Monday, 19 December 2016

Bedrock 18 review

Bedrock 18Bedrock 18 is a three disc compilation of tunes, released on this great recording label, to celebrate its 18th birthday. This one isn't a mix album, but John Digweed did compile the tunes on here and its a great selection, as you would expect. Discs 1 and 2 make up the compilation side of things, whereas disc 3 is actually an artist album by C-Jay entitled Echoes. The whole thing is full of quality, from start to finish.

Disc 1 gets off to a realy good start with Emerson, Digweed & Muir's, Fanfare. It's closely followed by the equally good Mumbo Jumbo, by Quivver. Disc 1 is laced with lots of rich melody from all tracks. It's a really good listen. It's laid back(ish) tone, is punctuated by clever and mellow bassiness, so that this can't be descibed as ambient. But I don't mind that one bit!

There aren't any weak tracks on disc 1, the whole lot are more than worthy of being included. Track 4, Sebastian Markiewicz's Sensation has a really infectious tune woven into it along with the bassiness I mentioned. Digitaria's Revenge Of The Fantasy, Moonface's, Across The Gulf Of Space and Eagles & Butterflies's Murder Was The Bass are all typical Bedrock tunes which make disc 1 a very good collection of music.

Disc 2 is a bit more uptempo, after disc 1. It begins with a brilliantly atmospheric track by Quivver: This Was. It is an amazing track, with the rich synth melody that rolls through it. I really like it a lot. But I am also really enjoying the tougher vibe that comes with Tiefstone's Kratos. It's a pretty relentless and moody tune and demands to be played loud.

D-Nox & Beckers's Mondays is another great tuneful addition with its weaving melody. It's really nice. the good tunes just keep coming with the amazing The Dock And The Elevator, by UNER. Could it be the best tune on here? It's a contender, as is the Tiefstone track. Disc 2 is my slight favourite out of disc 1 and 2 as its tougher, yet tuneful vibe really are what I wanna hear! Dave Angel's Inside Out is a brilliant piece of techno, which deserves to be highlighted here. But there are no weak tracks on disc 2 either.

Discs 1 and 2 are both very high on quality and no tune is here to fill space. They are all deserving of their place.

Echoes, C-Jay (disc 3)


As part of the compilation, we are also treated to Echoes an artist album by "chilled maestro C-Jay". And very chilled and nice it is too.

Things start in a very hypnotic way with Finko. It's long and tuneful chords are mesmerizing as they weave and swerve. The ambient tone continues through each track to deliver a beautifully chilled hour long journey. I like the whole album and like the way each tune compliments the last. Saying that, it's nice to treat it as one long tune. It really works!

But taking each track individually (Echoes is an album!), I like them all, but Finko, The Experience of Love, Equanimity and Carte Blanche really are deep in quality. Very rich and harmonic.

Bedrock 18 is a very solid compilation and C-Jay's Echoes is a welcome part of it.


CD1


01. Emerson, Digweed & Muir - Fanfare - Darren Emerson Reprise
02. Quivver - Mumbo Jumbo - Reprise
03. Sebastian Markiewicz - Sensation
04. Collective Machine & Philipp Straub - Hold You In The Moment
05. Digitaria - Revenge Of The Fantasy
06. Emerson, Digweed & Muir - Fanfare - Marc Romboy Moving Atoms Mix
07. Amari - Cult Vision
08. Moonface - Across The Gulf Of Space
09. Guy J - 2026
10. Lee Van Dowski - 8H24
11. Eagles & Butterflies - Murder Was The Bass - Lee Van Dowski Remix

CD2

01. Quivver - This Was - Reprise
02. Stelios Vassiloudis - Volver
03. Tiefstone - Kratos
04. CJ Jeff - Side Effects
05. Sam Jaspersohn - Islands
06. D-Nox & Beckers - Mondays
07. Uner - The Dock and the Elevator
08. Ryan Davis & Microtrauma - Recurrence
09. Dave Angel - Inside Out
10. Kontakt - Wild Forest

CD3 - C-Jay - Echoes


01. Finko
02. Trip
03. The Experience of Love
04. Equanimity
05. Carte Blanche
06. Bonus track: BackSlider Part 3 - C-Jay’s Endless Ambient Remix
Saturday, 29 October 2016

Dance music chart, October 2016

We've had more time this month to listen to quality music, so October's dance music chart is a bit bigger than some previous ones!

