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This news report contains lots of cool info on things going on both underground and elsewhere that have somethin' to do with electronic music ........all kinds! Three monthly playlists are included and are compiled from vinyl and cd's played on 'These Technotic Times' (a/k/a 'The TYME Project'), on WTSR 91.3fm (TCNJ) Sunday nights 9pm-12mn, Dj L3's live gigs, and RealAudio sets and programs created for Technotica/Music. This report is produced by Linda Leigh/Dj L3 & (restless)Rob of technotica.com, and is published monthly. Info on being added/removed, etc. from the subscription list, as well as contact info, is at the end of the report. Thank you!


WHAT'S GOIN' ON?
A grand Howdy-do to all y'all, and a happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the U.S.! Well, of course I'm in a wonderful mood, fueled by good music and good wine... And, in fact, the Beaujolais Nouveau is really delicious this year! I highly recommend you locate a bottle or two, chill with a bunch of friends while takin' in some of this month's hot music, and quaff some of this spring-kissed gift of nature = :-D

FALL INTO TECHNO
This is always a time of year when a lot of new, young fans are discovering music on the 'technotic tip.' Hopefully their tuned-in peers are taking them under wing, doin' a bit of friendly schoolin, helping them learn the culture and passing down the 'stories.' There's growing evidence of a cross-generational continuum in this scene, with large concentrations of so-called Gen-X listeners in their 20's, and of Gen-Next newbies in their teens turning on to every genre from Ambient to Jungle to Hardcore, not to mention the resurgent interest across the board in old breaks and electro.

DJs RULE!
The interest in DJ culture and techniques continues to grow even greater...

Throw downs are being thrown and competitions are heatin up! The big, well known krewes like the Scratch Pickles and the X-Men are keeping up with the times, and Coldcut is still keeping it fresh and fun. Kid Koala is one of the new kids on the block with hiz mad skillz, and just down the street from Technotica's secret underground headquarters, the local music shoppe is havin' trouble keepin' in stock the ever-widening array of DJ tips and techniques videos.......and so much of the music is informed by the magical tricks that Dj's use to 'spice up' the mix, prob'ly cause so many Dj's are making much of the music which finds great favor with other Dj's...

THE BEAT GROWS ON
Today's dance music consumers are surrounded by such a multitude of influences....and these don't necessarily have to be regionally or nationally-centered thanks to developments like the emergence of the worldwide Internet dance community, which offers not only news and views, but provides a more personal interchange of ideas between music cultures.

Also broadening the musical mix are the greater availability of techno music and magazines, the increasing number of College radio mix and electronic music shows going out over the air and on-line, and the proliferation of our favorite beats in commercials and movies (The Jackal, The Saint)....And you can't miss the techno influence during sports broadcasts, or the boomlet of D& B soundtracks for soft drink ads and the like! Of course, if you're in Europe, you might tend to say, "So? This music is common on the radio, and just about everywhere I go, I hear it in taxis, bars, boutiques, etc, so what's the big deal?" Well, that may be true, but when I'm in an NYC taxi, I used to expect to hear world music... No longer, but I'm not complaining ;->

A TRULY GLOBAL MARKET
American and European record companies are having a field day providing Asian, French and Japanese record companies with scads of happenin' House, Techno, Urban Pop and mid tempo R&B sounds.

'MIND, BODY, SOUL...'
One enduring concept in experimental/electronic music that goes well beyond the beat, is the meaning and psychological impact of a choon, whether it be melodic, minimal, subdued or stomping. Some people don't want to 'think' when they hear music, thus prefer it straightforward and sustained, so it doesn't rock their consciousness or impinge upon their groove, but, others believe that art's function is to help explain, enlighten and demystify the essence of life, to help us keep a handle on the intensity of existence, and for these folks, it follows that the music they seek must be of a higher purpose, more 'intelligent' if you will, even disturbing at times, and always provocative.

