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G Spot
G Spot

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Techno classic from a bye-gone age..., 25 Mar 2008
This review is from: G Spot (Audio CD)
Ah Jochem Paap....

Creator of two classic Warp IDM albums in the mid nineties. A truly gifted electronic musician...

This is (yet again) a sublime album, full of moody, tight and intelligent techno which would grace any genre lover's collection. Between this and Ginger, Paap really did a service to Warp, IDM and electronica fans in general and it's a shame his other non-Warp releases proceeded to get darker, heavier and more sporadic...

Every single track is just fabulous 'AI' style IDM Techno and the album improves upon Ginger in it's depth, programming, compexity and thought provoking content. Paap is one of the few artists who embody what IDM should be, perfectly at home on the dancefloor or in your living room... Kind of a thinking man's clubbing album...

At his peak here, he is virtually without equal. But, do shop around on download sites like Warp's Bleep, as the culturally bankrupt among us do tend to inflate this and it's older sibling 'Ginger' for profit...

A work of genius...

Faith Is Fear
Faith Is Fear
Offered by Music-Mania-Worthing
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars IDM for the noughties...., 19 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Faith Is Fear (Audio CD)
Absolutely storming album on Dust Science here, keeping the IDM pulse very much alive.

After the opener by Anthony Child (while good in it's own right I feel would have been better placed further into the album), esentially you've got track after track of mainly up-tempo intelligent techno of the highest standard...

By the time you reach The Black Dog's 'Floods' and subsequently the 65D Mavericks classic detroit-esque style 'Wire Tap', the album is ABSOLUTELY FLYING with a vibe all too rarely experienced since the heady days of Warp's A.I. Volumes 1 + 2...

There's an intense but short interlude from publicity-shy 'Slit' and then it's a race to the finish with two perfectly placed 'stomp-a-licious' tunes...

Awsome stuff and well done all concerned, can we have part 3 please???

Get this and it's predecessor 'Keep The Faith'... Essential electronica

Temple Of Transparent Balls
Temple Of Transparent Balls
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £10.05

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More incredible IDM from the masters..., 13 Mar 2008
Another wonderful IDM album from the original lineup...

Originally to be called 'Temple of Transparent Walls' but changed to to a legal dispute, this is a somewhat stripped down, but no less engaging release...


Digital Millenium
Digital Millenium
Offered by sdiscs
Price: £25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars GPR's final official release..., 13 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Digital Millenium (Audio CD)
This is amazing stuff. Following on from their first compilation 'Equanimity', this is more high class IDM from the most missed label in electronica history...

This is their final entry in the log book...


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double disc from GPR..., 13 Mar 2008
This review is from: Equanimity (Audio CD)
This is a stunning double disc retrospective from the late, great GPR. Possibly the best label in history...

Any serious fan of classic mid-nineties IDM requires this record... Heavyweights like John Dalby, Radioactive Lamb, Luke Slater and even the elusive Beuamont Hannant make this a very special 2cd set indeed...



1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hannant classic... 4.5 stars, 13 Mar 2008
This review is from: Sculptured (Audio CD)
This isn't quite up there with Texturology (what is?), the final track is absolutely cringeworthy and the CD sleeve notes entertain Hannant's overblown self-important musings on his artistic right to make a bad record, not to mention his dislike of the music industry in general.... but...

It's GPR, it's Beaumont Hannant... So we can forgive all that...

Worth it alone for the bright moments (of which there are many), the album kicks off with a super-chilled vocal piece 'Ormeau', wanders into a vocal re-interpretation of the Texturology classic 'Woven Textures' which works surprisingly well (both with the rather gorgeous sounding Lida Husik), and then mainly dips into Hannants trademark IDM style for the next few tracks... There's a couple of duds thrown in after that, some of which sounds like unfinished ideas rather than full blown album tracks, but we end up with the penultimate track 'Toxicity' which sounds a bit too much like Recoils 'Curse' off his Bloodline album... Mmmm... But is still very good...

Final track is just awful. Spoken poetry which disappears up it's own attempt at cerebral comment. Horrible, horrible, horrible... Ugh... But at least it's a bold attempt at something different.

However, I'm being waaaaay to harsh here. This is a Beaumont Hannant album, this is GPR, this is 1994... This is what SHOULD have happened to IDM (at least in part) had Warp not conquered all and Wayne Archbold's glorious, wonderful and magical label had not sunken into liquidation...

At least we have a few gems like Sculptured (and the rest of the GPR back catalogue) to hold on to and help us remember the most exciting time electronic music will ever, ever see...

Well done Wayne, Beau and all concerned. I salute you... Now can we have a return of both label and artist please...?

Get this (and GPRCD1 - 18) and expand your appreciation of this most wonderful of genres...

In A Space Outta Sound
In A Space Outta Sound
Price: £8.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine on CD..., 11 Mar 2008
This review is from: In A Space Outta Sound (Audio CD)
This is a gorgeous feel-good album. Every track just makes you feel good.

Laced with tripped-out Carribean vibes, it meanders along like you've know it all your life. It's a fabulous chill-out / outdoors in the sun experience too...

Up there with Smokers Delight, this ranks as NOW's other completely essential album.

Get it now and have Summer everyday...

Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of the genre..., 11 Mar 2008
If you don't have this incredible record, buy it immediately.

If you're at all into electronica/IDM/Techno, this is one of the defining records of the genre, and one you'll come back to again and again.

Track after track of gorgeous, melodic, beat inspired electronica. Largely recorded onto cassette, giving it an intimate, analog feel, this is intelligent techno at it's very best and still stands as RDJ's best album.

One of my favourite records of all-time...

Price: £17.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FSOL's pioneering album of cerebral techno..., 4 Mar 2008
This review is from: Accelerator (Audio CD)
Sorry, but I've got to stick up for this album, it's an absolutely timeless classic....

I'm frankly surprised to see words like 'nothing special' used to describe this album... It set a benchmark upon release and is a classic example of Nineties cerebral techno. There are plenty of deep rhythms and vibes to get into on this album, and it contains the organic blueprint of future FSOL releases to come...

Rather than lightweight, this album is accessible, up tempo and very listener friendly. You don't need to sit in a room and think seriously about the concepts at work to enjoy it (as with some FSOL albums). It's far more immediate than that whilst retaining a good degree of intelligence...

This record's like a favourite pair of trainers. You forgot how good they were until you dug em out the wardrobe and gave em a run out...

I won't even delve into the second PNG remix disc, the album stands up far too well on its own!

An absolutely ESSENTIAL purchase for any fan of Electronic music (and it's many sub-genres)...

Empty The Bones Of You
Empty The Bones Of You
Price: £14.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A massive step up from Clarence Park..., 3 Mar 2008
This review is from: Empty The Bones Of You (Audio CD)
...which isn't to say Clarence Park is bad, it's not, it's excellent. It's just that this is incredible.

Here, Clark has really found his vein. 'Holiday as brutality' is an immense tune, stunning. Everything else just feels right. Intelligent, engaging, challenging and beautifully contructed. The beats are measured nicely against the melodic content, the soundscapes are enveloping...

It's also a classic example of why physical releases are so much better than MP3's. The artwork is jaw-dropping, it's a fabulous experience grabbing this from the rack and pressing play...

This is IDM as polished as it come, and I love it. Well done, Chris.

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