Sunday, 14 December 2014

John Digweed, Live In Toronto review

John Digweed, Live In Toronto
Live In Toronto is (once again!) another great mix compilation from DJ +John Digweed. 3 discs of the best house and techno, being played by the legendary DJ from Hastings. Yes, it's a really good mix.

All of the tunes on here, are of high quality, but one really stands out. More on that later, let's start at the beginning.

Mixes covering 3 plus discs, often start slowly, with disc 1 being the mellowest of the collection, but Live In Toronto, disc 1, isn't like that. It's not your full on bangin' set of tunes, but it's not laid back either. Guy J's Once In A Blue Moon is really infectious as the melody weaves its magic, mixing seamlessly into Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff's - Verona.

But the best tune on disc 1 is by far Adnon Olivier's Casa Bulga. We first heard this tune on a Digweed mix (entitled Live In Beirut) in 2004. What makes it so good is the hypnotic chant. It's sooo good.

Disc 2, goes a bit more uptempo, from disc 1, opening with the awesome The Sun, by Sunshine Jones. This second disc is a great follow on from disc 1, as it builds a more darksome vibe, while still delivering some really tuneful moments: Livio & Roby - Ananda and Azimute's Where Is The Magic.

Disc 3, is the "clubbiest" of the three discs and it makes this clear from the start, with Quivver - Paper Lunch followed by the superb Christian Pommer remix of B'utizas - Baphuma Ezulwini. But our favourite tune of disc 3 is Adam Beyer's People Understand. The end of this great mix is a good way to finish, with Dem Howl's Audion.

But what is the best tune of the compliation?

That's really easy this time, it is (of course) Adnon Olivier's Casa Bulga. We first heard it 10 years ago and it really grabbed us, so that we kept playing that one tune in the Beirut mix, again and again and... So to hear it again now, alongside newer music, just shows how good it is, to still sound fresh and up to date.

Overall, Live In Toronto is (yet again) a really really good mix and John Digweed, just keeps the quality so high. We really think that 2014 has been a good year for dance music and Digweed's Live In series is a highlight of the year once more.

CD 1: 
01. Miss Melera - Faith - Einmusik Remix
02. Stephan Bodzin - Sungam
03. Guy J - Once In A Blue Moon
04. Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff - Verona (Dario D'Attis Dubstrip Mix)
05. Nicolas Masseyeff - Vero
06. Franck Roger - Wanderlust (Jordan Peak Remix)
07. Adnon Olivier AKA Olivier Berger - Casa Bulga
08. Kerb Staller - Four Fingers (Thugfucker's Lio's Wide Shut Rework)
09. Quenum & Cesare vs Disorder - Fatty Boy
10. Hyenah - The Chase
11. Hugo Featuring Comadisco - Blue Days
12. Azimute - Where is The Magic
13. S.K.A.M. - Mystery

CD2: 
01. Sunshine Jones - The Sun
02. Marc Romboy - Hypernova
03. Wareika - The New Beat Generation
04. Just Be - The Early Years
05. The Tweaker - Easy Tiger
06. Gorge & Nick Curly - Lost Together
07. Sebastian Kommos - Understanding (Frank Mauer Remix)
08. Livio & Roby - Ananda (Luca Bachetti Endless Remix)
09. Nick Warren - Alta
10. John Digweed & Nick Muir - Gigawave (Fairmont Remix)
11. Shlomi Aber - Tel Aviv Garden (Nic Fanciulli Remix)
12. Pan-Pot & Vincenzo – Fiction Inc
13. Constar & Stefny Winter - Finding Yusef (Selway Feedback Dub Remix)
14. Just Be - The Magic Rock
15. Guy J - Candyland (King Unique Remix)

CD3: 
01. Quivver - Paper Lunch
02. B'utiza - Baphuma Ezulwini (Christian Pommer Remix)
03. Ryan Crosson - Close To Danger
04. Sven Väth - L'Esperanza (Âme Reinterpretation)
05. Alex Niggemann - Tarkus
06. D'julz - Remember
07. Francsico Allendes (Human Design)
08. Breccia and Sebastian Markiewicz - Myth
09. Audion - Motormouth (Carlo Lio Remix)
10. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Agua feat. Xenia Beliayeva
11. Adam Beyer - People Understand
12. Patrice Bäumel - Mile High Gang
13. October - Homo Sapiens
14. Odessa - Donna
15. Audion - Dem Howl Feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Michael Mayer Instrumental Mix)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Dance music, I have been listening to - November 2014

Another month, packed with some great music!

