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GREETINGS ONE & ALL!
THE OLD-SCHOOL 'RAVE SOUND' ABOUNDS
TRACKING TECHNOTICA MUSIC
STUFF THAT SEEMS TO BE TAKING OFF
CALLING ALL PROMOTERS (MY RANT)
HEY, CHECK OUT THESE WORDS!
THE PLAYLISTS AND REVIEWS
PLAYLIST #3 - Nu-Electro
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #3
PLAYLIST #4 - Mixed-Bag surprise!
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #4
PLAYLIST #5 - Eclectic Funk 'n Beats
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #5
PLAYLIST #6 - Close Your Eyes and Dance!
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #6
CD, FULL LENGTH & OTHER REVIEWS !!!!
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GREETINGS ONE & ALL!
Well, spring has sprung, and here on the East Coast of the USA the weather is lovely and people are getting busy doin all that stuff they do once they shake off that Winter chill!
THE OLD-SCHOOL 'RAVE SOUND' ABOUNDS
Not only are the originals getting massive attention (record shops are saying that people are still continuously seeking 'O Fortuna' all the time! And, the remix of that one did OK.) -- But folks are re-mixing and re-issuing these tunes like crazy! Every week the distributor's lists have several of these 'everything old is new again' tunes available. Some are good, some are better left in the original state ('No Pills' being one the latter!)
Along with this feeling of nostalgia, is the up again swing is Happy Hardcore really! In Toronto, the Hullabaloo series of events totally goes off with a massive contingent waving the gloves 'n sticks in the Happy Hardcore room! 80's Synth-Pop is also making quite the resurgence of interest, with many specialty nights taking off all over the US with that as their main focus looks like the 30-something crowd wants to step out again, and they want to do that steppin' to the sounds of their youth. These nights have been getting a very interesting mix of people as the seasoned synthoids mix with the raverish crowd, along with those who always seem to be skimming the edge of hipness. That Goth stuff just refuses to lay down and die, no matter how many times it has a stake driven through its heart!
TRACKING TECHNOTICA MUSIC
The Technotica site offers mixes in may categories of electronic underground sounds here's an update of how those categories are doing regarding hits:
-Techno: was slightly down for a little while after being way up, now is on the upswing again.
-Lounge: was up a year ago, then down for awhile, now up a bit.
-Trip Hop: was kinda down, now goin' good!
-Gabber & Hardcore: always good demand, but has really been increasing!
-Acid: up up up!
STUFF THAT SEEMS TO BE TAKING OFF
Deep, dubby, icy sounds ala Herbert, Thule check 'Gas' on Mille Plateau for an extreme example. Jazzy House is extremely well received! There has been a mix on the Technotica website for a few months now and the number of hits just continues to rise! The stuff I used came from these Artists/Labels - Circulation, Brian Harden/Nite Life Collective, Blakdoktor/Shaboom, Skye/Pure Plastic, Likwid Biskit/People, Beat-Nik D/Kontraband, Craig Alexander/Dust Traxx, and Atmosfear/Disorient.
CALLING ALL PROMOTERS (MY RANT)
One thing I keep hearing over and over again is how people want to hear different sounds than what is presented to them by the major players in the production end of things Why is it that certain regions in the US and in many countries around the world get pigeonholed into only a certain sound? It seems that too many times the style of music is dictated by what the people throwing the party believe to be the cool sound of the moment, or by who they feel compelled to book in the hope that this will ensure that they draw a certain amount of people so they make sure they make their money. Now, there's nothing wrong with making money, but they often underestimate the intelligence of the event-going public.
Point one - the music A party should be a well rounded experience, except if it is being billed as that type of music event (i.e. all jungle, breaks, trance, etc.). By exposing your audience to a wide variety of electronic underground sounds you are really doing yourself, and your community a favor. You are becoming a 'teacher' a role model of sorts, a guide. The sounds of Happy Hardcore or straight up Acid may not leave a pleasant taste in your mouth, but believe me, by incorporating these, and all the other flavors of the electronic rainbow, you will find you and your productions to be held in a higher state of regard, and will also build on the base of peeps who want to go to your events.
Point two - the flow Now, regardless of the genre(s) of your event, finding a way to keep a smooth flow of music and everyone happy at the same time may be a bit difficult, especially if you only have one area to work with. But there are many talented DJ's who can spin a variety of these styles, incorporating them into a cohesive set. Seek these people out be open minded in your selection of spinners. Lay it out there. Sure, I know you gotta make your money, you gotta eat and pay rent. Have a few 'names' that you know will draw so you can do that. But, if you wanna have a well-balanced, fun and vibey event that will be remembered, open your line-ups to some new talent. There are tons of fabulous DJ's out there who have been spinnin for years at smaller parties, radio and even in their bedrooms who can knock the socks off in terms of selection, skill and vibaliciousness of some of the bigger names, for sure!
HEY, CHECK OUT THESE WORDS!
In-Site Magazine bills itself as, 'the underground's new source for news and information' It's objective is "to speak from the streets, giving DJ, industry, party and club news for those seeking the raw, hard, and non-commercial beats." It has the look and 'feel' of a real magazine, you can almost feel the glossy pages! Nice graphics, in-depth reporting and a fairly quick load-in make this a good read with tons of relevant info for the UG music lover!
"The scene in Canada getting bigger than ever, and TRIBE is right in the thick of it. Info and interviews of all the big DJ's and MC's, the latest party and event news, music reviews, and info from coast to coast." Good articles lots of great pictures, and good interaction with the people giving you a real view on what's happening. They also do a print version.
"Covering all genres of electronic music through artist interviews, music reviews, editorials, artwork, sounds, gear reviews, news and more! All the same stuff as print magazines, minus the paper cuts and annoying ads!" There are several issues available to peruse. A sparser look, and a wide assortment of interesting reads, small press record reviews, original artwork and downloadable sounds, like drum loops.
THE PLAYLISTS AND REVIEWS
The following playlists & reviews reflect play on both the radio and Internet programs. Where do I get the music that I play? Well, it's stuff purchased from local music stores, mail orders, promos sent to me, stuff friends give me to check out, things I find round and about, and from people like you!
PLAYLIST #3 - Nu-Electro
-CHAOS - AFROGERMANIC - CRIME REPORT - UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE
-SEMBLANCE FACTOR - FACT FINDING MISSION- AUTOFREAK (ZOID REGENERATE) - STATE OF MIND
-TUBE - THERE & THEN - LIQUID SKY
-TWO LONE SWORDSMEN - A BAG OF BLUE SPARKS - BLACK COMMANDMENTS 2 WARP
-ELECTRO SMOG - ENTER THE DRAGON (ELECTROSMOG'S THEME) - DJAX-UP
-SLIME SLURBS - SLIME SLURBS STANCE - PHARMA CLASSIC LINE
-JEGA - MOVE UR BODY - SLUTS SMALL
-CFP PROJECT - STARDATE 2055 - DJ ICEY'S ELECTREK MIX - ZONE
-GAETEK - ADVANCED SERIES ADVANCED
-BASS KITTENS - THE NAKED BRUNCH - IN LOVING MEMORY OF GINGER SPICE SPINYL
-DMX KREW - SHOWROOM DUMMIES - PART 1 GIGOLO
-KUSH - JUNC - BEATS BY DOPE DEMAND #5 KICKIN
-BUBBAH'S TUM - DIRTY GREAT MABLE - PADDINGTON BREAKS DOUBLE HOODY MIX ILL
-BIOCHIP C - GO BANG - JACKAL & HYDE'S HYDRAULIC BASS OVERHALL - FORCE INC.
-A.F.U. - ELECTRO NATION - FISTMAN AFU
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #3
A note about my rating system for the reviews I have placed an asterisk before the song titles in the reviews of cuts I Really like.
-CRIME REPORT - UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE A sampler from the Lp, 'Interstellar Fugitives'. Chaos does 'Afrogermanic' deep and grungy Electro, *'Talking to Z' by UR is thick 'n gurbly underwater feeling. *'Mirage - Beat Vocal Mix' is produced by Perception and is Kraftwerk influenced deep Electro with a neat vox and sharp blips.
-SEMBLANCE FACTOR - FACT FINDING MISSION - STATE OF MIND John Selway likes to mess with your head listen closely to any Seratonin rekkid for evidence of that! Here he hits you with complex programming that makes for neat effects and tunes that'll have you back for repeated plays. *'Autofreak (Upgrade)' is Electro-Techno that's ruff 'n beaty with slushy percussion and a slight Meat Beat influence, kinda on the mental institution tip. It Moves! The vox's are neat, "I turn you on my auto-matic freak .I've come 2 take you home I come from the stars." On 'Autofreak (Zoid Regenerate)' it repeats the vox part as it goes funky rockin with a full, deep, dark, heavy feel and Kraftwerkian synths. 'The Force of the Factor' is a long speech then a short silence broken by beats. On *'I Will Find', you will find that this will help you find it, 'cause this is excellent! Tribally, moving, trancey and kinda spooky with hopping beats, organ pulses, shakey urges, spacey signals, weird voices and insane sounds that combine Really well, and you Feel it!
-TUBE - THERE & THEN - LIQUID SKY This popular NYC based label & store has been known for putting out some quality Jungle/D&B since before the stuff was defined as a distinct category. Now, it looks like the label is moving forward, looking ahead for more experimental flavors with a daring edge. Tube is Frank Heiss, an affable yet exciting NYC based performer who has been known in the past for putting out banging 4x4 based tunes. Here he flexes his creative muscle on this very interesting work. On the A side, 'The Last Laugh' is a long deep trip of deep, thick D&B in a kinda evil atmosphere filled with acid, sinister laughs and twinkly loops. 'Unlisted' is breaky D&B on the lowdown that has deep, thick, buzzy bass. On the B side, *'My World' is electrolized D&B with a blippy bass and ethereal chorus efx. *'There and Then' feels like fun with a sproingy bass D&B, lots of background going-ons and is thick with neat acid.
