Monday, 29 December 2014

Dance music album of the year, 2014

2014 has provided a lot of musical highlights so (just like last year), it's been a tough decision deciding which of our three nominees, wins this years prestigious award! As well as mix albums, we've heard quite a few tunes, which really pleased us. The best of which has to be Flux (from the Taurus EP), by Tresher & Dundov: we love this tune!

But who has won this years most important award, of Dance Music Album of the Year? OK, here they are in reverse order!

  1. John Digweed, Live In TorontoWe really enjoy the Live In series and this latest instalment is full of John Digweed's trademark sounds. We really like disc 1, especially the Adnon Olivier AKA Olivier Berger's brilliant Casa Bulga.
  2. John Digweed, Live In MiamiWe said that this was the best instalment of the Live In series (so far!) and even after Live In Toronto, we still think it is. After a slow start with disc 1, the journey peaks with the amazing third disc, with Secret Knowledge's, Sugar Daddy being the pick of the whole album. As we said, in this mixes review: "proper Digweed".
  3. Balance 026, mixed by Hernan Cattaneo
    It needed something special for us to not say Live In Miami was best of 2014, and Balance 026 is it.

    A sumptuous quality mix, from Hernan Cattaneo, full of his trademark lush melodies and infectious tunes. Easily the best Balance mix, by many miles as disc 1 weaves a cool ambient vibe that sets the scene brilliantly for the amazing disc 2.

    Roi Okev & Hakimonu's Changes is the best tune here, but the whole mix is just sublime and intelligent. Balance 026, has to be the best of 2014. Bring on 2015!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

John Digweed, Live In Toronto review

John Digweed, Live In Toronto
Live In Toronto is (once again!) another great mix compilation from DJ +John Digweed. 3 discs of the best house and techno, being played by the legendary DJ from Hastings. Yes, it's a really good mix.

All of the tunes on here, are of high quality, but one really stands out. More on that later, let's start at the beginning.

Mixes covering 3 plus discs, often start slowly, with disc 1 being the mellowest of the collection, but Live In Toronto, disc 1, isn't like that. It's not your full on bangin' set of tunes, but it's not laid back either. Guy J's Once In A Blue Moon is really infectious as the melody weaves its magic, mixing seamlessly into Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff's - Verona.

But the best tune on disc 1 is by far Adnon Olivier's Casa Bulga. We first heard this tune on a Digweed mix (entitled Live In Beirut) in 2004. What makes it so good is the hypnotic chant. It's sooo good.

Disc 2, goes a bit more uptempo, from disc 1, opening with the awesome The Sun, by Sunshine Jones. This second disc is a great follow on from disc 1, as it builds a more darksome vibe, while still delivering some really tuneful moments: Livio & Roby - Ananda and Azimute's Where Is The Magic.

Disc 3, is the "clubbiest" of the three discs and it makes this clear from the start, with Quivver - Paper Lunch followed by the superb Christian Pommer remix of B'utizas - Baphuma Ezulwini. But our favourite tune of disc 3 is Adam Beyer's People Understand. The end of this great mix is a good way to finish, with Dem Howl's Audion.

But what is the best tune of the compliation?

That's really easy this time, it is (of course) Adnon Olivier's Casa Bulga. We first heard it 10 years ago and it really grabbed us, so that we kept playing that one tune in the Beirut mix, again and again and... So to hear it again now, alongside newer music, just shows how good it is, to still sound fresh and up to date.

Overall, Live In Toronto is (yet again) a really really good mix and John Digweed, just keeps the quality so high. We really think that 2014 has been a good year for dance music and Digweed's Live In series is a highlight of the year once more.

CD 1: 
01. Miss Melera - Faith - Einmusik Remix
02. Stephan Bodzin - Sungam
03. Guy J - Once In A Blue Moon
04. Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff - Verona (Dario D'Attis Dubstrip Mix)
05. Nicolas Masseyeff - Vero
06. Franck Roger - Wanderlust (Jordan Peak Remix)
07. Adnon Olivier AKA Olivier Berger - Casa Bulga
08. Kerb Staller - Four Fingers (Thugfucker's Lio's Wide Shut Rework)
09. Quenum & Cesare vs Disorder - Fatty Boy
10. Hyenah - The Chase
11. Hugo Featuring Comadisco - Blue Days
12. Azimute - Where is The Magic
13. S.K.A.M. - Mystery

