Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Danny Howells, Dig Deeper Phase 1 review

Danny Howells, Dig Deeper Phase 1 is one of the best mix compilations of 2011. We at Spadang are loving 2011 musically! It's seen some really strong releases from many of our favourite DJs and producers. One of our biggest faves is Danny Howells.

Packed with quality and tracks galore, Dig Deeper Phase 1 (thank the deity of your choice!) is a journey in every sense.

Yes, the track selection is really strong, including many of Danny's own production, but they are also perfectly placed to build the mix to a really strong finale.

Our favourite tune has to be the last one: Flight Home (Matrix Mix). A truly awesome track and a great way to finish.

At Spadang HQ, we remember with some fondness mix compilations from the past, which included a bit of Drum n Bass (Renaissance 4, or Fluoro anybody?). Well Dig Deeper Phase 1 ends in a such a way. Drum n Bass, or tuneful Breaks? Hard to cast the genre perfectly, but good all the same.

As well as the mix, each tune is also supplied unmixed should you wish to try and create an alternative Dig Deeper, Phase 1 yourself! That means for little coinage, you get 43 (yes 43!) tracks, included in your download! Some CD versions were made available, but we suspect they were snapped up quickly (Spadang knows where one copy went!!!).

So 2011 continues to be a great year for music and Dig Deeper, Phase 1 is well worth a listen. Roll on Phase 2!
Monday, 9 May 2011

Guy J - 1000 Words review

Guy J, 1000 Words? Perfection? Possibly.

Usually, an artist, DJ or producer makes a couple of great tracks under a given psuedonym. But quite often, it seems when they make an album, it fails to match the brilliance of those stand alone masterpieces.

Some producers, of course, can do a full album. Perhaps the best example of this would be Ima, BT's first artist album (Spadang gives his age away there!). A bloody masterpiece seldom equalled, or bettered since by anyone. Including BT himself! Until now.

Guy J's 1000 words, is a great artist album.

1000 Words is even better than Guy's debut album, Esperanza (the best tune on that album being Night Loss. Amazing tune).

With a total of three discs, you know a lot of time and effort has been put into 1000 Words. Disc 1 is the more mellow intro to disc 2's "clubbier" feel. Both discs 1 and 2 are mixed, meaning the journey that we at Spadang HQ love to go on is provided, first class! Disc 3 contains unmixed versions of tracks found on the first 2 discs.

If Night Loss was the best tune on Esperanza, Easy As Can Be is the best on 1000 Words.
But the whole album is polished and grown up. A true masterpiece and well worth a listen.
Should you buy it? Definitely.

Disc 1 (mixed)
Intro
Moderate
You
Fall Star (Rising Mix)
The Right Place
My Organ Friend
Spica
Electric Tale
Lamur
I Lost My Head (AM Mix)
Stay Cow
Fly

Disc 2 (mixed)
Intro
Doves
Limbo
Easy As Can Be
My Thought Of You
Sahara
Teva
No Under But You
Heliscope
Personal Haze
Azimuth
I Lost My Head
Whirlpool

Disc 3 (unmixed)
Doves
Limbo
Easy As Can Be
My Thought Of You
Sahara
Teva
No Under But You
Heliscope
Personal Haze
Lost My Mind
Azimuth