SO, WOT'S LIKE, THE MUSIC NOW?
In the ever-moving evolution of the electronic/dance music scene, everything is very hazy right now, and hmmmn, maybe that's a contributing factor to the Lounge revival...Hey, maybe this ain't just a passin' fancy, but a life-style solution...there are places just about anywhere where one can go to really chill out and catch some soul tinglin vibes..smaller, more intimate spaces for mingling, talking, or just people watching.

DEFINING OUR TERMS
Ok, so it's not surprising there's a lot of talk and all about classifying techno genres, and all this 'electronica' stuff in general. For a while when someone in the UK or the continent said a rekkid was 'house,' there was a strong chance that those in America would label it 'techno.' In Europe, 'hardcore' meant happy hardcore, with breakbeats, while in the U.S., it meant 4 to the floor banging 909 driven hard as nails techno...

Gabber, it seems, is consistent the world over, as appears to be the varied stripes of jungle (tech step, jump up, etc.), deep house is self explanatory. But there's a multitude of breaks sub-genres that range from funky electro breaks, acid breaks, breakbeat, Florida stuff, West Coast stylee, trip-hop and hip-hop, etc.

With techno, you got yer basic Detroit twirly mental stuff, the housier funkiefied Chicago version, and yer ever-popular minimal (which of a lot of Detroit stuff is, too, come to think of it!)

Acid comes in a few varieties - minimal, trance and hard, and trance itself has a multitude of types that go from psychedelic and goa, to melodic, to driving hard stuff...and speaking of trance, it's the number one style in Belgium, and it's popularity grows stronger in the US with each passing day....here on the East Coast, there was a big party with an all hard trance line-up, lots of people went to check it out and were amazed by the music and have been wanting, and getting more since!

When in doubt, using a well-recognized 'sound type' definition kinda works...like, the word 'Chemical' brings to mind that hard, breaky, raucous Chem Bros thing, and the use of the term 'Aphex-like' refers to music evoking Mr. James' signature beats.. Daftesque, of course, describes a certain overall musical feeling...

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH HOUSE?
Many dance music aficionados seem to be locked in a love/hate relationship with the House music scene...but, ya know, if you give them a well funky beat and a cool vocal and don't tell them it's house, the good stuff goes over regardless! See and hear some of those Glasgow sounds for a lesson here...Soma, from Scotland, had a hottie a few years ago with 'Step Back', God, I still love and use that one! You know, House, it's a feeling!

DON'T FORGET THE FUNK!
Disco flavor is defiantly all over stuff, but the dancefloor is eating up Electro...the really heavy bassy crunchy stuff, people are getting really funky!

JUNGLE RAPS IT UP
Hey, Yo. KRS & Goldie sounds pretty good in collaboration, though it's kinda hard to imagine clubbers gettin down with the phattie beats and callin for the rewind..........and check it out, Rap & R&B are getting a lot of interest and pop-crossover success throughout the world, even in the Latin market!

LOOK AND LISTEN!!!
Some other folks whose stuff I really like lately: Bentley Rhythm Ace, Andy Weatherall, Force inc. & Djax back in full swing!!!! Holy Ghost, oh man haunt me some more!! And on the tube, South Park.......Check this 'toon on Comedy Central, it's irreverent and assertive...this goes far beyond Beavis & Butthead to show y'all what's really whacked about today's American psyche!

SONIC SOIREES...
Some industry-type events you may be interested in revvin' up the schmooz machine at include....

Dec. 2 - ASCAP's "Real Stories . . . What Happens In The Music Business" Series Presents 'Publicity: How To Create A Buzz' at the ASCAP Building, New York. 212-841-8119.

Dec. 3 - The Third Annual New York National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences Heroes Awards in New York. 212-245-5440.

Dec. 4-5 - Entertainment, Sports, And Publishing Law Seminar, sponsored by University of California at Davis School of Law and University of Houston Law Foundation. Sheraton Grande Hotel, Los Angeles. 713-743-2069.

Dec. 8 - Billboard Music Awards. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

212-536-5173.


