DJ Dara – Full Circle – Review

January 1, 1999

Hyperkenetic drums, subterranean bass – yup, it’s drum’n’bass. Cheers go up as DJ Dara seamlessly mixes disparate tracks together.

Codex – Review

January 1, 1999

Laid back, almost ambient, like he’s puffing on Banco De Gaia’s last joint. Post-club for certain.

R.U.O.K.? – Review

November 1, 1998

Laurie Anderson gets updated. Quirky, pitch-shifted voice monologues. He even drops a line of hers on the first track.

Propellerheads – Review

November 1, 1998

Radio loves it, dance floors love it, parents hate it. Great combination. “The British are coming… again!”

NEWT – -273C – Review

November 1, 1998

Too light to be industrial, too fractured to be techno, too many beats for ambient, not exciting enough to dance to… Bleh.

Frontier – 4 – Review

November 1, 1998

It’s all guitars. Seriously. They put three guitars and amps in a room, turned up the volume and tweaked the feedback for 70 minutes.

Sonics Everywhere – Review

November 1, 1998

It’s brooding, inevitable, and great for those nights when you want to take out your family (pets included) with a dull letter opener. A two-disc set.

Random 02 – Review

November 1, 1998

It wouldn’t be so bad if they had chopped him to pieces and then stitched him together with the thread of drum ‘n’ bass, but they don’t.

Hackers 2 Soundtrack – Review

April 1, 1998

Hackers 2 features some of the more popular electronica groups: Prodigy, Orb, BT, Moby, Underworld, etc. but none of the tracks are the best the bands can do.

Bento Box – Review

April 1, 1998

On the whole, Bento Box doesn’t provide anything of much interest, just bleeping and blooping away, the new wave in elevator music.

Scorn – Whine – Review

April 1, 1998

Mick Harris has long surpassed his Napalm Death days, going so far as to say “All rock is shit. I’m not interested in it. It’s stagnant.” So. Now?

Frontier – Heater – Review

April 1, 1998

Frontier creates slow bass grooves with tight, crisp drums plopped into a swirling mass of ambient feedback and pedal effects.

Forest for the Trees – Review

April 1, 1998

The guy’s nuts. Literally. That said, the album isn’t great. Certainly has an individual style, but so does most insanity.

Fluke – Risotto – Review

April 1, 1998

All the tracks have a laid-back feel, the groove nestled deep in the pocket, lyrics (where applicable) whispered and lazily rhythmic.

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