-TWO LONE SWORDSMEN - A BAG OF BLUE SPARKS - WARP More quality output from this team that never seems to disappoint me. Lovely packaging on the vinyl with 2 - 12" slabs and a 7". I haven't starrred any of the tracks because they are all almost equally wonderful. 'Sticky' can be played at several speeds from 33 up to 45-8 and sounds good. It's got funky beats that are breaky with ringin and lots of shakins against a flying space rocket sound, moody long synths and a repeating male whisper of "sticky". There's a really cool break, kinda spooky, "breathing". 'Gay Spunk' sounds good to me from 33+8 to 45-8. It's odd 'n spacey with shakins, gurblins and strange voices that trill and warp..deep, moody downbeat cute fun. 'Last of the Fumes' is deep, fun & funky! Hard hittin, chill beats, bass, a neat horn, cool scatterd percussion, acid, meows, and deep gurglins make for a slightly spooky piece as subliminal voices urge you to "come on, get funky". 'Electric 4 Bird' is a jungly electro piece that's deep, cool, and kinda spooky with great bass, lovely synths and some weird talkin loops at the end. These last 2 tracks are on the 7": 'Black Commandments' is deep, dark, kinda D&B jungly with pulsing weirdness, bass pushes and scarey soundin theramins. 'Black Commandments 2' is more electro feeling, with vocoders repeating, "so simple."
-ELECTRO SMOG - DJAX-UP *'Enter the Dragon (Electrosmog's Theme)' is a wonderful, long piece that really develops and moves along. A huge twirly, deep atmosphere with up-front percussion, acid and ruff vocoders hypnotizes and envelopes as it builds and breaks along it's rockin-electro way. Halfway in, synths flow along for the ride with a dark whistly sound kinda reminiscent of the X-Files theme as the vocoded melody intones, ' all that we need to rock, is to crank up the sound of Electro-Smog " On the flip, 2 cuts, 'Shit the Fuck Off' is dark and nasty with a guy repeating a phrase using a few obscenities that will "show what time it really is" while someone else tells them to "shut the F up". The backing music is ticks and brushes of percussion, acid, and whirling electro feelings. *'Tranceformer' starts off with what sounds like a police radio while a thick atmosphere builds with acid, ticks, electro shoots, synths, and pumping beats with the radio repeating far-off in the background. It's a moody, bassy, deep journey that feels really cool washing over you!
-SLIME SLURBS - SLIME SLURBS STANCE - PHARMA CLASSIC LINE 5 really silly and fun rockin tracks from a label I love to collect. *'We Are Slime Slurbs' crashes in with alarming crazy, fun breaks. There's lots of acid and urging voices ."3 shots to da head", "back off, he's psycho!" In *'Shome Shlimey Beatish' a girl goes "deedle-deedle-deedle" echoing all thru a big rockin wild breaks ride with real crazy sounds. 'Slurbey Oldskooli' is sweet 'n slow as the beats and keys chill along with far-away voices. On de flip, 'Bad Street Boy's Slime Slurb Stance (remix)' is a dark, thick Electro version with a deep vox rap. *'Slime Slurbs 98 (remix)' has crazy bass 'n poppin with funky acid, deep electroish vibes and "I've been saving up all day, just for this!"
-JEGA - MOVE UR BODY - SLUTS SMALL This is release #2 of this eclectic 7" series. The Jega cut is dark, low-hittin, bassy Electro. It's got a cool, smooth, rhythmic feel accented by repeated vocoded snippets and some really trippy manipulated acid and shakity echoes - I like it, even though it seems to be over much too soon! On the flipside is 808 State with 'Quincy's Lunch', that starts out with a mysterious and suspenseful intro and moves into a rockin D&B track with lots of brushy and shakey percussion layin low, jungly horns and horney pulses, and odd vocal reps and yet, there still remains and 808 state feeling about it.
-CFP PROJECT - STARDATE 2055 - ZONE *'Dj Icey's Electrek Mix' has a real, deep, classic bassy, downbeat Electro vibe. Horny synths pulse along with claps, poppin cowbells and building acid. Long moody synths come up along with a rap, "Stardate 2055, on a mission to keep the funk alive, through the heavens and to the black hole we're here to bring the universal, takin over every last space station, we come in peace with the funk relation, the mothership's gone so you betta get with it, from the earth to the moon at 130 beats a minute". Then on the flip, there's 'Micro's M.A.D. Caffeine Mix'. A rockin, funky breaks track that only uses snippits of the rap, along with winding and building acid lines. It's well structured as it chills down with twirlin and acid, then really rocks out.
-GAETEK - ADVANCED SERIES - ADVANCED PL #1, Issue 1.99a
-BASS KITTENS - THE NAKED BRUNCH - SPINYL Definitely for those with a sense of humor! *'In Loving Memory Of Ginger Spice' is quirky, lovely electro with upfront synths, keys, deep grinding and beating, and an Aphex Twin influence. *'Fuck the Internet' is funky! Grinding basslines, fast electro bleeping and running while vocal hits, cool old school synthing and a big, deep, thick feel get crazy! 'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Digital' is electro that takes awhile to build. Fast ticking, the bass pulses, shooting signals against a funky breakbeat and crazy, looping bloopiness make for a drummy mix-up! "JSD Static Network' is a neatly percussive electro mix that beats and scrapes deeply while upfront weird vox reps and whistles are set against big bass drops.
-DMX KREW - SHOWROOM DUMMIES - GIGOLO A label to look for when you're looking for something oddly different. On the whole of A side is *'Showroom Dummies Part I & II' a cool sharp, hard acidic, blippy & shooting Electro piece with beat ladders of sound, vocoders and a slight Kraftwerk feel. 'Manekin' has foreign voices doin some cool talkin against sharp, hard Electro that rings 'n shoots. 'Cold Heart Part II' is sharp hittin, blippy, frippy electro.
-SAMPLER - BEATS BY DOPE DEMAND #5 - KICKIN Kush does 'Junc' which is a wonderful Jungly/D&B stylee track that's deep, lush and very bassy, with a riff sampled from something so familiar but, maybe not. It's really trippy, and Very kool It'll take you down with hypnotic windings into the beats then the bass flows over you as it filters some towards the end to let you breathe, and exits gracefully. On the flipside, the Mild Mannered Janitors tear things up with 'Winit'. It starts off with some loud crazy sounds that just may scare the bejesus out of you if you ain't ready for it, especially if you've just heard the other side first! Then, big ass breaky 'n bassy beats kick in with a vox rep call out, a long strong horn, percussive hits broken up by big drum-rolls. The last 1/3 has a definite old-school rave feel! Energetic and fun!
-BUBBAH'S TUM - DIRTY GREAT MABLE - PADDINGTON BREAKS DOUBLE HOODY MIX - ILL The 'Cabbagehead Mix' (Godblatt & Begg) is dark funky rockin D&B with a rep vox, "G-Damn, feel my beat" and some weirdish exotic influences. 'Digi Dubs Malana Disk Mix' (Berwick) is a chiller, downbeat funky beaty thing, with voices talkin and lots of brushy and spacey efx. On the B side, the *'Boards of Canada mix' is deep and odd kinda slow and heavy with downbeats, twinkles, voices looping fore some weird funk. Then some nice things come in as it breaks down, trippy, ticking, and it gets a bit electro as it goes out. The 'Paddington Breaks Double Hoody Mix' (Doherty) is my fave. It's a fast rockin Electro flavored thing that's dramatic and crazy all ova with big beats, chopped acid lines and brushy percussion.
-BIOCHIP C - GO BANG - FORCE INC . 'Biochip's Version 3' is full-on funked-up 'n fun Electro with big bass and lots of fun, old-school samples (including one of my all-time faves, "Push the Button"!) The 'Jackal & Hyde's Hydraulic Bass Overhall' mix is more of a big-dramatic-beatin Electro type affair, with lots of percussive effects and crazy electronic sounds going off along with the vocoded vocal sample of the title. Huge extended basslines and wacky poingings and spacey ladders "do it!" Excellent.
-A.F.U. - ELECTRO NATION - AFU Those Acid Fu**ers try their hand at Electro with real good results! 'Fistman' is deep, loopy, bloopy, runny stuff with lots of squidgen and jackin hits. Nice low synths, and bell-like ladders come in and out. On the flip, 'Woman/Machine' goes all crackly Electro with brushy percussion, low electronic sweeps 'n buzzes, ladders, poppity basslines and a repeated vocoded line, "I built a woman, I built a machine" - Yeah, men, keep dreaming of that perfect woman who'll totally serve your needs! We know what yer up to! 'Banana' is stronger, tougher with great acid pulsings and percussion effects, yet keeps a smooth flow. It rolls over you with balance and class for a nice ride that won't let ya slip.
PLAYLIST #4 - Mixed-Bag surprise!
-BOM'BOCO - TELECTRON - SNAKE LUNCH - ROBIN DISCS/BIG FISH MUSIC
-WISHMOUNTAIN - RADIO VIDEO - BLINDER DATER - ANTIPHON
-KEN ISHII - GAME OVER - ST - R&S
-BUZZ BUZZ/YANN DUB - REVERSE No.5 TERMINAL - REVERSE
-WISHMOUNTAIN - RADIO VIDEO - RADIO 2/RADIO BOY REMIX - ANTIPHON
-PHIL PARNELL - LIFE - X475 - LOW
-KAISTAR(BT) - THE PROMETHEAN GROOVE - RENEE PILGRIM'S THURSDAY CLUB MIX - CITY OF ANGELS
-THE CFP PROJECT - STARDATE 2055 - MICRO'S M.A.D. CAFFEINE MIX - ZONE
-MEAT KATIE - CAN'T HEAR YA - RENNIE PILGREM PRESENTS NU SCHOOL BREAKZ - LIMITED EDITION SAMPLER #2 - KICKIN
-CONEMELT - LOVELY FELA - ILL
-DJ ESP - I LIKE TO GET DOWN - DJ ESP'S MIX - COMMUNIQUE
-PURE SCIENCE - BALANCED EP - SAY IT - PS COMMUNICATIONS
-JULIEN JABRE - THE JUNGLE EP - MUSELIFE - BASIC
-JIM HENSON PROJECT - PUPPETS + STRINGS - B1 - ASPEAK
-BABY FORD - NORMAL EP - HELSTON FLORA REMIX BY AFX - REPHLEX
-BLACK DOG - PEEL SESSIONS - PSYCOSYIN - WARP
-NIELS VAN GOGH - PULVERTURM - ORIGINAL
- KOSMOMUSIC -ROWLAND THE BASTARD - MINDGAMES - SMITTEN
-UNEVEN SURFACE - STAY UP FOREVER
-MARK MAROLLA - ANTI-POP EP - ANTI-POP - IF MUSIC
-IND.EX - LOCKED IN THE BASEMENT EP - MATTER IN RHYTHM - TEMPLATE
-INIGO KENNEDY - TECHNIQUES EP - COLLISION - MOLECULAR
-ARGONIC VS MARCO BAILEY - PUSTERK EP - FULNERTUM - SUBSOUNDS
-BOARDS OF CANADA - PEEL SESSIONS - OLSON(VERSION 3) - WAR
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #4
A note about my rating system for the reviews I have placed an asterisk before the song titles in the reviews of cuts I Really like.
