Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dance music chart, March 2017

Only a little chart for March - I've been busy and haven't had the usual time to listen to great music. But here are three really good tunes to enjoy!

John Digweed, Live In Brooklyn review

Live In Brooklyn, is the first live mix released by John Digweed since last years superb Live In Montreal. Live In Brooklyn is (only!) 5 discs against Montreal's 9, but that's still a 8 hours of good dance music.

It may only be 5 discs this time, but I still need to really get into it, to give the best review I can. So here are my thoughts on the first two discs. Check back for the rest in a day or two.

Previous Live In mixes have begun slowly with either ambient sounds or laid back techno, but disc 1 of Live In Brooklyn carries a deeper bassier sound from Hyenah's The Idea and that continues throughout the first disc, with highlights being Serge Devant's This Moment and Ivo Deutschmann's Transmigration. Disc 1 does get into a good stride and keeps moving nicely. Some cool techno is present as well as a lot of welcome melodies weaving throughout the mix.

At Spadang Towers, we loved the seamless transition (see what I did there?!) of Live In Montreal, where one disc finishes, the next picks up the previous tune. So if you joined all discs together, you do get one big mix. Well the same is true of Live In Brooklyn: disc 2 begins with the last tune of disc 1, Kevin Yost's Dancer Dancer mixing smoothly into Tripmastaz's Blossomz.

Disc 2 retains the pace of disc 1 and gradually builds on it with great tunes such as Stelios Vassiloudis's Blood Orange and DJ Tennis's Divisions. Lopezhouse's Crosses also deserves praise for the amazing siren-like vocals of Angela. It's also a Guy J dub and is very high quality, as you would expect.

As already said, there are some nice (and welcome) melodies in this mix which give the whole listening experience depth.

The strength of this mix, is the quality of the techno and depth of feeling, delivered by some really strong melodies. Discs 3 to 5 are crammed full of both to make Live in Brooklyn another quality addition to the Live In series.
Monday, 27 March 2017

Balance presents Subeats, mixed by Hernan Cattaneo - review

Balance Presents Sudbeats is a fine mix, by the master of cool house and techno: Hernan Cattaneo.

Sudbeats is the name of Hernan Cattaneo's recording label and this edition of the Balance series hosts many excellent Sudbeats releases.

Disc 1 is a laid back journey but its not really laid back! We really like Anton Tumas & Eugene Toale - Endless story, Kevin Di Serna & Ditian - Everest and the great Nick Warren & Tripswitch - Savannah. Disc 1 does gain tempo as it moves along and all of the songs are well placed and beautifully mixed.

Disc 2 is also typical of Hernan Cattaneo as its slowly gathers pace from the subtle beginnings of Simon Vuarambon & Sidartha Siliceo - Liberation, through to the nice melody that is supplied by Audio Junkies, Lonya - Ima.

After Balance 026 hopes were high for this latest addition to the Balance series. Our hopes have been rewarded as once more, Hernan Cattaneo does what he does so well: a finely crafted mix, of laid back tunes which feed into a higher tempo second act, without ever losing that vibe of quality.

Disc: 1

  1. Toki Fuko - An Odor (Balance Version)
  2. Sahar Z & Navar - The Dogma Code
  3. Anton Tumas & Eugene Toale - Endless story
  4. Ben Shaw - Above The Clouds (Dream Version)
  5. Conures - Elegy
  6. Kevin Di Serna & Ditian - Everest
  7. Ian Dillon - Embers (Slow Version)
  8. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Fantasy
  9. Khen - Never Lose Your Innocence (Downtempo mix)
  10. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile feat. Oriana Favaro - Closer
  11. Nick Warren & Tripswitch - Savannah
  12. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Perpetual (Day mix)
  13. Konvex & The Shadow - Rubalove
  14. Giddyhead - Smile Riven
  15. Henry Saiz - Life is...

Disc: 2

  1. Simon Vuarambon & Sidartha Siliceo - Liberation
  2. Tara Brooks - Yugen
  3. VERLK - Lakebed
  4. Dance Spirit - Kaleidoscope
  5. Audio Junkies, Lonya - Ima
  6. Navid Mehr - Random Act of Kindness
  7. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Deneb
  8. Juan Deminicis - Suburbean
  9. Facundo Mohrr, Valdovinos - Random Walks
  10. Guy Mantzur - Requiem for Us
  11. Chicola - Clockers (Balanced mix)
  12. Nick Varon - Sivota
  13. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile - Pressure Drop
  14. Guy J - Brothers Vibe
  15. Crudito Sava - Todo y Nada
Sunday, 5 February 2017

Chart for December, 2016

Ending the year with some really strong stuff, but the Misstress Barbara tune is immense. Proper Techno.

View the full chart on SoundCloud >

Chart for January, 2017

Some really good music in January. I especially like Guy J's mix, but I love the two Joe Mull tunes too.

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.


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


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