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!