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Kasm02
Kasm02
Price: £3.96

4.0 out of 5 stars More bleep than bass - but Jack likes to keep us guessing!, 1 Oct. 2015
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Not as varied as earlier releases, but more bleepy. All 4 tracks trundle along nicely - I plumped for reasonable priced mp3 version, rather than extremely limited 10" vinyl that already goes for the earth!


Lost In Static
Lost In Static
Price: £1.58

4.0 out of 5 stars New b-side retro dance/dub track is the standout, as the 'remix' just seems to add extra long instrumental intro/outro., 26 Sept. 2015
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The a-side is more in line with 'extended version' rather than a remix, as per Visage's other singles off the rather good Hearts & Knives LP. Essentially it's doubled in length and has a very extended/revamped intro and outro. The song section sounds almost identical to the album track, but with transition effects linking it to the new instrumental passages. A tad disappointing but the original is really good, so this alternative will appeal to fans of that. The b-side is a new dubby dance track that features some brief vocals from Steve, that are then repeated later on in the track. It's got some really nice retro percussion and Rob's guitar work (or maybe samples of it), and does sound more like one of their earlier b-sides. I would have liked some more variation with the repeat vocals, but the track does hold its own pretty well, and is the stand-out of the two for me on this release.

I opted for mp3 due to the price of the vinyl, and the sound is fine (for a mid-range digital download).

This is a very low-key release so some fans of H&K may well miss it - if you come across this then I would recommend you buy it in whichever format you prefer!

"Part Two" implies there is a Part One somewhere, possibly on the mooted November final album (check their social media page for more info on that). It'll be interesting to see....


Other Side of Japan
Other Side of Japan
Price: £14.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-compiled album of early material - a very pleasant surprise., 6 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Other Side of Japan (Audio CD)
Agree totally with the previous reviewer, what makes this compilation work so well is the thought behind the track choices and running order (only really one single present, and that's a quirky 'bonus' stuck at the end). Whilst not re-mastered, due to its age, the sound is pretty good and this disc even got me liking some of the material from Adolescent Sex (I much prefer Obscure Alternatives as an album). Including a couple of instrumentals is also a master-stroke. Have been playing it daily since purchase last week, which is unheard of for me!

Even if you have several other compilations of their earlier material I would still recommend this in addition.


Eden
Eden
Price: £5.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Great title track and Beloved cover, plus some other unusual covers and standards in the mix., 16 July 2015
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Got this solely for title track and her cover of The Beloved's "Deliver Me", both of which are excellent. Slightly odd collection of classic and pop tracks here, but all carried by her great intonation and emotional delivery. The production is also excellent. Quite a good chill-out album!


Sampladelic Relics and Dancefloor Oddities: the Remix Album
Sampladelic Relics and Dancefloor Oddities: the Remix Album
Offered by CAC Media UK
Price: £24.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting remix compilation - different vibe but still has the fun factor!, 16 July 2015
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Very different interpretations, in many cases, including several d'n'b styled remixes. This is a good sister release to their Best Of, but should not be compared to it. Some of the mixes are arguably better than the originals, which is quite unusual, and overall this album has been thoughfully compiled (by the group themselves) and shows an alternative edginess to some of the songs.


Temptation
Temptation
Offered by adrians_records
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Full-length versions as per the 12", including vocal intro burst on Temptation., 16 July 2015
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Has the full length 12" mix versions of all 3 tracks, including We Live So Fast without the Sanny X Megamix drum overlay (that SO80's used, for some unknown reason). And what's not to like with a dinky 3" disc.


Essential
Essential
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £2.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sampler in pristine sound quality - a class compilation that belies its budget price (and hence budget packaging!), 16 July 2015
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Essentially this does exactly what it should, and most tracks appear to be remastered (probably from the 1999/2000 albums). The selection is not the usual greatest hits, but includes enough of them to run very nicely, and allow the album tracks space in their alternative surroundings. The artwork is pretty basic, with no notes atall, but the music, and selection and work by the compilers, is all excellent.

Having a couple of good quality live recordings to finish things off is a nice touch, and allows you to avoid Jealous Guy if covers like that are not your bag! Highly recommended budget compilation spanning their entire catalogue, even if you have more comprehensive box sets already.


Electric: 2 Cds of Alternative Anthems & Today's Finest Electronic Tunes/Parental Advisory
Electric: 2 Cds of Alternative Anthems & Today's Finest Electronic Tunes/Parental Advisory
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Price: £5.73

2.0 out of 5 stars This is a Mixed CD, not separate tracks, and not always well done. Bit disappointing., 16 July 2015
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Firstly this is a partially mixed double cd, so in many cases tracks overlay for up to minute, or fade out suddenly as the next crossfades in! Nowhere on the release, or associated blurb, is this mentioned, and whilst sometimes this works quite well (Orb/Happy Mondays and Cure/Joy Division) other attempts are not so good (FSOL/Cure, William Orbit/M Picotto), or just pointless. Also some tracks manage to lose energy in the mix due to selection, which is a shame as around 80% of these tracks are good examples of their genres.

The other problem is that it tries to cross too many styles, and decades, so its neither an 80s electronic collection or a more contempory 2000's mix set. Whilst one clearly influenced the other the inclusion of so many 80's pop standards makes it an imbalanced listening experience.

For me the end result just doesn't work, and quite a few of the tracks do not come under "alternative anthems" or "finest electronic tunes" (it was released in 2005). The inclusion of utter rubbish in the form of the remix of Verdi by Mauro Picotto, uninspiring selections by the likes of Freeform Five (who have produced the odd good remix in their time) and some downright cheesy 80's tracks (Animotion just doesn't sit well here) destroy any coherence.

There are many better electronic-based compilations out there, and if you don't like mix-tapes on CD then avoid! One for the car, possibly.


Desert Wind [Us Import]
Desert Wind [Us Import]
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Price: £15.32

2.0 out of 5 stars Very US sounding production mars her vocal delivery, 16 July 2015
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Whilst I do like Ofra's voice, and much of Shaday (previous album), the clonky US production is very much to the fore on may tracks here. Combined with some slightly iffy English lyrics I found this a very disappointing CD. Her final CD proper, Ofra Haza (Show Me) is for me easily her best, so it's not the artist, just some of the production here. I was intrigued to hear how Thomas Dolby produced a couple of the tracks but they also sounded far more dated than his own material around that time. Ofra's was still a great talent though!


Pop Goes the World
Pop Goes the World
Price: £12.30

3.0 out of 5 stars More varied instrumentation and arrangements - but it doesn't quite gel due to a lack of their trademark catchy hooks!, 6 July 2015
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Having loved their debut, and much of the follow up, whilst I realise they needed to change their style a bit I find this album a little lacking in catchy hooks and melodies. "Tuesday", "Moonbeam" and the title track are all pretty good, and the increased use of 'flute', strings (real or otherwise) and guitars on some tracks adds some organic edge. However the simplicity that was most of their charm has, for me at least, been slightly lost.

Ivan's vocals are still spot on, but some of the backing vocals, and the arguable over-use of child spoken vocal interludes, grate at times. However the final track, "The End of the World", does sort of pull all these aspects together quite nicely, revealing the album as a MWH attempt at a concept LP (but in quite a loose way, and often with tongue in cheek).

I would still suggest fans of their earlier work check it out, but it isn't as strong, or as electro-pop in sound...and after this album things went a lot stranger and inconsistent (until the mainly excellent "Love in The Age of War" comeback by Ivan under the MWH label).


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