I'm 38 years old. Got a big head and little ears. I collect house, ambient, IDM, piano anthems, "nice" experimental stuff, "nice" techno and more. I got into the scene in 1997, got turntables in 1999, then went forth to go play on college radio. During the Discogs V2 years I was also a fairly active moderator. Much has happened since then, but bottom line it's safe to say I'm not cooler than you.

Besides music, I also like soft hooded sweatshirts, tea, tomatoes, crossword puzzles, the word "whilst", and parking at the very very very tops of parking garages. Also a cancer survivor, cat dad, hugger, and slow and happy trail ultrarunner.
Recent Activity
submitted Jeff Greinke - Other Weather. 4 months ago
posted a review of Kosh (7) - Null 212 . 4 months ago
An absolute trip of an EP, covering four diverse moods succinctly in four wicked tracks. "Null 212" is such a fun propulsive track with a break in the middle to die for. Pressed at 45, so suitable for wrong-speed playback trickery too. Electro is only... See full review
posted a review of Pauline Anna Strom - Angel Tears In Sunlight. 4 months ago
The textures on Pauline Anna Strom's Plot Zero and Spectre LP's from the mid-80's were unique, simmering away in very dusty and liminal moods. Now over thirty years later she flips the script with this joyful and immersive LP. The cover absolutely... See full review
posted a review of Pink Elln & Atom Heart - Elektroniikkaa. 4 months ago
Van Bellen brings forth a really cool remix in his typical style, with cyclical chugging percussion and gently undulating curtains of melody. Super fun and extra long breakdown towards the end after which you slam right back into the warm thrumming... See full review
posted a review of LA Synthesis - The Beacon / CMI Wave Sequence. 5 months ago
Can’t believe I’m the first to drop a comment on this stunner from these amazing 90’s producers. Two warm, huggable, danceable, super-detailed Detroit/electro cuts with straight kick drums and wittering little fx details zooming off into the corners... See full review
posted a review of Ebi - Zen. 5 months ago
One of my absolute favorite albums from my favorite musical year of 1994. Like a lot of techno of the time, the sound and percussion palette is pretty raw and pretty similar throughout, but what a mastery of rhythm, spaciousness, composition and... See full review
posted a review of John Daly - Solitaire / Back It Up. 5 months ago
Wrong-speed banger alert on this bargain bin find. Take both sides down from 45 to 33 for some 95 bpm syrupy sweet chill-out room cuts. Especially on the B-side track, the melodies shiver with a cold movie soundtrack sheen and the percussion crunches... See full review
submitted Bart Hawkins - 21 Pulse Eclipse. 6 months ago
posted a review of DJ Lostboi & Torus (4) - The Flash. 7 months ago
My favorite musical surprise of 2020... an awesome half hour of serene aquatic ambient to get lost in. The Lostboi tracks are emotionally punchy but simply composed, breathing in and out with generous amounts of reverb. Torus starts with "Enter The... See full review
submitted The Ministry Of Inside Things - Trilogy. over 4 years ago
submitted Offthesky* & Pleq - A Thousand Fields. over 6 years ago
submitted David Morley - Sanctum. over 6 years ago
submitted Chuck Van Zyl - Rituals. over 7 years ago
submitted Various - Kowli Records 001. over 7 years ago
submitted Uun - Locked EP. over 7 years ago
submitted Outputmessage - Asteroids. over 7 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 8 years ago
submitted Techno Bro - Running Bro. over 8 years ago
submitted Eluder - Through Horizon. over 8 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 13 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,... See full review
posted a review of Off And Gone - Everest. over 14 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 14 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 14 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,... See full review
posted a review of Kwook - Unidentified Feathered Object. over 14 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... See full review
posted a review of Various - Made On Earth Sampler. over 14 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... See full review
posted a review of Laika - Sounds Of The Satellites. over 14 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... See full review
posted a review of James Johnson - San Francisco. over 15 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 15 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 15 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... See full review
posted a review of Robert Rich - Trances / Drones. over 16 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 16 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... See full review
posted a review of T Tauri - Joy To The World. over 16 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... 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,... 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 17 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 17 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... See full review
posted a review of Ulrich Schnauss. over 17 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... See full review
posted a review of BT - ESCM. over 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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... See full review
posted a review of Chocolate City - Love Songs. over 17 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;... See full review
posted a review of Heller & Farley - Deep Sensation. over 17 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