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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a nightcap..., 8 May 2005
This review is from: Sakura (Audio CD)
Whenever my brain feels sore, beaten and withered up like a dried plum, I tend to have a bath, or a beer, or even both. But then I bought 'Sakura' with an interested curiousity that it would shine as much a Susumu's other work. After just one play, I rapidly realised that I would need neither a beer nor a bath to feel soothed and rejuvenated. This album contains some of the most inspiring and beautifully rendered sounds I have come across.
Expect cinematic collages of sound and masterfully layered styles that melt into a recording that Brian Eno, Phillip Glass and Aphex Twin probably all wish they had made themselves.
It is a veritable mind tonic.

Veneer [VINYL]
Veneer [VINYL]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish strummer, 11 April 2005
This review is from: Veneer [VINYL] (Vinyl)
'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!

Bunker 13
Bunker 13
by Aniruddha Bahal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Bunkered down, 31 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Bunker 13 (Paperback)
All in all, I can truly say that this book is worth reading. It's fast, hard-edged and wonderfully sardonic in places. The content has a plethora of innuendos and the turning, twisting story is a great exmaple of the author's ability to keep his reader firmly in check. However, after the reviews of this book I have to admit that I felt slightly let down. The authors perspective is original, but rather tiresome to follow at times. But this musn't put anyone off the scent! The book is a rip-roaring caper eminating from the journalistic, road-mapped eyed journey's of the Hunter S Thompson camp. Any book that even suggests wooing a lady with a mixture of olive oil and poppers or sky diving on Heroin is in my book, interesting... to say the least.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars One flew too many..., 31 Mar. 2005
Kesey excells in this classic yarn of good-old 'Joe Public' against the great whims of society's 'institutes'. A fun and pacey read that leads you into a world of mini triumphs over evil. From start to finish I guarantee that you'll find this book entertaining and interesting to the sam e degree. McMurphy getting his inmates to go on an illicit sea fishing trip is hilarious and heart warming.
Any people who have the seen film will instantly identify with the characters and after this, it is nigh impossible to get Jack Nicholson out of your head. But what can I say? It works!


4.0 out of 5 stars umek the tracks...we'll listen....!, 31 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Neuro (Audio CD)
Robust techno is the nam of the game.
A well engineered album from start to finish. Its effervescent appeal will raise eyebrows on even the most discerning of listeners and the prodcution quality is higher than most offerings from this genre. I first heard Umek playing live in London and his set back then is a spectral mirror of this album's dexterity. If you have the inclination to the odd bedroom blow-out... This will do nicely... Thank you very much!

Dub plates from the Elephant House, Vol. 2
Dub plates from the Elephant House, Vol. 2
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Price: £19.16

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man from G-stone say yes!, 25 Mar. 2005
Rare, Dubbed out and downright brilliant.
I was handed a copy of this album from a friend who knew of my undying affection for the music of Kruder and Dormeister.
I am seriously into my music and had never even heard of this!
Richard Dorfmiester took it upon himself to do one his famous 'sessions' and no doubt he did the same as when they made the 'Conversions' album. Locked himself in the studio with bottle of whiskey and a bag of weed.
As you might have guessed, the selection is very dub orientated and some of the tracks weigh in like a Texan's belly. But the emphasis is more intricate, with contemporary beats and the odd flutter of that erotic night-time electro that comes from the'Tosca' side of things. This is a perectly chosen, stoned-out spectrum of 'G-stone records' with grooves that glow like a warm ember. It lends a dopey, dubbed-out hand to lead the sleepy down the long path to slumberland.
Exquisite, rare and wonderful.

Progression Sessions Vol. 10
Progression Sessions Vol. 10
Price: £15.06

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book 'em Danno!, 18 Mar. 2005
Well... Whilst the last review was far too scathing, I think there is some truth in it. LTJ Bukem and his camp have changed an awful lot over the last five years. But then again, that is the very essence of their label. To change and push boundaries -It would have been very different if the label had stuck to the 199o's style that made them famous. That scene dried up and became stagannt - Although it seems that people miss this now. If they hadn't have made moves towards a different sound, people would now be complaining that they were boring. So full marks for innovation...
However, the musical content of this latest installment of the 'Progression Sessions' series has a different emphasis on it... The tracks roll around in a quagmire of funk tinged breaks that don't really cut the mustard here. Bar the exceptional 'Golden Girl' track with Mc conrad. I hate to say this, but this is a sub-standard sessions mix and not what we have come to expect from a label steeped in quality. That said, the album covers a fairly nice spectrum of what the good looking organisation is doing right now and don't get me wrong... Some tracks here are more than enjoyable. It just seeems that they are innovating for innovations sake. Progessions sessiosn 2, 5 and 7 are better purchases. If you're a fan, borrow this album first... Then a make a decision... If you're not, don't bother... There are plenty of other things out there that do this better... AAARGH the pain of saying this about a Good looking release!

Peel Session
Peel Session

5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mellow yellow, 21 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Peel Session (Audio CD)
This EP is truly exquisite... All the hallmarks of a BoC album, but somehow a little more special. As with all their releases, there seems to be a special memory switch that they turn on in the back of your mind; one that you forgot about.... It illuminates ome haunting memory of a 70's style home video... Takes me back... Laying back on the top of boat in the gulf of Thailand. Everything orange... The sea spray flecking my face as I watch the curly clouds roll around in a dark blue sky... aaaahhh.
BoC make music to watch the world unfold to...

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who is doom anyway?, 29 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Madvillainy (Audio CD)
Anyone giving this album two stars becasue they downloaded the sample EP too early, deserves to be disappointed. Money-orientated production and notable fame is everything this album isn't. Doom's 'members only' lyrical style is smoother than melted toffee and the musical depth of this album is both interesting and surprising. MF Doom & Madlib have sewn together a jazz/hip-hop patchwork quilt that will raise the eyebrows of even the most doubtful.
As always with a Doom production you are guaranteed clever lyrics and a level of personality that is stylised to some degree, even imitated, but never bettered. This is a real clash of the titans that seemed to have only made a little thud far off in the background of the hiphop world. Absolutely unmissable...
Gets headz nodding everytime.

Infinity + Infinity
Infinity + Infinity

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10-4 buddy, 26 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Infinity + Infinity (Audio CD)
I first came across this album some time ago after buying some of the 12-inch releases on good looking records. It will instantly appeal to anyone who has fallen asleep to the sounds of logical progression after a heavy night. You'll also dig this if you've ever enjoyed the sounds of LTJ Bukem's Journey inwards in a hazey slumber on a summer's afternoon. There is a certain vibe that emenates from this album that can't be explained. A sweet, intoxicating blend of floaty drum and bass that skips along nicely on its solid foundations and avoids offending even the most discernaible of listeners. Big Bud has a high degree of production clarity and the experienced ability to evoke a very sensual and ethereal vibe. Some may say that this album has become depreciated and that the the musical strucutre it was part of is now cumbling. But one listen will confirm that the content is very special. Each track is timelessly representative of its genre and features all the greatest hallmarks of the 'good looking' monopoly. 'High times' is a seminally spaced out track with a moody beat that keeps a decent pace. Even though this is perhaps the most dettached tune on the album, it keeps its place nicley and contrasts against the surreal beauty of 'chill'. Probably once of the best albums to come out of 'Good-looking records'. A vital piece of history to any fan.

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