I'm 38 years old. Got a big head and little ears. I listen to house, ambient, IDM, piano stompers, hardcore, "nice" experimental stuff, and more. I got into this stuff in 1997, got turntables in 1999, then started playing on college radio. Much has happened since then, but in summary, I’m probably not cooler than you.

Besides music, I also like soft hooded sweatshirts, Sherlock Holmes, tea, tomatoes, running, crossword puzzles, the word "whilst", and parking at the very very very tops of parking garages.
Recent Activity
submitted The Ministry Of Inside Things - Trilogy. over 3 years ago
submitted Offthesky* & Pleq - A Thousand Fields. over 5 years ago
submitted David Morley - Sanctum. over 6 years ago
submitted Chuck Van Zyl - Rituals. over 6 years ago
submitted Various - Kowli Records 001. over 6 years ago
submitted Uun - Locked EP. over 6 years ago
submitted Outputmessage - Asteroids. over 6 years ago
submitted Beth Orton - Mystery. over 7 years ago
submitted Keith Berry - Towards The Blue Peninsula. over 7 years ago
submitted Various - Skipper Tracks 2. over 7 years ago
submitted Techno Bro - Running Bro. over 7 years ago
submitted Eluder - Through Horizon. over 7 years ago
posted a review of Tstewart - Living Exponentially. over 8 years ago
Here's a fantastically mellow album that brings forth many of Merck's best and most inimitable qualities in 50 tight minutes: unexpected flavors, tight production details, and artwork which perfectly and cosmically matches up with what you're about to ... See full review
posted a review of Jacob London - Casual Bingo. over 12 years ago
Something of an anthem in the DJ circles in which I moved during my college years, and damn well it should be. These two goofy guys, makers of goofy chopped-and-diced house with goofy track names, really hit the bullseye here. Go right for the A-side: ... See full review
posted a review of Jason Sloan - Hymns For The Afterlife. over 13 years ago
On the other end of the spectrum from the pulse and whoosh of classic Berlin-school music, there is ambient music that creates a lively space with a very limited palette, and this album hits the nail right on the head. Fans of Stars of the Lid, Mathias ... See full review
posted a review of Off And Gone - Everest. over 13 years ago
This looks like yet another 90's album that slipped under the radar and into the bargain bin - but why? It's a medley of pristine, head-spinning techno-trance that would give Orbital, Fluke, or Freaky Chakra a run for their money. Nimbly programmed ... See full review
posted a review of Friction & Spice - Remix LP. over 13 years ago
Two stellar tracks on this record, from a label that featured lots of great breaks tracks with trancey, ravey overtones. There's a bit of a look ahead to DJ Friction's future records as Voyager with the remix of "You Make Me Feel So Good", a dark and ... See full review
posted a review of Reload - A Collection Of Short Stories. over 13 years ago
After so many long listens and late-night ruminations, this album still holds sounds to be uncovered and speaks of trips not yet taken. The full dynamic range is covered, from earthquakes and cityscapes to verdant dancefloor jams and humming drones, and ... See full review
posted a review of Kwook - Unidentified Feathered Object. over 13 years ago
I just can't get enough of this album - an hour of weird, richly-spun, gossamer ambient tuneage from Australia. This guy makes emotional tracks with generous heaps of melody and wonderful swaying beats. But this is gentle, breezy stuff, as if you could ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Made On Earth Sampler. over 13 years ago
This record was a happy accident - I bought it for one track only to fall in love with another. I played the Devilfish remix a lot in '99 when I was playing fluffy trance with a dollop of the hard stuff on top. It was typical jackhammering techno-trance ... See full review
posted a review of Laika - Sounds Of The Satellites. over 13 years ago
It's tempting to file this band away as just another cheap Stereolab imitation, but that won't do. Laika blends together bits of shoegaze, blues, jazz, dub, and indie rock and drizzles them over rhythms with loungey swagger and odd time signatures. ... See full review
posted a review of Protogonos - Strange Geographie. over 14 years ago
This disc is buried back in the early catalogue of the DiN label, so it may not be familiar to many. That's too bad, because this is a stirring and imginative ambient trip in the style of vintage FAX. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the FAX classic "2350 ... See full review
