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      20.02.2012 21:54
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      Creative instrument layering with food for thought

      *Introduction*

      The quartet from south London were, Derek Delves, Will Blanchard, Ian Simmonds and John Harris. Released the 'Rite to silence' album in 1994. And one E.P. 'Cracked' in 1995. The band split in 1996.

      *Tracks*

      Feet - "I wanna know what's happening, and I wanna know now!, let's hear it straight''. Starts a sample from an old movie (sounds like Humphrey Bogart), with a 90's dance beat, saxophone and flute. An upbeat mellow jazz/funk style song to get you in the swing, made me nod my head and puts me in a happy mood.

      Nothing - A song about man, the government, and corruption in life. With plenty of bongo/percussion. Brilliant meaning and rhythms to match.

      No movement - Harmonious harp, violins backing track and clarinet played in an Arabian style. Sings "No movement" in a deep gruff voice. Hip-hop vocals have a Massive Attack kind of flow to them. Very hypnotic harps and cool electro/synthesizer which has a 808 state - Cubik sound to it.

      Change - 90's indie guitar feel to it - Blur's - There's no other way strum, haunting female backing track and happy floaty flute. Catchy lyrics "People gotta change, people gotta change, why don't you change?"

      Arden's bud - This instrumental track, has a Primal Screamesque layout of free-form percussion with more of a club/dance feel than an indie/rock one. Very groovy, and has me happily drifting/dancing around the room.

      We wanna live - The chorus "How long? We wanna live, we wanna live". The kind of drum beat and collaborative feel that the artist Tricky would arrange. Constructed well, but rather tedious, could have been a bit shorter, to hold my attention.

      We don't wanna be the ones to get the blame - Deep bass line begins, a sinister, fascinating piano is added, lead vocals are much to be desired. But having said that there is a quirky cool beatnik spoken poetry kind of element. Which is unique in my opinion. The bass line/ piano hook keeps me happily entertained.

      Love wood - *Favourite track* A feel good tempo with the essence of a good groovy club track, that you could dance and have a good time too, as well as chill out with the goddess whisper "Give me love, give me love wood" the chorus "Drum, hey!" like a native American chant. Sharp rolling drums beats, cymbals and high hat intertwined.

      Here comes the sign - "You begin to see, as your third eye opens, you begin to see, to see even more clearly". This starts the song with a spiritual meditation flow then as the beat drops, I am taken to a jolly jazzy swing paced rhythm. John Harris's flute jam is amazing.

      Profound dub - Instrumental - bongo freestylin, echoing flutes and weird and wonderful chimes drifting together in a free-spirited form.

      *Conclusion*

      An album with plenty of percussion layered with meaningful, political and reflective words. Helps me to relax and groove. A cool album.

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      16.02.2012 20:43
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      Recommended to all who like to experiment with a broad range of colour's/effects

      I have purchased and received gifts of many nail wear pro enamel's from Avon:-

      Blue Flare (denim blue with a slight sparkle),
      Sunshine (bright yellow),
      Classic Fit (dark indigo/blue),
      Coral Beat (reddish toned coral),
      Deluxe Chocolate (definite chocolate colour with a shimmer)
      Midnight Plum (very dark burgundy).

      Midnight Plum is my favourite, as with anything with tones of mauve, burgundy, or purple are always good, and cheer me up whenever I wear them. This colour is fairly versatile, and can go with dark items of clothing as well as bright outfits. A demure and slightly Gothic tone.
      They usually cost around £3 - £4 each, depending on sales or promotions, so not too big a squeeze on your pocket either. I have been pleased with all of the shades and taken pride in matching them to ensembles and accessories.

      Conclusion

      I found the brush width and flexibility on all the Nail wear Pro range was a perfect fit across my nails with each painting stroke. Which accommodated the fairly thick liquid evenly through out. And only started to chip at about 2-3 days in of wearing. So I am indeed a happy customer and would continue to buy these nail polish products again.

