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Into the Unknown
Into the Unknown
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 'Jazz-tronica' from Russ Gabriel..., 15 May 2008
This review is from: Into the Unknown (Audio CD)
Clonking Jazz inspired Electronica from the masterful Russ Gabriel here...

Different in style to his Masterwork 'Voltage Control', but still infectious in a Summer vibe kinda way. This'll have you head nodding and smiling on sleepy Summer days and chilled BBQ evenings...

A million times better than many so called 'chill out' albums out there...

Now More Than Ever
Now More Than Ever

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible..., 25 April 2008
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This review is from: Now More Than Ever (Audio CD)
This is a simply stunning 2 disc Drum n Bass masterclass...

In my opinion, one of the best DnB albums ever... Maybe THE best Liquid Funk style album ever...

Knowledge Through Science
Knowledge Through Science

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 minute Kirk Trip-a-thon, 18 April 2008
Ever wondered what would happen if RHK spent the night alone in a nuclear power station control room with just a synthesiser for company?

Well, now you can find out...

Kirk's not been shy of the odd single-track lengthy piece here and there throughout his career and this is one of the more successful attempts. More of a beats inspired Tech-Trip than his ambient opus 'Project 80' from The Conversation, this easily ecplises the patchy Darkness at Noon.

Great stuff, but probably aimed at the fan/collector...

Sandoz In Dub Chapter 2 - Live In The Earth
Sandoz In Dub Chapter 2 - Live In The Earth
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5.0 out of 5 stars More ragga-tastic hypnosis from Kirk, 15 April 2008
If you know pt1, then it's more of the same (check my review if not).

Although inferior to the original, Kirk still conjures up some great moments and it's still worthy of the great man's standards.

At time of writing, this has been RHK's last physical release (some 2 years ago) and his defection to iTunes only low bit-rate releases which lack proper artwork and consist of mainly older session material is worrying...

Can the Master come back with one last epic...? I hope he can...

Chant To Jah
Chant To Jah
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard H Kirk's homage to reggae..., 15 April 2008
This review is from: Chant To Jah (Audio CD)
This is a great record for lazy summer weekends in the garden or ultra late-night comedowns after the club... Long time lover of everything African, Tribal and Rasta-esque, RHK takes us along on a Ragga-Tech trip with attitude... Plenty of samples, stabs and reggae inspired mellowness...

Slightly different, maybe even more organic that Kirk's usual vibe, but still excellent...

N.B. For Train-Spotters, this is the repackaged version of the original late 90's release.

One Million and Three
One Million and Three
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Richard H Kirk's best..., 15 April 2008
This review is from: One Million and Three (Audio CD)
This is another incredible RHK release. Late 90's slow burning, meandering ambient-techno which evokes memories of his earlier masterworks 'Virtual State' and 'The Number of Magic' on Warp.

Made to chill-out to, this is very seriously laid back, featuring the usual Kirk mix of tribal samples, jazz inflections and pulsing cooled-out rhythms.

If you're at all into Kirk, you simply MUST own this album, if you're an electronic music fan, it's your duty to... However, expect to be a good deal more relaxed at the end of this CD than when you started it...

Awesome... 10/10

Digital Lifeforms Redux
Digital Lifeforms Redux
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Tribal-Techno from Richard H Kirk, 15 April 2008
This review is from: Digital Lifeforms Redux (Audio CD)
The Master does it again here with another storming slice of pulsing, pounding, hypnotic Techno with a destinctly African flavour...

Dating from his Mid-90's creative high-point, every track on here is top notch but the final two (Steel Tabernacle + White Darkness) are among his best work. Heavy on the samples, bass and trance-inducing vibes, this is an intense sonic trip that works best on a quality system with the lights down low...

Ensure you get this 'Redux' version for a 2nd CD packed with goodies including some very good remixes and exclusive tracks.

Utterly unmissable electronica from the genre's greatest ever artist.

System 7
System 7
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking debut from System 7...., 14 April 2008
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This review is from: System 7 (Audio CD)
This album has a wicked sunny afternoon vibe. It sounds VERY early 90's and reminds me a little of The Grid or in places Stereo MC's classic 'Connected' album. It's a teeny-tiny bit dated now and is occasionally patchy, but is still a great slice of nostaligic post-rave, beats-inspired dance music which also features some great dreamy-ambient moments and is extremely easy on the ear.

System 7 evolved into more of a Trance-Techno act after this album, so the following styles are quite different. Subsequent classics like the brilliant 'Seventh Wave' are awesome, but this is well worth a listen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genre-Defining Classic, 14 April 2008
This review is from: Electro-Soma (Audio CD)
I absolutely adore this album. It's simply one of the best electronica records of all-time and one of my personal favourites. I just 'feel good' every time I play it and never tire of hearing it.

Every inch a masterpiece, it deserves to be heard by everyone who owns a CD player. Even non-electronic music fans would be seduced by it's vibe, warmth and melodic richness. It's great to see B12 back after a few years out, but surely they'll never top this and it's follow-up, Time Tourist.

Interstellar... 10/10

Radio Scarecrow
Radio Scarecrow

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Dog's finest album in years..., 3 April 2008
This review is from: Radio Scarecrow (Audio CD)
You know the CV (Temple, Parallel, Bytes, Spanners, Adverts, Silenced etc, etc....) so I won't drone on. Suffice to say that tBD have expanded upon their fabulous last album from 2005 with an absoutely epic release here...

It's at once Detriot homage, Ambi-Tech smoothness and an intense, sample laden beat-fest but at it's heart it's Intelligent Techno for the noughties... Whatever the trio of Dust, Dust & Downie are doing, it's working. Their collaborations felt a tad undercooked on Silenced but are perfectly roasted here with sky-high production vales, perfect track sequencing (alledgedly a painstaking process on this record) and fabulous pacing.

The addition of short wave and number station samples give it an intense edge which I love, and in fact reminds me of some of Richard H Kirk's finest material (high praise indeed), but it's carried in a different, more open-ended direction. Nothing is hinted at or supposed, it's just there in the ether for you to work out.... Fabulous...

Every track sounds solid, melodic... More purposeful than tBD have sounded for years, since their masterwork 'Spanners' in fact (albeit under a different lineup) and it's this which gives the album such driving force. This is undoubtedly more bleeps n bass as opposed to ambient and the return to a punchier sound comes off perfectly.

Bravo to Ken, Richard & Martin. You've produced one of the best electronica albums of recent years...

An instant classic. Essential...

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