-BOM'BOCO - TELECTRON - ROBIN DISCS/BIG FISH MUSIC see ish 1.99a for full cd compilation review.
-WISHMOUNTAIN - RADIO VIDEO - ANTIPHON Herbert is at it again! There are proper tracks on here, short ambient pieces and tools to add flavor. Remember that old Disney record, 'The Haunted House', on the track about the aliens landing, and you hear them crunching your bones, well, that's somewhat of the feel on the main track on the A side (*Radio 2, Radio Boy Remix). It's so dubby 'n deep with mechanical clicks 'n bangs and great smacky thick bass beats. 'Blinder Dater' is useful, with lots of snippits from TV, radio, etc. On B side, *'Radio' has a mysterious deep 'n bumpy, tap 'n click steam rush feeling. 'Royal Wedding' is a cut-up of samples of such. C side offers 'Video' a steppin, chewy, farty, brush 'n blow bass flub. 'Golf on Sunday' a short loop from a sporting match, and 'Rose', lovely ambience with far-off clicky percussion. D gives you *'Salad Tosser' that taps and spins some stuff (salad?) as noisy tumblin drums brush and blow. 'Adverts Suck' is just that, cut-up samples of such. *'Electric Guitar' is deep, harsh, muted mechanics with a slight Japanese feel. *'Asthma Inhaler' is chewy and clicky with a very slow deep beat far-off in the distance.
-KEN ISHII - GAME OVER - R&S See PL #1, Issue 1.99a
-BUZZ BUZZ/YANN DUB - REVERSE No.5 TERMINAL - REVERSE I got this mysterious and fun 7" in the mail from France I tried to contact them for more info about it, but I guess they wanna remain mysterious and let their music do the talking! Explores Toi & Yann Dub do '20 Kilos D'Huitres S.V.P. Madame' starts kinda Oriental, then goes into some rollin Hardcore with echoed French talking, then a guy screaming something repetitively with planes dive-bombing in the background, sounds whipping past, and a breakdown near the end with dramatic drumrolls and the guy comes back yelling. Flip it for *'Opium' by Terminal Buzz Bomb, Yann Dub and David Briot. This a really cool track I use a lot for effect that's deep, dubby and thick with fear. There are no real beats, just like bass pulses and strums, shooting elastic sounds, dramatic strangeness, voices .doors close, chairs rattle = : - O
-PHIL PARNELL - LIFE - LOW This is an interesting collection of tunes that combines jazz with electronic music and abstract influences. *'X475' is an odd, deep, big and powerful tune with dramatic beats that begin hesitantly, with stops and starts, before finding their groove against an interesting collage of electronic sounds and mental keys that get kinda loungey towards the end. 'Momentarily' is a cool jazzy, live soundin number with brushy percussion, nice meandering, tuneful horns, a sweet piano and a great bass. On the B side - 'Friction' is a jazzy/electronic hybrid that kinda choppy and harsh with a tummy-vibrating bass. 'Spring Twilight' is a deep, soulful jazz journey with an involving horn and lush backrounds that feel really smokey and red velvet like.
-KAISTAR - THE PROMETHEAN GROOVE - CITY OF ANGELS This is BT. The original mix is a bangin progressive acid trancey thing that grooves along nicely with lots of breakdowns and feelings of flying. A deep, gurbly treated vox adds some mystery as the track picks up intensity in the acid lines. *Renee Pilgrim's Thursday Club Mix 'breaks' it up, takin it into funky breaks land with a cool underlay of light tribally drumming. The vox and overall vibe then get a bit more electro like, with deep acid bass and the vox reps. The acid does it's thing, the percussion rocks, the bass drops.
-THE CFP PROJECT - STARDATE 2055 - ZONE See PL #3
-RENNIE PILGRIM PRESENTS NU SCHOOL BREAKZ - LIMITED EDITION SAMPLER #2 - KICKIN 3 previously unreleased cuts from the CD, 2 of which are exclusives. Freq Nasty turns in 'Hype Verse' starts off with some omnious foreign voices and sounds, then deep breakbeats take over as the MC sez something and deep bass drops and some crunchy stuff do their thing. Katapilla crawls out with 'Drop Zone'. Scary sewer sounds gurble thru rockin deep breakbeats as fem vox hits, "I've been good for your lovin", and a horney organ melody, deep acid, fast clickins and zips play along. Meat Katie does *'Can't Hear Ya' that rocks chill 'n deep with vocal hits, cool poppins 'n hits and warped acid.
-CONEMELT - ILL These 3 guys have always done things their own way with almost always excellent results. It's stuff that's a bit, experimental, forward thinking, and usually, quite a bit silly just like I like it! The art on their records is usually fun also, and this one features one of those 'vinyl killers' things! *'The Last De-Icer' opens with lovely tones, then tapping percussion leads the way. Deepness yawns wide open as funkyness takes over and stompy beats and all out funk envelops, very cool! It's fun stuff with bass, guitars, flutes, horns, synths, and slide whistles. *'Lovely Fela' starts off with a shakey saw, beaty beats and big bass strums, then it all goes weird 'n funky 'n squidgy, up and down with a cool piano very dramatic! 'Big Toe Straightener' has weird electronics, claps, and drums, then it takes on an electro feel with a cool rhythm and some flutey signals. There's some mystery involved in this funkyness.
-DJ ESP - I LIKE TO GET DOWN - COMMUNIQUE Like many Techno artists, Woody McBride aka Dj ESP is letting his creative juices flow. He's been getting a lot funkier lately, and it's good! There are 3 mixes of this tune here, and the remixes really have their own flava. The 'DJ Esp Mix' is verrrry funky Disco flavored with great bongo action and slammin steppin slappin beats. Trippy washes of sound drill in and echoed organ pulses flow while nice brushy percussion work weaves in and out. The break filters the beats down and it changes in subtle ways as the sounds mutate and it exits gracefully. On de flip, the *'Dj Hyperactive Mix' is a neat mind-f*k! A wild pulsing sound along with slappy, strong-ass clear beats and a rep vox 'I like to get down' that echoes, mutates and you get so into the feeling of it as the beats and that sound and that vox just get to you! Add a touch of some filtered cymbals that come in and out, and you'll be ready to get down! Mr. E. Tones Mix' starts a'steppin with some boom-piss percussive backed beaty-beats that breaks down into funky disco heaven, then it all combines, goes off, filters way down and you hear the happy sounds of the party people. It comes on back in a very funky way with great bongo action and "get on up, get on down" & "let's dance" repeats.
-PURE SCIENCE - BALANCED EP - PS COMMUNICATIONS A guy who's been getting a lot of attention, and some say this is one of his best works. 'Deep as You' is a powerful and deep housey groover with smooth synths, deep bass beats, upfront hollow percussion, some light bongo action and brushy sticks, and a sexy vox rep. 'Baby Funk' is a funky stepper with nice bassy beats, lots of percussive overlays, great filtered 70's guitar action and Diva "Baby" reps. *'Say It' is a tribally piece with funky 'n fast bongos, hats, and triangles, neat brushy zip back reps, deep vocal call reps and a vox sample, "because they cannot say ". This is a neat track that really gets some good tribal energy going. *'Acid Kult' works the groove with lots of brushy stuff and sharp percussion set against a hip-swaying groove. Add some flutey loopings, rising deep horney acid, then a touch of chopped-up male vocal, and you got quite a hypnotizer!
-JULIEN JABRE - THE JUNGLE EP - BASIC 'Jungle' starts off with the sounds of the wild jungle light percussion, a bit of tribal drumming and a wood flute to set the mood. Chill tones build sweetly as a lovely housey groove takes hold and you feel sunny and warm as nature surrounds you. 'Jungle Beatz' has the birds and sounds of wildlife all thru and the tribal beats for a deep groove. *'Muselife' is a deep and lovely groover with shakey percussive backed strong 4x4 beats, background bongos, sweet keys and long synths.
-JIM HENSON PROJECT - PUPPETS + STRINGS - ASPEAK aka Johannes Heil! I really can't figure out the track names if there are any here on this interesting 3 tracker. On the A side is a deep housey number with echoey tones and backwards piano loops framed by nice stompy moderate paced beats and lush sounds with one sung vocal injection, "come closer ". On the B side, *first up there's a really neat hop 'n saw thick funky beaty beat thing with rising shakes of percussion, tapping sticks, and pulsing sick little horns. The second track here is a dubbed out and drummy down tempo piece with trippy filtered ringing tones and brushy percussion stretched along the way as it rises and falls.
-BABY FORD - NORMAL EP - REPHLEX This blast from the past has been re-issued in 2 parts. I got Part 1 for the AFX mix, which is really something! The *'Helston Flora Remix by AFX' is a conglomeration of stuff. Starting out with great runny 1234 beats, then it goes into some rockin breakbeats while acid of all kinds and washes of sounds combine with weird sounds like voices and stuff that gets all mixed-up and chopped along with an answering machine message. It's kinda hard to explain, but if you like beats with some experimental flava, this will hook ya! Then, there's a 'Changed Version' of the Normal mix by Baby Ford that gets deep with bongo's tweedly organs, beaty beats and the song.
-BLACK DOG - PEEL SESSIONS - WARP Ah, the legendary Black Dog! Known for its mysterious ways. These 5 tracks are from the 1/95 Peel session. *'Shadehead' is lovely 'n deep with soothing drops of bass, layers of percussion and quavering tones like voices amidst a chorus of angels. 'Rise Up' will get ya restless with it's deep tribally drums, long serious synths, thick mysterious scrapings, bass and sounds of animals with a ominous vox, "rise up". *'Simperton' feels like a big clock that counts the minutes till the edge of insanity with quirky popping, deep muted scraping and an oddly echoed synth laugh as time twirls and ticks by you, the seemingly innocent one. 'Rue' is a deep journey that's kinds exotic, tribal with choppy beats laced with percussion and bell tones that merge, rise, and submerge. *'Psycosyin' sets the stage gradually with far-off vox snippets, light poppings, the bells of goats and sheep, the call of the rams horn. Then acid rises, pulses and undulates along with neat horn reps as percussion and beats build into this hypnotic mix.