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Tops of the Play for October 26 thru November 23, 1997

TOP TECHNO TUNES 11/97

1. DJ HELL VS R BARTZ - S/T - KURBEL...
A Classic !!! I've been hearing/playing both sides of this puppy out all ova the place, at underground parties and big NYC clubs! 'Break the Rulz' starts with a newscast about an execution, then the techno creeps in like a heartbeat and totally takes over and you are off!!! Straight-up, no holds barred, and even you who doesn't dance, is suddenly flailing uncontrollably in delight. Flip the wax, and ya gots another one of those Instant Classics - "Take a sniff of me, I'll make you feel fine, take a shot of me, I'll make you fly," is what the vox promises, and it delivers! That line is sampled all thru this shakey poppity mover with cars zooming all about! It's entrancing!

2. SI BEGG - WORKING ON THE FRONT LINE EP - MOSQUITO...
"Push it" Yeah, Si!!!! sigh.....there's a great quote from Miles Davis on the label regarding the importance of the ongoing creative process, and Mr. Begg puts his music where his mouth is, delivering 4 future techno bangers and 2 atmospheric builders...music from technology that's kinda wild and wonderful with all kinds of squinchy and squidgy-pop sounds, weird popity taps 'n claps, strange spacey sounds, breaky beats, funk 'n fun, and jes plain silly fun!

3. RAOUL DELGARDO - LOCATION 1-3 - SHEEP RECORDS...
There you are, not even realizing that yer dancing...a subtle cell tease twirling deep into your mind and soul, trancing amongst far away sounds. B side's got a pair of bangers - first up, a big angry swarm of heavily armed killer bees buzz in, hitting you with big sticks and shooting laser guns, then a Detroit inspired deep metallic trippy twirler gets you all mental.

4. SURGEON - LEARNING - DYNAMIC TENSION...
Yes, I guess we're all still learning, and Mr. Childs is learning even more effective ways to screw with your mind and body! No titles to speak of, it's 4 tracks...beaty beats with samba-esque percussion and a xylophone that gets deep, mental twirling repeating flipping over and runnin', hopping stomp brushing claps 'n fast flippy sticks, then - cowbells! With sticky beats that flip all together and repeats to trance you out and talk to you.

5. SPHERE - NO ESCAPE EP - SUBSOUNDS...
4 ruff 'n tuff mental mayhem makers! 'Fear' is poppity, bangin fun with bell-like tones, swishy percussion and, what's it saying? "Stand with me" it sounds like, perhaps. Why, are you afraid? 'No Escape' has got a horney duck on acid grating and rubbing wildly along, 'Polyphonic Groove' runs away along ladders of repeating sounds with rushing percussion and a funk that speaks, 'Black Moon' is an acid squidge-fest twirlin 'n clapin.

6. BONE-1 - PURPLE LEMONS - NU FUTURA...
Frankie finally gives us his own work on his new label, and now you're gonna work it 4 times over! There's a Surgeon flavored cut with deep mental pulsing and supa-bass on 'Purple Paradise', tribal drums beating the Woo! out of you on 'Lemon Aid', and the amazing Bam Bam Bam Bam Whoot! of that flippy steppin banger 'Deputy.'

7. DUST TRAXX COMPILATION - V/A - DUST TRAXX...
A taste of things to come from this new label out of Chicago, with a stellar line-up and great production...Paul Johnson takes top honors with 'Whistle With Me', an infectious stompin ditty, next fave is James Christian, some deep hard house, Woohoo! Frankie Bones comes down with the hard bubblin squinchies on 'Beast Infection', and Armani turns in a percussive stomper with a ruff line from 'Hell'.

8. M SCHAFFHAUSER - SECHS UHR MORGENS - BLAOU SOUNDS...
Neat stuff! Dark, deep destructive clocks ticking hypnotically summoning restless urges throwing funk flavored guitar licks into this kool brew.

9. EPHEBE - VISIONS - MOSAIC...
Deep n low trippy sh*t here on 'Sasquatch', flip and pitch up for the twanky 'Sogu' a minimal beaty rubber spaghetti tune, and '(dis)order' big bass beats deeply recovering primal instincts via the scientific application of the hi hat.

