of the big names in the late 90s/early 2000s that emerged out of the gay club scene. For a while, Twisted was the go-to label, and on GET THE LEAD OUT, Superchumbo displays his remix skills, showing the thick beats that put him so ... See full review
posted a review of Boys Noize - Mayday. 10 months ago
Boys Noize sends out a MAYDAY, and a slew of like-minded collaborators heed the call. But first, Mr. Ridha gets things going with the slow build of "Overthrow" before the title track blows things up from the outset. The pure club flavor of "Dynamite" ... See full review
posted a review of Apollo 440 - Dude Descending A Staircase. 10 months ago
I'd almost forgotten about Apollo 440 when I came across DUDE DESCENDING A STAIRCASE in secondhand store and figured, 'Why not?' On the first disc, it's interesting to hear big beat long after its heyday has passed... there's a slower party hip-hop vibe ... See full review
posted a review of Boys Noize - Out Of The Black - The Remixes. 10 months ago
For these remixes of OUT OF THE BLACK, Boys Noize recruits a slew of au courant artists to take on his work, from Jimmy Edgar's choppy electro on "What You Want" or its smoother brother as delivered by Chromeo to the straight-up EDM of MMM's remix of ... See full review
posted a review of Milanese - Adapt. 10 months ago
Milanese's ADAPT is a companion album to his debut EXTEND, featuring new version and remixes. "Mr. Good News" roughs up things up from the get-go, and Hrdvsion doesn't let up with his mix of "Sight Beyond Sight" but instead makes it clatter even more. ... See full review
posted a review of Milanese - Extend. 10 months ago
Milanese shifts over to Planet Mu from Warp, and, let's be honest, it was an inevitable move, as his aesthetic matches Mu much better. And what's the aesthetic? Grimy bass and crazed breaks. "Mr. Bad News" showcases the bass, with growls and sharp ... See full review
posted a review of Milanese - 1Up. 10 months ago
On his debut for Warp, Milanese puts his bass in your face on 1UP. The breaks on "Billy Hologram" are accompanied by his distorted vocals, while "So Malleable" takes on some ragga flavor. "Cowboy" is relatively sedate, with more of an electro feel, ... See full review
posted a review of Bet.E & Stef* - It's All Right. 10 months ago
Bet.e and Stef's delicate pop bossa nova ventures over to Compost Records for IT'S ALL RIGHT, a double album that focuses on their own work gathered from their first two albums before moving onto remixes. "Day by Day" gives you a hint of gentle soul, ... See full review
posted a review of Annie - Don't Stop. 10 months ago
For her second album, Annie tells the world DON'T STOP, from the wild drumming on "Hey Annie" to the sugary pop of "My Love is Better." The shimmering guitars on "Bad Times" add a brightness, while the rock push peps up "I Don't Like Your Band," even if ... See full review
posted a review of Digitalism - Mirage. 10 months ago
Digitalism continue their upbeat, energetic electro with MIRAGE, as the throbbing, shiny "Arena" takes the stage before the rock stabs of ""Battlecry" holler their way forth. "Go Time" keeps the tempo up, but aims more for more brightness, and the ... See full review
posted a review of Deastro - Moondagger. 11 months ago
The twinkling of "Biophelia," which opens Deastro's second album, MOONDAGGER, gives way to a thrumming drumline and M83-like sonic density. Indeed, the M83 comparison is particularly apt, with Deastro's mixture of rock elements with delicate ... See full review
posted a review of Lali Puna - I Thought I Was Over That - Rare, Remixed And B-Sides. 11 months ago
Lali Puna compiles a bunch of loose tracks and remixes into I THOUGHT I WAS OVER THAT, spreading their findings over two discs. The first disc focuses on their own tracks as well as remixes for other artists. For the Lali Puna purists, the staticky ... See full review
posted a review of The Notwist - The Devil, You + Me. 11 months ago
The electric strumming and gentle electronic throbs of "Good Lies" is a quiet conjuring for the Notwist's THE DEVIL, YOU + ME, but it's the strings at the start of "Where is This World" that suggest something demonic emerging, even if the pentagram and ... See full review
posted a review of Metronomy - Nights Out. 11 months ago
The intro of Metronomy's NIGHTS OUT sounds like a horn-dirge, all plaintive notes and guitar plucks, but this goes out the window with "The End of You Too, which lays on the handclaps and sharp drum snaps, with an occasional harmonica. The cool 80s-style ... See full review
posted a review of Thomas Fehlmann - 1929 - Das Jahr Babylon. 11 months ago
I’m generally wary of soundtracks, since, by their nature, they were made as accompaniment and don’t always stand sonically on their own. But I like Thomas Fehlmann’s work enough to give 1929—DAS JAHR BABYLON a try, and the deep rumbles and thrum of ... See full review
posted a review of Thomas Fehlmann - Los Lagos. 11 months ago
For LOS LAGOS, Thomas Fehlmann goes deeper into the dub than before, as “Lowenzahnzimmer” skims near the bottom of the sub-bass, sparely looking for a way to go deeper. “Window” accelerates somewhat, but maintains the subterranean tones, and a ... See full review
posted a review of Thomas Fehlmann - One To Three. Overflow; Ninenine/nd. 11 months ago
ONE TO THREE collects a few EPs and remixes that came out concurrent with Thomas Fehlmann’s GOOD FRIDGE, FLOWING. It starts with the bizarre house of “I Wanna Be a Fishy,” which merges an odd vocal with a Giorgio Moroder-style disco bass, and Fehlmann’s ... See full review
posted a review of Thomas Fehlmann - Good Fridge. Flowing: Ninezeronineight.. 11 months ago
With GOOD FRIDGE, FLOWING, Thomas Fehlmann migrates from R&S Records to its ambient sister, Apollo, though the beats haven’t entirely dissipated. Instead, they become the backing for more tracks, from the breaks with smooth refractions of ... See full review
posted a review of Thomas Fehlmann - Flow EP. 11 months ago
Thomas Fehlmann has had a long and stories career in techno, and his debut EP for R&S Records, FLOW, has all the trappings of early 90s techno: solid consistent kick drum, basic synths. And yet Fehlmann manages to squeeze some lonely tunes out of them. ... See full review