-NIELS VAN GOGH - PULVERTURM - KOSMOMUSIC This record has been causing quite a stir, engendering several remixes so far, and all of them being in demand. I like the *original. It's twirly with slight Goa elements in the beat, going off nice and smooth, with cool fem vox cut-ups and acid. The edition I bought has the DJ Tomcraft remix (I've sampled the other remixes, and they all toughen things up a bit). It uses the vocal a lot along with lovely deep, smooth synths, pulsing acid strums and brushy claps.
-ROWLAND THE BASTARD - SMITTEN 'Out There' is strong! Powerful 'n bassy beatings, fast popping with scrape 'n brush accented percussion clapping along the beats. Then the acid sneaks in and keeps a low profile while other crazy sounds come on in during the break getting all horney and, well, out there as all hell breaks loose! *'Mindgames' on the flip starts off with some really trippy arpeggiated sounds, then big steady beats come in as washes of psychedelic fog begin to layer. Percussion joins in as the beats get stronger and the acid starts taking effect. There's the occasional low, male vox hit, and a squeaky wheel increases it's frequency as the acid gets to full effect.
-UNEVEN SURFACE - STAY UP FOREVER Julian Liberator & Guy McGaffer on this slice of acid wax. ' Dog Inc.' is a frantic one! Fast frippins of acid, ticks, filtered vocal loops, good percussion, and a bangin beat. Horns that have a kinda hardcore feel to 'em come in and urge the track along. *'Slacker' is a bit funky, it has great pushy/sawing beats, all kinds of neat percussion running and a kinda stop 'n start feel. Flutey loops and working-hard fast clattering grinds, squeeks, builds! A cute sound comes in at the breaks with spacey efx and then that sound combines and twirls with the tune.
-MARK MAROLLA - ANTI-POP EP - IF MUSIC Oh yeah, another new fave label of mine, and it's out of the ever growing fab Ghostdance, NY group of labels. All 3 tracks are equally as strong, so they are all my picks as best! On the A side, 2 tracks, 'Stencil' has a deep tribal feel, with a Spiral Tribe influence that twirls 'n blows with loud 'n clear sticks 'n drums and chirps 'n grunts. 'Can U Compete' has hop 'n pop beats, stompin with lots of spacey shootin 'n whips and muted organ pulses. It's fast! There's some flutey sample from somethings, and odd little vox reps, "say something." On the flip, the title track has pounding 4x4 beats and is super involving! It really moves, and keeps changing, evolving, growing as twirls go all thru, along with pulsing keys, running click clops a ravey organ comes in that sounds like voices half in and stays with it.
-IND.EX - LOCKED IN THE BASEMENT EP - TEMPLATE Ah yeah, you know I like this label! *'Matter In Rhythm' is a long 'n wild cut of thumpin, runny, acidified hardcore beats accented by claps, metallic ringing hits and horn pulses 'n blats manic & noisey! On the flipside, *'Receptor' has elastic wrapped big 4x4 beats that're thick with percussion and F.E.A.R. Mad sounds twirling and clip-clopping all thru assure you that they ARE coming to take you away, for sure! 'Last Impression' is a chill-down of sorts as cantoring 'n claps mix with thick drums and percussion rises organs add to the mix and talk to you, "help me, help me."
-INIGO KENNEDY - TECHNIQUES EP - MOLECULAR See PL #2, Issue 1.99a
-ARGONIC VS MARCO BAILEY - PUSTERK EP - SUBSOUNDS A special 10" release from this always interesting label and producer, Argonic, who is joined by Marco Bailey for the A side cut, *'Fulnertum' is a funky clattering piece with cool vox hits all ovah. Owtch Baby! It pumps, it thumps, loops and grinds. B side by Argonic, *'Darting Eyes' is mad tribal techno with a feel like rolling thunder. Beats are deep 'n thick, with sharp percussion accents, metallic hits 'n rips. It's insane, noise making stuff that whips, scrapes, zips, grinds, gurbles and squirps!
-BOARDS OF CANADA - PEEL SESSIONS - WARP These 3 cuts are from the 7/98 session. *'Happy Cycling' has funky beats and percussive ticks going kinda peppy, A far off angelic chorus joins and stays with things as other elements fade in and out warped warblings of machines, vox snippits, nicely echoed keys and seagulls. Some lovely yet moody synths replace the angels 2/3rds thru as backwards looped voices converse. 'Aquarius (Version 3)' begins with deep, lush, long tones then percussive funky beats slide in. The Boards penchant for the voices of children shows up, with them giggling and saying "yeah, that's right" as adults repeat, "orange" and count. 'Olson(Version 3)' has deep, echoey organ tones with trippy backrounds.
PLAYLIST #5 - Eclectic Funk 'n Beats
-W. DAVID BOWMAN - ELECTRONIC MUSIC - DAVID BOWMAN PRODUCTIONS
-ANTHONY CHILDS - OVER NAPOLI - SLUT SMALLS
-KEVIN YOST - DEEP ETHNIC REMIX - KODO REMIX 1 - COLUMBIA
-SKEEWIFF - FEATURING MICHEL LEGRAND AND HIS ORCESTRA - COME RAY AND RAY CHARLES (G FONK) - SOUL OF MAN MIX - FSUK
-OLD SCHOOL VS NEW SCHOOL - BDP VS BASSBIN TWINS - A CRATE OF BDP - JIVE ELECTRO
-OLD SCHOOL VS NEW SCHOOL - A TRIBE CALLED QUEST VS DOC MARTIN - FOOTPRINTS - DOCS BIG BOOTY RETRO MIX - JIVE ELECTRO
-OLD SCHOOL VS NEW SCHOOL - THE STONE ROSES VS RABBIT IN THE MOON - FOOLS GOLD - RITM'S STRAIGHT BEAT PYRITE DUB - JIVE ELECTRO
-DJ HELL - COPA - MUNICH MACHINE ORIGINAL VERSION - DISKO B
-CONEMELT - THE LAST DE-ICER - ILL
-MARK AMBROSE - ELECTRICAL PEOPLE EP - SPACE ANIMALS - CRAYON
-LEN LEWIS - EDGE OF LIFE - SWAG RECORDS
-JIM HENSON PROJECT - PUPPETS + STRINGS - B1 - A SPEAK
-FERRO - FE - B - CELLOPHAN
-DESERT - AIMLESSLY PADDLING - GLOW
-CHRIS JACKSON/THE ACCOMPLICE - HIDING OUT - SYSTEM ABUSE - RESOURCE
-WISHMOUNTAIN - RADIO VIDEO - ASTHMA INHALER - ANTIPHON
-UNSPECIFIED ENEMIES - VECTORIAL LOGIC - A -COUNTERATTACK
-DJ ARGONIC - VALDORF EP - TELEX - FUTURE FRONTIER
-OLIVER HO - PRIMA MATERIA - EMBER (4L) - META
-SURGEON - EAST LIGHT - A2 - DYNAMIC TENSION
-MARCO CAROLLA - HYPERTENSION '99 - ACID TENSION '99 - PRIMATE
-ANDREAS KRAMER - RE-CONSTRUCT - EXCURSION/FARIS AL-HASSONI MIX - F.O.R.M.
-SURGEON - EAST LIGHT - B2 - DYNAMIC TENSION
-NARCOTIK - TWELVE MILES PLATIPUS
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #5
A note about my rating system for the reviews I have placed an asterisk before the song titles in the reviews of cuts that I Really like.
-W. DAVID BOWMAN - ELECTRONIC MUSIC - DAVID BOWMAN PRODUCTIONS This music was given to me to review by a local artist. The tracks flow into each other with a natural feeling yet its un-natural music, the kind of stuff that makes you realize how cool computers and music making machines really are. 'Symphony Electronic' has cool electronic signals and pulses and sounds manipulated & frapulated. 'The Morality of Ethics' is full of quiet elegance with a deep mysterious uncertainty. 'Six Conversations' is intriguing in it's confusion, going this way and that, from reserved to strong and in between. 'Auditronic' is busy, furtive, and a bit of silly fun as it rocks with percussive episodes. 'Claritronic' explores mental meanderings sneaking away only to be abducted by aliens.
-SMALL 003 - SLUT SMALLS This 7" release from this quirky label continues the mystique! On the A side is Anthony Childs with 'Over Napoli'. Aka Surgeon. This cut sees him getting further into his explorations into the beatless/experimental side of things. I first was introduced to this side of this producer via his remixes of Mogwai. This Sluts stuff sees him keeping the looping repetitive patterns, but adding lots more interest with sublayers of a dark 'n deeply atmospheric, foreboding feel, while long, drawn out strings and electronic meanderings sharp 'n buzz, while a woman is speaking Italian (on the phone?). On side AA is Stock, Hausen & Walkman with 'Dirty Thirty Something' a real strange thing that mashes together crunchy sounds, crazy mixed-up musical snippets, some exotic flavors, bongos, and 2/3rds into the song, "I'm a dirty old man you will see me knocking about in the pubs and the clubs ." It loops a snip of the odd vox at the end. There are also 2 loops in the beginning of the record, one with a jazz blast and "Oh!", the other has a male vox, "boom boom, crash crash."
-KODO REMIX 1 - COLUMBIA See PL #1, Issue 1.99a
-SKEEWIFF - FEATURING MICHEL LEGRAND AND HIS ORCESTRA - COME RAY AND RAY CHARLES (G FONK) - FSUK Ha! Oh man, it's going to be hard trying to describe this fun stuff in words! 'Skeewiff Lick Mix' has strongly percussive and bassy funked up beats with lots of cool drop outs. Very cool stuff going on all over, voices, "G Funk", "work it sweat", "bum, bum .". There's lots of neat horns, orchestral flanges, and old-school tripped out efx. Smokey 'n seedy go go lounge material! 'Soul Of Man Mix' builds into a right trippy fog of an experience, startin off with some funky rockin beats and brushed up percussion. Lots of trippy stuff and a crazy horn comes flying thru the thick bassy 'n breaky atmosphere with similar voice samples as on the flip. This side would go well with some Fatboy Slim.