01. Sunshine Jones - The Sun
02. Marc Romboy - Hypernova
03. Wareika - The New Beat Generation
04. Just Be - The Early Years
05. The Tweaker - Easy Tiger
06. Gorge & Nick Curly - Lost Together
07. Sebastian Kommos - Understanding (Frank Mauer Remix)
08. Livio & Roby - Ananda (Luca Bachetti Endless Remix)
09. Nick Warren - Alta
10. John Digweed & Nick Muir - Gigawave (Fairmont Remix)
11. Shlomi Aber - Tel Aviv Garden (Nic Fanciulli Remix)
12. Pan-Pot & Vincenzo – Fiction Inc
13. Constar & Stefny Winter - Finding Yusef (Selway Feedback Dub Remix)
14. Just Be - The Magic Rock
15. Guy J - Candyland (King Unique Remix)

01. Quivver - Paper Lunch
02. B'utiza - Baphuma Ezulwini (Christian Pommer Remix)
03. Ryan Crosson - Close To Danger
04. Sven Väth - L'Esperanza (Âme Reinterpretation)
05. Alex Niggemann - Tarkus
06. D'julz - Remember
07. Francsico Allendes (Human Design)
08. Breccia and Sebastian Markiewicz - Myth
09. Audion - Motormouth (Carlo Lio Remix)
10. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Agua feat. Xenia Beliayeva
11. Adam Beyer - People Understand
12. Patrice Bäumel - Mile High Gang
13. October - Homo Sapiens
14. Odessa - Donna
15. Audion - Dem Howl Feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Michael Mayer Instrumental Mix)
Monday, 8 December 2014

Dance music, I have been listening to - November 2014

Another month, packed with some great music!

Guy J's Candyman is a big highlight for me. Also revisited the mighty Hybrid and really enjoyed "Soundsystem @ Public Works, San Francisco".

Check out November's chart, here.
Thursday, 6 November 2014

Dance music I have been listening to - October 2014

It has been a great month for music, but we just haven't had enough time to listen to it all!

I've enjoyed a lot of new stuff (and no month is complete without a Guy J influence!) as well as a few older tunes and mixes: Hernan Cattaneo's brilliant Balance 026 has prompted us revisit some of his older mixes and his Live Mix August 2008 is a belter!

Its much more "peak time" than any Cattaneo comp and it ends with the amazing Rockets & Ponies - Chinese Massage an intelligent (really long), full on track: head down arms up!

Check out October's music here
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Flux, Taurus EP by Tresher & Dundov

You know how sometimes a tune comes along and it just grabs you? Well Flux by Gregor Tresher & Petar Dundov has well and truly grabbed me: tuneful, melodic, relentless and intelligent.

It's all of these and more. I just can't stop listening to it's synthed melody weaving in and and out. Just a great tune and one you really need to hear on a very loud sound system. Really worth checking out...

Flux is part of the Taurus EP, which also includes the title track: a superb piece of driving techno.

Really intelligent music.
Monday, 13 October 2014

Balance 026, Hernan Cattaneo, review

Balance 026, is a very smooth mix of ambient tunes, moving into a more clubby sound as disc 2 begins. It's obviously a Hernan Cattaneo mix: relaxed, rich and atmospheric.

Disc 1, very very smooth. It's so smooth and relaxed that you wonder how much more chilled this mix can get. All of the tunes on this disc are quality and fit together to form a nicely flowing mix. Track 8, Mercurio's, On My Way To Hell is our favourite and the vocals of Catnapp are great.

If you've read this blog before, you'll know that the people at Spadang HQ always prefer the uptempo side of things.

So, as with most compilations, we always hope for the best when we first listen to disc 2.

You know that any Hernan Cattaneo mix will more likely be flowing with rich melody and infectious vocals, and that is exactly what you get with disc 2. Roi Okev & Hakimonu's Changes has both the melody and the vocals. It's a really good tune. But the best tune of disc 2 is the excellent Fragile Circle by Cid Inc, with it's infectious background melody. Also worth a mention are Joran's We Need Cracks and Guy J's incredible Lonely Color, where the tempo of the mix picks up a few notches.

So disc 1 is a very relaxed mix and disc 2 is the more club orientated selection, but it's still got Hernan Cattaneo's sound of being relaxed, with just enough urgency to be a "club mix".