      *Avon continuously brings out new products, so some of these items may no longer be relevant or exist today. Always best to check with your local Avon representative or at www.avonshop.co.uk *

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      15.02.2012 19:40
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      A wonderful, visual adventure for all surreal/fantasy art & Lemon Jelly fans

      This is a DVD of the album of the same name with visual/graphics or animated videos which was released in 2005. Although I am not a doctor or do not have epilepsy myself, I would just like to inform those of you who do or who are sensitive to the following: this DVD does contain flashing or flickering imagery.

      Track/Video listing

      'Come down on me' - Explosive sounding guitar, slightly fibre optic circles, moving in motion with the groove of the music. Shadow figures of a woman appear on the screen in kaleidoscopic form, bending & shaping her way to the movement of the rhythm. All in a red/fiery glow, ending in a swirl shape of a couple entwined together.

      'Only time' - Black and white graphics, form into a conveyor belt with photo's on boxes moving along it. Wheels, cogs turning to 'If I only had time' in a slowed down voice. A structural x-ray of the machine is shown throughout. Zooms in on the centre of the cog wheel, opening a spiral (slightly James Bond style). A dark shadow figure of a man is walking on the spot, then noticed he was singing
      'Things to pursue, 'If I only had time'. Photo images were then moving along from a square cut out of the top of his head in a slide show motion.

      'Don't stop now' - White screen, red squares piled into columns turn and flash to the beat and the bass. Black jigsaw/flat pack box pieces pile up on high stacks, once again to the same flow of sound. Which continues till the end.

      'Make things right' - A planetary, starry sky, clouds hover - camera moves to fluorescent fibre optic fantasy land of toadstools, plants. Flowers grow, a butterfly in the main frame flutters by; riding on the wave of the sea. Then flows under the sea, where jellyfish, plankton and eels glide by. The butterfly sings 'Only wanna makes things right'. You enter the mouth of the giant fish, which has human skeletons inside, travel through to his lower end and out there to a fairground outside.

      'Shouty track - Lined paper is the backdrop, scribbled drawing slowly appears, creature's mouth opens. "AAAGGHH!"sounds, two creature's in the scene - one head banging swishing his hair the other with his fist up nodding. "OK then", "OK!" were the voices, as one of them volunteers to be clevered, arrowed and tortured in some way continuously, each time you here them speak.
      Lots of retro images flash up on the screen such as cassettes or food items. Lots of fists in the air from a gig. Stools, barrels being thrown. Continuation of hitting each other ensues with clubs and all sorts in time to the music and guitar riff. Dark, sinister caper, fits with my sense of humour.
      *a personal favourite*

      'Stay with you' - Colourful rolling hills and stars move simultaneously (similar to a lava lamp in flow style). Shadows of birds in flight. Shadow figurine of a dancing girl/ballerina, figures of people dancing, dolphins diving in the air through the floaty rainbow wave moment.

      'The slow train' - White screen, harmonising vocals, yellow graphic rectangular shape sliding along like a train across the back drop. This shape moves slowly along, then others in different colours are along side .

      'A man like me' - Animated man with a green frog helmet on, then another man this time with a black helmet of a frog, waves a magic wand and red and white (sixties style) circles float around with a purple back ground. The green helmet man decides to run away the other man chases after him. Many surreal images emerge during the running including :- houses shooting lasers from their eyes, mountains firing aubergines and elephants firing mice from their trunks.

      'Go' - A forest, slow movement of the camera moving across the screen, a shadow figure of a man to the left walks slowly across the images of land, grass, trees and fields. He has a transparency to him so you can see all the graphics of the changing scenery through him. Fast words move in motion to William Shatner's voice as he names places and uses exciting descriptive words to tell the tale.

      Conclusion

      Every piece of music of this album fits perfectly with the animation, and each of the shapes, colours and symmetry flows wonderfully into each video. Taking you on a modern , Psychedelic trip - naturally.

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        11.02.2012 19:43
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        Billie-Ray Martin's voice is an acquired taste - recommended for the open minded 90's dance fan

        *Introduction*

        This album was released in 1990 and track one 'Talking with myself' was re-released which reached number 23 in the charts. Electribe 101 also toured as a support band for Depeche Mode during this time.

