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Producer Vol.5: Rarities ~ L.T.J. Bukem
Producer Vol.5: Rarities ~ L.T.J. Bukem
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Yet another superb release from Bukem and the Good Looking label falls into the bracket of 'perfect' drum and bass. In Bukem's case, "Producer" is a humble euphemism for miracle worker. His understanding of timing and precision in composition is forever immaculate, and his ability to manipulate the listener with only their spiritual pleasure in mind is unmoved. His quixotic-hypnotic delivery is measured to perfection.
As a retrospective of Good Looking tracks from the early 90's onwards, this is a surprisingly timeless collection. The distance of years-gone-by has certainly made the heart grow fonder, and the sound is made only more fresh by its refusal to age. There is less of the… Read more
Dirty Vegas ~ Dirty Vegas
Dirty Vegas ~ Dirty Vegas
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dirty Vegas' album is a fine blend of contrasts. Indie, house and German electronica all come together in a steadily whirling symphony of musical styles, that tends to satisfy all tastes. But to say that this album always has something to satisfy is not to suggest that there is no consistency to the band's repertoire. Rather they have succeeded in writing a gently undulating sonic story, committed to the same road, only to travel through different landscapes.
Certainly any attempt to classify Dirty Vegas' debut album can only lead to confusion. Though it doesn't immediately present itself as experimental, a closer look will assure any assiduous listener that the music is holistically… Read more
Candide (Penguin Popular Classics) by Voltaire
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Candide is a true populist masterpiece. Salacious, insidious, and refreshingly free, Voltaire's ubiquitous cynicism provides the ultimate defence of free thought. As a text-book of common-sense, it parodies beautifully some of the philosophical faiths of his time, and lambastes the incongruity of the worship of Reason which he reveals to produce a succession of unreasonable conclusions. Reason should be blindly praised only when we have all the answers, yet how can this be possible when we haven't yet asked every question?
No religion is safe. Protestant schism, Catholic dogma, and philosophical mantras all suffer in a cacophony of irony, the ostensible flippancy of which is simply a… Read more