10. ARGONIC - BLACK ORANGE EP - FUTURE FRONTIER...
Oh Lordy! We're going on a trip, a very loud, fast journey...and along the way the conductor keeps clicking that thing of his and all these crazy people are beating the poles with metal sticks and as the train further descends down, down, down, and now it's getting dark and all these soldiers are marching by, and, and, and..........fear.

11. OUTCAST CLAN - GROUND ZERO EP - OUTCAST CLAN...
Excellently executed hardcore by some ole' faves of mine. This one's a bit noisier than past releases! A bit, did I say? Ha!!!!! Very fast, full n furious mania with battle sounds, screaming, acid, drums n drills. There is, though, a lovely quiet break on one cut ;->

12. MARKO LAINE - COLD - DJAX...
Hey, this label is once again on the fast track! Ridin' high in the saddle with 5 tracks of mental big n bangin hard choons that explore the realms of darkness and hypnotic effect. Don't miss the sewer rats invading the 'Store'!

13. NEIL LANDSTRUMM - SCANDANAVIA SESSIONS - TRESSOR...
Big surprise ;-p that the guy's got some talented friends! My faves here are the Navario Sauro electroish cool marchin fun fest with cool bass, and Stephen Brown's huge noisey big n bad, squeekin n turnin n scrapity bangin Owtcher. Adam X turns in a very deep feeling squinky drippy percussive bassy cool martial mover and Tobias Schmidt causes a scarey traffic jam scraping by heavy beats.

14. SPHERE - FIRST VECTORS EP - FOCUS...
Vince Watson from the UK here again! Melodic techno this time that in 'Aurora' reminds one of the ole' classic 'Blue', and delivers a NYC stylee growing banger that dances you then smoothes ya in 'Vectors'. 'Liquid' is a great shakey percussive muted deep Bam! with spacey 'ahhhh's and squirly sounds diggin the funk.

15. CHRIST OF NOISE & DAVID LAGON - AMIGA TOOLS INDUSTRIE - PROVISION...
This is crazy stuff, man! Hammering hardcore with big electronic noises, grunts n raps, and other weird and wild sounds to make you gurn!

16. GARY NUMAN - RANDOM - BEGGERS BANQUET...
There are two camps, you are or yer not a huge fan of the Numan sound, but even if you're not, do check out these remixes by Armani doing a bangingly buzzy good job with 'Metal'. While Dj Hell delves into some goth-like downtemp drama with a touch of the ole tubular bells feel on 'Dans le Parc.'

17. DJ PATRICK & STEFAN - TRICKY SOUNDS - TECMANIA...
The cuts I like here are the 'Triky Sound' ones. Interesting variations on the bleepy, bangin beaty stuff filtering with some funky acid on #1 and adding a cute flute and a light-hearted feel to #2 that could function as a child's techno primer!

18. X TRAX - V/A - PICTURE DISC - X TRAX...
6 trax, no waiting for the fun...There's the usual bang-n-twirlers that are just fine, but the standouts are F.Corsten's 'Applejuice' and Jean-Pierre with 'Disavowed'.

19. ZEKT - SOUND & VISION - DARKNESS...
This hard act has been around for awhile with not a lot of releases, but all quality, memorable, brain crunching ones. Here we go again, with 3 out of 4 cuts doin' the bizness taking y'all on a wild, banging ride thru raveland and beyond the trippy crashing gates of percussion.

20. TOMITO SATORI - FUTURE PERFECT - EXHIBIT RECORDS...
Massively banging, crashing, storming, scraping, insane, driving techno...Boosh Boosh Boosh Boosh!!!

21. DANIEL BELL - THE LOST TRAX - KLANG...
Lost? Or just misplaced? Perhaps we'll never really know, but we do know Mr. Bell knows how to 'Work That S**T' cause it bubbles hard ruff blowing beats deeply, and you feel so good, you'll wanna take 'A Trip to the Moon' on stompin 4x4 beats, splinterin' sticks and a squidgy-spidgey house organ.

