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Abstract Funk Theory: a Journey Into Discoid Funk & Spaced Out Grooves/Compiled By Faze Action [VINYL]
Abstract Funk Theory: a Journey Into Discoid Funk & Spaced Out Grooves/Compiled By Faze Action [VINYL]

5.0 out of 5 stars Floating in space funk, 27 Jan. 2006
In my humbled opinion, this is by far the best 'abstract funk theory' release and features some super rare and well sampled classics.
The track that does it for me though (and most others too) is the annoyingly catchy 'Space Traveller' by James Vincent (pretty rare!). Other notable tracks are the melancholic 'Solstice' by cosmos nomad, Brain Bennet and the rewarding, but rather random final track, 'God only knows' by the Beach Boys.
This is a well put together album with a definite structure to it. The tracks are both exciting and full of talent at the same time, which results in a very spledid voyage into cosmic funk.
Plenty of play-life in this. Ace!


De9: Transitions (W/Dvd)
De9: Transitions (W/Dvd)
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £15.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleeparama..., 20 Nov. 2005
The blonde-haired king of minimal is back with more of the same. But this time the production seems cleaner and smoother, mainly with thanks to the great Ableton 5 software and of course, a celebrated and highly talented mind at the controls.
'Transitions' is in my opinion, neither stonger or weaker than its predecessor, (DE9: Closer To The Edit). It is simply a natural continuation. You could effectively put the two albums together and have one seamless excursion into minimal techno.
This album sees the debut of an extra 5:1 DVD in the package, which features extra tracks and some magnificent rendering of audio effects. If that wasn't enough, the self-styled rythmic pulse of well-selected loops is both captivating and innovative. This is Richie Hawtin at his best; proving that his experience in the studio is as competent as his live sets.
If you don't have the first DE9 album, buy this... and if you do have it, then you should also buy this... Even its just for the fact that these recordings seem to be gathering status as a genuine peice of techno history.
Excellant... (Again)
Mr Jeff Mills watch out.


Konfusion [Includes Bonus Remix CD]
Konfusion [Includes Bonus Remix CD]
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoked Polish Jazz Sausage, 17 Oct. 2005
I'm reclining on my bed watching the rain outside. I'm feeling absolute contentment and total relief that the album I have just bought is indeed the glimmering ode to Skalpel's talent that I hoped it would be.
I can't explain how refreshing it is to see a band/artist produce a second album that is just as good if not better than the first. The first Skalpel album was a wonderfully arranged (if not smoke tainted)excursion into nu-jazz. It boasted some fantastic tracks (sculpture) that still haunt my stereo now.
Konfusion is a natural progression on the first album. Skalpel have built a niche for themselves and they have carved it out of a grubby but ultimately satisfying sub-genre. Expect Lavish synths masterfully entwined with rythmns and beats that actually sound like you are deep in the belly of some lost Polish Jazz cellar. The tracks have more of a continuity to them than the experimental perspective that occasionally prevailed on the first album.
This is late-night earplay at its best. Inoffensive, well orchestrated and sounding better with each listen.


Dead Man's Shoes [DVD] [2004]
Dead Man's Shoes [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Paddy Considine
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One trip they won't come back from....mmmmyeah...., 27 Sept. 2005
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From under the wing of the highly acclaimed 'Warp film' label comes the brutal new work from British Director Shane Meadows. This is a refined distillation of the word revenge.
The film explores the brooding vigilante side in us all and it does it in such a manner that it will leave you laughing like a drain one minute and then gritting your teeth with anxeity the next. The film is produced to a very high standard and features audacious edits (acid trip scene) and a beautifully chosen soundtrack. The strength of the characters is amazing, but it's fair to say that Considine as Richard and Kebbel as Anthony easily steal the show. Dead-pan and often wickedly funny, this is the finest work to come from the UK in the last two years. Suprising and solid.


Billion Dollar Gravy
Billion Dollar Gravy
Price: £13.59

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plugged into the mains, 25 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Billion Dollar Gravy (Audio CD)
Billion Dollar Gravy is flawless example of the reasons why drum and bass music stays afloat. When the forces of chaos try to shake the foundations of electronic music, rest assured that these guys will still be in the studio putting their heads together. This album is an ode to their professionalsim as both live performers and studio heroes.
This is s prime portion of rolling, jazz-tigned drum and bass with some glorious vocals thrown in for good measure. You c wake up to this album, drive your car to it or even just walk about town to it, but whatever you do, you'll do it twice as fast!
Technically the prodction is up there with High Contrast and the forgotten heroes of the moving shadow records crew (Who really started this movement). Uplifting and inspirational.
I also saw these guys live recently and it was dignifed, tight and terribly exciting.


