Dennis Ferrer – The World As I See It (2006)

Sep 30, 2010 by Mr. Nau Dennis Ferrer delivers a beautiful set of house tracks in his first album on Defected Records, producing a wonderful collection that ranges from Latin-influenced deep house to funky soul grooves. The lead vocalists on these tracks are backed up by some well-arranged backing and first-rate composition talent. Grade: A-. […]

Deepsky – In Silico (2002)

Sep 29, 2010 by Mr. Nau Deepsky drops a varied set of techno, breakbeat, trance, and house gems on this fun record from 2002. The production value here is quite high and there are plenty of hooks here to get the listener’s head nodding. Pulsing basslines, aggressive percussion, and inventive arranging make this disk quite […]

Alexander Kowalski – Changes (2006)

Sep 28, 2010 by Mr. Nau This album is full of well-produced minimal techno tracks, abstract grooves, and collaborations with the likes of Joris Voorn and Funk D’Void. The music here is warm, full of soul, and mercilessly pounding. With a little touch of disco, this ten-count set features plenty of head-nodding moments. Grade: A-. […]

Wristcutters (2006)

Sep 23, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this strange romance set in an alternate world where those who commit suicide go after they die, Zia seeks out his girlfriend, who followed him soon after his death. A gaggle of very interesting characters inhabit this compelling world and a strange group of misfits takes up Zia’s […]

2:37 (2006)

Sep 20, 2010 by Mr. Nau The stories of six teenagers intertwine in an Australian high school in this tragic drama in which each person seems to have a slightly more painful life than the next. An unexpected ending throws the bewildered audience for a loop. The story and acting performances here are all first-rate. […]

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Sep 13, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this sweet relationship drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, Tom meets Summer in an advertising agency, where he designs greeting cards. The picturesque story jumps randomly around various points in their short relationship, through the bliss at the beginning to the pain and obsession at the end. […]

Spirit Catcher – Coast 2 Coast (2009)

Sep 13, 2010 by Mr. Nau In this set of spaced-out instrumental deep house tracks, Spirit Catcher presents a collection of dancefloor-friendly cuts on two CDs — one with the tracks unmixed and the other with the same songs in a continuous mix. The track selection is beautiful and full of obscure bumping European gems. […]

Spånka NKPG – Volume Two (2002)

Sep 13, 2010 by Mr. Nau Spånka NKPG, a Swedish house music collective, put together a dozen well-produced tracks unfortunately destroyed by a vocalist who wrote lazy, predictable lyrics on a spiral notebook in the sound booth moments before he started singing them. The funky deep grooves would be so much better here as instrumentals. […]

Babel (2006)

Sep 07, 2010 by Mr. Nau Four stories intersect in this engaging drama, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. American tourists in Morocco suffer a tragedy that requires an airlift from a remote village, a deaf Japanese girl tries to deal with family tragedy, and an impulsive Mexican nanny seeks to avoid losing her employer’s […]

Role Models (2008)

Sep 06, 2010 by Mr. Nau Two friends, played by Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd, choose to mentor two teenagers in order to avoid jail in this buddy comedy. Witty writing, an ironic supporting cast, and ridiculous villains, including the ball-busting Sweeny and goofy King Argotron, make this low-brow comedy a good time. Grade: […]

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