22. ACTIVATOR - LA SOUP - HAMMERHEAD ALLIANCE...
I heard this was a USA release, picked up by Paradiso. I'm sure glad I got my paws on it! It's Happy Hardcore without being annoyingly overloaded, yeah, the stylin' stuff! 4 slices of bangin fun with acid house samples, carnival sounds, weird, soulful voices, and more.

23. ARTIST UNKNOWN - ROLL THE PLACE - White Label...
Oh my my my, now if someone requests I play Prodigy, I can just put this pup on and watch them 'Smack their 'lips', then if you 'wanna do that thing', you can, with a slight disco flavor trampled by hardcore beats. Flip it for a long bassy hard cut with another familiar sample.

24. ZERO TOLERANCE - RUBBER BISCUIT - DWARF...
Yikes!!! Big Club Novelty tune alert! That cwazy Drawf is up to some antics here with a 'Rubber Biscuit' to keep you rolling with laughter! The other 2 tracks are good n bangin, 'Big Rhythm' has got breakbeats, weird voices and horns with that "annihilating rhythm" sample, and 'Body Motion' is ravey fun telling you to "dance, dance, move yer body!"


HEAVENLY HEADY STUFF 11/97

1. AMON TOBIN - PIHRANA BREAKS - NINJA TUNE...
This guy's got talent Baby! Oh, you knew that. Why of course you did :) The title cut will eat you up, consume you and you'll like it! Kinda jazzy feelings and horns with back alley mystery, exotically spiced and very, very cool steel drums, military marching, D&B...trippy! 'Fast Eddie' is a sleek, sexy, smiling spy saga, oh so sweet, sauntering by with chill lounge grooves seductively subverting your sensibilities...

2. KEROSENE - KING OF THE SLUM - FORCE INC...
Another label that's gotten stronger recently! This former Pharma act goes to the head here with a long, deep primal journey complete with congas and tribal rhythms adding zip with some bangin bass on the title track. On the flip are 2 more experimental cuts, 'Vienna Sucks' with hard deliberate beats and a quirky, familiar rhythm line sound, and 'Funky Bandu' which is more out there with a weird voice, big beats, bassy tones and sharp sounds.

3. SWIRL PEOPLE - SLEAZY - WALLY'S GROOVE WORLD...
Deep bassy relaxin beaty chill spacey sounds complemented by neat drums and percussion. 'All Over the World' is more mysterious and slightly exotic with some breaks and a cool vox sample.

4. SUKIA - GARY SUPER MACHO - MO WAX...
Wildly funky fun for all !!! Ya got the main mix and 3 remixes by some stellar names who do the bizzness. All kinds of sounds on this one, from Peter Gunnisms, distorted acid, slinky synths, seductive women, kooky organs, surf guitars, go go, male chants of "Hoo Ha!" A stylishly sly self-referential "Gary Super Macho" sample and a crazed "Lindo Lindo".... "very nice...." vox.

5. LISA GERMANO - LOVESICK*UNDERDOG REMIX* - OUTPUT...
Funken rock that's psychedelic and trippy with big bass and a wild guitar making a chill freak out. I'm surprised I liked the vocal mix, but it's really cool and gloomy downtempo funk that works!

6. BIRDS - 111 ONE - PAL SL...
Deep seriously subliminally inspiring subsonic bass beats growing pulses brushing, clicking and sticking and ticking......

7. FRUIT OF THE LOOP - S'EXPLORE - MINERAL...
Someone melted some magnetic meteor dust into your mind. OOOOh Baby, taking you down and dirty, porn movie samples making love and party people having fun. Various moods include deep house sounds, D&B, trippy soft rock and beaty downtempo sex funk...Does Toucan Sam know about this?!

