Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Society And The Spectacle



As we stand on the threshold of another year, spare a thought for those going out tonight. I've just seen on the BBC News that house parties are where it's at. That is staying at home, having some mates around, or just family, eating, drinking and making merry. Has it ever been the reliable option to go out on New Year's Eve though? The last time I remember doing it was for the millennium celebrations when I was over in Paris. We spent the few hours leading up to midnight at a friends, eating, drinking and making merry, then we walked the short distance to Montparnasse, which afforded us a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower and its firework display, after which we took a cab across town to Bastille and went to a few parties in lofts and studios. OK, not exactly clubs, and no money changed hands . . .so maybe we didn't go out after all. Having thought about it for a little more I'm left wondering if I've ever been out on New Year's Eve. . .



. . .but that's only if "going out" means going clubbing, which is something I haven't done for a couple of years. I haven't shut the door on it but I wonder what's in it for me. One person who shows no sign of throwing in the towel is my aborted November interviewee Harvey, who plans to play Tokyo tonight. He also makes some very obvious, but simultaneously informative, points about the relationship between DJing and performance. This put me in mind of something A Guy Called Gerald said when I interviewed him back in 2008 (it's about halfway down the chat). I've never been to a club expecting to do anything else but socialise, tap off, drink, take drugs and listen to good music (order not important); which is just as well because, for the most part, you're lucky if you're allowed all of those nowadays. It depends where you're from of course. In the UK, despite our creativity and appetite for new experiences, there's always been too much of an authoritarian feel to clubbing. The licensing laws played a big part in this, and continue to wherever they can get a foothold. I suppose the entertainment element for men, at least, revolved around trainspotting to a certain extent, and watching the DJs fingers deftly flex, extend and retract. Not my idea of a good night out, but I can't say I've never done it. It always amazed me how much time certain individuals had for the hangers-on and deck parasites that would crowd them out. The last time I saw Mark Farina he was dignity personified, (this was a while back, and he could have changed I suppose), showing the records off and even fitting in a few words between his silky smooth transitions. I remember that I bumped into him the day before I saw him, in Black Market Soho. He didn't know me from Adam but he introduced me to his wife and took time out to chat as if I was an old friend.


Generally though, clubbers are treated as badly, if not worse than football fans for the most part. Not content with wanting to them pay through the nose for the privilege of buying massively overpriced beverages, they are shunted, cattle-like through the night on a conveyor belt of doom that could make that of the early Ford assembly plants seem appealing. As has already been touched on, I write this from a UK perspective, where the institutionalisation of doing such things has been locked in accordance with the law and the Daily Mail school of moralising for so long that most people wouldn't know a good time if it skull-fucked them. Going out these days isn't what it used to be. You're not treated like a proper adult in a lot of places, and monitored by security who aspire to the sergeant's role in "Full Metal Jacket", without the delivery. I'm hoping for a return to the rave in the next few years. As we enter uncertain political and economic times the brand might drop its guard and the corporate nature of what going out has largely become will hopefully evaporate and then, as Bill Hicks said:


"The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride..." But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. Jesus - murdered; Martin Luther King - murdered; Malcolm X - murdered; Gandhi - murdered; John Lennon - murdered; Reagan... wounded. But it doesn't matter because: It's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace."



Friday, December 30, 2011

A Couple To End The Year With . . .



. . .but I'll still try and post some original pirate material tomorrow. Meanwhile, here are links to RA reviews of 'Your Sun' and 'Tropical Cruize.'

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December Chart



Step Aside - Life & Death (Visionquest)





Endless Feeling - Gavin Herlihy (Culprit)





Remote Locations EP - Pointbender (530 Techno)






Too Far (Dettmann's Definitions) - Morphosis (Delsin)





Balsam Peruvian EP - Gathaspar (Thema)





On & On - Raiders Of The Lost Arp (Curle)





Shadows - Floating Points (Eglo)





Fachwerk EP - V/A (Fachwerk)





Kompaction Project - V/A (Monocline)





Kurama - Lawrence (Pampa)




It's the end of the year and the time when a lot of good stuff gets slept on due to end-of-year lists being compiled. I could have listed another ten at least, but that would have been greedy.

