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Durex Tingle...Well what can I say!? It does what it says on the packet =p Yeah, it tingles for a while, but I found it to be more of a cold sensation than a tingle, and not really a pleasurable cold sensation! I think the idea of adventuring and experimenting was what made the use of this product more interesting, not neccessarily the 'tingle' of the lubricant itself.
On a safety level, this product is trustworthy, the lubricant did not react my or my partners skin at all, and it was easy to clean off with a shower afterwards (a cold one of course).
However, for the price of £5.99 which I paid at my local Boots I wouldnt really rate this product too highly, it claims to achieve a very heightened sense of 'tingling' when to me, it was more of just an irritating cold sensation. Perhaps I just did not like the 'tingle' feeling as pleasure factors do differ for everyone =)
I bought this system on a budget, at the time it cost be about £70 and I would say it is well worth the money. I was looking for a simple, easy to configure PC sound system that would play music and DVD movies with a high quality output, the JBL Creature fufills these needs! The simple yet effective Bass and Treble controls are turn knobs which easily turned to change the sounds and effects of the music your listening to. The volume buttons are "capacitance touch" so they respond to the light touch of a finger, much like the old Ipod buttons! One of the downsides of this system is the amount of wires needed to set up and position the speakers. The wires that input the speakers, control the power supply, and connect to a PC or Laptop tend to take over the system itself, which somewhat ruins the minimalistic and stylish look of the JBL Creature.
Overall, an affordable PC multimedia system that has high quality audio output and is a joy to listen to, and if you don't mind a few dangling wires than this system would be perfect for you!
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My Top 10 Albums could be seen as quite underground, I listen to quite a lot of unsigned music, so maybe this review will introduce some people to a few talented artists they previously hadn't heard of. I am a fan of many genres, UK Hip-Hop being my area of expertise, I still have a lot of time for more mainstream Hip-Hop, Indie, and Rock (Thanks to my Dad's influence =p). Anywho, on with my Top 10 Albums.
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead place.
Explosions in the Sky (referred to as EITS from now on) were introduced to me by my brother, just by chance he
thought I would like them. One listen to this album and I was encapsulated in the atmospherical intensity that was created by the group. The songs continue to astound me years on from hearing them for the first time. Whenever I need to relax I know I can rely on EITS to calm me down! Really is a fantastic piece of work, each of the ten(ish) minute long songs are individual to themselves and yet they all tie in so well. Hard to explain the feelings this album conjures up for me, I suggest a listen for yourself to see how it works for you!
Roll Deep - Creeper Vol. 2
An underground explosion from the UK Grime Artists Roll Deep, consisting of Mc's such as Wiley, FlowDan, Skepta, and Trim. This follow-up to the introductory mixtape from Roll Deep (Creeper Vol.1) really gets the mood going and isnt afraid to flaunt its thuggish attitude. Some songs embrace a more musical, softer approach to the London Life, and some come hard-hitting; demonstrating what it's like for them on the "nitty-gritty" streets of East London. A must for any Uk Hip-hop fan, a benchmark for todays up-and-coming MC's.
Dr.Dre - 2001
Wow, this album really did introduce me to what I wanted Hip-hop to be! I bought this the day it came out, and listened to it religiously for many months, tracks like "Forgot About Dre" and "Next Episode" still haunt the airwaves to this day, defenite classics laid down from the master himself, Dr.Dre. The album has revolutionary production skills, and showcases the lyrical talents of Dr.Dre perfectly. This album wasn't so much of an intelligent influence for me, but it always was there to put me in a good mood, something that I thought was important to consider when trying to determine my top 10 albums.
Robbie Williams - Greatest Hits
I just couldn't deny myself, I couldn't leave this off my list! Perhaps not the 'trendiest' of choices, but I have always been a fan of Robbie Williams' music and the man himself. I believe Greatest Hits summed up his career highs perfectly, with hits like 'Come Undone' and the classic 'Angels', both tracks which growing up meant so much to me, I felt I could relate with every word that Williams spoke. Even today I can listen to the tracks and remember all the feelings that I used to feel, and the track 'The Road to Mandalay" still gets me in such a dancing mood. Defenitly will be an all time favourite of mine, will never leave the regular rotation of my CD player.
Mike GLC - Get Carter
Another underground UK MC on the list here, this album was never officially released, rather I obtained it off the man himself whilst at a music event in London. If you can get hold of this album, please do! I feel so emotion from Mike's lyrics, his hard life and tough upbringing provide material for this thoughtful songs, songs which really do make me think about what he is saying, and how it makes me feel. Some real classics on this CD, like "Letter to my Girlfriend" which was written by Mike whilst serving time in prison, a song which contains so much emotion it's literally spilling out of the verses! Unfourtunately the production is quite low quality, if this was produced professionally I could defenitely see it rising high in the Urban charts.