        *Track Listing*

        1. Talking with myself - This was originally released in 1988, without success. A very whimsical chorus, from the strong and powerful tones of Billie-Ray Martin.
        2. Lipstick on my lover - 90's synthesized beats and the catchy chorus 'I will be begging you please' throughout in a shrill tone.
        3. Your Walking - Two boop, boop keyboard sounds, start a very distinctive beginning. The scale of Billie-Ray Martin's voice is very apparent in this song.
        4. Inside Out - A cover of the Odyssey track which was originally released in 1982. This version has a lot more drum beats added into a 90's style.
        5. Diamond Dove - A more eerie tone of voice, in this track with a good bass line.
        6. Heading for the night - A more slower paced soulful, r 'n' b tempo with this particular one.
        7. Tell me when the fever ended - *favourite* The arrangement of the groove, the build up bridge and sinister vocals which work so well together. And for me, was part of the iconic video image in the 90's of Billie-Ray Martin's chic bob haircut, swaying hips and chain hip belt.
        8. Talking 2 - The instrumental, piano version of 'Talking to Myself' with plenty of bongo and percussion.
        9. Electribal Memories - A song about reminiscent times with talking and singing for the description.
        10.Talking with Myself - '98' (Frankie Knuckles mix) - A totally different slant on this version, lots of atmospheric piano added. Then slowly lifts into extra drums.
        11. Talking with Myself - '98' (Canny 12" vocal) -The sounds of the waves crashing, then again the Frankie Knuckles piano.
        12. Talking with Myself - '98' (Beloved radio edit) - A much more livelier dance take on this, compared to the previous remixes above, with rolling beats.


        *Conclusion*

        Ultimately my opinion is very sentimental and nostalgic, as this rave, techno, dance decade was where I had the best times of my life. I find this to be a classic album of it's time, and will always have a place in my heart.

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      • Ep - Beth Ditto / Music Album / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        11.02.2012 18:47
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        Recommended for fans of Beth/Simian Mobile Disco electro style

        *Introduction*

        Beth Ditto the lead vocalist with Gossip who released albums 'Standing in the way of control' (2005) and 'Music for Men' (2009).
        In 2009 she collaborated with Simian Mobile Disco on 'Cruel Intentions' from their 'Temporary Pleasures' album. This E.P. was the first collection of Beth Ditto's solo work, released in 2011.

        *Track listing*

        1. I wrote the book - A lively dance track with a chorus that I could easily sing-along to. A great song to get you in a lively mood, and ready for the rest of the album.
        2. Goodnight, Good Morning - A slower tempo electronica track, nice to chill out too. The vocal tone/style in some parts reminded me of Denise Williams of 'Let's hear it for the boy' 'Free' fame in the 80's.
        3. Open Heart Surgery - I would describe this electronic/dance number as having that retro 80's style once again.
        4. Do you need someone? - *My personal favourite* The electro drum/synthesizer made me move my hips and tap my feet. Beth's voice is a dreamy/haunting wave of pleasure. This track definitely sends shivers down my spine of good vibes. Would be great to hear at a funky bar, in either somewhere like Brighton or Camden.

        *Conclusion*

        The combination of Beth's enduring voice with the modern tech dance vibrations, is an exquisite blend.
        And one that I was very much looking forward to from when I heard about the alliance between herself & Simian Mobile Disco. As a member of a rock/indie band or as a solo artist her versatility can work with many different music genres.

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        • '64-'95 - Lemon Jelly / Music Album / 19 Readings / 18 Ratings
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          07.02.2012 18:42
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          Still very clever sampling in a new way - for any open minded dance/break beat fan

          The arrangement of samples and rhythmic backgrounds has a faster and more powerful tone compared to it's predecessors - K.Y. E.P. & Lost Horizons.

          1. Come down on Me - The welcome to the album starts with a very mellow background, an older gentleman talking, sampled from a conversation taken about the war and times gone by. Then explodes into drums and guitar to wake you up. A constant drum beat rhythm using electronic keyboards and on the chorus, vocals which have a similarity to John Lydon of Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd fame.

          2. Only time - Once again a relaxing start with tranquil notes, then onto a slightly upbeat samba style. A clever use of slowing a sampled voice right down, ironically which is always saying 'If I only had time' - which is the reason for the extra slow vocal.