Monday, December 19, 2011

End Of Year Caveat


Top Tracks (incl. Remixes)

Wolfram feat Haddaway
A Thing Called Love (Legowelt remix)
Permanent Vacation
Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause
Wolkenreise
Hidden Recordings
A Sagittariun
The circle Stops Somewhere
Elastic Dreams
Benoit & Sergio
Everybody
DFA
Julio Bashmore
Battle For Middle You
PMR
Benoit & Sergio
Let Me Count The Ways
Spectral Sound
Alex Jones
Romania Pika
Hypercolour
Sigha
I Am Apathy I Am Submission
Blueprint
Radical Majik
Fianchetto
Boardroom Music
Space Dimension Controller
The Pathway To Tiraquon 6
R&S



Top Compilations/Mixes

Marcel Dettmann
Conducted
Music Man
Scuba
DJ Kicks
K7!
Ben UFO
Rinse 16
Rinse
Marcel Fengler
Berghain 05
Ostgut Ton
Seth Troxler
The Lab 03
NRK
Pearson Sound/Ramadanman
FabricLive 56
Fabric
Lawrence
Timeless
Ccocoon
Jackmaster
FabricLive 57
Fabric
Prosumer
Panorama Bar 03
Ostgut Ton
Soul Clap
Social Experiment 002
No. 19



Top Artist Albums

Planetary Assault Systems
The Messenger
Ostgut Ton
Tommy Four Seven
Primate
CLR
Lucy
Wordplay For Working Bees
Stroboscopic Artefacts
Sepalcure
Sepalcure
Hotflush
Legowelt
The TEAC Life
Self-Released
Rustie
Glass Swords
Warp
Roman Flugel
Fatty Folders
Dial
Maceo Plex
Life Index
Crosstown Rebels
Nicolas Jaar
Space Is Only Noise
Circus Company
Steffi
Yours And Mine
Ostgut Ton
Morphosis
What We Have Learned
Delsin/Morphine
K-S.H.E.
Routes Not Roots
Sklylax
2562
Fever
When In Doubt



Top Labels

Stroboscopic Artefacts
R&S
Hotflush
Visionquest
Hypercolour
Culprit
Clone
Permanent Vacation
Electric Sheep
Mathematics
Modern Love

My caveat here is that when compiling these lists I didn't always order them accordingly. I always find the "Top Tracks" list especially difficult to compile. I should have added Omar S's 'Here's Your Trance, Now Dance' but everybody else seemed to so what the hell. Labels, well you can only play the hand you're dealt and, although I listen to as wide a range of stuff as possible, like the tracks list you can't do them all. I can see why Crosstown Rebels won this year, it's getting to the point now when if you stick around for long enough it'll happen like a Nobel Prize or an Oscar but for me at least they put out quite a few average releases which I remember far more than the good stuff. Electric Sheep is an interesting and varied label which, with it's Black Sheep Trax offshoot has a great range and will hopefully turn a few years in the year ahead. Hotflush and Stroboscopic Artefacts were probably my top two here though.

The "Compilations/Mixes" list is totally occupied by mixes. I listen to more mixes than anything else, preferring to have my music in situ. The mix cd had a bit of a boom year, with some sturdy contributions, the best of which I think I included. I will go with Dettmann as my top for this year, Prosumer was excellent as well, as were Pearson Sound and Jackmaster. Finally the albums. There was some great techno released this year, as is the case most years, but Morphosis stood out, his individuality and twists being ultimately more appealing than the grit and dirt of Tommy Four Seven, Planetary Assault Systems and Lucy. Rustie's 'Glass Swords' was a crystallisation of every bling-laden, steroid-enhanced wall-to-wall sensurround experience I've ever had, or am likely to. Crosstown Rebels make their only appearance in my chart with Maceo Plex's excellent 'Life Index', but this album heralded another wave of copyists and fit so snugly against Hot natured that the impression it made on release diminished progressively as the year wore on.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Captain's Log Star Date Crotch Scratching



Check the Youtube comments.