8. BANCO DE GAIA - DRUNK AS A MONK *RABBIT IN THE MOON'S BRASS MONKEY MIX* - PLANET DOG...
The rabbit's on the loose again taking this exotically cool and wonderful chanter 'n banger through an acid house wash and trancy big bass rinse that makes it cooler and deeper...taking it further out there into tribal-land pulsing and trancing.

9. MAD DOCTOR X - REAL HEAVY SCIENCE - FRESKANOVA...
The title cut here is aptly named! A deep funky, jazzy vibe complemented by a male rap, very fine ;> Flip is an 'Intergalactic Throwdown' of fun proportions! Beaty n bubbly with deep, cool smooth hip-hop vibes.

10. AFRONAUGHT - SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION - AFRO ART...
This is a treat :-) Sounds like some aliens came a callin' on Orin Walters, slathered some of his jazzy jam onto their space cakes, and called it a psychedelic picnik. They made sure to invite The Black Science Orchestra to further investigate the meaning of 'Quark'.

11. THE SAAFI BROS - PT 2* INTERNAL CODE ERROR - BLUE ROOM...
Jammin Unit took this way out there!!! Very spacey and trippy deep beats and feelings that really wraps around yer head...Bandulu bang the trance dance into the next plane of sticky echoing delight.

12. DEVELOPMENT 1.0 EP - V/A - DEVELOPMENT...
A taster from another Plus 8 sub-label. 'Waves of Probability' by Leonard J. Bartush is a long ambient minimal journey that really develops, moves, fades...a very subliminal sweet thing really, and it really cleanses yer palette! 'Fine Line Disturbance' by Craco Saca has spacey ringing echoing far off beats and ladders of sound memories trailing off...Icons 'Symbol 1' feels like regression therapy as a mysterious low 'n deep primal pulse taps out urgent genetic coding info and a message that ensures healthy growth ensues.

13. UNITED FUTURE ORGANISATION - *PT. 2* THE PLANET PLAN - TALKING LOUD...
Some neat-o re-mixes of a sultry n spacious spy tuneage by the Yellow team and Carl Craig. The Yellow mix is groovalicious deep, chill funk, while Craig's is panting, smokey and mysterious.

14. KURTIS MANTRONIK - MUSIC FOR THE DUSTED - OXYGEN...
Great 'chair dancing' stuff here. Check out 'Hush' for loungey, chill weirdly deepness, 'On the Beatbox' has got a rap with nifty breaky big slow beats n bass, and 'One Time's funky cool acid house 'isms.

15. SHAZZ - EL CAMINO - YELLOW PRODUCTIONS...
The original mix is piano fueled deep n beaty, the 'Organ Dub' takes it deeper into smooth jazzy house territory.

16. FROM BEYOND VOL 2 - V/A - INTERDIMENSIONAL TRANSMISSION...
No, I haven't heard it because I haven't been able to get a copy. I want it.


FABULOUS FUNK FOR 11/97

1. KOMPUTER KIDS - GROOVIN YA - DEFENDER...
Damn, this is good! 2 mixes, 'Rudeuro' is deep funky tracky house with a Kraftwerk influenced horn line and cool voices, 'Trip Jazz' is funny and cute, binging and bubbling with weird efx and some stompin spacey shootin, the horn line is the same as the flip, but not as prominent.

2. CHEAP KNOB GAGS - VOL. 6 - CHEAP KNOB GAGS...
I thank Heather Heart at Sonic Groove Records in NYC for turning me on to this fine label, which now presents a most interesting sixth issue. They've all been in a hard funky vein, with a touch of silliness, and 'Does your Mail Fit in Your Box' certainly goes for the jugular with it's infectious disco groove, stomping beats and Homer Simpson sample. The flip goes a bit deeper, drummier, dubbier n sticky with a horney sound line on 'Stop or I'll Shoot' and explores some banging hard house sound looping with 'Manhole'.

3. MONKEY MAFIA - 15 STEPS EP - HEAVENLY...
Well, am I lucky or what?! I know this came out this year, but I don't know when, cause I just came across this one day recently, and wow! What fun! All kinds of funky dance floor vibes with Latin and Samba elements, DJ efx, voices, western and reggae flavors and cool shakins 'n bass.