Anything stood out?

Hell yes! Sasha - Live at Space Closing Fiesta, 2016 (Space Ibiza) is full of classics and the most important one for us being Pete Lazonby's Sacred Cycles. One of the greatest tunes if all time. Remixed several times and they are all good. Check out Renaissance 2, disc 2 to hear two of them, one after the other.

October has been a great month!


Dance music chart, September 2016

September was a great month and we deliberately kept this months down to only a few entries, so you know all 5 of these are worth listening too.

By far, our favourite on this chart is the totally amazing Hybrid's Bad Habit. Nice bit of vocal, overlaying a nice and tough tune.


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Dance music chart, August 2016

It's been a great month and I've really enjoyed the music on this month's chart.

Secret Knowledge's, Sugar Daddy is a big tune and this remix is great.

Anthony Pappa's Darkbeat mix also hits the right vibe for me and the rest of the Spadang gang! But Way Out West's Tuesday Maybe is this months biggest highlight. You will have probably heard it on John Digweed's Live In Montreal Finale mix. Its superb.

Friday, 3 June 2016

John Digweed, Live In Montreal Finale - Review

Just when you don't think it can get any better, it does: Live In Montreal, John Digweed's massive 6 disc mix, grows to an amzing 9 discs, to cover the whole set, which he played at Stereo in Montreal. What was a monster mix is now Godzilla! But do the Finale discs, add a lot to what was already a masterpiece?

Yes.

Check back over the next few days, while I add a brief review of each disc (what more can be said about this huge mix?).

Disc 7

As with discs 1-6, disc 7 carries seamlessly from disc 6, so the uptempo vibe keeps going. Its great to have the whole DJ set on CD or download, but I really wish I could have been there! This is a great continuation from disc 6!

We love Black On Black by Scuba for infectiousness and Pig & Dan's Complex is stormingly good. Our favourite tune on this disc, is the Alberto Ruiz remix of Digweed and Muirs Aquatonic: it still has the unmistakable vibe of Aquatonic, but with intelligent twists.

Each track on this disc is mixed so well and, as always, they compliment the previous one. How often do we say this about a Live In mix? Check back in a day or two for my review of disc 8 (disc 8!!!).

Disc 8

Another really nice mix and quite a banging one in places too:

Alex Millan's Maria Rosa is a awesome tune. One of the best from all 9 discs. Its tough.
Right from the start disc 8 just keeps giving us the same great experience that the previous 7 discs have. From disc 3, the pace is relentless and does not let up on disc 8. All in all disc 8 of Live In Montreal is a great part of a great mix.

Disc 9

As Live In Montreal reaches its climax, the vibe does mellow slightly - signaled by the amazing Tuesday Maybe, from the legends that are Way Out West - and the tough, hard edged sound of the previous discs is supplemented with some vocal tracks, some of which are classics, some of which are welcomed old favourites.

The vibe may have changed, but the quality hasn't.

Welcome back Sunscreem's Perfect Motion (Boys Own Remix): what a great way to end Live In Montreal.

But all of disc 9 serves as a great way to end such a huge EDM event. If you haven't invested in Live In Montreal yet, we really think you should if you are a lover of dance music.

Live In Montreal in conclusion

We've finally reached the end of this huge undertaking. I'm really impressed that John Digweed went to the lengths he did to release this addition to the brilliant Live In series.
Whatever your taste in music, its a rare thing for your favourite artist/producer or (in this case) DJ to release something so epic and of such quality. I can't think of any other definitive musical event that has been given as much attention by its creator as this. All the tunes are great and here for a reason.