It's been a strange month. My cosy routine of finishing work, bringing the grubs back home from school, playing music through my laptop and reviewing it simultaneously has been put out of joint a little due to the fact that I have recently purchased a new desktop. Now I write from the bedroom, upstairs so it's difficult to keep an eye on the kids. The arrangement is cosier and more conducive to concentration. I should be able to get shitloads more done in the future, but it's proving to be a difficult transition. I'm finding it difficult to shut myself away from the rest of the family, not because I don't want to work, but because I'm a creature of habit who likes to have everything done by a certain time in order to relax. I also often feel at odds with the world I'm trying to cover. I haven't been out clubbing for a while, nor do I really want to. I haven't played out in a log time either. Life has taken over and sometimes it's difficult to summon up the motivation to get things back on track.


So, as far as the blog's concerned, a scanner is the next big thing. I mentioned a few weeks back that I would be filling its pages with classic articles from times gone by. Test Pressing is a blog that has done this very well and I intend to follow in its footsteps. I went back up to the old country a couple of weeks ago and brought some magazines back home that had been living out their lonely existence as a time capsule. Post-Christmas I shall begin the long, but rewarding task of searching for interesting seminal interviews and putting them back in the spotlight through this blog.


So form my position on life's bridge I can see that I've already done a lot of things and there's no real need for self-justification in the context of clubbing. A Friend of mine went to the recent Classic party last bonfire night at Hackney Downs Studios. It didn't get going until 2am, he was there early and wanted to leave early. This is a person who's done more than their fair share and still has a healthy appetite for the music even though he's advancing into middle age. Anyway, Rob Mello was good, Luke Solomon played like he was pissed, and Derrick Carter was too hard. One persons viewpoint. Everybody else could have been having the time of their lives. However, this is as qualified an opinion as one could hope to have and it wasn't good. Let me add though that this character has recently become a father and is flush with the joys of parenthood. A big factor. Like everyone will eventually realise though, a crossroads is reached and sometimes the realisation that the clubbing experience is one that relies on the many being exploited by the few can be a little difficult to square with the notion of the supposed togetherness that is cashed in on. It's not like this everywhere of course. Just another aspect symptomatic of rip-off Britain paired with the overriding attitude of puritanism and containment.


I digress as usual, just posting for the sake of it and trying to justify my position as a writer by production. I must post some more music-related stuff up instead of insane ramblings. So, with that in mind I will, this week. On another tip, wasn't the Prince documentary on BBC4 last week a let-down? Problem is it'll always be like that unless he gives permission to make one, and collaborates as well. Even then it might still be shite because it's difficult to see him letting himself go to any real extent. What's interesting me at the moment is the housier and techier stuff that dubstep has been giving rise to this past year, and where it's all going to end up. The misogynist v dance music debate started by The Queitus, after they opportunistically picked up on a couple of throwaway tweets from Scuba and writer Kristan J. Caryl was entertaining too. It was very interesting that it was Ben UFO who brought it to the attention of a wider audience. Before this all blew up I was browsing Facebook and I came across some photos showing a Red Bull Music Academy gig he DJed at in The London Eye. It seemed to be full of spotty males and no one else, so I, innocently I thought, commented "Where are all the chicks?" Mr UFO didn't waste much time in repyling, saying, rather hurtfully I thought, something along the line of " . . .no one's used a word like that since the early eighties . . ." Well Ben, maybe I should have known better, because I was probably the age you are now at that time and I can tell you that no one used it then either. My response was to then ask "Where are all the birds then" thinking he might be more familiar with my cockney palare. I could tell from this second comment that our bridges had been well and truly burnt and I was probably nothing more than a more reactionary Jeremy Clarkson in his eyes. Little did I realise the bombshell he would unleash.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November Chart



Neurotic City EP - Means (Black Nation)





Me & The Machines - STL (Something)





Unbalance 1 - Unbalance (Unbalance)





Mysterious Intrigue - Kuba Sojka (Mathematics)





DRM - Merveille & Crosson (Visionquest)





Sphinx EP - Marcel Fengler (IMF)





Fantastic Voyage - Jeff Mills (Axis)





Blue Organ EP - Kevin McPhee (Hype Ltd)





The Voices From Hypothalamus - Fiat600 (Nice Cat)





Deep Deep Down - Cottam (Aus Music)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Anytime You Please EP - Micha Klang & Kuroneko (Adult Only)


Lack of time means very little recent original material here on ye blog. I'll be putting a chart up by tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's the first of a few Ibiza Voice bits I've written.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Are Things Really That Interesting?


