Tuesday, 11 December 2012

John Digweed, Live In London review

Live In London, is a mix compilation based on a recent set at the Bedrock Anniversary Party at Fire & Lightbox, London: 4 discs (a bumper set of nearly 5 hours!) of some great house, progressive house and techno, mixed sublimely by the legendary DJ +John Digweed .

At Spadang, we look forward to every Digweed compilation, with zeal. In recent years, his mixes have sourced music solely from his influential Bedrock label (no bad thing). But Live In London takes quality tunes from more than just Bedrock, and as good as Bedrock releases are, we think this mix is all the better for not being confined to one source.

Live In London starts smoothly and quietly: discs 1 and 2 take this pattern and patiently build on it, upping the tempo slightly. Disc 3 builds the energy further (though still gradually) and disc 4 is a really tuneful collection of "peak time" music and possibly Digweed's best mix CD for some time.

It's the way the whole thing grows, over the 4 discs that we love. It really makes listening to one disc in isolation, seem wrong:

You have to listen to it all and in order. Or not at all.

Stand out tunes are on disc 2, and the excellent mixes of Mohn - Eberplatz 2020 (the Jörg Burger Mix, followed by the Wolfgang Voigt Hard Trance AtlanticXS Mix) are pure quality.

We love Live In London, here at Spadang HQ, and rate it as one of the best things we've heard in 2012.

If you are unsure about investing here, believe Spadang and know Live In London is quality dance music.

Monday, 7 May 2012

John Digweed, Live In Cordoba review

+John Digweed's  latest mix compilation, Live In Cordoba is another great mix from the Bedrock guvnor.

Digweed's signature sound of mellow techno and driving progressive house are fused as brilliantly as ever.
At Spadang, we did find the end of disc 1 a bit too slow, but this is a very minor observation as the best tune on disc 1 is track 1 Dantze, Boy: a nice rolling bassline fused with a housey keyboard, running right through it.
Other tunes on disc 1, which Spadang really likes include Robert Babiz's Beautiful and Soulade's Somewhere Sunday.
As ever, disc 1 is quite mellow, but it has some dark driving moments, which prove that prog house as a genre is still healthy. It sets you up perfectly for disc 2...
Live In Cordoba, disc 2 picks up exactly where disc 1 ends, meaning you can listen to both discs as a continues journey, rather than too shorter journeys. Like disc 1, the first tune on disc 2 is one of the best: Mikh Solvis's Deep Pool is quite minimal, but has a strong and an infectious melody running all the way through it. If you were at a club and heard this, we think it would be the start of a great part of the mix. So it is here. We had this tune on repeat for the past few days. A really good melody here.
Track 2 takes that emotional energy and adds to it. The master producer Guy J's Fantasy Reality builds on track 1 in and gives disc 2 a more relentless attitude.
Further in, track 5 Maetrik's The Eternity is a tough unforgiving piece of progressive noise! We love it.
But the best track on disc 2 (predictably) must be Slam's Eterna. This version is Digweed & Muir's remix and it brings the original 1993 version bang up to date. Spadang first heard the original on Diggers's Journey By DJ mix in the same year and Digweed's JDJ is still one of our favourite mixes of all time. So to hear one of its best tunes revamped a good few years later is really exciting.
Disc 2 ends with two great Guy J tunes following each other: Shining and High.
So yes, it's another superb mix from John Digweed and a will be listened to, hear at Spadang HQ for a good while yet. Top marks!
Friday, 30 March 2012

Collaborations - The Audible Suspects, review

Collaborations The Audio Suspects

is a sumptuously dark, driving progressive house mix, of top quality, mixed by The Audio Suspects (an alliance of Oliver Lieb and Jimmy Van M).

The mix starts off with the rich chords of Oliver Lieb's, Epsilon Eridani Reprise, which mixes seamlessly into the Davide Cali remix of Epsilon Eridani Reprise, so two versions expertly fused to be one killer opening track (we love it when a compilation comes along with several versions of a tune mixed one after the other).

All of the tunes add to the ever driving vibe of Progressive Relentlessness (perhaps we should trademark that term!). The stand out tune has to be the Joel Mull offering: Constant Crescendo.

This sounds more like an extract of a killer set, played at proper underground club, rather than an album prepped for home listening. But listening to it at home will make want to find that club.
Collaborations is a really good mix - but then it is released on Bedrock Recordings.

Nero - Innocence (Sasha V_rtek Edit)

A proper Sasha tune! We love it, too bad you can't buy it. Maybe that will change? Let's hope...

Monday, 27 February 2012
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Invol3ver or plain Involver 3?

Who cares what it's called, the brilliant news is Sasha is working on part three of his ground breaking Involver series!

We can't wait for this to land later this year!

As already mentioned, its gonna be titled:


Good choice.

18 March 2013
It's finally here, and very good it is. Read Spadang's review.