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This Summer
This Summer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: This Summer (MP3 Download)
A great track. Caprures a very classic nineties vibe with superb polish.


Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street
Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street
by Andrew Ross Sorkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Detail but lacking on theory, 27 Aug. 2013
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A good read but lacking in theory and historical context somewhat. The moment by moment account is interesting but I felt like I wasn't getting the whole picture.


Black Kung Fu Wushu Shoes Feiyue/Top One (44)
Black Kung Fu Wushu Shoes Feiyue/Top One (44)
Offered by MA2U
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 27 Aug. 2013
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Really tough these things and very grippy, almost too grippy! An absolute bargain. All of my trainers for Shaolin Kung Fu recommend thses too.


Kung Fu Black 100% Cotton Open Legged Trousers 4/170cm
Kung Fu Black 100% Cotton Open Legged Trousers 4/170cm
Offered by Martial Arts direct
Price: £12.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKINGLY BAD QUALITY - DO NOT BUY, 27 Aug. 2013
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These were awful! I did a few squats on my first session and they tore. Absolute rubbish. I would advise looking at something else.


Lifeforms
Lifeforms
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Price: £4.75

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and surely a modern, electronic classic., 25 Nov. 2012
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Whether or not now is the right time to splash out on this album is down to you. If you're at the stage where you are still out nailing the clubs, then you may want to hold out buying this for a few years. Everything is fairly downtempo, much more trip hop, ambient and, like an electro symphony. This definitely moves in a more orchestral way, with lots of wave like pianos, choirs and, enormous sounding string sections.

There is definitely no absence of big beats though, but think booming hip hop drums and very 90s british feeling tribal rhythms, not fast jungle breaks or four to the floor techno or disco flavours. Samples abound as do what must be original gorgeous flowing synthesisers and spaced out, beautiful guitar work. This is probably most like eno, massive attack's blue lines, gus gus' album, polydistortion and cold cut. in fact, if you like cold cut, i'd say it's virtually impossible not to like this - at least after a few listens.

But, there is definitely more here. This really is one of those perfect and uniquely innovative post modern journeys into the total fusion allowed by modern technology and the cut and paste mentality that really took hold as electronic music evolved. From a compositional view, think of this as essentially reinventing classical whilst keeping choirs and orchestras but adding, dreamy airy effects, modern synthesisers, sampling.

Essentially, this is a great album that everybody should like but if you simply prefer faster more aggressive electronics this is not for you.

If you really like the laid back aphex twin stuff like volume 1 of selected ambient works and tracks such as, Alberto balsam, just go for it. Some of the reviews here say it takes repeated listening, while it could be regarded as challenging, i enjoyed from the get go - its hard not to with something this melodic, beautiful, strange, innovative.


Disturbance
Disturbance

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This sucks, 14 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Disturbance (Audio CD)
I very very glad I didn't listen to the two people above and go ahead and buy this album. As far as Drum and Bass goes this is horribly produced compared to more recent offerings by the likes of High Contrast, Calibre and Camino blue (Ten Short Stories is an amazing collection of Drum and Bass by the way... search afterwards). Fair enough if you are into the grotty metally kinda sound of Goldie or whatever with those threatening, fuzzy distorted basslines... but that style of drum and bass is becoming increasingly tired and whether or not there's any room for a progressive element within that style is a question that this album fails to answer or answers with a resounding no as fans of the increasingly liquid, ambient, soulful and sheer all round genius vibes of Intalex, Calibre, LTK Bukem, Makoto, Some of High Contrast etc. etc. just switch off in disgust. There are no highlight tracks.. its all a tasteless mess. If your after a really good collection of drum and bass which is both heavy, progressive and just good really... get your hands on Fabric Live 35 by Marcus Intalex or the aforementioned Ten Short Stories by Camino Blue Records... obviously also Calibre's Second Sun. Anyone thinking of buying this album or Pendulum's 'Hold your colour'... get with the times... this kind of drum and bass is what drags the whole thing down... Uninnovative, unimaginative, non musical, repitative, moronic, unispiring.
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Polydistortion
Polydistortion
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Price: £14.47

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every listen..., 5 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Polydistortion (Audio CD)
I heard of Gus Gus for their track 'Anthem' on the PI soundtrack. With stuff this obscure, it could have been a thourough dissapointing affair:
I've gotta say I wasn't overly enamoured with this album when I got it but it has just got better and betterthe more times its spun in my CD player. Like the dear fellow in the review above alot of the album has 'massive attack' or 'portishead' feel about it though I think its fair to say with a hefty dose of euphoric trance elemements. In particular track 2, Gun and and track 10, Purple. This perhaps gives the album a morecheeba or moloko kind of feel as does the vocal work (at the very least a very British trip hop pop feel). However the percussion remains for me understated and does not suffer from a studio perfection leading to a kind of bland sound across all tracks. You can tell that some sort of analogue effects have been applied to beats, like tremelo and distortion in as it were real time and the whole feel and unity of the music really benefits from it. For fans of a darker more atmouspheric feel there's some of that here on the humourously titled track 'Is Jesus your pal?' which really has both a chilling and charming feel all of its own. Other Highlight tracks include for me the deeply funky rhythums of 'Barry' and 'Polybackwards' a outro soundscape that really works well on what is an refreshingly idiosyncratic take on the the sort of postmodern trip hop pop. I'd recommend buying this album anyway but if your a fan of Massive Attack, Moreecheeba, Portishead and what not and are looking for something obscure to impress always music hungry mates with... definately buy this album because you won't regret it. Some of these tracks would do nicely in a club aswell for any DJs out there looking to bulk out your sets with something cool.


Fabriclive 35 (Marcus Intalex)
Fabriclive 35 (Marcus Intalex)
Price: £11.69

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabriclive. 35 Marcus Intalex, 1 Dec. 2007
I got this CD in the post this monrng and have listened to it three times and am listening to it now as a I review it. I don't even know where to begin to justify it to you in some way. At first I thought it was alot worse than DAT Music, but I was mistaken. Anyone who is a fan of Liquid drum and bass/liquid funk and of calibre's or high contrast's general style - I guess - will adore this. I think its better having a whole set than unmixed tracks on DAT Music. Its hard to put this album in words. I think it might be the best CD to introduce someone into D&B. Traks 4 and 14 and 15 are as good as any Dnb gets really. Track 5 is well cool aswell massive bassline throbbing, regage and dub style echoes all over the place. But the whole album fluid subtle and graceful. For everyone else who listens to drum and bass all the time you should already have the album. Just buy it, soooo worth it.

Sometimes, when these guys get it, it sounds like their playing with orchestra of the world.


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