Tuesday, 28 June 2011

John Digweed, Structures 2 review

Structures 2, mixed by +John Digweed , is another strong release from Digweed's Bedrock label. As if it would be anything else when Diggers has had his "mits" on it! We have been patiently (honest!!) looking forward to this and that patience has been rewarded. All three discs deliver in their own unique way.

Not being massive ambient fans, we didn't expect to love disc 1. But as soon as Guy J's Easy As Can Be (Tom Middleton Beatless Mix) starts (being track 1), you know that this mix is going to be a quality journey of beatifully remixed tunes. Our favourite tune on disc 1 is the remix of Marco Bailey's Beaming (the Downbeat Mix).

As most of these tunes have been around for a while, in "clubbier" guise, the mix is all the more interesting!
From previous reviews, you may have noted that Spadang loves the harder, darker, tougher side of music. We hoped that disc 2 would be closer to our normal taste and it truly is, seeing as it is a mix recorded from Avalon, Los Angeles. Some of Digweed's stuff is a bit too close to Techno (as much as we like him and his style, we've never seen him as a Techno God!) at times, but Structures 2, disc 2 is right where we like a Digweed set to be: strong, tuneful and relentless.

Disc 2 gets off to a great start with King Unique & Anthony Pappa's Vamoosh (King Unique Kosmische Mix). A great intro that moves into a nice hypnotic melody. The further into the mix you go, the deeper and darker it gets. But the tuneful edge is never far away.

Disc 3 is a DJ friendly unmixed selection of tracks taken from the mixes.

Disc 2 has to be our favourite, as its a true mix from a club. But disc 1 really is a beautiful mix, when you want things to be cool.

Another really good compilation of tunes from Mr Digweed: please don't ever retire!
Monday, 13 June 2011

Nick Warren, Balance 018 review

Balance 018, mixed by Nick Warren is the best Balance mix to date.

At Spadang, we must confess to not always rating the Balance series as highly as others. Sorry about that!

Jimmy Van M's outing was good, and Balance 10.1 was superb. Timo Maas also did a good job. But some of the others impress less. But Nick Warren is a favourite here and Balance 018 really delivers all the things we love.

Staring with disc 1, and you are treated to some smooth tunes that build into a really likeable ending. It really works!

Disc 2 is a bit tougher again, but still nice and tuneful, with a bit of melody here and there.
All in all, Balance 018 is a good mix and the best Balance so far.

If you are undecided about grabbing a copy, we urge you to do so. It's very good.

Tracklist: Balance 018: Nick Warren

CD1
01. Ormatie – Only
02. Spieltape feat. Shamil – Morning Paper
03. Underset – Berlin
04. Fiord – The Tribe Has Spoken
05. Paul Hazendonk – My Addiction
06. Eelke Kleijn – Monkey Movin’
07. Jamie Anderson And Owain K – Without Sound
08. Nick Warren – Buenos Aires (Terry Lee Brown Jnr Mix)
09. Nomad in the Dark – Drones (Send me)
10. Franck Orff – Hibiscus
11. Giorgos Gatzigristos – Tickless


CD2
01. Tripswitch – Collider (Nick Warren Mix)
02. Julio Largente – Darkened Underpass
03. Beat Factory featuring Stamina – Let’s Take a Walk
04. Lank – Ain’t No Problem
05. Yamil Colucci – Bristol Warm
06. Victoria R – Cosmos
07. Solee – Aragorn
08. Steve Mill – Someday
09. Steven Libby – 80D Test
10. Nick Warren – Flowers (Solee Remix)
11. Pablo Acenso – Bread