-OLD SCHOOL VS NEW SCHOOL - JIVE ELECTRO A CD compilation out that combines old with new school talents. There are also the 4 separate vinyl releases that I picked up on. Here's what ya get on those. Tribe Called Quest vs Aphrodite do it D&B stylee on '1nce Again', then vs Norman Cook on 'I left My Wallet in El Segundo' that goes ragga. *Whodini vs DJ Icey takes '5 Minutes of Funk' to a deeper, bassier level of Electro. *Bdp vs Bassbin Twins with a crazy fun mix-up on 'A Crate of BDP'. Kool Moe Dee vs Bad Boy Bill do a vocal and a dub of 'I Go To Work', a stompin, filtery, slightly Daft/French disco take with some timestretched vocals, keepin the rap tight on the vocal and more cut up and stretched on the dub. Then, back with more of A Tribe Called Quest. First up vs Pimp Juice on a stompy deeper, trippy disco thing with 'Go Ahead in the Rain', then vs *Doc Martin with 'Footprints - Docs Big Booty Retro Mix'. This starts all filtery Disco then adds da fine funk that goes oh so well with the rap, "the pressure!". 'Fools Gold' by The Stone Roses gets 3 remixes. Rabbit in the Moon get 2 of them- *'Message to the Majors' is a strong 'n funky discoid pumper with neat trippy backrounds, great bongos and some supa geetar action that accent the vocals nicely. The *'Straight Beat Pyrite Dub' is a straight out stomper with l;ots of trippy efx added to the mix and the vocals. Grooverider takes his turn takin it deeper, keepin all the funk with faster vocals, and breaky beats. *Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince vs Hybrid on 'Summertime' that starts out all chill-like with classic violins, some party people chantin "summertime, yeah", then gets real down with the bass, goin all breaky and funky with the rap and some nice fem vocals woven throughout sounds good! *Whodini is back, this time vs the popular duo of Jackyl & Hyde on 'Freaks Come Out at Night' (one of my fave ole tunes!) a thumpin 'n pumpin heavy breakbeat excursion with tons of crazy 'n tripped out sounds and vocoded vox's. R.Kelly vs Hollis Monroe do 'Sex Me' going the classy and classic Disco route that sounds so fine with the sexy vocals. A Tribe Called Quest comes back with vs Pimp Juice on 'Can I kick It?', a breaky 'n juicy funk fueled down-low.
-DJ HELL - COPA - DISKO B Imagine, if you will, the French filtered influence on acid at a Barry Manilow concert. Ok, well, that's basically what this is! 'Munich Machine Original Version' does that to it, chops it all up, adds some trippiness, and lays it out, right there, the strings, bongos, disco fervor, choral "ahhh's" and all! Half in there's a sexy accented vox talking about the Copa. Then there is a 'Short Cut' which is shorter, slightly more energetic. Disko B has never sounded so strange, I can't say the same thing for Dj Hell! ;-> On the flip, *'Pooley's Groovey Cut' deeply dubs out the bassline making it feel kinda horney. Dancey percussion 'n beats stomp in. It all breaks down in the middle, slowly adding the Copa feel and taking off with those strings combined with the dubby stomping. 'Abe Duque Version' Starts out with strong 4x4 beats, then basically goes right into the original version of the song, with the full vocals intact. You know, if you really listen to the lyrics to this thing, it really is a sick little song!
-CONEMELT - ILL see PL #4 this issue
-MARK AMBROSE - ELECTRICAL PEOPLE EP - CRAYON Mark has been getting much attention for his wonderful production work, which combines delightful rhythms and sounds with dense layers of bass. 'Ritual' is a tribally percussive groover with big 'n deep 4x4 beats and an underpinning of twirly, flutey, scrapey stuff that goes and grows into quite a hypnotizer as long 'n lush organ synths wind trippily around it all. *'Space Animals' has ringing loops ala Talking Heads, with big stompy percussive washed beats, bloopy bass and cool trippy sounds flowing all thru smooth! *'Bizarre Function' works the funky groove with metallic brushed hats, bass guitar, and lots of weird, trippy elements here, there, everywhere.
-LEN LEWIS - SWAG RECORDS *'Liquid Acid' is a chill, deep rockin piece. Long low synths, a squeak 'n scrape turnin wheel and some deep bass pulses take you smoothly along at the break, a deep acid line starts it's strummin and things gets a bit mysterious in the mix, but flow with it, you'll be just fine! *'Edge Of Life' is really neat! It's kinda eerie with this mournful bloopy acid and a weird low time-stretched vox repeats, "come and get your love". It picks up the mood with a dancey, clappy rhythm, a perkier acid line, and gets a groovy groove going on!
-JIM HENSON PROJECT - PUPPETS + STRINGS - A SPEAK See PL #4
-FERRO - FE - CELLOPHAN 2 bangin Techno tracks, no titles. *A side has an electrified hardcore beat, fast runnings, flowing hats, claps, and a real ravey vibe! It gets real involving as the percussion tightens up, the beats go deeper, and neat sounds rise and fall from the depths. B side steadily beats along while flippy acid runnings race around, claps & percussion urge the track along in a serious head-down and getting-to-it manner.
-DESERT - GLOW Glow is an interesting label that puts out a wide-variety of trancey stuff. There is another neat release out with the vocals of Diamanda Galas! On this one, 'Kollage' starts out with a cute sample about drinking your milk. Then it goes into a light-hearted bouncy trance track that moves along nicely with great percussion, snipped vox urges, horns, chopped synths, "I think I'm losing my mind". 'Aimlessly Dubbed' is kinda housey-trance, smoothly grooving along, with a female vocal threaded thru, that picks up drama and energy as it goes along with the beats getting stronger and piano, long 'n sawing string accents and poppity percussion. *'Aimlessly Paddling' on the flipside is the prize here though! A steppin 'n stompin percussive backed track with a deep, lovely, mysterious vibe. There's lots of different vocal stuff going on here that just keeps this track totally on track! Neat sine waves shoot thru, along with organ pulses, piano hits, scratchin if you like it deep, kinda trippy and real smooth with lots of soul, then you must have this!
-CHRIS JACKSON/THE ACCOMPLICE - HIDING OUT - RESOURCE There's lots of neat sounds to be found on this great Techno 4 tracker out of California! 'In the Shadows' is a highly percussive track that jets along with deep steady beats, a male vox snippit, and a wavery and humming pulse. *'System Abuse' is more funky, kinda breaky with tapping percussion, bassy pulsings, and elastic sproings. It gets deep and mysterious sounding, with omnious tones and stretchings. On de flipside, *'Tear it Down' goes for banging 4x4 beats, tappin percussion, claps, brushed hats, long electric shocks, that classic techno boop bloop rep sound and these really odd, fun "OoooH" reps. 'Unsteady Situation' is a moving, deeply drummy dancer. It goes off with all kinds of neat sproings, scrapes, boings, ticks, clicks, whistles. Lighten up a bit and check this puppy out!
-WISHMOUNTAIN - RADIO VIDEO - ANTIPHON See PL #4
-UNSPECIFIED ENEMIES - VECTORIAL LOGIC - COUNTERATTACK There are 2 photocopied sheets that come with this rekkid. One has a cool picture of a young HAM radio operator with a discography. The other is a sorta statement on what the 'politics' of the rekkid are. I can't figure out what the track names are, but there is 1 on A and 5 on B. I love how the track on *A opens with a vocoded-like vox, "The winner of the next war will be the side who makes the most of the electromagnetic spectrum". It then goes into a hard Electro-influenced Techno track that's big, thick, rolling and ruff it barges straight ahead, looping with zipbacks, percussive accents and altered electronic waveforms. On the B side, the first and fifth have an identity as a track, with the first being a big, beaty, drummy 'n percussive slightly tribal thing, and the *fifth a very deep and dubby cool trip that grows nicely and subsides gently. The other 3 are long loops in the style of Detroit, *scrapey ruff deep with a cut-off vox, and tuff techno respectively.
-DJ ARGONIC - VALDORF EP - FUTURE FRONTIER Here comes Argonic again! Ya know, there are people who have found the Technotica website because they were searching for reviews of his stuff? Yep. Well, here ya go with another one! *'Telex' is a real ruff one! Evil techno that bangs, scrapes, and beeps along with a mutated scream that sounds like "help me". It dives down deep for a while and comes up fighting. 'Self Help Guru' clicky twirly tumble of beats in a chaotic metallic mix-up. *'Drop' is a strong and very brushy, rolling thumper with a pulsating, thick atmosphere complete that makes it mental! *'Vatex' is a thick soup of bass that buzzes through your body with ringing beats that stomp on & off. Galloping sticks and percussive effects are infused judiciously throughout.
-OLIVER HO - PRIMA MATERIA - META And to think I almost passed on this! Oh man, I'm glad I really took the time to check it out with an open mind. It's much different than any of his techno output! 'Circle' is a trippy tribal piece where the tribal drumming loops 'n circles becoming huge 'n bassy within a thick washy atmosphere as chants build slowly and loop very deep! *'Pangaea' is tribally percussive, trancing and hypnotizing with synth loops, hollow sticks and chants. 'Sacrifice' is a deeply thumping 'n rolling tribal number with sticks, knocks, and vocal cut-up reps that have responses echoed within. *'Supercontinent pt 2' reeks of exotic feelings as strong island tribal drumming and strong deep beats draw you closer to the fire where you watch the natives trancing, speaking in tongues summoning the spirits of their ancestors. 'Supercontinent pt 3' has strong forward beats with rolling 'n looping tribal percussion and trancing sounds woven in & out. 'Weave' weaves all kinds of neat percussion stuff throughout a deep, strong beater that has body pulsing bass rolls. There's a third, un-named track on this side which is really hard, strong, rhythmic deep looping percussive stuff in a sinister setting. 'Body' is a loud, strong, beaty percussive tribal looper with repeating vox snippets that'll get you into one of those un-dead voodoo trance states if yer not careful!!!! Beware! *'Ember (4L)' has strong, deep 1234 beats, upfront rolling flippity repeating percussion, and looped, strange vocal sounds that will speak to you what it sez is up to your imagination!
-SURGEON - EAST LIGHT - DYNAMIC TENSION Anthony Childs has been exploring more experimental territories lately. On this release he's going deeper into the feelings of the sounds, and while 3 of the 4 cuts are still dance floor oriented Techno, he takes the stuff in some cool directions...Blowin' out the bass with pulsing rhythms and marching beats that kinda stop 'n start on *one Some funky percussive marching with neat rhythmic ringings and looping join for a deep stepper that really hypnotizes on the *second track On the third it's a runnin stomper that's pushin, hitting, turning and tapping with zipbacks that reset the patterns, and then, whoa, yer' off again...the last track is deep and sinister, with a dark, dense atmosphere...almost evil, with the bassy beats deeply running with far off metallic hits...cool!