Live In Montreal is a new classic and a new milestone on dance music/EDM history.


Tracklistings


Disc 7
  1. Adam Beyer - What You Need
  2. Scuba - Black on Black - Len Faki Goes Black Remix
  3. Lee Van Dowski & Animal Trainer - This One Goes To Eleven
  4. Montel - At Night
  5. Pig&Dan - Complex
  6. Clarian - Space Noir
  7. Mathias Kaden - Energie feat. Rocko Schamoni - Michael Mayer Remix
  8. Pig&Dan - Fungus
  9. Joseph Capriati - Awake - Julian Jeweil Remix
  10. John Digweed & Nick Muir - Aquatonic - Alberto Ruiz Remix
  11. Mark Reeve - Parallel - Alberto Ruiz Remix

Disc 8
  1. Daniel Dexter - Why So Serious? - Uner Remix
  2. Alex Millan - Maria Rosa
  3. Clarian - Fear and Self Loathing
  4. Tim Green - Empire
  5. Steve Parry - Flippant
  6. Audion - Mouth to Mouth
  7. Gel Abril - Carpet Sneak
  8. Sascha Dive - Werewolf
  9. Pig&Dan - The Saint (Job San)
  10. Bog - The Other Side of the River
  11. Sailor & I - Leave The Light On - Joris Voorn Remix

Disc 9
  1. Way Out West - Tuesday Maybe
  2. The Chemical Brothers - Sometimes I Feel So Deserted - C2 Trigger Remix
  3. Chaim - Genesis
  4. DJ H Feat. Stefy - Come On Boy - Larry Levan Remix
  5. Saschienne - Unknown - Dixon Mix
  6. Joy Wellboy - Before The Sunrise - Dixon Remix
  7. Sunscreem - Perfect Motion - Boys Own Mix

Monday, 9 May 2016

Dance music chart for April 2016

Scene Delete, mixed by Sasha

Scene Delete is a downtempo type of mix, more in the style of Northern Exposure (disc 1), than a full on "peak time" set. Now you know that, you can enjoy the beauty of many of the tracks which are expertly mixed by the legend that is Sasha.

I'll always prefer any DJs more uptempo mixes - I just like the harder stuff - but the more relaxed music found on Scene Delete has me hooked. The mix does build throughout, but the vibe is always minimal.

What tunes really stand out?

A lot of them do actually, but Healer followed by Modcon are our favourites. The whole sound of Scene Delete is infectious and Scarpa Falls and Corvette are other highlights of this.

So this mix is closer to Northern Exposure and Involver mixes, meaning Sasha has a strong track record in delivering minimal mixes. That means if you rate Sasha as a DJ and a producer, you should really like Scene Delete.

01. Channel deq
02. View2
03. Baracus
04. Linepulse
05. Time After Time
06. Detour
07. Pontiac
08. Cassette Sessions D
09. Cassette Sessions E
10. Healer
11. Modcon
12. Scarpa Falls
13. Warewolf
14. Bring on the Night-time feat. Ultraista
15. Corvette
16. Shelter
17. Untitled 3
18. Abacus
19. Rooms feat. John Graham
20. Broadcast
21. Vapour Trails
Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Review of Southend Ronnie's Off Kilter mix

Southend Ronnie gives us a peak time banger of a mix, full of techno, progressive and tech house! This is really worth 49 minutes out of your day!


Lots of bleeps, lots of buzzes, this mix features tracks from Oliver Huntemann, Nax Acid & Giogio Gigil, Mark Mendes & Mike Jacinto, Lee Van Dowski, Andre Winter and more. The mix is really well put together, as Southend Ronnie really knows how to pick a good tune.

Anna's Unstable is sublime and Lee Van Dowski's Ici et Maintenant is a real stand out moment too. But Florian Gasperini and Marcan's Blanc is the best tune here, full of energy and bass.

