Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Renaissance The Masters Series - part 13 - Hernan Cattaneo


+Hernan Cattaneo's style is famous for being smooth and mellow. That trait is clearly heard across both discs of this quality mix compilation.

I did find the whole thing a bit pointless after two or three listens, but then something "clicked" and a seeming pointless effort suddenly became a true great and a worthy edition to Renaissance's Masters Series. It's a series which has rarely seen a bad effort released in it's name.

Following Cattaneo's impressive Sequential mixes for Renaissance, he sticks to what he does best here and conitinues in similar style (and what he knows he's famous for). Disc 1 is a rich collection of tracks and Skylark's Interlator is one of the best. But so strong is the track selection it seems unfair to say one is best, when they all contribute to what is a true journey.
Disc 2 doesn't disappoint either. So often with mix compilations, disc 1 is mellow and disc 2 is harder. Not here.

Disc 2 picks up from where disc 1 finished and continues the journey. Again the track selection is strong and makes for a true journey.

And I even like the artwork!

My only complaint is that Sasha rarely uses this sort of music in his offerings (Invol2ver is brilliant though!) and I wish he would. But saying that, Hernan Cattaneo has got his style just right, so thank god for him! This mix typifies Cattaneo's style and is well worth checking out.

Disc: 1
  1. Hakimonu - Jag House 1989
  2. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Modflow
  3. Curtis & Estrada - Jetlag (Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile Remix)
  4. Hernan Cattaneo & John Tonks - July
  5. Guy Gerber - Stoppage Time (Reshuffle Remix)
  6. Hideo Kobayashi - Amarillo
  7. Kruse & N├╝rnberg - Suerte
  8. L. Kubic - Voyager
  9. Hernan Cattaneo & John Tonks - Fereek
  10. Skylark - Interlater (Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile Remix)
  11. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Sonification
  12. Marc Marzenit - Soul Fog
  13. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Pastida
  14. Somnus Corporation - Spacer (Hernan Cattaneo Re-edit)
  15. Danny Howells - On The Moon
Disc: 2
  1. Tom Glass - She Shines
  2. Applescal - Describe The Doc (Hernan Cattaneo & Martin Garcia Remix)
  3. James Zabiela - Human (Hernan Cattaneo & Martin Garcia Re-edit)
  4. Martin Garcia - Darwin's Eye
  5. Damabiah - Flower's Planet (Hernan Cattaneo & Martin Garcia Remix)
  6. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Butterfly Effect
  7. Tonecast - Murder & Fingerprints
  8. M.O.D.E. - Womb
  9. Mutant Clan - Barratat
  10. Guy J - Bianca11. Guy J - Leave Me Alone
  11. Mercurio - Buenos Aires
  12. Marzenit & Saiz - Second Vision
  13. Henry Saiz - They Came From The Light 
Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Platform - Christian Smith (Renaissance)

After the release of monsters, such as Flyertalk and Push Factor, its great to see a dance champion such as Renaissance sign Christian Smith to their impressive roster of DJs and producers.

Launching Renaissance's latest mix compilation series, Platform, Christian Smith really delivers a mix of the highest quality.

Spread across 2 discs, Platform is a true journey of house, progressive house and techno.

The stand out disc for me is disc 1 and the best track on there is the Radio Slave mix of the remixed to death Love Simulation by Humate.

I get very blase about yet another remix of a favourite choon (Jaydee's Plastic Dreams and Cafe del Mar's Energy 52 are prime examples), but this remix is a really refreshing update to a much loved classic.

All in all, this is a worthy addition to anyone's collection of quality mix albums and I really rate it highly.

Disc: 1
1. Taho - Atlantess
2. Subotic - The Seed
3. Humate - Love Stimulation (Radio Slave Mix)
4. Stimming - The Kiss (Ripperton Mix)
5. Technasia - Crosswalk
6. Christian Smith & John Selway - Daytona
7. Secret Cinema - Kurzweil
8. DJ Yellow feat. Rucyl - In My Heart
9. Quince featuring Paris The Black Fu - My Life's Rhythm
10. Nic Fanciulli & Steve Mac - 10%
11. Psycatron - Tipping Point

Disc: 2
1. Christian Smith & John Selway - Manfreak (Athos Mix)
2. Samuel L. Sessions - Can You Relate (Slam Remix)
3. Wehbba - The Hiss
4. Alex Under - FI (Tobias Remix)
5. Christian Smith & John Selway - Mistral (Pietee Mix)
6. Karotte - All She Wants Is
7. Christian Smith & Reset Robot - Elixir (Gary Beck Remix)
8. Guy J - Bianca
9. Pan-Pot - Confronted
10. Florian Meindl - Here Today Gone Tomorrow
11. Christian Smith - Indecent Exposure
12. Timo Maas - Jetstream
13. Carlo Dall Anese & Diego Logic - Brigadeiro Demais Engorda
14. Psycatron - Directions
15. Cirez-D - On Off