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Different Sides Of The Sun
Different Sides Of The Sun
Price: £5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retro Chicago-House But Not A Great Deal More, 2 Sept. 2013
'Different Sides Of The Sun' is the début studio album from house collective 'Hot Natured'. The supergroup is made up of Jamie Jones and Lee Foss (Hot Creations) as well as Luca C and Ali Love (Infinity Ink).

If you have heard singles Benediction, Reverse Skydiving and Isis then you already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this album. If you haven't heard them - then you probably actually have unknowingly; that's because Hot Natured's retro throwback to the 1980s Chicago House scene is unapologetically radio friendly. So much so that Hot Natured's singles seem to have a regular slot on B.Traits Radio 1 show (the stand in for Annie Mac who is on maternity leave).

There is nothing wrong with plugging radio friendly tracks in this way before a release, in fact it is of course fairly common. Daft Punk's Get Lucky sold 38,887 copies in three days, making it the best-selling digital single in a one-week period. But what of the rest of the album?

For Daft Punk, Random Access Memories was intriguingly diverse. For Hot Natured, quite the contrary. In fact once you get past the first few singles (placed right at the start of the album) the tracks begin to bob around without much intent. Aside from 'Take You There' and 'Physical Control' (which are stand out tracks for me) even the inclusion of Roisin Murphy fails to arouse much more than a fleeting interest. There is an inoffensive Balearic aura to all of the tracks which makes this album pleasant, but the album lacks innovation which ultimately makes the record forgettable. Listening to this album I can't help but think of Disclosure - not because of their freshness but because they both fail to extend far beyond their released tracks. If you like the singles then for sure you will like this album - but for me there are far more interesting electronic releases going on right now.

Listen To: 'Reverse Skydiving', 'Take You There', 'Physical Control'

Price: £0.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Transfer to Android, 30 Aug. 2013
This review is from: JUST EAT (App)
JustEat is a great website and concept. This app is a good alternative to the web version should you be out and about (although you can still navigate on the website on a phone).

The main drawback as someone has already mentioned is that you cannot pre order deliveries before the shops open (which you can do on the internet).

Also its worth remembering that this is by no means an exhaustive list of takeaway options in your area, in fact its far off what is available in my area. And there's nothing too difficult with picking up a phone and ordering.

8 Ball Pool
8 Ball Pool
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Addictive Time Wasting Material, 30 Aug. 2013
This review is from: 8 Ball Pool (App)
This was a fantastic game on the PC and works just fine on Android.

The pool coin currency system remains allowing you to pimp up your cue at the shop.

Overall its the best pool app available on android and the multi-player functionality through Facebook is excellent.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Price: £2.99

128 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back!, 30 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (App)
I used to have Vice City on the PS2 but it's been a long time since I have played the game. It was my favourite out of the whole series. This is just a lovely piece of nostalgia. Whilst the game is no where near as easy to navigate around without the PS2 controller (I don't think its too suited for mobile devices), a lot of effort has gone in to making the game play as consistent as possible.

Rockstar have done a stellar job at bringing this back to mobile devices. This 10th anniversary move was actually timed for last year but for some reason there was a delay for Android devices. Thanfully it has finally arrived!

I would pay the money alone just for the radio stations!

If you are a fan of GTA (who actually isnt?!) you simply can't go wrong with this.

[You need 1.5GB to download this first! and up to date Firmware (8.4.6)] This works perfectly on the Kindle Fire HD

Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Price: £0.00

62 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Racing Game On Android *addiction warning*, 30 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Asphalt 8: Airborne (App)
The Asphalt series is one of the best out there on Android. The game-play is thrilling and responsive.

In Asphalt 8 the trick is to perform rolls and tricks when 'airborne', success depending on your angle of approach and thrust.

There's almost fifty cars in this game (licensed), of which the majority of them are new to previous players of the series and nine different locations.

Like most racing games these days there are a variety of play options meaning you can either dip in for a quick 'solo' race whilst on the tube or spend hours on the 'career' mode (when you should probably be doing something better!). There is also a world series mode for multiplayer internet games.

The career mode (where you start with a lower end car and a small budget) is fixed up to reward tricks. Positioning in races is of course important too - you can get up to 5 'stars' in each race. If you win the race you get 3 stars, the other two are left for trick bonuses and objectives.

Speed and barrel rolls. Perfect.

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 Keyboard and Mouse Set - UK Layout (Business Packaging)
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 Keyboard and Mouse Set - UK Layout (Business Packaging)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performce and Great Value, 29 Aug. 2013
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I have just bought this product for the second time here on Amazon and felt compelled to leave a review [I stamped hard on the keyboard (unintentionally) and seriously damaged its response - then after I hoovered up the USB reciever (also unintnetionally), I decided it was about time I renewed the product].

When I first bought this wireless set-up I wanted to make sure I tired the product in the shop first. Some may find this strange, but there is a particular spring in some keyboard buttons that I prefer and find it much easier to type on. Of the ones I tried in the shop (I think at least five varieties) this felt the most natural to touch type on.