-MARCO CAROLLA - HYPERTENSION '99 - PRIMATE 'Peak' is a steady stompin clattery banger that'll have yer ass moving as it scrapes and blows. It's well programmed with percussive EQ's, but you'll probably want to add some of yer own for added effect! *'Acid Tension '99' is a deep 'n funky swayin' stepper. Multiple layers of sound are held in a delicate balance the acid is held in check, bubbling just below the surface, 'under tension' you know it wants to break free! 'Andante'99' is a deeply grinding 'n looping clattery percussive 1234 stepper, useful as a Dj tool. 'Loop 99' goes movin along, slappin 1234 beats with sticks 'n grinds 'n bongos 'n swishes it rises and falls & rises and falls, pulling you along in a trancey fashion.
-ANDREAS KRAMER - RE-CONSTRUCT - F.O.R.M . 'Fundamental Tone/Sharpshooter Mix' is a powerful 'n buzzy grindy beater with sticks. Long hallways of rushing, echoed trippy washes, attack planes dive-bomb and eerie feelings pervade. It grows and grows, getting big, thick and hard. *'Excursion/Faris AL-Hassoni Mix' grinds 'n stomps in a horney, buzzin, beepin,'n clapin way runnin hard with crazed pipe-organizations and manic hats then the drums build to a frenzy, "check", and it Really goes off!
-NARCOTIK - PLATIPUS 'Blue' starts with a chill female voice relaxing you, along with lovely twirly atmospherics. The track builds slowly with timestretched "ahh's", sweeping lush synths and light breakbeats before breaking into a full out dreamy, lightly acidic 4x4 'n bongo trancer - "be aware of every sound". *'Twelve Miles' is soooo beautiful! Great bass beats stomp along a tapestry of lovely flutey exotic interludes, trippy efx, scattered guitar pluckings, birds, whooshing, and flying staccato acid a great ending piece!
PLAYLIST #6 - Close Your Eyes and Dance!
-ACEN - CLOSE YOUR EYES - PROFILE -DELTA - 2 - AMNESIA (CLOSE YOUR EYES) - MINIMALISTIX
-GECKO - JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES - SILENT BREED REMIX - FEDERATION OF DRUMS
-GECKO - JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES - DELERIUM RED
-SKYNET UK - OPEN THE FLOODGATED '99 - WHOOP!
-STRAIGHT ON STRIKE - RUN FOR COVER - AQUASET
-DAMON WILD & TIM TAYLOR - BANG THE ACID -SYNEWAVE
-JACK MASTER - BASEMENT TRAX VOL.1 - BANG THE BOX - JACK
-DJ ESP - I LIKE TO GET DOWN - DJ HYPERACTIVE MIX - COMMUNIQUE
-DE-VIZE - ACTIVATE YOUR ENERGY - ANGEL ALANIS ABSTRACT REMIX - ABSTRACT MUSIC
-NEMESIS + DJ WORK - ABSTRACT NOISE - DJ WORK! ABSTRACT CLAP REMIX - UC
-4 DA HEADSTRONG - MORE - BLEEPHEADZ MIX - INTERNATIONAL HOUSE
-WYNDELL LONG - EXIT MICHAGAN AVE - LEFT BREAST RIGHT NIPPLE - MINIMALISTIX
-MIKE PARKER - VERTEBRAE WALTZ PART TWO - GEOPHONE
-DAVID MICAILIZZI - TECHNETIUM (ORIGINAL MIX) - IF MUSIC
-DONNELL KNOX - MYSTICAL ILLUSIONS EP - FIELD OF DREAMS - SONIC MIND
-TEKONIVEL - GULAB JAMON - SINKKI - TENSION
-THE FIFTH EDITION - HITSOUND - THUNDERDOME
-GTO - TECHNOHEAD EP - THE PASSION - REACT
-INFIDUS - DEATH BY STEREO - HYPERSPEED (SPACE DIMENSION EDIT) - DANCE OPERA
-STOMACH BASHER - WOWY ZOWY - ROTTERDAM
-FRANKIE BONES - THE THUNDERGROUND EP - MINIMALISM - GROOVE WORLD RECORDS
-SURGEON - EAST LIGHT - A2 - DYNAMIC TENSION
-GENE LE FOSSE - THE GENIE - PAST PRESENT - PRESENT 2 - TENSION
-CARI LEKEBUSH AS SHAPECHANGER - CRYSTAL DREAMS EP - A2 - PLANET RHYTHM
-FRANKIE BONES - TRANCESYLVANIA VOL I - B2 - TRANCESYLVANIA
-BLUROOM - CLOSE YOUR EYES - INFARED
REVIEWS FOR PLAYLIST #6
A note about my rating system for the reviews I have placed an asterisk before the song titles in the reviews of cuts I Really like.
-ACEN - PROFILE People still covet this record! 'Close Your Eyes' has become so very popular in the last several months for sampling that I dedicated this set to all the records I could find that contained it! It opens with a repeating vox sample of the title in an odd voice, then breakbeats slide in and the funk hits the fan as it beats and breaks and grunts, lots of cool crazy sounds and lush backgrounds. The other tracks on this one are, yes, 'Window in the Sky (Kingdom of Light Mix)'! A dramatic and lovely intro heralds the way for fast breakbeats set against this great background of sweet sounds, scratchin, "watch it", horney stuff, violins, and "take a walk close your eyes, and you will find the window in the sky is divine " Great stuff!!!!! Next up is the supa-bassy, ragga flavored 'DJ DMS Mix' of it which mixes a Jungly (1994 original Jungle flava!) breaky rhythm and piano breaks. On the flip, there's 'Trip II The Moon (Kal Mix)' a flutey pulsing fast 'n bassy bass breakbeat journey, "this is a trip, this is not music there's no sound". There's also those chipmunk vocals and happy piano!
-DELTA - 2 - MINIMALISTIX Dimitri Dewever here with 4 slammin minimal techno trax. '11 KHz' is a remix of '10 KHz'. A twisted zip 'n flippy bang leads a hooty-hoot off to pop. *Mental Abduction' Gallops! Weird twisted sounds and elastic acid Woo! *'Amnesia (Close Your Eyes)' buzzes 'n bangs with steady hits and military feelin drums. A cool steppin rhythm, poppity 'n percussive sounds and a cool treated vox rep of the sample. 'Ice-Cream Flavor' is kinda cute and fun with stomping doubled beats that echo along with driving percussion and whistley, horney stuff that whips and pulses.
-GECKO - JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES - FEDERATION OF DRUMS This package of remixes is doing real well with some of the harder Techno jocks out there! I like the *Silent Breed Remix (I like just about Anything done by them!) Their version borrows quite a bit of the feeling from the Acen track with percussive breakbeats set against big 4x4 beats, zippy synths grinding, workin hard. The eerie sample repeats throughout as sticks hit, beats beat and zips filter up and down. *Oliver Lieb makes it massive! Strong pounding beats, a turning wheel, steady sticks, bass pulsings form the base the vocal sample of the title comes in all trippy like, with staticky background layers. There's a big scrapey breakdown after which this track just becomes a monster devouring you and yours!
-GECKO - DELERIUM RED No track titles here on this 2 tracker, aside from a side-silhouette of a naked woman in heels. The *A side uses the 'Just Close Your Eyes' vocal sample to great effect and I'll tell ya, I actually have found that the dance floor likes this version better than any of the other remixes available! It's bangin and Huge Techno! The flip side is a manic discoid funk-a-baby mover!
-SKYNET UK - OPEN THE FLOODGATES '99 - WHOOP! Oh My Word! This will get them hopping around like there's no tomorrow! It really is great getting the energy up and over with it's huge bangin 4x4 beats and wild acid that flashes and pulses in horney fashion. It builds lotsa intensity with restrained percussion as it goes off! There's some far off ethereal singing and the last half isn't too bass heavy, so it's great for blending in that next record that'll really put them completely over the top!
-STRAIGHT ON STRIKE - AQUASET A really wonderful record with such layers of deepness to the production that it's hard to discern on first listen, but only after several plays in different situations, *'Run For Cover' really has me hooked. Opening straight up with pulsating strong acid, big beats, twinkling soft bells that transform into great, understated percussion that gradually forms a breakbeat layer underneath. The acid continues to softly whip beneath the surface along with the bells, the beats gradually go really super strong, there's a slight pause, and a guy sez, "Plan B" and whammo! They love it I tell ya limbs flying everywhere!!!! It breaks into an acid house feel (some may even detect a hint of 'Vamp') midway through that just adds so well to this feeling. On the flipside, *'We Are More Than You Know' has many layers of acid that build to a frenzy alongside some intense breakbeats, it drops out then Takes Off with huge, galloping strong bassy beats, Yee-Ha! Very dramatic and involving you must be stone cold dead if you don't move to this one! Next track is recorded live, 'Hover Jam Sassion' goes in a different direction. It's still big, but the acid current runs deep underneath the chill downbeats as it flows along it's bassy, pulsating breaky way, accented by vocal hits and bell-like tones nice. There's some acid house feeling in the last half that would make this perfect to end one of those tripped out sets with.
-DAMON WILD & TIM TAYLOR - BANG THE ACID -SYNEWAVE The all time classic that never fails to get a response both from those that know it and love it, and from those discovering it for the first time.
-JACK MASTER - BASEMENT TRAX VOL.1 - JACK I have no idea where or when I got this record. *'Bang The Box' has big, booming bass beats with a rep vox, "Bang". Then there is an acapella version. On the flip, 'One Trac Mind' has stompin beats, deep acid, hi hats 'n claps. *'Manic Danser' is cool! Weird fun stuff that's deep 'n beaty, poppity 'n gurgly.
