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Substrata Vol.2
Substrata Vol.2
Price: £13.48

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to get lost in, 13 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Substrata Vol.2 (Audio CD)
This album is a grower, at first nothing comes out and grabs you, but after careful listens you come to appreciate the little things.
I bought it after hearing works such as Global Communication - 76:14 and wanted more like that - it isn't that similar, it is a lot more 'sound' based rather than music based. However Substrata the original CD takes you on a journey, you can imagine being in a cave, or sat at the north pole listening to this CD. Songs like 'Chukhung' use reverbed guitar loops to create atmosphere, others use lush strings (my fave, 'Kobresia'), while bleeps pile on the ambience in 'Hyperborea'.
Biosphere also uses vocals to great effect, on a lot of the tracks - they are just vocal snippets of people talking, but used just so to create the perfect atmosphere
Anyway - this CD is for those people who don't mind listening to a CD of drones and tones - that work really well. I'd recommend getting this for the arctic soudscapes it conjures up, and the 2nd CD is also good for a kind of barren, industrial, urban feel.

Machine Says Yes
Machine Says Yes

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Kahuna Burger, 21 May 2003
This review is from: Machine Says Yes (Audio CD)
I first saw Kahuna oooohhh at the end of 2002 supporting Royksopp (whose album I hope you all have!) , and again supporting Dirty Vegas in march this year. Their live act is fantastic, they always manage to get people bouncing all over the place, or nodding their heads in appreciation to the downbeat tracks.
Anyway, this album reminds me a bit of Layo & bushwacka's Night Works. It has that same mixed bag vibe, it combines hard up, bass heavy, rockin' dance tracks, like Microcuts, and the smackhead tune Glitterball, with chillout excursions a la hayling, north pole transmission and fear of guitars. The rest are, well, kinda weird. No wait, make that experimental. The tracks may be weird but theyre a lot of fun, greeat to listen to and funky too.
The album flows well between tracks, but my only problem is 'Growler' which is an OK track but it drags on for way toolong, and doesnt really do anything, which is a shame as its right in the middle of the album and holds it all up. Oh well, not even that can drag it down from 5 stars. Go buy if you like Dirty Vegas, Royksopp, and maybe even Underworld, the Chems etc.

Programmed to Love
Programmed to Love
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £14.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little weak in places, 5 April 2003
This review is from: Programmed to Love (Audio CD)
I bought this album after hearing 'Swollen' and 'Always' - which, are arguably the best tracks on the album. But as has been said before, Bent can be weak then they are, well bent. Tracks like 'Chocolate Wings' and 'Irritating Noises' can grate like hell if youre not in the mood, while the serious tracks like 'Always' and 'Private Road' are some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever. Its a bit of a mystery they they had to dampen this kind of sound with weird, crazy stuff. However this crazy stuff can be fun, shown by the hidden tracks 'Wrong Rock and 'Toothless Gibbon', but they still pale a bit in comparison to the hidden track 'Laughing Gear' and also 'Invisble Pedstrian'
The good tracks really stand out and are great to listen to, but its a pity about the downers on it. I would recommend this album if you like Zero 7 (who are like the serious side of Bent), Lemon Jelly (who take the crazy side to extremes) or Groove Armada (who are not that much like bent but are amazing)

Second Toughest in the Infants
Second Toughest in the Infants
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £3.27

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Toughest after 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman', 24 Mar. 2003
This was the album that introduced me to Underworld. A whole new world (boom boom) of dance. Id never heard 3 songs in one epic 16 and a half minute track followed by a huge 15 minute drum & bass/chillout song. And I dont know to this day how I survived without it. 'Juanita' and 'Pearl's Girl' are standout tracks in my opinion, but even the rampant club vibes and random speech of 'Confusion the Waitress' keep up the moodiness of the whole album. This moodiness feels like it should be listened to at night or dusk, it truly is beautiful and breathtaking. However, this is dampened slightly on the CD by the all-too-clubby 'Rowla' and the lacklustre 'Air Towel'. Althought perfectly listenable, they break up the experience on a whole. Otherwise, a very very very good album thats great for listening to and even dancing as well (in places!).
Overall? I'd say buy if you like any of Underworlds other work
And if you dont'? Buy anyway!

A Rush Of Blood To The Head
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Parchutes...?, 8 Mar. 2003
After arriving quite abruptly in the public eye with 'Yellow' followed by the debut album 'Parachutes' Coldplay set themselves up as a respectable act with a very pleasing first LP. 'Rush of Blood..' follows on in the same vein but with a different vibe. It seems on Parachutes the music was quite moody, maybe even depressing, but Rush of Blood makes a sterling effort to bring the music to a new level - with one aim - to uplift. Tunes such as 'In My Place' and 'A whisper' will do little else. All the songs are relaxing and give you chills like nothing else (except maybe parachutes). The album does have its down moments however - some would argue that 'Green Eyes' and 'Warning Sign' can show their slightly weaker points, but to be honest it doesnt detract from the album much. The album ah - something Parachutes truly was. However, Rush of Blood tends to be more a collection of outstanding work rather than one overall experience, as Parachutes seemed to blend so well together to be.