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner
Defenitely the album which drew me to the UK Hip-hop scene, Dizzee really sparked a flame with this. His outspoken lyrics and grimey beats made me wish I could MC like him, and it was Dizzee who created the passion that I have for the UK scene today. I believe he was a true pioneer of the genre, outrunning MC's like Kano and Wiley in the charts but still not forgetting where he came from. I think his later releases 'Showtime' and 'Maths and English' have somewhat sold him out as an artist, but Boy in da Corner still stays true to his London Roots, an idea I was able to relate with every day of my young life, making this one of my most listened to and top albums.
The Game - The Documentary
This was not the first time I had listened to The Game, I had heard his "Welcome to Compton" 5 part mixtape series, but it was The Documentary which really set him apart from other artists I feel. His raw lyrics and style of rapping could be seen as fake, but I think he is really speaking from his heart. When I listen to his lyrics I really can feel the emotion in his voice, this most obvious in "Start From Stratch" in which The Game comes close to tears while rapping. Even though this is somewhat of a mainstream release I believe it showcases a man which was much more to offer, and every song on the album just kept my attention, which really set it apart from the other music I was listening to at the time. Easily a classic for me.
Wiley - Playtime is Over
A relatively new release for the Top 10 list here, Wiley has topped my artist list for many years now. At this moment in time he is in control of the Uk Grime and Hip-hop scene for me, he has my undivided attention. With 6 Mixtape releases in the past year Wiley really put the cherry on top with the release of this album 'Playtime is Over'. Demonstrating some of his classic tracks such as "Gangsters" and including new club-bangers like "Bow E3" and "50/50" Wiley redefines what it is to be a Uk Grime artist. With exceptional production and a superb work ethic Wiley has been able to really set his name in concrete this year, and this album was the one which really topped it off, the pinaccle of his current success. This will stay in my CD player for years to come, I'm sure of it.
The Streets - Original Pirate Material
A collection of catchy, meaningful tracks which Mike Skinner hammers home with his recognizable lyrical stylings and quirky vocals. The beats keep coming and are nothing short of breath-taking, and the lyrics match. The songs content really does impress me, deep, insightful topics are covered; like the breaking down of an entire life in "Stay Positive"- a song which really aided me through some hard times. I can't explain my feelings for this album too well, it is a very personal favourite of mine because I was albe to relate so well to the way Mike Skinner talked about the world in such an honest way. A real admirable piece of art I would recommend to any music lover.
Placebo - Once More with Feeling (The Singles)
I had to choose Placebo's Greatest Hits album to put in my Top 10 because I just couldn't choose which individual album meant the most to me, so I thought hey, I'll just take the best of them! =p Each song on this album encapsulates me to this day, every time I listen I get lost within Brian Molko's voice, the echo of his lyrics over the superb musical backdrops. I can't get enough of Placebo, each one of their releases has kept me wanting more, and for me 'Once More with Feeling" just captured what it was like to watch Placebo develop over the years as their releases differed each time. A real insight into a journey taken by a very talented group I feel.
So there we have it, thats my top 10 Albums of All-time I would say, defenitly a mixture of different genre's for varying moods and tastes here, but maybe look up a few of the artists above, you just might love them as much as I do =)
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Indeed, for a quick touch up to a dusty old cupboard or a small coating of a large item this paint does what it says on the tin! However, from an artists point of view this paint is far from useful. The colours lack opacity, making it nearly impossible to cover a dark colour with one lighter than it, especially if using yellow, a notoriously horrid colour from the Plastikote range. During my art course I used a wide range of spray paint, and Plastikote does not offer an effective nor affordable spray paint option. Paint from the "Belton-Molotow" range provides an enormous range of colours with excellent opacity and superior valve control, perhaps a more valid choice for the aspiring spray paint artist. Belton Molotow is also usually sold for around £3 a 400ml tin, so is nearly half the price for double the quality! However, such paints can only be purchased off of the internet, and so Plastikote is definetlly a more widely available brand of spray paint, perhaps the deciding factor in its popularity within the DIY and Crafts community.
Fans of Roll Deep's previous releases, namely Creeper Volume 1 and 2, will be disappointed with the latest installment from the group. The album begins with a funky backdrop of 'Flying Away' and the MC's begin to tell tales over these new beats from Danny Weed. However, it just isnt what Roll Deep are, it seems far from who they used to be and they really dont have the same kind of flow and appeal to me that was written all over the thuggish 'Creeper' series. Grime fans will be pleased to see "When I'm 'Ere" on the tracklist, an instant grime classic which I feel does save the album from being a complete disaster. Another track which I feel also stands out and fights it's corner is "Let it Out" which still constantly plays on my music player.
However I just dont feel these 2 tracks save the album as a whole, and the rest of the music on the CD just seems to drone on as the listener becomes more detached from what Roll Deep are saying. In my mind, they have certainly changed their image with this release, and unfourtunately not for the better.