Each tune, superbly mixed, builds upon the previous one and the further into the mix you go, the more storming it gets

Monday, 7 March 2016

Dance music chart for February 2016

February was dominated by the great sounds of Guy J's productions and DJ mixes. I really rate his Octavia track and his mix from Orfeo Park is quality from start to finish.

Also really like the three tracks from Eagles and Butterflies, but Fireworks is a total beast of a tune, which we love. It's presence in John Digweed's brilliant Live In Montreal is welcome!

Bring on March!


Dance music I have been listening to - January 2016 chart

January was a great month and a great start to 2016!


The stand out track in this chart is Argy's Alfredo - quality all the way. Almost as good as Belen (but not quite!).


Also worth a few minutes is Koven by Hybrid. The welsh sure do have a knack for making good dance music!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Music I have been listening to - Chart for Decemeber 2015

Only four tunes or mixes really grabbed me this month, but they are all well worth listening to. Enjoy and comment on my choices!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Dance music I have been listening to - Chart for November 2015

Really great mix by Funk D'Void, which is well worth a listen

Blusoul's Modular Memories is a lush melodic tune. Into the void!

Dance music I have been listening to - Chart for October 2015

Another great month and Southend Ronnie delivers another solid mix. More of the same please!

Guy J's Nirvana, from his new album, is also a quality tune - but Guy J always produces good stuff.

We also really like North Star, by Tale Of Us!

Another good month!

John Digweed, Live In Montreal - review

John Digweed, Live In Montreal
Live In Montreal is the latest installment in John Digweed's awesome "Live In" series and it's the biggest yet: 6 discs, being a snapshot of Digweed's set at the Stereo club, in Montreal. 6 discs. 6 discs of John Digweed, in the mix! This review is gonna take time, so I'm reviewing one disc at a time, over the coming days.

Have I made that clear enough? SIX DISCS!!

One thing I really like about this mix is the way each disc/mix ends and the next one starts. Burn each disc as one track and then play them in order. With gapless playback, there is no delay, so Live In Montreal plays as one continuous mix! You could nearly be there!

And if that isn't good enough, we now have the Finale discs to enjoy. Live In Montreal is now a massive 11 hours of music, spread over 9 discs!

Disc 1

This mammoth mix starts in a very downtempo way and begins with the minimal Epitrachelion, by Induction.

This is downtempo tunes of good quality, further reinforced by both Christerk's Snowhaze and Jemil Deep's excellent About Drugs.

The pace changes slightly, picking up the mood with Alek S's smooth and sublime It's All Good.

We also really like Mr Dello's All That Matters and Viers's Hiroshi Kano. The whole mix is very smooth and well constructed.

 

Disc 2

The downtempo vibe of disc 1 has been swapped for good relaxed and minimal tunes.

This mix is really balanced and starts off with some very minimal music and towards the end the pace picks up, just a bit. You get the feeling that these first two discs are the "warm up" DJ preparing the crowd for the arrival of Mr Digweed. But that's not true as Mr Digweed is tonight's warm up, in preparation for himself!

Our favourite tunes on this disc are Undulate by Recondite, Dub Theory 1 by Simoncino and later in the mix, the wonderful sound of Dovim's The WOW Signal.

 

Disc 3

If discs 1 and 2 are just to get you in the mood for some "proper Digweed", disc 3 begins the delivery. This whole disc is great, full of higher tempo music from the likes of Of Norway, Def Mike and Guy Mantzur.

All of the tunes in mix 3 are good, but stand out ones for me are Of Norway's Love Is Over (Terje Saether Remix); Def Mike's - Come Right Here; Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z's - Temporary Sanity (Cornucopia Remix); Nick Curly's - Reverie and Leonardo Gonnelli's - Tonada (No Asking Dub): a nice rich melody runs through this tune.

I always wonder if each Live In mix, is the best of the series so far and always say that it is. But on this occasion, I really feel like this Live In mix is a bit more special. Could this one be the best yet? Check back soon, for my review of disc 4 - I know its gonna be good!

