Thursday, 10 October 2013

John Digweed and Nick Muir Versus, review

+John Digweed and Nick Muir, Versus is three discs of great house and techno, from Bedrock favourites, such as Pig & Dan, Henry Saiz, Guy J, Christian Smith and more (what a line up!).

Disc 1 is mixed with the perfection that John Digweed always delivers. Unlike other Diggers mixes, this one is ever so slightly less percussive and laden with a touch more melody. Only a bit, but just enough. Starting with Henry Saiz's hypnotic Lupine (amazing tune) and followed by Jozif's Groove Del Verano (gorgeous keyboard melody in here), the mix builds and by the time Marco Bailey's Red Tape kicks in, the vibe is strong and clubby. We are really loving this mix.

Other tracks worth mentioning are Pig & Dan's Morphism and Psycatron's brilliant Awakenings. Then there is Guy J's take on the Bedrock classic Heaven Scent, the final tune of this great mix...

Guy J's remix of Heaven Scent deserves special mention, not just because it is the best tune on the whole album, but also because it is a superb remix of a much loved original. The famous Heaven Scent melody isn't obvious here, but don't worry, its been replaced by an urgency which turns Heaven Scent into a true "heads down, arms up" tune - even more than the original, if that's possible. You could even call it "peak time". It's a really strong tune to end the mix with. We love it. A lot!

Disc 2 of Versus provides unmixed versions of the tunes on disc 1, with the exception of Heaven Scent and Psycatron's Awakenings. So you now know that all of the tracks here are good, if you've bothered to read the opening paragraphs!

Versus, disc 3 is described as an "Electronica" disc. What you have here, is eight totally new tracks, produced by Digweed & Muir, in an ambient mood!

Eight tracks! That could be an artist album in its own right! Spadang does like the ambient side of music, so this disc is a nice treat. Our favourite track is Gigawave, closely followed by Larco. But the whole disc is a nice Sunday morning listen.

What about the packaging? Isn't that worth a mention?

Sure is. It's a step up from the norm: If you remember the quality packaging of earlier Renaissance releases, you will be pleased to find Versus comes in an embossed box, containing individual wallets for each disc. In addition, there are generous sleeve notes, about each contributing artist and their tune (if you ordered early, you even got a signed "thank you" card from John and Nick!). The quality artwork, found on a Renaissance offering isn't here, but Bedrock don't do that - that's what Renaissance do (brilliantly). But the quality packaging, is the same and needs to be mentioned.

So yes, John Digweed & Nick Muir, Versus is really really good and needs to be purchased. Especially in CD format.

Disc 1
1. Lupine – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Henry Saiz
2. Groove Del Verano – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Jozif
3. Forge – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Second-Hand Satellites
4. Morphism – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Pig&Dan
5. Prism – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Jamie Stevens
6. Red Tape – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Marco Bailey
7. Dawnbreaker – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Ian O’Donovan
8. Infinity Road – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Carlo Lio
9. Mantis – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Christian Smith & Wehbba
10. Awakenings – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Psycatron
11. Blue Tongue – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus The Japanese Popstars
12. Heaven Scent – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Guy J

Disc 2
1. Mantis – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Christian Smith & Wehbba
2. Morphism – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Pig&Dan
3. Blue Tongue – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus The Japanese Popstars
4. Infinity Road – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Carlo Lio
5. Red Tape – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Marco Bailey
6. Prism – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Jamie Stevens
7. Dawnbreaker – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Ian O’Donovan
8. Forge – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Second-Hand Satellites
9. Lupine – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Henry Saiz
10. Groove Del Verano – John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Jozif

Disc 3
1. Gigawave – John Digweed & Nick Muir
2. Bubblenet – John Digweed & Nick Muir
3. Prism – John Digweed & Nick Muir
4. Timestone – John Digweed & Nick Muir
5. Larco – John Digweed & Nick Muir
6. Buried Heart – John Digweed & Nick Muir
7. Circle Square – John Digweed & Nick Muir
8. Hollow World – John Digweed & Nick Muir