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!

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