 

Disc 4

I said (and hoped) disc 4 would be good, but I didn't expect it to be like this:

Disc 4 is incredible and its what you want to hear from John Digweed, if you rate his style. Like disc 3, its hard to praise specific tunes, when the standard of the whole mix is so high. This is a much more uptempo sound, from the previous three discs and maybe more uptempo than anything Diggers has released for some time. But parts of Live In South Beach and Miami do give us the same vibe.

Carrying on straight from disc 3, we are plunged into Nuiton's awesome Flashback Feat. Diel. The first three tunes all work together, to get the tempo up to a relentless level, but Timid Boy's Shout Him (Stacey Pullen Remix) really sets the stage for what is to be a peak time journey of a mix.

Joeski's remix of Bedrock's timeless Santiago is really clever rework and the way Guy J's Rhythmatica mixes with it is true class.

Rhythmatica, what do we think of this Guy J monster? It's one if the best Guy J tunes since Nightloss. It's a brilliant addition to this mix, with its driving synth. Then there is Guy J's Octavia, which is another quality tune from the Israeli producer. It's very very good.

Fireworks by Eagles & Butterflies is a hard relentless piece of driving EDM and as its near the end of disc 4, the signs for disc 5 being a hard tough journey are really positive!

My review of disc 5 and 6 will follow soon. Follow me on Twitter, to find out when the next installment is ready.

Disc 5

After the amazing disc 4, of Live In Montreal, I really wanted disc 5 to take that energy and build upon it. Disc 5 does exactly that and I am very happy. Discs 4 and 5 are truly great with tune after tune of hard edged techno and progressive beats.

Picking up directly from disc 4, 5 gets straight into its relentless stride with  H.O.S.H. - Cilantro, a storming tune if ever there was. Next up is the sublime Release Me by Guy J and things just get better and better from there!

Other tunes which have grabbed me are Lee Van Dowski - Quasar 27.3; Tigerskin - Hippies; Marc Romboy - Counting Comets (Ruede Hagelstein Remix) and Simon Garcia - Ataraxia. But like disc 4, all of the tunes on disc 5 contribute to the overall feeling that this mix is a journey to enjoy - all the more because each tune compliments the former and because this is a harder journey than we've had from John Digweed for some time.

As you can tell, I'm really enjoying Live In Montreal and I can't wait to get into disc 6. I said at the top, 6 discs is a lot, but this is sooo good, I now want more!

Disc 6

So here we are finally, at the end of a massive John Digweed mix. I've really enjoyed the previous five discs so much, so hopes have been high for the last disc. I'm not disappointed, disc 6 is a great way to end what has been one of the best Diggers mixes for a long time.

Not quite as intense as discs 4 and 5, the pace does soften slightly, but not much. This is still a storming mix. Following straight on from 5, we start with the excellent Clarian - Fear and Self Loathing (Christian Burkhardt Remix).

The BOg remix of the Bedrock classic Emerald is a really infectious tune and it leads into another hefty moment with DJ Dozia - Pop Culture (Joris Voorn Remix). The Dave Angel track is also high quality and techno rarely sounds better than this!

Live In Montreal finally closes with Adam Beyer's What You Need. A great way to end a vast journey such as this.

So how does Live In Montreal rank in the Live In series?

I normally end most of these Live In reviews with the ascertain that Cordoba, Slovenia, Argentina and the rest are the best ones yet. Well they all were the best, when I wrote their reviews. But for me, nothing comes close to Montreal. It has to be the best of the series, as its such a massive undertaking, superbly crafted from start to finish. I did read that this will be the last Live In for a while. Let's hope its not too long. I'm desperate to hear all 8 discs of Live In Somewhere Good!