The Thin Red Line [1999] [DVD]
The Thin Red Line [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Penn
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.98

35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacifica, 1 Sept. 2005
This film shatters the standard convetions for a war film and gently replaces them with an intrinsic, poetic and beautifully rendered piece of film making. From start to finish the quality of the photography is fantastic and the director's faultless talent to depict vivid environments is wonderfully illustrated with seamless editing.
A scene depicting two soldiers getting shot while approaching a bunker is superbly complimented by the sun peaking out from the clouds just after they have fallen and disappeared into the tall grass. The absolute tension and thick air of the pre-dawn build-up to the attack with Nick Nolte and John Travolta is one of the greatest scenes of tension I have witnessed.
Personal narratives and agendas throughout the film flood the viewer with emotions and feelings that you wouldn't normally associate with a war film. The soundtrack here is also one of the film's strong points and effortlessly entwines itself into the path of the edits. Engrossing, beautiful and an absolute pleasure to immerse yourself into.


New World Observer
New World Observer

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rubberdub, 14 July 2005
This review is from: New World Observer (Audio CD)
Anybody who heard 'Wildlife Documentaries' will know that Deadbeat are anything but 'dead'. This fuzzy blurring of splintered electronica with slow-burning dub is a glowing example of the talent behind it. Some may find it to be overshadowed by the work of his pier... Namely Pole. But this is more of a rhetoric - a distorted mirror of the label's demeanour.
The enchanted vapour that emanates from this album is superb. Thrillingly deep and fresh at the same time. This is a postive step in the right direction for Deadbeat and hopefully for the brilliant label it came from. Superb for urbanite travel.


Veneer
Veneer
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.09

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best swedish export since saunas, 12 July 2005
This review is from: Veneer (Audio CD)
'Veneer' is an evocative distilation of all that is right and true about acoustic music. Whats more, is that this album (with any luck) may just surprise regular fans of the electroncially orientated 'Peacefrog'label as it did me...
Swedish-Argentinian, Jose Gonzalez is a wonderfully skilled musician who manages to sing with the endeering tones that make him sound as though he's coming out of your dads old hi-fi from some rare 1960's vinyl. Track 5, 'Crosses', is the stand out track being folky, stoned out and gently hinting at simon and Garfunkel twangs. What a blend. Consistent, charming and uplifitng.... Wish it was longer! 5 STARS!


Rhythm and Stealth
Rhythm and Stealth
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.93

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left to their own devices, 1 July 2005
This review is from: Rhythm and Stealth (Audio CD)
Since splitting up(impeccably planned?)Leftfield have become music industry ledgends... They helped shape all that we know and love and continue to influence a massive audience.
Rythmn and Stealth is the perfect continuation of their style. Don't expect the grounbreaking progressive house line of Leftism, this is more mature, dignified and impartial. It is a distillation of the music industry of the time it was engineered. Every track here is produced to a standard that other outfits drool with jealousy over.
Swords is a vocal triumph melting some fantastic layers and rythmn sections and if you liked the ambient bliss of 'Melt' on 'Leftism' then you're going love the sleepy 'El Cid'.
This album is not about treading the exalted path of the last album, its about treading new paths and that is what Leftfield do best.
Buy this and you are receiving a definitve piece of the Leftfield psyche along with the formiddable work of electronic music's greatest duo. Unmissable.


Skalpel
Skalpel
Price: £8.63

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skalpel Precision, 13 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Skalpel (Audio CD)
Listening to this record is like getting covered in musical dust and spending the night in some wonderfully smokey Polish bier cellar.
This is stylish and effortlessly orchestrated and you would be forgiven for thinking that the boys behind it probably had a lot more in them, but were just 'too damn cool' to put the heat on anymore than they did. This is easily the most under-rated nu-jazz album of today and it stands modestly, but triumphantly next to its piers. The tracks are varied, but retain an organised consistency that permeates throughout the bands skill to remain tight yet innovative.
The standout track is 'Sculpture', which gently unravels into a tinkly stoned-out, sunny day. Perfect for summer mornings when the windows are open and the coffee pot is on. But also very special for those quiet, reflective smoked-out evenings when the special whiskey has been cracked open. I only hope I can hold out until these guys tour or make another album. I wait, I hope and I pray.
Fantastic!


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