4. SWEET SADNESS - STREET SADNESS - BLUE TRAIN...
Oh my, where to start? Well, it ain't too sad! Especially with the bangin beats and steady percussiveness of the hard houser track. Other cuts are deeper excursions into tribal territory with some classic bubbling acid, funky, tinny hitting bass beats and filtered elements drawn in.

5. SOUNDS LIKE GLASGOW EP - V/A - PAN...
This is some good stuff baby, here ya go, now, doesn't that feel better? Ah yea, more sounds from Glasgow. Dj Q here again, 'Feelin French' in a very comfortable way. A spacious, lush atmosphere plus a jazzy horn makes a groovey funky stepper. Oscuro P's 'Sole Inflection' features a smooth guy talking about soul, chill & nice! The flip gives ya a big trippy groove-fest, tribally drumming with a 4x4 beat, swirling keyboards and trancing insistent percussion with Urb'n'Ri 's 'Red Cell', then finishes up with Fresh & lows 'Freefall' chill, big downbeats, a groovy funk organ and a lovely horn. Sweet!

6. DJ Q - PORN KING EP - GLASGOW UNDERGROUND...
This guy's gettin a lot of hype lately, so check this out, especially 'The Original Porn King' cut, Woo! Supa-Funk city, Wah wah'g, strings, big steppin beats n claps with a wildly funkified acid line that's all slightly Daft. Flip it for a sexy pumping 'Moody Groove' and check out 'Vincents's Vibe' for a chill and deep finale.

7. HARU KATANA - KATANA - LEGACY...
Eclectic funky fun to tickle yer fancy bits. (whatever the heck that means ;) 4 cool tracks and 2 bands of samples and loops. 'Reverse in Horizons' has cool winding acid around big steppin beats and breaks, percussion and more acid riding vox samples, 'Transformed' gets chill cool with old school feelings, some excellent scratchin, a loopy 'n spacey funky bangin beat, acid, vox hits "What's yer name?", 'F.R.E.E.' has got that heavy electro-funk 'n breakbeats old school fun cool female yelp thing going on wantin to be yer "best friend", and lastly 'Y or M?' takes big beats and acid, takes it down, gets all farty 'n squidgy "yes, I know".

8. LALO SCHIFRIN - *BLACK DOG REMIX* BULLITT - WARNER...
The original, which is included, sounds fresh...classic lounge with jazzy horns, percussion and funky guitar...remixes by The Black Dog expand the horizon, taking it chiller and more mysterious with a strange effect on the 'Mini Driver Jam', then to fast and drummy jazz with odd spacey sounds, a siren, and lots of intrigue on my fave cut, 'Dogalytic Converter'.

9. HOKUSAI - COLD/DIVINE - SOURCE DIRECT...
Drum n Bass that's 'Divine' with chill deep spy like feelings, and some 'Cold' Bassy bassed evil acid cooled with percussion and fast faraway beaty beats.

10. MR . OIZO - #1 - F-COMMUNICATIONS...
Quinten Dupieux here with this assortment for the head and the dancefloor. 'Kirk' starts with a woman calling out the title with a doomy synth, then the beats grow into a housey vibe. 'L'homme' is weirdly dark and deep with voices, sounds, alarms and slow downtempo beats and bass. Ze flip eez 'Ke-ele' squeekin turnin whistlin hootin and a steppin with sticks n bass. 'Klum' sure isn't glum! A wonderfully melodic hypnotized house stepper that'll talk 2 you.

11. MON0 - SLIMCEA GIRL - ECHO...
The original song is kinda sad to me, made me feel melancholy. The 3 re-mixes take it in a different direction tho...Check out the Slamming Jungley version remixed by The Sol Brothers with evil bass and excellent vocal sampling n stretchin. Also excellent is The Aloof's atmospheric version with big bass and drama, slower jazzy trip-hop-rock downbeats.

