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5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to buy Lacoste, 10 April 2014
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How much does a 30ml bottle of Lacoste EDT cost normally? The cheapest I could find was 'Vert' for 17.99 at super drug. And that's the cheapest. Here we have a set of three (Blanc, Rouge & Bleu) for less than £10 each when you buy the set, you get three differing fragrances to vary it up from day to day and it comes nicely packaged if you wanted to give it as a gift.

The fragrances themselves are very nice, I've been using Rouge for a while as I like the freshness of that citrus fruit style scent. But Blanc and Bleu are also very nice so would recommend as an economically smart way to buy a range of Lacoste, and also as a fantastic and well presented gift set.


Decay
Decay
Price: £17.43

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Efdemin's Decay, 10 April 2014
This review is from: Decay (Audio CD)
Last month Dial records came to town; Oval Space hosted a party I won't be forgetting for a long while. Pantha Du Prince, Lawrence, John Roberts & Carsten Jost entertained a packed dance floor with their spine tingling take on deep house and minimal tech. Perhaps the most notable Dial name not on the line up was Efdemin, who, elsewhere no doubt was promoting this new album, Decay. I bought this largely on the strength of the label it's released on, with little prior knowledge of Efdemin's productions.

Efdemin's album is distinct from other recent dial releases most notably in it's choice of vocal samples. But this album also differs in that its much colder and more sparse than any other Dial LPs I've come across.

Efdemin opens his album with a recording of a conversation in 'Some Kind of Up and Down, Yes'. The track is striking in the way it highlights every 'umm' spoken, and its repetition of single words ('Yes'), giving the conversation a strange and awkward flow. No doubt this is deliberate, and it certainly grabs your attention.

The next three tracks take you into a world of peculiar and slightly gloomy soundscapes, all minimal and subtle with strong percussive elements. As we reach the middle of the album, the album's title track 'Decay' introduces itself with an uncomfortably high pitch bleep, that runs throughout the track, and for this reason alone is my least favourite offering on the album. 'Track 93' & 'Ohara' are the other tracks for me that were more alienating than engaging; in both cases because of the choice of vocal samples.

Efdemin's best offerings are the minimal thumper 'Transducer', the Dozzy-esque 'Paralaxis', & best of all, the deep & atmospheric 'Subatomic'. These three offerings make the album worth the venture, each with that perfect blend of melody, mood and subtlety.

Perhaps it's because I was so impressed by what the rest of the Dial gang have offered live that it's taken me a lot of listens to appreciate Decay. This album is no 'Glass Eights' or 'Black Noise', but whilst I doubt it'll be many people's favourite Dial release, its still very much worth delving into.

4/5


Plays Bee Mask
Plays Bee Mask
Price: £13.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dozzy's 'Vaporware' Project, 7 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Plays Bee Mask (Audio CD)
Recently proclaimed among the top 20 best albums of 2013 in resident advisor's round up of last year's best (entering at number 3), Donato Dozzy's 'Plays Bee Mask' is perhaps a surprise entry; but not because it isn't an impressive work, but rather because all 7 tracks on this release (Vaporware 1-7) are all variants of the same piece. But this does not make for a dull and samey experience. In fact, 'Vaporware 3' is probably the most haunting piece of music I've come across in years, whereas Vaporware 7 offers a beautifully melodic close to a very unusual release.

The album reminds me a lot of some of Tangerine Dream's darker pieces and I think this would appeal a lot to fans of early electronica as well as modern ambient music.

4.5/5


II (Deluxe Cd)
II (Deluxe Cd)
Price: £11.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moderat deliver one of the year's best albums, 16 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: II (Deluxe Cd) (Audio CD)
2013 has been a particularly exciting year for electronica; Boards of Canada reemerged after 8 years of silence, the Orb released their 'history', whilst Autechre, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Bonobo, Dj Koze, Sasha, Drumcell & Apparat have all released some new and enjoyable stuff. Moderat's announcement that they were to release their follow up to their self-titled first album appeared the icing on the cake.

I ordered the deluxe vinyl edition straight away. The only downside is this edition doesn't come with a download version, so I've ended up purchasing it twice so I have it available on my iPod. But that's the only downside of the 12", and I wouldn't have done this if the album wasn't totally worth it.

