The classic debut of Air – one of the fresher avant pop albums of the late 90s to say the least, and one of the best since then, too! Perhaps the greatest achievement here is how they deftly layer such broad influences of the preceding few decades – from soaring string film schools, to ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
The mid 90s classic from Aphex Twin – and one of the best, most furiously creative electronic albums of the era! I Care Because You Do is Richard D. James at his peak – sometimes frenetic, sometimes easygoing, always hypnotic beats – and some of the most entrancing ambient ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent mod work from this new UK combo! The album's got a hip late 60s Go-Go feel – with screaming Hammond organ solos, bouncing bongo, and lots of fuzzed out guitars. There's more than a bit of funk in the mix, too – and you might well think of these guys as a swinging London ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Big Hustle —
Worldwide ... LP Big Hustle (France), 2017. Sealed Gatefold ...
Florida ... LP Big Dada/Ninja Tune, 2004. Very Good+ 2LP ...
The Brit hop flag wavers at Big Dada take a trip across the pond for this full length effort from Diplo – renowned for his Hollertronix parties, and making a pretty strong statement here for work as an album-oriented artist (as opposed to his already proven skills on the mixtape scene). ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mitsu serves up a jazzy flourish of beats for this great little track – a jumpy, playful number featuring Agape from Isosceles on the vocal mix – and an equally appealing blend of sounds and snaps on the instrumental! Kev Brown brings in some heavier styles on his remixes of the track ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
It seems like when this came out, critics, promoters, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later black label pressing on Mo Wax/A&M, including the printed inner sleeves.)
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon – with some of the greatest production ever by Dan The Automator and scratch work by DJ Q-Bert – a serious creative peak for all parties, and up there in the all time greatest hip hop full lengths of ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While 4 Hero would later go on to weave some beautifully soulful soudscapes, they had their humble beginnings in the hardcore scene. Once they became more known, these early tracks were re-released to capitolize on their success. The "Spanergize" & "Energize" remixes are ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Heady sounds from Gaslamp Killer – tunes that are as fuzzy as they are funky – which might be something that we'd say about the man himself! As with other productions, there's definitely a focus on the low end and lo-fi here – but never as a lack of anything, or as a mistake ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album