Nick Warren never really went away, but the ever-reliable Balance series has fallen away somewhat since Joris Voorn's magnificent BALANCE 014: MIXED BY JORIS VOORN
To quote one of the current buzz-words, I have a fairly eclectic taste in music (though I cannot stand "electro" house). However, after Agoria's floaty, weird, inconsistent snooze-fest sandwiched between Timo's noisy electro nonsense (now on Amazon for a fiver) and Will Saul's dull, messy effort, I have been starting to lose faith.
I was suprised when I heard Nick Warren was doing 018, given the Balance ethos, but also interested. And I was pleased to see Eelke Kleijn's 'Monkey Movin' on there so I pre-ordered the CD right away - excellent value at £8.99.
I am delighted with what Nick has put together! Played loud, it is a somewhat progressive affair - no surprises there! At normal volumes at home, work or in the car, it is more like something you would hear in a bar in Ibiza. Enjoyable, chilled and hugely accessible.
The mixing is smooth and consistent, while unusually, the same tempo is largely maintained throughout both CDs. As a consequence, there are few standout moments, but at the same time, almost every track contributes to the overall mood and sound. Some may call it boring. Some may call it a cop-out. For me, Balance are possibly looking to steady the ship before hopefully re-launching the series in its original direction. Well done to everyone involved!