Moderat's II is different from their first album in a couple of ways; the only primary vocal used across the album is that of Sasha RIng (Apparat), and in general the album feels more 'pop' in style. Don't let this put you off, we're not talking cliched, 'saturday night on the lash' style pop, but more refined, genuine songwriting. It blends being catchy with being a serious work of electronica perfectly, so its never cheesy and always fully absorbing.

The vocal tracks ('Bad Kingdom', 'Let the Light in', 'Gita', 'Damage Done', and on the cd/download deluxe edition, 'last time') are scattered throughout the album amongst superb instrumentals, the best of which include the dramatic 'Versions' and 'This TIme' - the tune Moderat have been opening their live performances of the album with.

I was fortunate to be at the Eastern Electrics festival at Knebworth Park where Moderat performed their album launch for 'II'. Alongside a superb DJ Set from DJ Koze, this performance was the highlight of the whole festival for me. It seemed to connect with the crowd in a way quite unlike anything else on show, so I'd recommend going to a live show if you get the chance too.

For me, only Bonobo's 'The North Borders' & Apparat's 'Kreig Und Frieden' can match Moderat's 'II' this year. Bad Kingdom, Versions & Gita are all right up there with the very best tracks of the year, and I hope 'II' becomes 'III' in the not too distant future, as the modeselektor-Apparat partnership is too good to be exhausted across just a couple of fine albums.

5/5
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Fabric 44: John Tejada
Fabric 44: John Tejada
Price: £10.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Real Taste of Fabric Life, 2 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Fabric 44: John Tejada (Audio CD)
This mix is quite unique in the Fabric series, in that it doesn't sound like John Tejada was trying to present a mix cd, with a clear intro, build up, peak and finale. Rather, from the word go its as if you've walked into a club, where the music has already been going for some time, and you're catching an hour or so of what's playing in that room at Fabric. This is both the CD's strength and weakness; on the one hand, there's no stand out tracks that the set builds towards, or gentle easing into Tejada's more testing records. Its pretty 'In ya face', and feels almost like Tejada was playing what he was in the mood for at the moment he played them, rather than after a long period of awaiting approval to use the tracks for the release. Much of the set is techno/tech-house which is pretty high energy and seething in bleeps and abrupt sounds, which won't be to everyone's tastes. But it's unapologetic rawness makes it stand out and its this boldness that makes it a striking edition to the Fabric mix series.

3.5/5


Tommy Hilfiger Mens F10THM Boxed 4 Pair Socks UK 7-11
Tommy Hilfiger Mens F10THM Boxed 4 Pair Socks UK 7-11

5.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice Quality, 2 Oct. 2013
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These are really comfortable, a good snug fit and good quality. The box contains brown, oat, black and royal blue coloured socks, all with the Tommy flag embroided on the outside of each sock so they look subtle but stylish.


Fabric 71: MIxed By Cassy
Fabric 71: MIxed By Cassy
Price: £10.24

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cassy's Fabric, 20 Sept. 2013
Cassy is one of the leading female underground DJs in the world, alongside the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Ellen Allien and Heidi. Recently I saw the other three I mention at the Eastern Electrics festival, and whilst Ellen Allien & Maya Jane Coles kept a packed dancefloor moving, in many ways this fabric reminds me of Heidi's set. She was on before Guy Gerber; one of the DJs I had most wanted to see at the festival, but running an hour behind schedule. Heidi's mix was, like this fabric, largely tech-house with some deep house sprinkled in. For all her enthusiasm, I found myself really just waiting for Guy to start, because his music has a more melodic style which I find more engaging. Fabric 71 similarly sounds like a warm up to something bigger to come; It never really peaks, it never really fully absorbs you.

Fabric 71 starts and finishes with some nice house records, but in truth from track 4 onwards, right up until the last few offerings, the set is made up of mediocre tech-house offerings. Compare this to some recent Fabric mixes; Gerber's Fabric mix was melodic and built beautifully, Sandwell District's was dark and haunting, peaking with a few outright techno monsters, and Petre Inspirescu's was very psychedelic with amazing use of orchestral elements. Cassy's mix doesn't come across as finely crafted; the tech-house music making up the body of this set offers neither the atmospheric moodiness of techno, or the soulfulness of house, and after not too long I found myself losing interest in the cd.