Visible Noise/Know Your Enemy
Visible Noise/Know Your Enemy
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 3 Jan. 2003
'Visible Noise' is a subtle growing monster, starting off with a nice 4/4 beat and some great percussion, building with the bassline until the tough melody comes in, and theres a break, which sets the track up for the huge breakbeat drop. Trust me, when that beat comes in, everyone within a mile radius will go crazy.
The flipside, 'Know Your Enemy', is a slamming monster that features some amazing atmospherics and a euphoric break, building it back up until the beat comes back in, dirty as ever.

A Hundred Days Off
A Hundred Days Off
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...missing something though, 3 Jan. 2003
This review is from: A Hundred Days Off (Audio CD)
Well Darren Emerson left the band in does the new album measure up to the other work of Underworld? After liking most of their work, (only a few tracks didnt inspire me, namedly 'Air Towel', 'Spoonman' and 'Winjer'), I thought it would, especially after hearing 'Two Months Off'; it seemed like classic Underworld with a super-uplifting twist and a little bit more trancey yet techno at the same time. After buying the album, I wasnt disappointed. Yes it is wuiote different from other Underworld, mind you, so was Beaucopu Fish yet that was great. This steers towards trance without the cheesiness and more technoey and repetitive with subtle changes, true Underworld style. It seems Emerson's work has rubbed off well on the duo, and Karl's vocals get tripper and more random on this outing. There is everything here, from the lounge-house feel of 'Twist' to the downbeat 'Sola Sistim' through hard techno of 'Dinosaur Adventure 3D' and also the breakbeat guitar combo of 'Trim' which makes the album an interesting ride to say the least. It is all ultimately uplifting though, and less dark than some earlier work (theres no 'Dirty Epic' style stomper here) but it is a good direction, maybe not the best it could have been, as some of the offerings seem a bit lacklustre, but overall, not a bad purchase, and worth buying even if youre not the biggest Underworld fan.

Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £33.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid house album - keep coming back to it, 27 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Colours (Audio CD)
This album is great - 2 CDs full of intelligent, deep, melodic house thats easy to lose yourself in and just as easy to get funkin' to. It may be similar in a couple of places, especially between the first green on scarlet on CD1 - but is just really good overall. The opening song 'Cerise' is nice and moody, and keeps this theme with the 'Green', 'Tuquoise' and 'Scarlet' tracks, all the way though to the end of 'Magenta' while thowing in some uplifting classics like 'White' 'Green (2)' and 'Cyan'. THe second CD has a clubbie edge but keeps the intelligent side with the slightly lengthy 'Aqua', with its smile-inducing layers and tasty bass. Tracks like 'Amber' and 'Mauve' are true uplifting house to watch time fly by and the sun rise up in the morning, while 'Orange' and 'Beige' keep the funk coming and the listening crowd happy. You could listen to this in you home, or put it on at a party, both would be equally devastating, but watch out - you need to be patient, and also like you music to be delicate and complicated, not, as the other reviewer put it 'hands in the air trance'

Still Life in Motion
Still Life in Motion
Offered by msales-8
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tastual Mini-album from BT, 24 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Still Life in Motion (Audio CD)
This CD is a nice surprise that I found when I bought ESCM the same day. It is a rock/breakbeat mixture at fist, followed by some deep house, breakbeat and chillout remixes later. 'Shame' is a commecial-sounding, soft rock number, with BT on the vocals, followed by Never Gonna Come Back Down, a funky, guitar-tinged track with the vocals of M. Doughty on top. A great track with a big sense of fun about it. Next up is 'Smartbomb' and 'Madskillz-Micchecka' with the fomer giving off a hip-rock summery vibe, and the latter a phat, phunky ( and bassy song that oozes class. 'Love on Haight Street' up next is a ambient, mellow hip-hop track featuring rascoe and fifty grand. The remixes are up next, with the Way Out West remix of Shame, that transforms the original into a subtle deep house affair. The Plumps turn 'Smartbomb' into a huge, hard and unrelenting breakbeat track that eases up only to let the melody in before banging back in and breaking down. Following this is the weakest song, Never Gonna Come Back Down remixed by Steve Lawler, whihc is hard and funky house, but a bit uninspiring and lacklustre. The album closes with the Bent emix of Shame, who take the opposite to Way Out West and change it into a downbeat, uplifting track wrapping the vocals round the atmospherics to great effect.
All in all, a nice little package that shows off BT's more ecelectic side

Offered by 247dvd
Price: £4.09

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A voyage of genius, 24 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Parachutes (Audio CD)
This album is one of the best ive heard - I usually listen to stuff like BT and Underworld - but this just hits a chord. Each song having a subtle melody, not an overbearingly obvious annoying one, each element blends together so well to make the song - its almost as if each instrument forms to make one and that is played, they all go so well together. 'Dont Panic' the opener has tasty guitar line and complementing vocal and piano riff that just sends your spine into vibrate mode. Songs such as 'High Speed' and 'Sparks' are just genius. But the true beauty of the album comes out when listening to it as a whole, where you can just lie back, and let the music absorb you as you drift in and out of sleep, and the sun sets...

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