As a word of warning (and as mentioned in another review here) the button sections have been squeezed in together. So the spaces that usually separate the 4 main sections (Letters, Functions, Insert etc, Numberpad) are non-existent. For me this did not present a huge problem.

I use this set up for my laptop so that I can link it up to my widescreen TV and operate it from the couch. But of course it can be used with a desktop. The device comes with batteries for the keyboard and mouse (2 X AAA and 2 X AA). The USB receiver is fairly inconspicuous.The mouse has a scroll wheel and a battery indicator.

Apparently it works with a 30ft range - in practice (and this may be to do with other signals around my flat) it tends to get flaky at half that range. But should work fine at 15 to 20 feet.

Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Price: £4.74

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superfluous & Disappointing, 29 Aug. 2013
The Oxford University Press describe their 'Very Short Introductions' as a "stimulating and accessible way in to a new subject".

Whilst the Introductions aren't meant to be a 'dummies guide' or even be a broad introduction (the book can be just a short essay dealing with once niche issue within the subject), it is important that the general mission statement above is abided by. The issue when it comes to these books is whether the book is written lucidly and appropriately enough to be "accessible" to the layman. Generally, the temptation is that most qualified experts feel the need to indulgently show off their scope of knowledge in a subject. Not that I think Frank Close is showing off here but this VSI is pithced way off. For any with a brief interest in Particle Physics who were "new to the subject" this book does not help.

This book gets off to a good start. But eventually it gives way to a mass of formulas, and more formulas, and explanations about those formulas, and derivations of those formulas....

I had to stop reading this book - it's the first of the series that I couldn't finish. It was becoming entirely fruitless for me. I wasn't learning anything and I was becoming increasingly frustrated at the amount of assumed knowledge.

In fairness to Frank Close this subject matter may just be too difficult to simplify. His VSI on Nothing was effective and accessible. But by reverting back to the VSI mission statement: a "stimulating and accessible way in to a new subject" - this book failed (for me). This is entirely subjective and so there may be some people who find that this is suitable so I am purely writing this review as a small word of warning.
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H & L Russel Clothes Brush Double Faced, Red Velvet with Blue Handle
H & L Russel Clothes Brush Double Faced, Red Velvet with Blue Handle
Price: £3.09

1.0 out of 5 stars does the job.... badly!, 29 Aug. 2013
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This is an entirely futile product.

There are loads of products that employ this red velvet one way action and I used to have a fantastic one but the handle broke and I couldn't remember where I got it from. This particular brush comes nowhere close to picking up what you need to pick up off your fabrics. Don't just take it from me though - see all the reviews around me too!

Not only does it fail to pick up fluff efficiently but it has also been shedding its own cloth onto my sofas!

Save yourself a few quid and keep looking; and could you please let me know when you find a good one!?

Amuse Agents: When Small Ads Go Bad
Amuse Agents: When Small Ads Go Bad
by Preston Likely
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Charming, 29 Aug. 2013
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I, like many others, found this book after it featured in a newspaper article in late 2012. It was ideal timing for Christmas.

It's a collection of hysterical and often odd-ball newsagent adverts that are, one would hope, fake! Ironically they are probably sitting amongst many genuine yet unintentionally weird advertisements.

A book where each particular piece is individually funny but would be too much in one whole sitting. It's a charming stocking filler destined (with all due respect) for the toilet bookshelf - and you will be proud of it there!

Offered by FLASH
Price: £9.51

3.0 out of 5 stars Re-re-re-wind, 29 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Kisstory (Audio CD)
Having spent many years operating as a pirate station Kiss FM were eventually awarded a local London radio licence in the early 1990s; their application supported by a petition of public support forwarded to the Home Secretary. Indeed, the public support of this station was immense.

It went on to capture the raw sound of the 1990s London dance scene, eventually becoming the leading proponent of UK garage, aka '2-step'; ironically surrounded itself by other UK garage stations that were pirate. Testament to their roots the station still employs DJ EZ who has a regular Friday night slot at 10pm called 'Destination Weekend' committed to replaying these garage classics; his track selection likely to come from this, this or this!

The decline of UK garage in the noughties occurred as other forms of electronic dance music began to flourish. Funkier and smoother house prospered above the sometimes grimey/gritty 'UKG'. This move seemed to coincide with Kiss's loss of popularity unable to keep up with the BBC Radio 1s push to capture the 'EDM' movement. Kiss still remain committed to urban music however and maintain a decent following.

Kisstory represents not just what the 90's was - but what Kiss was; an anachronic compolation of their heyday. And whilst these tracks are all good in their own merits, these are tracks that not only did they used to play alot of back in the day - but they seem to be playing a lot of now!

I thought the best thing about nostalgia is the trigger of memories not recently touched upon? For me there are a few tracks on this CD that I'd happily replay. But for the most part, the 3CD collection is effectively Kiss FM without the adverts (there is no mixing); which I guess, in a way, is an improvement.

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