I've given it 3, rather than 2 stars because the start and finish of the mix are good, particularly Kulumba Project's 'Black Thoughts' (Tribal Mix) and the wonderful '(My Back is) Against The Wall' by Duster Valentine, which is the finale of the mix. Whether you feel they'll be enough here to be worth your money I'm not too sure. If you're a dedicated fan of tech-house you may find more of interest than I have, but overall this set is a bit disappointing to me as I've found it largely disengaging.

3/5


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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Genuine, 5 Sept. 2013
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I ordered this thinking I'd scouted out a bargain. How wrong I was. The Ralf Lauren custom fit teal Polos from Fashion Hut, sold here via amazon are fake. The quality of the material is flimsy (mine arrived very creased), and fits smaller than a genuine Ralf Lauren Polo of the fit and size. Add this to the fact it has a made in china label, which none of my other Ralf Lauren Polos do, and I think its pretty conclusive that its a fake. Please don't waste your money on this, or time ordering it only to send it back.

1/5


1977
1977
Price: £15.35

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kompakt's best ever releases, 28 Aug. 2013
This review is from: 1977 (Audio CD)
This is such a great album. I've been following Kompakt for many a year, yet cannot recall ever hearing of Kolsch before; and yet I would honestly say this is one of the most enjoyable releases on the label. It manages to be fun, quirky, unpretentious and yet highly stylised. Its great throughout the album, scarcely dipping in quality throughout. It just has a feel good factor that is so rare in electronica which doesn't dissolve into cheesiness. Its title, '1977' is appropriate because there's something very 70's about it although it's hard to say what and why, as it's unmistakably an album that could only exist with the availability of today's music technology. Such is the quality of this release that Kompakt, a label now into it's 20th year, have already put a track from it onto the second installment of the 20 Jahre ( a CD collection of Kompakt's best tracks across the 20 years).

If you want to hear a great, happy and bouncy collection of retro-sounding, but unmistakably new music, this is a great place to go. 2013 has been a really strong year for electronic music, with so many of its best artists producing albums/mix cds such as Nick Warren, Autechre, Sasha, Moderat, Jon Hopkins, Dj Koze, Boards of Canada, Dj Sprinkles, Tiefschwarz & Mount Kimbie. Yet this little known producer, Kolsch, has produced an album every bit as good as virtually all these top artists.

5/5
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Renaissance: The Mix Collection - Tiefschwarz
Renaissance: The Mix Collection - Tiefschwarz

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance Deliver Again.., 21 Aug. 2013
In amongst a shelf full of Renaissance mixes in HMV, hidden at the back appeared this new release from Renaissance mixed by Tiefschwarz. Why there was only one copy, whilst so many of Francois K's, and Tale of Us' lined the shelves, I really don't know. As I write this review, no cd copies are available of this mix and only the download is available on amazon. Is this simply because this isn't expected to sell as well? If so, I find this strange, for the simple reason that it's absolutely brilliant. Alongside Nick Warren's Renaissance Mix, and DJ Sprinkles' 'Where Dancefloors Stand Still', this is the best mix released all year, and very much the sound of the summer for me. Its quirky, yet totally absorbing. Its melodic and progressive, but at the same time catchy. Despite not being commercial in the slightest, its not alienating to those who don't normally house themselves in the niche world of progressive house & electrinica. My girlfriend really likes it and hasn't tired of it despite the many times I've played it in the car and at home. Its packed full of really strong tracks from the best in electronic dance music, such as Isolee, Michael Mayer & DJ Koze, whilst unveiling lesser known talents such as Axel Bowman and Aqob.

Disc one is very quirky, and very addictive. Its the most played cd for me this summer. Cd 2 is not quite as immediately brilliant, but still contains some strong productions from the likes of Tale of Us and Mathew Jonson.

I really recommend getting a copy if you like electronica with a bit of character but also a strong melodic feel. It seems for some reason this could turn out to be one that becomes difficult to get hold of, so be sure you don't miss out!

5/5


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