-DJ ESP - I LIKE TO GET DOWN - COMMUNIQUE See PL #4
-DE-VIZE - ACTIVATE YOUR ENERGY - ABSTRACT MUSIC Progressive, Chicago stylee Techno. 'Original Mix' is stomping with shooting & warped with hooty horns, spacey sound manipulation, great deep pulsing acid and a vox sample, "activate your energy". The *'Angel Alanis Abstract Remix' starts out with the vox, then hardcore beats stomp all ovah! There's a silly horn, keep blowin! Lotsa fun here, it does make ya rise! 'AM FM Alexander Acid Remix' IS acid! It repeats the "energy' part of the vox. B side, *'The Klubsstalker Abstracted Remix' has good energy and vibe. Hardcore stompin beats, the vox reps along with vocal yelps while space signals pulse and buzz but sadly, there is no silly flute. 'George Centenos Abstract Remix' has really bouncy and elastic hardcore beats 'n claps, the alarma buzz, the vox reps, and there's a horney repeat and an overall T99 feel to it.
-NEMESIS + DJ WORK! - ABSTRACT NOISE - UC Nemesis does the A side. *'The Clap' has that sample, "somebody give the Lord a handclap" along with hardcore beats and a silly flute. 'Stupid Speaker' is buzzin fun with hardcore beats and samples of "till you hear them blow, dance with the speakers". DJ Work! Remixes them on the B. 'DJ Work! Abstract Clap Remix' has slamming hard ass beats, and a similar vox and flute to it's counterpart. *DJ Work! 4:00 AM Speaker Remix' uses the vox sample to it's original mix, but it bangs more, buzzin ala T99, along with filters that drop the bass.
-4 DA HEADSTRONG - MORE - INTERNATIONAL HOUSE See PL #2, Issue 1.99a
-WYNDELL LONG - EXIT MICHAGAN AVE - MINIMALISTIX Chicago sounds abound from this guy! 'Halsted Street' is a big harsh, hard bangin chomper that flips, clanks, cranks, brushes, twists, turns, 'n talks mental! *'Cold Heat' has the pipes warming, then the beats roll in. Layers of percussion, filtered & sharp smackin claps and space acid shoots build to a frenzy of a trance! 'Left Breast Right Nipple' is a crunchy, munchy stomper that's a bit clicky 'n brushy with a compliment of shootin tweedles zipping of into space complicated, fun steppin! *'Exit Michigan Ave' is rollin' thunder! A supa-stomper that gets real crazy and goes real deep with squirpy runs and brushy signaling.
-MIKE PARKER - VERTEBRAE WALTZ - GEOPHONE Damn, this shit is strong! Techno to get your heart thumpin and your body pumpin! Play this at the part of your set where the vibe is already so thick you can cut it and the peeps will truly feel it's power. *Part One grinds, whips, shakes, hats brush by, bloops bleep, and it drives, baby! *Part Two is a bit more mental, deeper - very trippy, hard stuff with excellent hat action. It's a bit more subtle in it's approach, choosing to rise and fall, giving you a chance to catch your breath, get your bearings with a long tripped-out break before it lets you continue in it's beats. Nice package too, designed and hand printed by Mike himself.
-DAVID MICAILIZZI - IF MUSIC Nice production and sound quality on this domestic label. 'Transuranic Waste' prepares you with gates of tension before breaking loose with the 4x4 beats that step deeply, clattering percussion that accents and claps, waves of sound build and break into pulsating acid-like quavers. The break down feel really neat, kinda mysterious, then the big drumroll and it's off again! *'Centrifuge' has pulsating, arpeggiated electronics and big, stompin 1234 beats and great percussive accents. *'Technetium (Original Mix)' really breaks loose! Strongly stomping beats, percussive hat washes and stick accents, acid scribbles and lots of quavering electronic sounds move it all along, let it flow over you as you let the sweat flow from you!
-DONNELL KNOX - MYSTICAL ILLUSIONS EP - SONIC MIND This record made them crazy whenever I played it live! I really enjoyed watching the action! *'Mystical Illusion' has fast 'n furious organ manipulations that pulse and squirrel their way thru and around big, bad 4x4 percussive backed beats. 'Unseen' has lots of weird sounds that sproing, hit and bounce along the clear, shakey stomp 'n step beats, then flowing organ washes undulate deeply. 'Mysteries' is a bangin mental Techno piece with understated military percussion, submarine bleeps and an insane background looping sound that grows Argh, I can't take it! *'Field Of Dreams'...what kind of field of dreams is this? Must be a real big field, in a remote place, under a full moon with a banging sound system and a coupla hundred of my bestest friends!!!! Wild banging and scraping and pulsating and, and, jeeze, it's hard to describe this sound then it starts twirling, taking you down and the percussion gets in yer head, and, and well, see for yourself, but don't say I didn't warn you!
-TEKONIVEL - GULAB JAMON - TENSION Mika Vainio is one-half of noise giants Panasonic. (Or should I say, Pan sonic?) Here, you hear a lot of that influence, especially on the A side tracks, but with the addition of some super-stomping beats, and a great ravey vibe on the B tracks. The A side tracks are both Huge buzzy stompers. The *title track, has reverberating bass beats, sticks, acidic maneuvers and cool little sounds. 'Termiiti' has supa-doubled beats with a scrapey, clicky, thick 'n deep mental feel. *'Disko Pepe' is a funky deep bassy stepper with a sawing effect and twirly, twinkly carnival like sounds, brushy percussion, cool hi-hat action and a feel that some mystery travels within. *'Sinkki' is lots of fun with ah-woo calling sound reps and steppy fun beats that change to big stompy elastic bassy ones with big metallic accents and crunchy stuff. Follow the Rolling Stone's timeless recommendation and play this record loud on a good system for the full effect!
-THE FIFTH EDITION - THUNDERDOME Hawd-Corah! Yeah, dig it!!! 'MzKzM' is bangin hard and buzzy in that ole-school synth way, with lots of different vocal samples, and lots of them are really silly and weird! *'Hitsound' Starts great with a vocal call and response, 'E-Yo e-yo-o-o". There're great zippy synths, super bangin HC beats, "there's no sound like hitsound", and "close your eyes, forget your name "!!!! Sure thing buddy! *'Pump Me What?' "pump, pump, pump". It's just hard and fast enough to keep up with with clear HC beats, lots of neat ravey breakdowns and tons of zip. *'Re-incarnation' is a feel-good stomper that's not too hard or fast. Lovely synth washes and vocal apeggiations come thru the beats and zip to bathe the crowd while a vox repeats "yeah, that's right, how 'bout that shit homie?"
-GTO - TECHNOHEAD EP - REACT Lee Newman had a passion for techno, and this must be her anthem. GTO is her and Michael Wells. Released in 93, 'The Passion' has become a Techno anthem. It's beautiful, lush and hard in a subtle way. 'Kiddie Mix' is soooo great!!!! "Technohead" a guy repeats, then crazed sped-up vocals, big banging beats, "mother-fu**er" and all kinds of wild stuff take this one off! Another classic! On the flip, there's another mix of 'The Passion' that feels a bit deeper, but is just as motivating. Lastly, there's 'Planet Hi-Hat' - a deep Techno stomper that would feel right at home today. Thank you Lee.
-INFIDUS - DEATH BY STEREO - DANCE OPERA a 1993 release. Remember when Techno had that lush, big sound that, just by listening to a tune, even in yer car, you could almost feel the intellibeams doing their robo-dance among the throng, the multicolored moonflower beams tracking and sparkling in the dense fog, smell the sweat, see the smiles, feel the love? Well, put this one on, and close your eyes, and you will feel it. There're 5 mixes of the title track that repeat the title in a whispery female vox. Great acid, beats, synths and a mysterious thick vibe - just perfect and wonderful. Then there's 'Hyperspeed (Space Dimension Edit)' which is pretty different than the title cut! It's got that same thick rave vibe, but hard, large echoed beats, "I've got the speed, the speed, the speed hyperspeed to another dimension." I love using this track, then slammin into the hardcore! Check out the 'sailor' whistles on this, almost feels like a twisted Old Spice advert!
-STOMACH BASHER - ROTTERDAM Ah yeah, another oldie but goodie, by golly, cause it's Rotterdam, the future past of beats in heat! My word, just how can you pack so much freeking bass sound onto one piece of plastic! 'Is This Happening To Me?' has a moderate bass and huge buzzy reverberating bass beats. Miltary percussion, flying whistles, "dreaming", yeah, feels like '92! 'Raped' is serious and stomping with big, deep buzzin bass, insane sounds, "so you were not healed, you were raped". *'Zombies in De Mist' is a frightening journey thru percussion, buzzy synths and immense bass beats. *'Wowy-Zowy' is a minimal, percussive bass monster! Marching along, it breaks down to an alarm that continues with the track and "wowy-zowy", intense.
-FRANKIE BONES - THE THUNDERGROUND EP - GROOVE WORLD RECORDS Vintage Bones! 1993. *'Fuzz Box' (Bounce Remix) is fast 'n twirly funk with a great Jews harp sound. *'Minimalism' (Demo Mix) is fast 'n funky acid trance. On the flip, *'We Can Do This (Brooklyn/Stormrave Mix) is an awesome anthem! This is THE CLASSIC Bones/Stormrave tune! "Wey-A"!!!!!!!!!!! 'Pump The Bass' "when I pump the bass, rock this place" goes all deep steppin beats and buzziness, with crowd chants and neat breakbeats. Lots of crazy ravey sounds abound, natch!
-SURGEON - EAST LIGHT - DYNAMIC TENSION See PL #5
-GENE LE FOSSE - THE GENIE - PAST PRESENT - TENSION The founder of Program 2 (Dominator, Twister, Omen) comin back at 'cha! Side A has 2 old rave stylee tracks from '88, the B side does it up the modern techno way '98. I have no track names on my copy, so *track 1 is stompin good stuff with lots of great acid house touches, "Beware go back before it's too late" and a fem laugh. Track 2 has percussive marching beats, tweedly flutes, acid, fly-bys, and "music non-stop" reps and a nice ending, "thank you very much 4 your cooperation". On the B side, track 1 stomps big time with huge, deep layers of mysterious sound and a large vibe, voices and poppity percussion. *Track 2 is bangin! Very deep production with a lowlying hum and a buzz underneath that sounds amazing on a big system. Running, flippity super brushed percussion accents a track which develops its changes beautifully to keep you focused.
-CARI LEKEBUSH AS SHAPECHANGER - CRYSTAL DREAMS VOL 2 - PLANET RHYTHM 3 tracks of "pure electronic bliss" sez the label. On the A side, the first one is really trippy and hard, feelin like yer dancin at a wild night in the Moloko Milkbar ala Clockwork Orange! The *second one is dark! A guy talks against a backdrop of steady hard beats and grinds. On the *flip, it's a funky banger with a neat guitar sound and trippy washes. Clickin 'n steppin, zip backs, crashes and flipping ladders of sound.