Tracklisting

CD 1:
01. Induction - Epitrachelion
02. Mohlao -
03. Esteban Adame - Rise & Shine
04. C-Jay - BackSlider Part 3
05. Recondite - Tame
06. Christerk - Snowhaze
07. Jemil Deep - About Drugs - Dejvid Remix
08. Recondite - Baro
09. Alek S - It's All Good
10. The Unhottest - For Sale
11. Mr. Dello - All That Matters
12. Viers - Hiroshi Kano
13. Patrick Chardronnet – Slowmo

CD 2:
01. Wayne Duggan - Experiment 1 (Matthias Meyer & Patlac Remix)
02. Recondite - Undulate (Lawrence Dub Version)
03. Sei A - You Can Bring
04. Simoncino - Dub Theory 1
05. Ed Ed - Monti
06. The Unhottest - Job Lose
07. Dovim - Ectoderm
08. Smash TV - Cascadia
09. Ashworth - Braun
10. Smash TV - God Key
11. Tigerskin - This Place is Empty Without You
12. Dovim - The WOW Signal
13. Ulf Bonde - Blossom For Me
14. Whitesquare - Daylight

CD 3:
01. Of Norway - Love Is Over (Terje Saether Remix)
02. Moonwalk - Breath
03. H2 - What Is - AFFKT Remix
04. Def Mike - Come Right Here
05. Toni Varga & De la swing - Black Train (Darlyn Vlys & Hearthug Remix)
06. Martin Eyerer - The Rolls (Funk D'Void Remix)
07. Nuiton - Way Out
08. Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z - Temporary Sanity (Cornucopia Remix(
09. Raw District - Within Our Gates
10. Simon Garcia - A Hot Drink In The Desert
11. Nick Curly - Reverie
12. Leonardo Gonnelli - Tonada - No Asking Dub
13. Scan Mode - Panama Jaxx 1.1 (Darkroom Dubs)

CD 4:
01. Nuiton - Flashback Feat. Diel
02. Martin Landsky - I'm A Bitch - Basement Dub
03. Timid Boy - Shout Him (Stacey Pullen Remix)
04. Clarian - Fear and Self Loathing (Hunter / Game Remix)
05. Hunzed & Harvey - Cala Salada (David Mayer Remix)
06. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons - We Will Return (Joeski Dub)
07. Bedrock - Santiago (Joeski Remix)
08. Guy J - Rhythmatica
09. Andre Lodemann - Leaving The Comfort Zone
10. Mita Mita - Wishing To Survive
11. Guy J - Octavia
12. Eagles & Butterflies - Fireworks
13. Blond:ish - Inner Jungle
14. HVOB - Tender Skin - DJ Tennis Remix

CD 5:
01. H.O.S.H. - Cilantro
02. Guy J - Release Me
03. Clarian - Absence
04. Joop Junior - Sofie_Lucie
05. Lee Van Dowski - Quasar 27.3
06. Remcord - Saed - Ramon Tapia
07. Eagles & Butterflies -
08. Tigerskin - Hippies
09. Marc Romboy - Counting Comets (Ruede Hagelstein Remix)
10. Lee Van Dowski - If Only Jack Was
11. Simon Garcia - Ataraxia
12. Noir - Lumière

CD 6:
01. Clarian - Fear and Self Loathing (Christian Burkhardt Remix)
02. Popof - Serenity (Noob Remix)
03. Joseph Capriati - Fratello (Dubfire Remix)
04. Bedrock - Emerald (BOg Remix)
05. DJ Dozia - Pop Culture (Joris Voorn Remix)
06. Dave Angel - Scorpion
07. Mike Griego feat. Amber Long - Sofia (Guy Mantzur Secret Mix)
08. Frankey & Sandrino - Acamar
09. Eric Volta & Gaika - Until I Dissolve (Deetron Remix)
10. Agoria - Independence (Stephan Barnem Remix)
11. KinK - Cloud Generator
12. Pan-Pot, Martin Eyerer & Abby - Muddy Walls
13. Eagles & Butterflies - Murder Was The Bass
14. 3 Channels - Alphabetti Spaghetti
15. Adam Beyer - What You Need