          3. Don't stop now - More slowed down sounds this time using the very popular club track from a few years ago, Atlantic Ocean - Waterfalls, with a repeated whispered/echo effect voice saying 'Don't stop now'.

          4.Make things right - Vocals on a loop here are from Terri Walker and the soulful sounds from 'Before you walk out of my life'. With a therapeutic acoustic guitar throughout , lively bass and happy melody.

          5. Shouty track - A scream begins, then the continuous guitar riff from a track called 'Horror show' by Scars. Then the rather pleasant voice 'OK then' 'OK!' - (see the Lemon Jelly 64 - 95 DVD to watch the animation that fits perfectly, in a dark way on there).

          6. Stay with you - You will recognise this vocal sample as soon as the chorus starts, from the 70's song by Gallagher & Lyle - 'I want to stay with you' blended with a dreamy tempo.

          7. The slow train - A male harmonious choir mixed with a pulsating groove, which literally rides along. Slowing and speeding in splendour with the waves of the singing.

          8. A man like me - Ralph Tresvant - Sexuality, do you remember this? He was a member of New Edition in the 80's, which solo artist Bobby Brown was also in. This track is the main stream running through the percussive dance components here.

          9. Go - My favourite track on the whole album. 'Go' a low shrill voice echoes on your speakers or so it is portrayed. It is actually William Shatner's voice, surprisingly. He tells a tale of travel and lists places he has been. From the violin background to the electronic jazz keyboard, mixed with techno pounds and fantastic bass line consistently abundant. A silent pause for a couple of seconds, then a perfect finale
          of rocking guitars and poignant words.

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          06.02.2012 16:02

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          I would recommend this product - Ultimately value for money - with good results.

          I noticed this item on Boots.com when comparing prices and ranges of nail polish removers. This had very good reviews and was the cheapest of all the products, so I thought that I would give this a try when next at a Boot's store.
          The packaging containing 150ml of liquid, has a basic look and is fairly lightweight to carry. When pouring the liquid onto a cotton wool ball, I had to be cautious as the neck bottle size was larger than first realised. Personally, I think that all of the plastic bottles for nail varnish/polish remover should have some kind of design that enables more controlled pouring, such as a Johnson's Baby Lotion, or a vinegar bottle for example.
          As this is a strong, chemically odorous, substance which is also flammable.

          The final result - I found that my nail polish was removed in seconds, after only one rub from the cotton wool, without any Acetone streaks or dried out nails.

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          03.02.2012 17:15

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          I would recommend this for being user friendly and for an everyday antiperspirant thus far......

          When you press gently on the well designed button, the scent is of a slightly floral fresh spray fragrance. I couldn't smell grapefruit or lemon grass or anything lemon/zest for that matter. The design of the cannister and colour of the lid, are very distinctive, eye catching and modern - this definitely stands out on the shelves of a store whilst browsing. The spray is a fine mist, which goes on without leaving a cloudy, powdery layer.
          This product has protected me through the day and overnight, very well. Because the scent of the deodorant is pretty mild, I wasn't expecting much in the way of protection, but I was pleasantly surprised. With the 150ml cannister, overall you get plenty of squirts - for me, about a month's worth.
          It would be intriguing to see how the antiperspirant would test with someone who has a more active lifestyle, the potential protectiveness is there. Any Dooyoo members out there, who fit the bill willing to give it a go?

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          02.02.2012 16:49

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          I would recommend this shampoo :- Unique fragrance, Deep cleansing, Applies to all hair types

          When opening the click up lid, not only is this a user friendly design - that doesn't drip and make a mess, but simultaneously a lovely, fruity pomegranate scent leaves the bottle. As I poured out the natural looking, clear liquid onto my hair and scalp I found that this lathered up very easily and evenly, which is an important factor with any shampoo product; especially with fairly long or thick hair. After rinsing from the roots to the ends, there wasn't a feeling of unevenness or a tacky coated residue. This product left my hair feeling clean, fruity scented and refreshed.
          I have afro, medium length hair, which is naturally dry, thick and coarse. This 400ml size is very ample, for even the longest/thickest of hair - approximately four washes per bottle. So you get a fair amount for your buck, as they say.
          The label at the very bottom states that this shampoo is for all hair types.

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