Awful, starting an article with a rhetorical question, isn't it? Stylistically at least. Not that anything on this blog is ever really intended as being for academic eyes though, just for those of you who like a read and are interested in the random ruminations of a person, like myself who, due to arrested development, hasn't stopped being passionate about, and incredibly interested in, electronic dance music. Make that all music, but particularly house, techno and its offspring.

However, it's very difficult to talk about this stuff just for the sake of it. It's clear why the printed dance media have never been able to manage publishing their propaganda more than once a month - DJ Mag used to be every two weeks of course, but now it's seen the error of its ways - and even then still resorting to pad out their publications with as much tattle involving drugs, dicks in dayglo t-shirts who answer random questions about their most outrageous embryonic sexual experiences on club stairways . . .there just isn't that much to say. This area of music is still without very many real characters.

It's a pity that Tonka's 'Weekly Review Of Dance Music' is having problems fulfilling its purpose only a few months after it started, but I'm not surprised. I'm sure it'll continue but calling it 'Weekly . . .' was a mistake. It's my favourite read at the moment though and I'm annoyed because I missed a trick there. Procrastination payback time. I was thinking about introducing a column here that would have done much the same as the 'WRDM' but indecision cost me and I didn't. Still could though.

Taking delivery of a new computer in a few days time which will change my life. I'll have it moored in the bedroom, away from prying eyes and will be able to get on with a lot of stuff I haven't been able to thus far. Once I come back home with shiploads of old printed media that's when things will really kick off. I've got most of the copies of 'The Face' and 'I-D', as well as stuff like 'Soul Undergroound' etc that were printed during the eighties. I'll be driving up to my Mum's place in a couple of week's time and bringing them all back down with me. I know the excellent 'Test Pressing' has been there before and done it, but I think I've got more stuff to publish, so expect to see some seminal articles and interviews to start appearing on this blog before the end of the year. I just have to buy a scanner.

I suppose the real reason I haven't been writing much here recently is because I've been writing lots of reviews and interviews for Ibiza Voice and RA. I haven't written anything for a couple of weeks though, but have got a lot in the pipeline. One assignment was to interview Harvey, which I did, but whether it sees the light of day or not is debatable. I called him last Friday night at home in LA, chatted for around thrifty minutes, once some Skype teething problems had been dealt with, said goodbye and instantly realised that I hadn't recorded the conversation. Schoolboy error, as Ron Manager would say. I'm going to see if I can do it again but I'm not optimistic. It's a pity because he's a great interviewee and, although we probably didn't cover much new ground in comparison to past interviews he's given, it would still make great reading. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can do it again, but in the meantime I've got to put some questions together for Marcel Dettmann.

As you can probably see from my previous post, I've just reviewed Seth Troxler's 'Lab 03' double mix cd for NRK. While it's not perfect, it's still a very good mix and as good an indication of current trends in house and techno as any. Of course it all depends what you like, but Troxler seems to be up to the task and not just a party animal per se. The Visionquest label, which he partly runs, is very good indeed and seems to be interested in going places no other label currently is, or has. It's not that it's super original, but it is definitely very adept at putting an interesnting, out-of-kilter twist on a range of genres. Not a one-trick pony, that's for sure. Meanwhile Hot Natured seems to have hit the wall. Not that the music being issued isn't any good, but there's only so many hip-hop, r&b and eighties influences one can stomach. In truth though there's life in the project yet and I'm sure that once Foss and Jones regroup they'll have the stamina to go off on even more interesting tangents. Wolf & Lamb and Double Standard push the synthetic eighties slow to even more extreme limits though. It's fine, and interesting in small doses, but they're still churning out facsimiles of the sound a good few years after they started. It's over gentlemen. Use your undeniable talent to explore new worlds, seek out new civilisations, etc. I know that the three collectives mentioned are all pretty tight with each other and all have these separate identities to save themselves from themselves, as well as so we can tell them apart, but Hot Natured and Wolf & Lamb had better take different forks in the road because there's a hideous convergence coming up if they don't. Only Visionquest can survive on current form.

