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Tokyo Highway Challenge (Dreamcast)
Tokyo Highway Challenge (Dreamcast)
Offered by simplesimon1966
Price: £9.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some words, my friend., 25 Nov. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a deeply, astonishingly lonely game. Taking place on an endless Japanese highway, your faceless and nameless driver will travel around until the game is over. You will pass towering city office blocks - each one of them, we will assume, contains hundreds of workers, all of whom have dreams and aspirations that we will never understand - and, over and over again, that glowing building somewhat resembling the Eiffel Tower (you must excuse my lack of relevant knowledge). This game... this game is horribly flawed, though so are you and so am I. Do you love me? Likely not. Do I love you? I do, yet I acknowledge that perhaps I shouldn't, since I only know of your slight curiosity for forgotten Dreamcast games. Consider this disc as plastic existential calm, nothing more. Its minimalism and inhumanity suggests emotion at its subtlest, and with the right mindset such characteristics can make an indelible impact on your soul's perspective. As I say, existential calm.
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Dub Echoes:Sonic Excursions In Dub and Beyond [DVD] [2009]
Dub Echoes:Sonic Excursions In Dub and Beyond [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ U Roy
Offered by SweetBuzzards
Price: £8.65

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Pros vs. Cons Dub", 12 Jun. 2009

- Brings the whole scene together pretty well, right up to dubstep.
- Filled with smoke.
- It's a DVD about dub, innit.


- Basement Jaxx but no Rhythm & Sound?!
- Nostalgic dudes bitching about how evil computers are in the extras.
- Lame presentation (no booklet!) considering this is the ever-wonderful Soul Jazz.
- Many artist and track selections are way too obvious, with barely anyone naming personal favourites.

Tago Mago
Tago Mago
Offered by Traxxx
Price: £14.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah!, 12 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Tago Mago (Audio CD)
Oh man, Can are so great. THEY REALLY MeAN IT. A small Japanese dude who used to be a busker, some other guys born and raised in Stockhausen's basement of madness, only let out when the suitably flack of the minds of their creator or for food. Crackers, mainly. Halleluhwah = God's heartbeats. That's what I read somewhere. I forget where// this music is so wonderfully free, like that bit in the shawshank redemption when the dude gets out and goes to live on a beach somewhere. that#s how this album feels, and it fills me with joy and awe and passion every time. Not a wasted note, screw the Aumgn haterz! So this is Tago Mago. Repeat it: Tago Mago. What does it mean?it means whatever you want it to mean, like the S in SCLUB7 as bradley once said. ya know, the sexy black dude. so this is it. music at some sort of bizarre peak. bring a shovel..
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Silent Shout
Silent Shout
Price: £9.67

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ukhik, 2 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Silent Shout (Audio CD)
One of the greatest sounding records ever designed, seriously. There is an approach, almost entirely contained within electronic music, very dear to my heart, and that is producing tracks that seem to have had no human contact before you arrived. Sure, you read the reviews, listen to the MP3s floating around, have you hipster friends inanely hyping it up, but when you give it time to settle down and swim around your mind for a while, it seems like an untouched world. That doesn't mean that the music lacks emotion, just that there is no immediately recognisable human emotion beneath the surface to sink your proverbial teeth into; like, there is no happy, angry or sad, just atmosphere and space and your own thoughts. This can often be more powerful than straightforward aggression or sob stories over guitars, so it's delightful to hear a record that delivers this as expertly as Silent Shout. There are vocals, sure, but even these seem to have all humanity sucked out of them. All we are left with is a vacuum of sound, and that is impressive enough to make me forget the major missteps that occur as this record spins, particularly towards the end. Oh, life!

Viva La Woman
Viva La Woman
Price: £13.42

4.0 out of 5 stars fkgu, 2 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Viva La Woman (Audio CD)
Call it a guilty pleasure if you wish. Japanese girls singing/rapping/screaming pop songs about food over various grooves and beats; I sometimes wonder why I bother listening to anything else. Know your chicken!

The Complete Guide To Insufficiency
The Complete Guide To Insufficiency

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rtfversd, 2 Jun. 2008
I've yet to work out how a man so obsessed with morbidity can manage to go through daily life, let alone make a record as masterful as David Thomas Broughton vs. 7 Hertz just two years later. But it happened, and my world has been a brighter/darker place because of it. So this is where it all started, then, the debut; overarching guitar noise, vocals loops violently spiralling away from even your peripheral vision, unwritten lyrics that delve deep into so many thoughts that never should be thought: death, cannibalism, broken loves, rape - funereal folk of the high order. Yes, this is David Thomas Broughton. Assuming he survives long enough, he could be the unsung, unheralded genius figure of this decade. Except we are not ready, I feel.

As a side note, dedicating the album to the memory of John Peel was a beautiful touch.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Price: £9.18

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars yjgkjgjkkkjg, 19 May 2008
This review is from: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Audio CD)
As any faithful music listener will attest, there is a period between buying an album and giving up on an album. This can range from minutes to years depending on the context, and I feel Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's time has come, despite all the acclaim, intriguing label arguments and respect it is given by those I trust. Say, twelve months or so for this one; that's the time it took this record to devolve from "possibly grower" to "painfully grey object of boredom", and that will likely be the way it stays. But I would like to believe. Spending my slightly hard-earned money on wonderful records is infinitely more preferable than wasting it away on unloved bits of plastic and paper, so I look for the positives: "Jesus, Etc." is jolly enough, I suppose; the Conet sampling is used to marvellous effect here, and is undoubtedly the most interesting thing to grace the ears of the listener. And that might well be it. It is not enough for me to return any time soon, and it is certainly not enough for me to join the army of those claiming this to be some sort of modern day masterpiece.

As a side note, the last few seconds of "Poor Places" would have allowed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to claim the prize for greatest ending to a pop album, although they had to ruin it by tacking the damp, all too safe "Reservations" on the end. Cockspankers.
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Ki Oku
Ki Oku

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fyjkgkuihkhk, 19 May 2008
This review is from: Ki Oku (Audio CD)
My first jazz record, oddly enough. So chilled that it almost regresses into a slow pulse as the album flatlines right before your eyes, the heart no longer beating; Kondo's electronically tweaked, echoed trumpets blazing out midnight melodies over Krushed grooves. It doesn't vary, dart, but I dig the mood of it, and the Bob Marley cover is so amazingly done when you consider the absurdity of the situation. For glistening Tokyo streets.

Dark Magus
Dark Magus

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gukgjk, 19 May 2008
This review is from: Dark Magus (Audio CD)
The fact that Dark Magus wasn't released outside of Japan until recently (and wasn't performed within the boundaries of the human concepts of time and space) means that it will never garner the respect it deserves, but there's just no accounting for the ground beneath your feet shuddering and moaning in pain when you turn it up loud enough. Jazz from the limits, funky as hell and deceptively evil.

Psychoanalysis: What Is It
Psychoanalysis: What Is It
Price: £13.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gukgk, 19 May 2008
S'all Freudian. Prince Paul destroys his hippy reputation and goes all psychoanalytical on your arse, delivering a rekkerd packed with plunderphonics, lawsuits, dirty, dirty humour and disgraceful in-jokes. I love it.

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