Guy J's Candyman is a big highlight for me. Also revisited the mighty Hybrid and really enjoyed "Soundsystem @ Public Works, San Francisco".

Check out November's chart, here.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Dance music I have been listening to - October 2014

It has been a great month for music, but we just haven't had enough time to listen to it all!

I've enjoyed a lot of new stuff (and no month is complete without a Guy J influence!) as well as a few older tunes and mixes: Hernan Cattaneo's brilliant Balance 026 has prompted us revisit some of his older mixes and his Live Mix August 2008 is a belter!

Its much more "peak time" than any Cattaneo comp and it ends with the amazing Rockets & Ponies - Chinese Massage an intelligent (really long), full on track: head down arms up!

Check out October's music here

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Flux, Taurus EP by Tresher & Dundov

You know how sometimes a tune comes along and it just grabs you? Well Flux by Gregor Tresher & Petar Dundov has well and truly grabbed me: tuneful, melodic, relentless and intelligent.

It's all of these and more. I just can't stop listening to it's synthed melody weaving in and and out. Just a great tune and one you really need to hear on a very loud sound system. Really worth checking out...

https://soundcloud.com/breaknewsoil/gregor-tresher-petar-dundov-flux

Flux is part of the Taurus EP, which also includes the title track: a superb piece of driving techno.

Really intelligent music.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Balance 026, Hernan Cattaneo, review

Balance 026, is a very smooth mix of ambient tunes, moving into a more clubby sound as disc 2 begins. It's obviously a Hernan Cattaneo mix: relaxed, rich and atmospheric.

Disc 1, very very smooth. It's so smooth and relaxed that you wonder how much more chilled this mix can get. All of the tunes on this disc are quality and fit together to form a nicely flowing mix. Track 8, Mercurio's, On My Way To Hell is our favourite and the vocals of Catnapp are great.

If you've read this blog before, you'll know that the people at Spadang HQ always prefer the uptempo side of things.

So, as with most compilations, we always hope for the best when we first listen to disc 2.

You know that any Hernan Cattaneo mix will more likely be flowing with rich melody and infectious vocals, and that is exactly what you get with disc 2. Roi Okev & Hakimonu's Changes has both the melody and the vocals. It's a really good tune. But the best tune of disc 2 is the excellent Fragile Circle by Cid Inc, with it's infectious background melody. Also worth a mention are Joran's We Need Cracks and Guy J's incredible Lonely Color, where the tempo of the mix picks up a few notches.

So disc 1 is a very relaxed mix and disc 2 is the more club orientated selection, but it's still got Hernan Cattaneo's sound of being relaxed, with just enough urgency to be a "club mix".

A really intelligent compilation, from someone who knows how to structure a great mix.

CD1
1. Boards of Canada – Aquarius (Version 3)
2. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile feat. Luciana – Solitude
3. Chaim – Blue Shadow (Slow Dance Mix)
4. Silinder – Pavement (Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue Slow Remix)
5. Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
6. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Rapideye
7. Derek Howell – Happy To Be Sad (Derek’s Happy Again Mix)
8. Mercurio feat. Catnapp – On My Way to Hell (Balance Mix)
9. The Field – No. No… (John Tejada mix)
10. Moderat – Clouded (Interlude)
11. Weval – Out of the Game
12. Mike Griego – Sponges
13. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Ginga
14. Spooky – Shelter (Slow Phase mix)
15. YEWS – Believe, Belong
16. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Lunar
17. Damabiah – Irminsul, le pilier du Monde (2014 Edit)
18. Gui Boratto – Half Life
19. Guy J – Dizzy Moments (AM Mix)

CD2
1. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Into The Edge
2. Roi Okev & Hakimonu – Changes
3. Chaim – Underwater
4. Ivory Street – Modjo (Andy Arias Interpretation)
5. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Parallax
6. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Fugazzi
7. Cid Inc – Fragile Circle
8. Khen – Sweet Break Up
9. We Need Cracks – Joran
10. Guy J – Esperanza (Santi Mossman Rework)
11. James Teej Feat. Richie Hennessey – Disclosure (Simon Vuarambon Remix)
12. Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z – Patterns (Guy Mantzur’s 2014 Remix)
13. Guy J – Lonely Color
14. Hernan Cattaneo & Guy Mantzur – Imaginarium
15. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Lotus

Dance music I have been listening to, September 2014

It has been a really good month for music...

https://soundcloud.com/peter-spadang/sets/music-i-have-been-listening-2

Dance music I have been listening to, August 2014

https://soundcloud.com/peter-spadang/sets/music-i-have-been-lidtening-to
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