A really intelligent compilation, from someone who knows how to structure a great mix.

1. Boards of Canada – Aquarius (Version 3)
2. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile feat. Luciana – Solitude
3. Chaim – Blue Shadow (Slow Dance Mix)
4. Silinder – Pavement (Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue Slow Remix)
5. Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
6. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Rapideye
7. Derek Howell – Happy To Be Sad (Derek’s Happy Again Mix)
8. Mercurio feat. Catnapp – On My Way to Hell (Balance Mix)
9. The Field – No. No… (John Tejada mix)
10. Moderat – Clouded (Interlude)
11. Weval – Out of the Game
12. Mike Griego – Sponges
13. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Ginga
14. Spooky – Shelter (Slow Phase mix)
15. YEWS – Believe, Belong
16. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Lunar
17. Damabiah – Irminsul, le pilier du Monde (2014 Edit)
18. Gui Boratto – Half Life
19. Guy J – Dizzy Moments (AM Mix)

1. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Into The Edge
2. Roi Okev & Hakimonu – Changes
3. Chaim – Underwater
4. Ivory Street – Modjo (Andy Arias Interpretation)
5. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Parallax
6. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Fugazzi
7. Cid Inc – Fragile Circle
8. Khen – Sweet Break Up
9. We Need Cracks – Joran
10. Guy J – Esperanza (Santi Mossman Rework)
11. James Teej Feat. Richie Hennessey – Disclosure (Simon Vuarambon Remix)
12. Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z – Patterns (Guy Mantzur’s 2014 Remix)
13. Guy J – Lonely Color
14. Hernan Cattaneo & Guy Mantzur – Imaginarium
15. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Lotus

Dance music I have been listening to, September 2014

It has been a really good month for music...

Dance music I have been listening to, August 2014
Thursday, 5 June 2014

John Digweed, Live In Miami review

+John Digweed, Live In Miami is another strong mix compilation, to sit alongside the excellent Live In London and Live In Argentina. The "Live In" series is now Spadamgmusic's favourite mix series as it always seems to give us what we want: driving electronic dance music, with a splash of Ambient and (dark) Techno. With John Digweed compiling and mixing every instalment, you know that the quality will always be good.

Live In Miami is a three disc compilation, with each disc very different, but all carry that aura of a Digweed mix.

Disc 1 starts off as an ambient journey, with the soothing sounds of Bassel's Ambience A and Jozif's Standard Rising. This first disc ends with the gentle, yet slightly uptempo (compared to the start) sounds of TG's Rhythm Acupuncture and Robert Babicz's Ange Solitaire. Disc 1 is good, but Spadangmusic's least favourite. But like all Digweed mixes, the track selection is top notch and the mixing is perfect.

Disc 2 is much clubbier and a lot more urgent. Our favourite track of disc2, is Hot Since 82's Don't Touch The Alarm. Also worth mentioning is Philip Bader's The Vibe, with that infectious bassline.

If disc 1 leads you into disc 2, nothing can prepare you for the awesome sounds of disc 3. This is easily the best disc of any Live In mix to date (we've probably said that before, but its really true here). In particular, the first 30 minutes really grabbed us, on the first of many listens. Every track on disc 3 is superb, but the best one is an oldie from 1992: Secret Knowledge's, Sugar Daddy. This is what Spadangmusic calls "Proper Digweed": urgent, relentless prog trance with a banging bassline and a sublime melody.

Sugar Daddy leads into a brooding acid track, Kaiserdisco's Devon, which is also a superb inclusion to this really good disc. Every tune builds on its predecessor and it proves that melody is a vital part of a quality tune and a quality mix. Disc 3 of Live In Miami is a real breath of fresh air and Spadangmusic hopes its a sign of more of the same in the future.

So is the mix the best of the Live In series, so far?

We really loved Live In Argentina and the others are all great. But yes, after a slow start on disc 1, Live In Miami becomes a monster of a journey and is something to really get into. Spadangmusic is older than he wants to be, but this means he can remember Renaissance 2 as probably being John Digweed's best ever mix. Live In Miami doesn't surpass it (nothing will), but it comes close, with disc 3 being so good!

The best mix by Diggers in a long time, Live In Miami will take some beating.