posted a review of James Johnson - San Francisco. over 14 years ago
Another installation in the strange and highly minimal Cube series, this one featuring a beat... of sorts. After pressing play, you hear a some gauzy synth plinks and washes rise up, and then... BOOM. Are your upstairs neighbors moving furniture? Or ... See full review
posted a review of Out Hud - S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.. over 14 years ago
While I'm pretty sure that the whole "disco-punk" thing has passed by me at light speed, I can safely say that this disc is a classic. What we have here is a wicked marriage of acid house tweaks and thumps, buzzing guitars, and lots of fun wibbly ... See full review
posted a review of Elements Of Life - Molecular Dreams. over 14 years ago
A pretty sweet dollar-bin find here that skips around from stomping house to twiddly soundscapes without sounding forced. With a handful of short ambient pieces scattered throughout, the main focus here is on sprawling house tracks like "Dark Intervals", ... See full review
posted a review of Robert Rich - Trances / Drones. over 15 years ago
Ocean waves, tribal instruments, slow glissando guitar, thin and ghostly melodies, walls of feedback, little twirly sounds... these ingredients have been lamely tossed together on many wack-ass "chill-out" albums over the years. Not the case on ... See full review
posted a review of Sun Electric - 30.7.94 Live. over 15 years ago
A seriously mesmerizing combination of ambient techno, warm basslines, and classic spacemusic sequencer work. The B-side goes through three distinct movements, all underpinned by the same fuzzy, cycling bassline. A kick drum breaks out partway through, ... See full review
posted a review of T Tauri - Joy To The World. over 15 years ago
Criminally ignored record here! The title track is a long-time favorite of mine - fantastic churning bassline from start to finish, lots of dubbed-out echo, and plenty of dreamy flourishes on top (is that a theremin I hear?). The two A-side versions are ... See full review
posted a review of Orbital. over 16 years ago
Orbital will be hugely missed! From the day I first took a gamble on their Brown Album in 1997, I was simply enthralled, and I've really never been able to find any other music that can make me feel the same way. As I got to know electronic music more ... See full review
posted a review of Jori Hulkkonen - We Are Invisible. over 16 years ago
Worth owning for the A-side alone - a gorgeous quirky house track with intertwining piano, flute and guitar. It takes a few minutes to get going, so it's nice for a long, drawn-out mix over a deeper, dubbier song. Once the bassline kicks in, though, you ... See full review
posted a review of Woob - Woob 1194. over 16 years ago
Believe the hype. This album is over ten years old, and it still puts modern-day "chill-out" music to shame. Back in the day, I was a young teenager listening to New Age and World Music, and I feel like there's bits and pieces of everything I've heard ... See full review
posted a review of Menace - Reap What You Sow. over 16 years ago
Just when I really thought the whole "progressive" thing could go somewhere interesting, this record came along at the end of 2000. Maybe I'm being unfair, but I watched everyone jump on this record and hammer it, and I didn't get it at all. Growly ... See full review
posted a review of Ultramarine - Every Man And Woman Is A Star. over 16 years ago
It took a few listens to get past the quirkiness of it all, but this is fantastic, flavorful, and really heartfelt music. Something like pop meets folk meets reggae meets squibbly early 90's house, all mixed together with a touch that seems effortless. ... See full review
posted a review of Ulrich Schnauss. over 16 years ago
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Ulrich's first live performance in the USA. Most of the 200 people couldn't make sense of it - too murky for dancing, too crisp for shoegazing. But those people who did were lost in the music, eyes closed and lips ... See full review
posted a review of BT - ESCM. over 16 years ago
Superb, so superb. From the opening sweep of "Firewater", which see-saws from king-sized breakbeats into acoustic guitar strummings and violins, to the punch of "Content", a charging rhythm wrapped around a heady piano hook, this disc bristles with ... See full review
posted a review of Photek - U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn. over 16 years ago
