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.