Marcel Dettmann's forthcoming 'Conducted' is as good a techno mix as I've heard. I've reviewed it for Ibiza Voice and, as already mentioned, have to put some questions together for him for an email interview. I'd prefer to Skype him but I've heard he doesn't think his English is that good so is worried he may not come across properly. False teutonic modesty I'm sure. I bet he knows his present perfect simple and continuous inside out. He's also about to become a father, so congratulations Herr Dettmann. Talking of techno, FACT Magazine have just put together one of their normally very-well researched lists on Jeff Mills, complete with commentary from the man himself. I say "normally" because while the article is very informative, Jeff Mills apparently stopped making essential music in the twentieth century. Of course these lists can never be too exhaustive, neither will they please everyone all the time, but methinks the gaping hole of the last decade could have been accounted for without too much trouble.

Great albums just released, or forthcoming from Planetary Assault Systems on Ostgut Ton, Dro Carey on Ramp and VVV on Fortified Audio. Crosstown Rebels more recent offerings seem to have fallen in to the bottomless pit that is slowly being filled by those deemed bland enough to provide filler for Hot Natured and their ilk's sets. Thankfully Dinky's latest is better than that, but the first release on Maceo Plex's new label, Ellum Audio, is just more of the same. As long as they're bedding loads of birds due to their new found fame as purveyors of sexy, groovy house that's ok I suppose. One more thing. Speaking of Hot Natured I bought the latest issue of DJ Mag yesterday to get the free Lee Foss mix cd. Haven't listened to it yet but his skills are not in doubt. Anyway, it happened to be their annual top 100 DJs issue. The complete absence of any female DJs from the list has already been the subject of an Ibiza Voice article. However, I wasn't at all prepared for the onslaught of airbrushed muppets who, by and large, make up the list. Who are these fuckwits? The only reason they're there is because they got their mates to vote for them. Isn't it about time that ability and artistry was recognised instead of spiky hair and shit taste? These twits are clueless. David Guetta may be top of the list, and he is popular, but he's crap. I'm older than him but I couldn't sell out and limit myself in the way he has. Bob Sinclair is another one. I used to bump into him regularly in Rough Trade in Paris in the mid nineties. Hasn't changed much superficially, lovely hair still, but any good taste he had has been slowly squeezed from him as he sold out. Carl Cox looks innovative compared to these lemons.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Back From The Fatherland

I've just spent almost a week back in the land of my fathers. Saw Liverpool draw 1-1 against a well-organised Norwich side, but they should have won and on another day could have had three or four. Anyway, while I was away from my desk a couple of reviews were published by RA.




The first, a write-up of 'The Boardroom Presents Radical Majik's Mental Health' can be found here.



The second is of Douglas Greed's 'KRL' and that can be found here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Quick Round-Up


There really hasn't been much time to write recently. Most recent posts have been links to reviews on other sites, and I'm going away for a week this Friday so that'll mean more dead air. At the very least I can hopefully point some of you in the direction of some good recent mixes. Some I've listened to, some not, so you'll have to take those on approval. I'll have much more time to listen to more mixes now though as the Mrs bought me one of those excellent IPod adapters for the car. You know, the ones that lock into a radio frequency and play the music through it. Wonderful what they can do nowadays innit?

So lets start with something that I've literally just come across. So fresh in fact that I didn't know of it when I started this article. It's Raiz at Berghain on the 5.7.11. Here's the link and I'm prepared to give this the benefit of the doubt because of the artists pedigree, the location and the comments from the listeners. Superficial? Maybe, but I'm sure it's worth it.

Next up here's an hour of Steffi live at the Boiler Room last month. One of the best around doesn't disappoint. I was cooking dinner most of the tkime while listening to this last night but I'm sure she got stuck into some dubstep as the hour draws to a close, or maybe it was the noise the central heating made as the pipes rattled when I turned it on for the first time this year.

Smear contribute the latest installment to the Electric Deluxe podcast series. You can grab that here. There's also an interview on the same site which you can read here.