Bassel - Ambience A
Tim Green Feat. Hayley Hutchinson - Helpless Sun
August Jakobsen & Jacob Husley - Blue - Roman Flügel Remix
jozif - Standard Rising - Francesca Lombardo Remix
Fur Coat - Together
Douglas Greed - Summerless - Tuff City Kids Remix
Cesare Vs Disorder & Dave Vega - Mindless
Cesare Vs Disorder & Dave Vega - Worldwide
Safety Scissors - Gemini - Split Secs Remix
Daniel Bortz - The Misery Feat. Nils Corssen - Nu and Pauli vs Acid Remix
Psychemagik - Black Noir Schwarz Feat. Renegade - Extended Play Remix
TG - Rhythm Acupuncture - Martin Buttrich Remix
Robert Babicz - Ange Solitaire - Lutzenkirchen Dub Mix

Joy Wellboy - Before The Sunrise - Dixon Remix
Daniel Bortz - Pictures - Tuff City Kids Remix
Fur Coat - There's No Time
Hot Since 82 - Don't Touch The Alarm - Booka Shade Remix
Ferreck Dawn - Mine
Nathan Cable - Get Up
Jamie Stevens - Tribe of The Disco Kings - King Unique Remix
Philip Bader - The Vibe
Lee Van Dowski & Dean Demanuele - Geroldstrasse 5
Harvey McKay - Phone Freaker
Harvey McKay - Welshy Arms - Gatzigristos' Celtic Relic
Humano - Life
Defex & Frederico Grazzini - Syrens

Safety Scissors - Gemini - System of Survival Remix
August Jakobsen & Jacob Husley - Blue - Minilogue Remix
Robert Dietz - Anger Management
Secret Knowledge - Sugar Daddy
Kaiserdisco - Devon - Just Be Remix
Nicole - A Small Entrance To A Large Spectrum
Laurent Garnier - Acid Eiffel
Philip Bader - Back
Lee Van Dowski & Dean Demanuele - Branding You Damned Feat. Cari Golden
Radio Slave - My Bleep - Roman Flügel Remix
Gregor Tresher & Petar Dundov - Flux
Friday, 21 March 2014

Underground Sound of Miami 3, review

Series 3, of the Underground Sound of Miami is a great mix of Deep House and Progressive, but it loses some of its goodness further into the mix.

That is not saying this is a bad mix, or an unworthy addition to the series. Far from it, but it doesn't grab us, here at Spadang HQ and its not of the same quality, as Series 2 which we really loved and still enjoy now.

Things start off well, with a brooding track from Robert Babicz: Rabbit Clouds, and things continue to build really well from there, right up until Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff - Body Clock where things take a different turn...

Body Clock is by far the best tune of the mix: a proper driving progressive, high tempo track. It's really good.

It's just a pity that the tempo isn't maintained, with the tunes that follow. All of them are good but Body Clock's urgency makes you think (or hope?) that the music that comes after will follow it's lead, making for a more full on journey. But the following tunes are of a cooler nature. So even though they are quality, they are unexpected and that left us a little disappointed at the end.

Spadangmusic isn't saying this is a bad mix and that you should avoid it. Just don't expect a peak time set.

There are two discs, a mixed and an unmixed disc, which contains DJ friendly versions of the mixed disc. 

Mixed CD

Robert Babicz - Rabbit Clouds
Derek Howell - Objectivity
Dave Angel - Keep It
Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff - Body Clock Feat. Thomas Gandey
Darren Emerson - Feel It
Carlo Lio - Who's House?
Coyu & Ramiro Lopez - Diferencias
Harvey McKay - Phone Freaker
Marc Marzenit - Mystery Ocean
King Unique - Westway

Unmixed CD

Derek Howell - Objectivity
Carlo Lio - Who's House?
Robert Babicz - Rabbit Clouds
Dave Angel - Keep It
Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff - Body Clock Feat. Thomas Gandey
Marc Marzenit - Mystery Ocean
Harvey McKay - Phone Freaker
Darren Emerson - Feel It
Coyu & Ramiro Lopez - Diferencias
King Unique - Westway
Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Guy J - Ambassador (Guy J mix)

Guy J - Ambassador
Wow this is a great remix of an already good tune.

As ever with a Guy J production, this is a quality tune with rich production values. This is the sort of tune you expect to hear when the DJ is stepping up the tempo to a more relentless type of journey. It's really really good.

Well worth the investment, from your favourite online store.