12. GOLDIE FEAT. KRS1 - DIGITAL - FFRR...
Ok, I admit it, I didn't care for this at first, it took me a few listens, then I played Armand Van H's Dub mix on a Big system, and well...the rest is history as we say! Funky as all hell, KRS's vocals and Goldie's underpinnings plus AVH, well, there ya go!

13. D NOTE - WAITING HOPEFULLY - VIRGIN...
Lovely stuff! These 4 'club remixes' of the U.K.'s #1 "Cool Cut" (what exactly does that mean?) are really nice, well, I don't particularly care for much of the fem vocal, so the Deep Dish mix is out for me, But :) check out the most lovely and deep Faze Action Dub with harps n a long high horn sound all thru, the Footprints Vocal Mix by Lil Louis is funky, R&B flavored sampling the song's title to a stompin beat, and Woah! Deep Dish make a stunning recovery for me with their Duggy-Dooggy Dub Faded mix, hard trippy house with a mad cool break!

14. MOUSSE T - HORNEY/BAD BOY *PIC DISC* - PEPPERMINT JAMS...
'Horney' is the cut to go for here! Cool, funky, steppin disco hard house that filters ala D-Punk.

15. OUTSIDE - THE MOON AFTER THE FALL - DORADO...
Oi! Hmmm, at first the vocal on this kinda freaked me a bit, but the Jungle remix is so slammin, I played it a few times, and I'm kinda becoming fond of it...you'll catch yourself going off with it in yer head at the most inappropriate times I bet'cha!


LP's, CD's - Full Length things...............

VARIOUS ARTISTS - PULP FUSION - HARMLESS...
12 pieces of gold :) Funky gold Wah-Wah-rific groovy attitude adjusters.

Includes George Freeman's 'The Bump', S.O.U.L. doing 'Burning Spear', and Reuben Wilson's supa-fine 'Inner City Blues'.

OCTAVE ONE - THE LIVING KEY - 2XLP'S - 430 WEST...
All 8 cuts are great! Especially one of the one's that's exclusive to the vinyl version, 'Divisions 2', which is hard, deep house with those drums and that crazy organ! The others go tribal 'n deep, primal with minimal mental pulsing, bleepy smooth, deep tracky steppin with Chinese sounds, chill beats and glurpy water, and gruff chopped and filtered organs.

AUDIO ALCHEMY 2 - DIRECTIONS IN SOUND MANIPULATION - UBIQUITY...
11 tunes here of various funkified beats 'n vibes giving a pretty good overview of what's going on with these types of sounds...especially super great to hear The Infinite Posse's 'Gia', Darkhorse with 'Dr. Strange' and Q-Burns Abstract Message delivering a 'Robotic Dog'. Fine chill stuff!

GEMINI - IN AND OUT OF FOG AND LIGHTS - PEACEFROG...
"This is a new style of funk music" sez the into, and noting the thanks section on the back you'll see some interesting ones. The music itself is a lovely array of comfortably housey pieces ranging from space, bass n bird ambiance (2007), to hypnotic female vocals matched to a big bass beat (I & Pelargonium), some cool and fun deepish house, a twirly click 'n banger, a tracky bongo 'n organ piece, and a hard houser with shooting space sounds taking you to a lovely place (Freefall).

EAT STATIC - SCIENCE OF THE GODS - MAMMOTH...
These guys explore all kinds of electronic beats and rhythms on this one, and there's a lot of great music here! Multiple layers and textures intricately play around, dodging and darting thru time and space.....the best tracks, to me, are the hard trance and illbient-ish ones (Spawn & Kryll respectively). I also really like the spacey tribal drumminess of 'Science of the Gods' and the deep D&B feelings of 'Bodystealers'.

V/A - BIG NOISE 2, ANOTHER MAMBO INN COMPILATION - RYKODISC...
A fun filled romp thru grooves on the African, Latin, and Caribbean tip. Some most excellent cuts to thrown down during those heated Lounge sessions to help folkes feel their oats and shimmy on down.


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