The latest in the very good Louche podcast series is a set from Tama Sumo. Again, this is another one I haven't got around to listening to yet but the tracklist looks interesting enough:


1) Portable and Lakuti: A Deeper Love.
2) DJ Qu: Slidin' Thu.
3) The Mole: Johny Mc Hockey.
4) System 360: Super Tuesday.
5) Tin Man: Loev Sick (Tobias Remix).
6) Omar S: Gunup Runup.
7) Ramjac Corporation: Cameroon Massif!
8-) Mondo: Work Me Baby.
9) Tevo Howard: The Instruction (Acid Mix).
10) Steven Tang: Drone.
11) XDB: Apari.
12) Sigha: The Black House.
13) Big Strick: State Of Emergency.
14) Marcel Fengler: Thwack (Norman Nodge Remix).
15) Cosmin TRG: Fizic.
16) Anthony Shake Shakir meets BBC: Ngunyuta Dance Remix (Anthony Shakir Remix).
17) The Oliverwho Factory: Take Me Away.
18) Chicago Skyway: London Streets.
19) Matthew Styles: Don't Call Me Again.
20) Mary Boyoi: Zooz (Tama Sumo Remix).
21) Massimiliano Pagliara: In Order Of More Depth (BHFV Remix).

You can grab that here and subscribe to the whole series here.

Saarbrucken's finest, Roger 23, is always worth a listen, and he contributes the latest in the series of podcasts for Russia's Mixmag Info. Follow this link to download and for a q & a.

Head over to ASC's blog for the first in the 'Auxcast' podcast series. This is the tracklist so far, according to some forumite over at RA:

1.?
2.?
3.?
4.The Sight Below - New Dawn Fades
5.?
6.Kangding Ray - A Protest Song
7.Perc - ChoiceBuy
8.Cocteau Twins - Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires
9.Sam KDC - Marine Light
10.ASC - Neptune
11.dBridge - So Lonely (Morgan Zarate Remix)
12.?
13.Badawi - The Axiom (Vaccine Remix)
14.ASC - Error Code
15.?
16.?
17.?
18.Björk - Undo

At first glance it seems a bit fluffy, but that may be because I'm being unduly influenced by the inclusion of one Cocteau Twins track, the titles of which are enough to bring me out in a rash. Link here.

FACT is on a roll right now. Serious stuff from Appleblim, Morphosis and today Raime. Each of these can be downloaded from here. The Morphosis one really is a trip.

Clara Moto, who's made her name through her output for Infine, has contributed a fine mix for Fabric you can find that here. Also on the same page is a mix from DJ Three. His mixes used to be quite common but are now as rare as hen's teeth. Here's the second part of a mix recorded in Chicago in the summer. Last but not least on the Fabric page is a mix from the godlike genius that is Legowelt. Get that here.


Finally here's a nice house mix recorded in Venezuala last spring. It's in two parts and comes courtesy of the Pack Up And Dance crew. Only problem is that it doesn't have a download option. If you like it, badger him a bit. Link here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Chart

Hurrah! It's my birthday today so, fresh after sampling the seven course tasting menu at Cambridge's Midsummer House, here's this month's chart. I've got to do something, innit? Too bloated and corpulent to do anything else.



The Pathway To Tiraquon6 - Space Dimension Controller (R&S)



The Purple EP - The Analogue Cops (Out-Er)



Visionquest Fall/Winter Collection - V/A (Visionquest)



Dayz - Mathew Jonson (Crosstown Rebels)




Deep Deep Down - Cottam (Aus Music)



Quemadura Del Sol - Alejandro Trebor (Hidden Recordings)



The Established Order - Point B (Frijsfo Beats)



The Messenger - Planetary Assault Systems (Ostgut Ton)



The Boardroom Presents . . . . Radical Majiks Mental Health - Radical Majik (The Boardroom Presents)



Kiss 'N' Tell EP - B Bravo (Earnest Endeavours)

The Space Dimension Controller collection is one of the best things I've heard all year and carries on from where his previous R&S release, 'Temporary Thrillz' left off. Also impressive is the latest Visionquest compilation. This label is real carving out a niche for itself, straddling the psychedelic/dark pop/house music divide with ease. All the above are worthy of a mention. Mathew Jonson is back on form, the Analogue Cops more than live up to their name, Cottam returns with one of his best yet, and Alejandro Trebor continues Hidden's recent run of good form, backed up by a horde of remixes. There's Point B's latest on Frijsfo and Radical Majik - expect to see them both reviewed somewhere else soon, an excellent album from Luke Slater and the debut funkified release on Earnest Endeavours. Maybe I'm just in a good mood because it's my birthday, but I love them all. xxx