"Rings Around Saturn" - what a sublime tune from beginning to end. Sliding out of an ambient beginning into a complex jazz-tinged groove, Photek delivers some of his finest, most intricate work here. A stupendous tune; indeed I've only ever heard it ... See full review
posted a review of Sub Sub - Coast EP. over 16 years ago
"Past" is built like a standard pop song and clocks in at just about three minutes, but it stands the test of time. A tom-tom, shaker and hi-hat gently frame a bubbling bassline and an infectious, twanging guitar hook, with pads and train whistles ... See full review
posted a review of Raff N Freddy* - Deep Progress. over 16 years ago
My friend just dusted the Z2 remix off for a recent mix and it still kills 'em. The original just kind of clanks along for 10 minutes, but Z2 brings to the table a chugging, dreamy remix that's custom built for a nice, long blend. The chords from the ... See full review
posted a review of Mike Vandenberg - Spooky. over 16 years ago
The world is full of trance records that are played out and useless a few weeks after they come out, but this one is a keeper. Thinking of rewinding this tune poolside at a friend's place the day I got it still brings a smile to my face. The original is ... See full review
posted a review of Chocolate City - Love Songs. over 16 years ago
The Deep Dish sound personified. Crisp, sexy house with nothing too fancy, just bubbling bass and a manic saxophone tune running throughout. If your set's going astray and you need a lifeline, just drop this one from the top. Pick any cut at all; they're ... See full review
posted a review of Heller & Farley - Deep Sensation. over 16 years ago
Superb Afrobeat-flavored house with a sublime flute solo taking over the second half of the tune. A little chunky to mix, but with some practice it can be the centerpiece of a late-night set. Even the bonus beats on this record will get 'em stomping. ... See full review
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posted a review of Underworld - Dirty EP. over 16 years ago
A strange little collector's piece - opens with a muffled spoken intro from Rick Smith before a rough cut of "Dirty Guitar" saunters out of your speakers, with slightly stiffer percussion than the final version. A rather severe edit of "Dirty" closes out ... See full review
posted a review of Platipus. over 16 years ago
One of the very few trance labels that's still near and dear to my heart. I personally didn't like the wimpier flavors that starting coming around when they got new sleeve designs in 2000, but they've still managed to keep the production standards ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Garth & ETI* - Twenty Minutes Of Disco Glory. over 16 years ago
Essential tune! The 'Acid Rock' mix is a towering monolith of funk, what with its furtive guitar lick, dubbed out vocal samples, and that frothing acid line that just won't quit. West-coast house defined to a "T".
posted a review of Dave Seaman And Robert Miles - Renaissance Worldwide: London. over 16 years ago
I still get a laugh out of this one... Dave Seaman's disc is nothing to scoff at certainly, but heaven help me if Robert Miles, the much-derided king of "Dream Trance", doesn't lay down some serious hardness on disc two. Starting from the dreamy ... See full review
posted a review of Wam Kidz - CB's Groove. over 16 years ago
Pretty inauspicious EP, except for the B-side cut "Light and Dark", a gently winding deep house tune which throws a twittering rhythm loop together with bubbling bass and pads, but adds a lovely wandering Krautrock-esque guitar to the midsection of the ... See full review
posted a review of Atlas - Compass Error. over 17 years ago
Clean, classy progressive house with that unmistakable rumblin' Fluke sound on the "North" mix (the most highly-regarded cut of the four). Getting two copies of this and cutting back and forth between "North" and "South" has caused unspeakable dancefloor ... See full review
posted a review of Underworld - Born Slippy. over 17 years ago
The original (not the Nuxx) mix of this tune still shades it for me. Pounding, unashamedly melodic and seemingly never-ending, it approximates what a tune like "Rez" would probably sound like in the hands of someone like James Holden. An unsung piece of ... See full review
posted a review of Bermuda Triangle (2) - Mooger Fooger. over 17 years ago
Still hard to believe that no one has commented on this yet... this was a great tune all on its own, and it seemed to put Hooj back on the map for most of the folks who had unfairly written them off as being "too trancey". It's an ice-cold, superbly ... See full review