Posts Tagged ‘1999’

How Excellent Can Something Get?

November 29th, 2020 Comments off

There can only be one…

– It is really?

– Yes. Unmistakeably so, that programming and the sub bass? There is no question, with out a doubt it is in fact the one and only: Roel Funcken! Even the run-out is great.

– Come on?

– I know this. I have never played this on out. Never. In the collection? What do you think? Is it really? If you listen a long time and you collect. Then you can/will hear it. No doubt.

– Are you sure? Yes, I am 100% sure, but so are you? No doubt it is him. New name? Come on? It really doesn’t matter. I know that you know that this is Funckarma. It doesn’t matter in the end? This is: Roel Funcken!

That is pure bass pressure. Looking, looking, looking for that perfect beat. I have never played this track out loud. The run-out is pure genius. Do you own the track? I do. It is: Cane ‎– Teknotest on Arcola. Roel Funcken doing his business. Futuristic stuff/styles.

Too me? None and I mean no one is better*. I do have musical ideas. But, R.Funcken is somewhat standing in my way. The man is a genius. The beats, the programming and mastering? It is impossible! I keep listening/collecting.

I mean even the run-out is excellent… he is truly an impossible man (musically, I mean.).

– The run-out?

– On a vinyl record there is an eternal loop; it is the run-out, I don’t really want to discuss that. I just don’t want to do that. However, it is not random. It is how the track never ends and it could be different.

Play the tune. Again. A musical genius. Somewhere, here: Funckarma, Part 5; a very early post, actually it is the last page and first post here on

There are others, but they’re not on-line (to my knowledge), they’re not reviews/text about releases and they belong to: Electronic Desert. So therefor they’re in the archives for now.

At the time (2002) I did not have a clue that what I was looking for and collecting actually had the exact same origin. No, I did not know that: Quench was Funckarma or that Android, Cane, Cenik, D’Enborage, Dif:use, Eaven, Legiac, Mystery Artist, Scone, Shadow Huntaz and now Styx (missed it in 2016)?!

It was a suspicion that grew (Quench, Funckarma and Cenik) special sound, experience and insight has made it easier. I still suspect that there are more releases under other aliases hidden/tucked away somewhere out there.

And the music is as good or even better today! The sub bass is unbelievable. Unbelievable. And he keeps pushing the sub bass for an eternity, alongside the complexity that is hard to surpass!

To me it is truly magical music. It is MAGIC!

* Wow, there Leslie! What about Jazz giants and so many of the rest? …I know that’s why normally refrain from talking about the best… there are to many to mention… Monk for one (what about Coltrane, Miles, Parker, Sun Ra, Craig, Mills, , Heard, Rogers, Martin, James, Brown and Booth or ? I don’t know? Maybe too obvious? What do you think?).

You Only Need One Reason

October 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Dr. Dre – The Chronic – 1992

I actually hated it when it was released. Why? I did not approve of the “outrageous” funk samples and “westcost” sampling KRS-ONE? It was unthinkable. Simply put rude.

At the time I was actually listening to the originals. The funk. Still high strung? I guess so. Death Row? Suge Knight? From the time when Eazy-E was alive?

Wut the cuf? Is this as matter of fact the definition of a classic? Is it the 100 000 time I play this? Who would have guessed that? I did not. That’s for sure.

So, I desperately claim that I am not a fu**** nostalgic? Maybe, I am not being completely truthful. Let’s not forget the WU! That is + one year later.

You are talking about Hip Hop? Fine but, You Still Only Need One… and “2001” is even better. Eternal stuff. Everyone I ever met knows this album! Everyone. My mother knows this album. Everyone I ever worked with. It used to be the worst thing imaginable for me… it is not the case now though, no, not any more. More relaxed (grew up?).

“Carlifoni A” Ha ha, the production, the compression, the pressure? It is unreal. Pushed it on all fronts. Oh, my sweet Lord… Semi-related do you have a big ego? “Big Ego’s” or “What’s The Difference” I must give up at some point right. I need to concede right? Or…

Picture: It is the crane outside the kitchen window with motion blur. They added a new floor today which is slightly peculiar since it was Saturday yesterday. That being said. The idea of the Union? It was not to exploit people and turn hard, hard-working, people into fucking modern slaves.

That was not and is not the idea of the Union. But, as UN, EU is a theory? Like “democracy” also is an idea? Or the fact that it seems complicated to give everyone equal rights? 5000 years later? I have problems accepting that.

I swore I would not comment it. The last country to have female head of state? Pointing fingers? We have never had a female head of the state? Please wake me when you wake up. Have you ever heard the story about the “camel” or “Housewife”?

If we are not talking about physical laws? Then they are dependent of human cooperation. Is it better than war? Well, I def. think so.

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Lilienthal, Castor & Pollux [Emanate Records – EMA003, 1999]

December 4th, 2003 Comments off

lilienthalThis as far as I know the debut album by Lilienthal and it was released on America’s Emanate label in 1999. Lilienthal has later released on a multitude of labels, such as: Static Caravan, Hymen and Delikatessen Records. His twelve-inch on Static Caravan has been played heavily by JL at Electronic Desert, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that his debut album is as good as it actually is. “Castor & Pollux” contains 13 tracks and it is a musically grand album with amplitude of cleverly programmed beats, beautiful melodies, warm atmosphere and above all variety. The opening “Blue Laser” with its bell-like sounds, unstoppable shuffled beats and slightly distorted massive bassline is (was) an instant classic, pure electronic bliss! And the album progresses along these lines with nothing but premium production and composition. Varied as anything can be but still held together by the production skills, whether it be cut-ups, deep basslines or lovely soundscapes. Lilienthal’s “Castor & Pollux” has aged very well indeed and if you, like I, let this one slip (almost), I strongly encourage you to reconsider. I’m telling you this CD is awesome! I salute you Emanate and Lilienthal.

Quench, A Journey into Electonix [U-cover – 002CD, 1999]

September 6th, 2002 Comments off

quench_a_journey_intoIt was a while ago this album by Quench was released, in 1999 to be exact. It doesn’t matter it has stood the test of time in a striking manner. Quench unmisstakable take on electronic music shines through on this release as it does on all their releases. The album entitled “A Journey into Electonix” contains some of the songs that were later released as DUB12.2 on the Dutch imprint bearing the same name. The 4 tracks that ended up on the 12″ were probably the very best from this album, but the remaining 7 tracks don’t fall far behind and they are as essential to the album as the others. The first and last tracks are remixes thrown in for good measure, one by Funckarma and the other co-remixed by Llips and Quench. Simply put, it’s brilliant, brilliant and brilliant!