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.

CD1
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)

CD2
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
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