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Body Riddle
Body Riddle
Price: 16.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime. A triumph..., 3 Mar 2008
This review is from: Body Riddle (Audio CD)
Electronica has never sounded more lush, alive and organic as it does here.

Everyone's favourite St-Albanite has constructed a monster and it's going to serve as a mighty wake-up call to the genre. Clark's ability to make the synthetic sound emotional is up there with the very, very best (Richard H Kirk etc) and this record is just gorgeous. Really, really gorgeous. It's warm, fuzzy, sexy, a bit trippy and utterly essential.

One of electronica's highlights of recent years. Purchase this record now.


Lifeforms
Lifeforms
Price: 7.16

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An electronica classic, 3 Mar 2008
This review is from: Lifeforms (Audio CD)
It's pretty much all been said here about this wonderful album. Disc 1 alone would be enough, but to add a more chilled second disc to compliment the first is just too good. Unforgetable melodies, fabulous soundscapes and an awesome vibe.

You need this album to chill to, drive to, read to, work to... You get the idea...

A staggering electronic masterpiece.


Quaristice
Quaristice
Price: 11.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step in the organic direction, 3 Mar 2008
This review is from: Quaristice (Audio CD)
In recent years, listening to Autchre albums has been less of an emotional journey and something more akin to a technical exercise... However, Draft 7.30 and Untilted were still superb examples of Intelli-Tech music.

On the heels of thos two releases, we are now treated to Quaristice. A return to a warmer, melodic feel. Among the generous 20 tracks, the opener 'Altibzz' is a gorgeous, sweeping melodic piece reminiscant of the Amber/Tri repetae++ era, moving in we encounter the incredible 'Perlence' with it's towering opening stabs and degenerative ping pong craziness...

Not everone will get all gooey over tracks entitled 'bnc Castl' and it reeks of geek, but hey, I adore it.

Buy it...


Turning Dragon
Turning Dragon
Price: 11.06

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing release from Clark, 12 Feb 2008
This review is from: Turning Dragon (Audio CD)
Incredible, High-Octane Hard-Tech here from Clark. Supplemented with his usual array of incredible production techniques... Moving away from the sublime 'Organica' of Boddy Riddle, this latest offering embraces the harder, more synthetic sounds of the IDM dancefloor...

At once, Clark dispenses with the woven textures which populate the cerebral building blocks of previous outings and it's simply straight to business... A bewilering mix of sound contortions packaged up in a huge throbbing handgrenade are thrust out at you, but the result never seems over-produced, messy or misconstrued... If clubs up and down the land had course to educate their patrons, they'd play this...

What's served up here is a thinking man's hard dance album that seamlessly translates to something much more hypnotically basic if the mood dictates...

One parting shot... Do try and use the best system possible to play this on. The dazzling complexity on show will only be further enhanced.

A stunning achievement...


The Number Of Magic
The Number Of Magic

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime Kirk masterpiece..., 29 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Number Of Magic (Audio CD)
This is the equally stunning sibling to 'Virtual State', Kirk's other album on Warp...

Another beautifully crafted slice of 'Chill-Tronica', here Kirk masterfully weaves ambient and tribal textures to conjure a deep, intellectual and immensely satisfying experience for listen or grooving alike...

Made during the zenith of his creative period in the mid 1990's along with heavyweight classics such as Virtual State, Closed Circuit, Digital Lifeforms, Intensely Radioactive and Dark Continent, this is simply unmissable 'Ambi-Tech' from the master of the genre at the very peak of his powers...

Please purchase this album immediately... You will not regret it...
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Half Past Dead [DVD]
Half Past Dead [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Seagal's last cinema release is a cracker..., 3 Jan 2008
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This review is from: Half Past Dead [DVD] (DVD)
This is just fabululous, mindless entertainment. Seagal, paired up here with Ja rule and Morris Chestnut engages in some prison-seige based hokum which is sure to leave you smiling.

Easily one of his best movies along with Under Seige, Belly of the Beast and Exit Wounds, here we see our hero trying to resue hostages on Alcatraz while undercover as a prisoner, not to mention stopping valuable information being extracted from a master thief about to be exectuted.

The whole thing rattles along nicely, Seagal appears up for proceedings and there's the ususal smattering of hilarious one-liners and beefy action set pieces...