-FRANKIE BONES - TRANCESYLVANIA VOL I - TRANCESYLVANIA I got this limited run record a number of years ago. It has no track names, just great music, and every track has a different mood! On the A side, number 1 has a long, melodic intro then beats 'n acid dance! It kinda sweetly whistles into yer body. Number 2 is The Best Acid Song, nuf sed! On the B side, *1 is, well, Yeowch! Mental stuff that can fool ya with it's expansive multi-layered sound, voices and acid push up the bass! *2 is psychedelic trance with gorgeous female rep chants.
-BLUROOM - INFARED Ah, I always get asked about this record, especially the first track. On 'Close Your Eyes', a woman repeats the title, as chill percussion and watery sounds make a long intro then a lovely piano twinkles in along with gated synths and a steadily steppin beat .beautiful dream trance. On the flipside, *'It's All A Bit Weird" opens with a efx echoed looped vox (that continues thru the track) then Acid that does all kinds of cool stuff along with 1234 steppin percussive backed beats, it really gets going!
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FREESTYLERS - WE ROCK HARD - MAMMOTH There's a huge promo push on these guys, and you can find reviews of this album in nearly every music mag. So, I'm not gonna go into who they are and what their deal is. The music contained in these 13 tracks ranges from rockin funky breaks, to ragga toasted hip-hop, to electro influenced. There's also lots of other elements present on this manic collection including Jungle, Jazz, Rock, and even a touch of circus music. I like all the Electro tracks a lot ('Drop The Boom', Don't Stop, and We Rock Hard Feat. Soul Sonic Force). Most of the Breaky tracks are real cool ('Freestyle Noize' is rockin with hypnotizin' sounds and great horns, 'Breaker Beats Part 1' is cool rockin jazzy fun with a 70's go-go organ, 'Spaced Invader' has good raps and call outs, lots of cool sounds, and a great bass! 'Feel the Panic' has lots of old-school flava and neat scratchin, 'Check The Skillz' rocks with spacey sounds and great drummin!). I only liked one of the ragga-rappin cuts, 'Warning feat. Navigator' has a neat Jungly rollin flava with a great 80's soundin rock guitar.
LARRY KUCHARZ - ELECTROCHORAL DREAMS - INTERNATIONAL AUDIOCHROME INC Ok, this is some stuff to open yer mind to electrocomputer music in a classical style he calls it his 'Church style', that is, music composed for the limited capabilities of the chorus. Some may call it New Age, others Ambient, Experimental, yadda yadda yadda. I call it really cool stuff to chill out to, makin you feel like yer ridin waves of sounds flowin and changin with subtle currents that shift pleasantly in the sun warmed breeze on one of those days where the moon still can be seen in the sky during the day. There are 10 tracks here on this CD and you'll hear gliding and intricately woven strands of synths, choral montages that open to loveliness with an expansive freedom and a feverish clarity, sun speckled rocky pebbled running streams, twinkly church-like meditations, galaxy gears meshing softly, and sonic splashes of bright promise.
FUTURE SOUNDS OF JAZZ - VOL. 5 - COMPOST Wow-wee-wow!!!!! Ah yeah boyz, scope out this baby jes' slip on these 2 disks and cozy up with your honey you know the ladies love that jazzy romance feelin, and this one delivers the goods in spades! A wonderful 2-CD compilation of very sexy, fun, jazzy, cool, lush, lively, funky, atmospheric, exotic, hot, happy, spacey, and all around good stuff to get yer groove on to! Nearly every track is outstanding. Some of my faves are - Chaser with the fabulous bright funker 'Life in Loisaida', Nek-Lok does an amazing jazz escapade on 'Escobar Blues', Fauna Flash takes you to an alien love lounge with 'Taurus', Force & Paul take you on an exotic journey to 'Casablanca', Marshmellows light a beach bon-fire in the ho-down on acid of 'Reloaded', Boom Bip & DJ Osiris get the joint jumpin with their 'Voodoo Science'. Get this and play it often, like I do!
BERGHEIM 34 - FILO 002 - FIRST LOVE 5 tracks of deep 'n neat chill mood makers. The first song is the best, followed closely by the second. 'New Ground' is a soothing, lightly percussive downtempo piece that has beats n' sweets with a lovely horn melody. 'Minor Throne (Zerkalo pre-mix)' has moody strings, deep wanderings, clicks 'n ticks, flutey organs and beats like a heart. Also nice are the third and fifth tracks, 'E-Edit' has echo'd beaty beats, tweedles, cool bass efx and neatly restrained percussion. 'Lights Out' is very deep 'n downtempo with sticks that bounce and echo, a high organ melody and cool bass pluckings.
THERAPY - COMPILED BY STEVE ROBBINS - SPRMINT This is Steve's baby, most of the tracks are by him, under different guises to showcase his various musical projects. There are flavors galore from trippy disco, sharp steppin jazzy jungle, acid, electro, and funk. I like the following tracks - *'Encounters', a big 'n bangin acid beater with persistent percussion. 'Check My Style' has that cool old school sample, "I, am the magnificent" that then goes into a neat D&B roller. 'Submission' starts with an acidic electro infused D&B feeling, then gets a menacing bassline going with fast percussion and scattered treated vocals. 'Episode(edit)' is a Jungly roller to jump-up to with great beats and shakey shakins.
APOPTUGMA BERZERK - PARANOIA - METROPOLIS First off, I may have the first name of this projects name spelled wrong, the type on the CD was very difficult to read with fancy and tiny typography. There's 3 (2 distinct ones with a remix of one) tracks on this promo disc, and boy, was I surprised when I listened, since I'm quite familiar with this labels usual harder, noisier output. The radio edit of 'Paranoia' is an acidic-industrial piece with vocoders, trancey driving synths, and good vocals, "They're all around you you're on your own haunting your soul" and it feels good! The regular version is very lively! 'Mourn' (radio edit) has acid sawings and powerful 4x4 beats with a neat vocal, "Lost in the depths of your eyes', and feels nearly Goa-like.
GLENN UNDERGROUND - A STORY OF DEEPNESS - NITE LIFE COLLECTIVE I've always enjoyed the music of Glenn Underground and this CD continues my feeling about that it is deeper then a lot of the stuff I was familiar with, but the sound is full, the emotion runs true, and there's enough beats to get down to! I particularly liked the following - 'Strong Island Jaz' pumps! Starting with strong 4x4 beats, then sliding into a great horn laden funky jazz thing. The beats return with a mellow, bassy vibe and nice keys. 'London Sirens' has heritage! Funky stuff that's chill 'n moody, kinda downbeat but upbeat with great upfront bongos. 'Disco Worm' is swingin! It pumps da funk with lots of neat sounds as it melts 'n winds its way around your innards! 'Motherless Child' is soulful. Soft 'n deep with a female singing the refrain, "sometimes I feel like a motherless child" while in the background there are male cries of "help me, please" along with a cool, horny bass and 70's funk sounds. 'Come On' is a party groover! Great 70's space jazz rock disco funk that twinkly 'n sweet with a fine beat. 'GU's Fingertips' is a Latin tinged disco vibe 'n groover, steppin with great percussion, cowbells, rolling bongos and a slight Donna Summers 'I feel Love' bassline. 'Showing Off' feels good! Far off spacey feelings, upfront shakins, and soulful keys along with softly percussive backed beats make it deep 'n flowing.
ADRENALIN JUNKIES - OUTCRY - EARACHE Manic breakbeats galore! 3 mixes of the tune here on this CD. The *original has an old-stylee shout 'n rave thing going on, along with rockin acid, breakbeats, sirens and whistles crazy! The 'Paroxysm Rush Remix' is thickly rockin with crazy whilrling 'n running and an odd kinda laugh sound! The 'Spontaneous Combustion Remix' is more of a downbeat rocker with tripped out feeling and wild acid.
BURNING ROME - SENSELESS - MINDFIELD There's no track names here on this 13 track full length CD, but every one is lovely and the artwork is beautiful! 10 are full tracks, with the others being very interesting ambient interludes. Describing the music is a difficult task, since many influences are present and the tunes are skillfully crafted, very involving and have many moods that range from serious to silly. There are beaty beats with good percussion, acid and energy, grinding ruff stuff that bloops and moves, lovely 'n deep neat floppity beats with sweet 'n sharp pitches and deep bass, funky fun with doubled beats and all kinds of machines doing their thing, flushins of spiraling water and scrubbing bubbles workin with fast 'n hard 4x4 shakey beats that layer with breakbeats, D&B that gets deep 'n mad with odd keys and live sounding island drums, and a deep 'n low Jungly twirl 'n twist with submerged beats 'n riddims and a vocoded vox. Check it out! Contact Mindfield@msgp.com
-V/A - RE:EVOLUTION - FLYING RHINO 2XMIXED CD A showcase of the old and new sound of this label that's well know for producing excellent Trance. Here their artists explore a wide range of styles from "beautiful slow ethereal breakbeats to the hardest of trance through the most fully progressive of house. CD 1 is mixed by the label founder James Monro. It's a pleasant journey starting with some nice feelings from Slinky Wizard, going a bit mysterious, then fun and clattery edging into to rocking then hypnotic Goa and techno sounds, before heading full force into Jammy Mutants crazy acid on 'Angstrom Dispidooshan'. Staying acid for a while, the mix moves back into clanky Goa before steppin out with Atmos on 'Klein Aber Doctor' that pulses with a intriguing vibe. The mix ends with the wild and wonderful 'Lunar Juice' by Slinky Wizard. CD 2 is a pounding, enthralling mix by label manager Cass. Lots of great tracks represented. Starting off with 2 by Boom Devil that begin on a lovely note, going into a bit of D&B, then some old-school rave like trance acid on 'Morph 001'. Things get trancier, staying lovely with 'Crystal' by Blue Planet Corporation before moving in a harder direction with Atmos, then Dslide on 'Confusional State' gets the hard house pumping strong with acid. Cass v The Parasomniacs take it from there on 'Mephisto's Child', a wild 'n big climber that allows trance builder 'Loop & Digit' by Stoop n' Fidget to get it all going trippy. The mix stays a bit in the Goa trance vein that has interesting elements like funk and some D&B before ending with 'Micromege' a flying acid piece by Blue Planet Corporation.
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