It's never gonna be one for Golden Globe contention, but that's not why you'd buy this. It's a perfect 'Saturday Night In' movie, disengage brain and enjoy...

Noone does these kind of movies like Seagal, superb...


Freek Funk
Freek Funk
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Price: 12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains one of Slaters best ever tracks..., 18 Dec 2007
This review is from: Freek Funk (Audio CD)
This is a patchy album in truth, but the single from it, 'Love' is one of the best techno tracks Slater's ever created, it's simply immense... The album is worth the price for that track alone, especially here as it comes bookended by two moody pieces which set it up perfectly...

Apart from that, all I can say is in contrary to other reviews this is FAR from Luke Slaters debut album!!!

Check out his GPR releases, the mesmeric 'The 4 Cornered Room' and 'My Yellow Wise Rug'. Two of the best IDM albums EVER RELEASED. Get them first, then come back for this...


Alright On Top
Alright On Top
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Price: 5.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent attempt at Techno-Pop, 18 Dec 2007
This review is from: Alright On Top (Audio CD)
Luke Slater in full on chameleon mode here brings us 'Alright on Top', his attempt at what can only be described as St Etienne (ish) techno pop. And do you know what.... it works... Certainly the mans production and melodic genius is evident throughout and the whole thing zips along nicely with a huge amount of accessibility. I whacked this on in my car and my fiance was even singing along. The standout track (among many good others) Stars & Heroes is terrific...

Don't get me wrong wrong, I'm not suggeting for a minute that this is 'Slater-Lite' and although it's not The 4 Cornered Room or My Yellow Wise Rug (what is?), after the somewhat 'loose' Wireless and Freek Funk, I actually think this is something of a brave return to form.

Bravo, Luke. Can we have some more IDM albums tho, pretty please...??


Goodbye
Goodbye
Price: 8.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-Dropping..., 18 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Goodbye (Audio CD)
Absolutely breathtaking album of lush, shoegaze-inspired electronica here from Ulrich Schnauss...

Creating the perfect Shoegaze/Intelligent Techno hybrid, this album produces some simply gorgeous, rich and enveloping sounds. The stunning opener 'Never be the same' is probably the best track, but there are some close contenders for that tag... Schnauss makes up an exceptionally dense, layered soundscape that transports the listener to some hazy, sundrenched idyll and the whole thing just makes you relax, smile and wind down...

An awesome piece of ambient techno... Don't miss it


Belly Of The Beast [DVD]
Belly Of The Beast [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
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Price: 2.73

5.0 out of 5 stars If this happens again, you will be the apple..., 6 Dec 2007
This review is from: Belly Of The Beast [DVD] (DVD)
Up there with the recent 'enjoyable' films from Seagal such as Half Past Dead and Exit Wounds is this utterly bonkers 'Straight to DVD' classic which bucks the trend of latter decidedly dodgy releases...

Echoing the fabulous J Mendix review of this film (do read that too), I'd whole heartedly agree that this film is so bad, it's good. Seagal seems to be enjoying himself for the first time in absolutely ages and manages some good fight scenes in which he actually moves more than 3 muscles... Astounding.

A well directed (albeit basic) plotline about his kidnapped daughter is nicely shot and the whole thing rattles along in the sort of coherent manner and pace sadly lacking in poor efforts like 'Out of Reach', 'Shadow Man' and the truly incomprehensible 'Mercenary for Justice'. There's a few plot holes, but when you're smiling who cares?

What really elevates this movie is the tongue in cheek 'Ham-it-up' quality that is present throughout. The movie just never takes itself too seriously and knwos exactly what it's trying to be and who its target audience is... The title sequence showing Seagal breaking into a house to steal a computer disc, well, that alone will have you in stitches. Seeing him slide 15 feet non-stop along the floor to evade detection, then pause to raid the fridge is just movie gold...

I simply defy anyone watching this film not to have a laugh... Wire-work assisted Kung Fu kicks, 9mm pistols that hold 250+ rounds, escapes against entire armies, classic one-liners (see review title), this film has the lot, but it's delivered with the sort of charm you only get from a Seagal movie. No trying to look cool here, just a rip-roaring martial arts action flick, and Seagal's best 'Straight to DVD' by some distance.... I absolutely love this film and you need to own it.

Unplug brain, open the wine, sit back and enjoy...


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