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Balance 024 Mixed By Danny Howells

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: BALANCE
  • ASIN: B00FQ0VPZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Find You (Desolate's Get Together Mix) - Essay
2. Lion (Jamie XX Remix) - Four Tet
3. Song of Love Overdue - Lady Blacktronika
4. Smokin' G - Ivano Tetelepta
5. Mantasy (Will Saul & October Mix) - Michael Mayer
6. Our Time Has Come - The Mole
7. A Daily Affair - The Mole
8. Another Light - Joakim
9. Porchlight and Rocking Chairs (KiNK Remix) - Jimpster
10. Call Me Ishmael - Sisterhood
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Neon Shoals - Maricopa
2. Ekul (Soul Renegades Remix) - Campion
3. One Ten - Shur-I-Kan
4. Can't Stop Feelin' (Deep Sound Express Dub) - Sixth Avenue Express
5. Falling (Original Mix) - Seva K
6. Haeckls Kosmos - Durerstuben
7. Roots (Feats. Signaljacker) (Original Instrumental Mix) - Chopstick & Johnjon
8. Brotherland (Daze Maxim's Remix) - Le Loup
9. Save Me from This Kaos - Rompante
10. Pages (Ewan Pearson Remix) - Kaltehand/Natasha Waters
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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Howells wears his heart on his musical sleeve at all times, favouring a sense of emotion and drama as his modus operandi rather than sticking to a certain genre or style. That Mix (CD1) begins by harking back to the ethereal sounds of the legendary Northern Exposure compilations with Desolate's haunting remix of rising talent Essay, a variety of broken beats seguing across these first tracks. Jamie xx s dusty rhythms skip towards some vintage sounding super deep tech house, again taking us back to Howells early years in the spotlight. Will Saul & October's brooding techno locks horns with Michael Mayer's euphoric class, The Mole's loose funk luring us towards Joakim's gently uplifting chimes and KiNK s glorious rework of Jimpster. Sisterhood s arpeggios glisten and Matthias Voigt adds drama to Ian Pooley s juicy groove before these sorrowful strains give way to the joyous tones of Oxia and AWOL. As the mix threatens to go bigger still, we re reined in with a hypnotic slice of Axel Boman to bring the mix to rest.

This Mix (CD2) begins with the Balearic tingle of Maricopa, a theme continuing into the fist-pumping pianos of Shur-I-Kan and the lazy nu disco funk of Deep Sound Express tackling Sixth Avenue Express. Seva K and Durerstuben continue the mesmerising combination of delectable bass and heavenly melody, the grooves toughening up as the pulsing melody of Chopstick & Johnjon provides a moment of intense beauty. Daze Maxim s remix of Le Loup takes things darker and trippier, Rompante raising the intensity with tough incessant snare patterns and pounding kicks next. Ewan Pearson takes the mix to a giddy peak with his expansive re-rub of Kaltehand & Natasha Waters, a double helping of Prins Thomas keeping the melodic intensity burning. Jagwar Ma's acid trip throwback soars towards the end of the mix, leaving it to Sandrien to reach climax with an impeccable 303 vs 808-style jam.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure aural pleasure . . . . . . . 29 Nov 2013
Well where to start with this..............as soon as it was announced that Danny was to mix the latest Balance I was a tad excited. Having seen him live on a few occasions I know what he brings to the party, his breadth of knowledge and passion for music is second to none. If you want quality music to take you on a musical journey then both of these cd's do that in droves.

CD one is like a fantastic sunrise that just makes you smile from the inside out, music so delicately interwoven that it can only be describes as beautiful.

CD two starts off where CD one left off then picks up the pace, by the middle of the mix it starts to rock like a firework in a quarry. The beat just gets under your skin, proper grown up electronica. So good even my ears were smiling.

Good work Danny, this is a belter!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality release from one of the UKs finest 24 Dec 2013
Been a huge fan of Dannys since his GU releases and have seen him live a few times since. His attention to detail and track selection live is second to none. This Mix CD is pure class from the start with both CDs having a similar kind of vibe. Some excellent tracks on here and the mix flows nicely. I prefer CD1 myself out of the 2 with a more relaxed housey feel about it. Fully recommend for anyone who likes there tunes melodic and deep
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Mix 17 Jan 2014
Really looked forward to this as ive got most of Dannys mixes and have really enjoyed them. How good was 24/7 Day Mix? or his Renaissance the mix collection? So he was more than worthy to be on the list of DJ's to mix a compilation for balance. After Radio Slaves weak effort it needed something edgy and different with a bit of spice - and Danny delivers. Like most if not all CD compilations one CD is better than the other - more daring more creative more enjoyable. That goes to the THIS mix, really thoughtful flow and stands out as something that you don't hear in a set very often. THAT mix is nothing you havent heard before and not as inspiring - expected more, but still well worth the nod and one of the better mixes in the series by a mile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 2 Jan 2014
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Good mixes but still think his Global Underground 027 Miami from 2005 is the more complete journey, plus the GU offering is the better package - and that's just the photography in the booklet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3 Dec 2013
By Phil
The doyen returns with his inimitable style for the first time in five years. On first play I loved it, but as with all Howells mixes, it gets better with every listen. Although not his best mix, which is understandable given his incredible back catalogue, it is still the best album I have heard all year. Lets hope we don't have to wait five years until the next one. Thanks Daniel.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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OK. First things first, the beauty of music is that it creates and divides opinion.

I have followed dance since the early days, and have in my CD collection over 600 CDs from the likes of Digweed, Sasha, Nick Warren, Oakenfold, Steve Lawler. I have all the Balance CDs, all the Global Undergrounds, have all the Northern Exposures/Communicates etc. Point is I feel I have a position in which to gauge the overall standard of this mix.

Also worth noting that I have seen the man himself on a number of occasions, and I concur with others his energy, passion and knowledge are unquestionable.

To the mix itself. Personally I prefer the more progressive, deep side of house. I am not a fan at all of the minimalist electro sound that has graced much of the mix releases in the past few years. I am more Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo's latest Renaissance (uplifting progressive as well as the down tempo mixes on both discs).

Having listened to the Howells mix 3 times now, I have to say other than maybe one or two tracks on CD 2 I am left pretty underwhelmed. I too was looking forward to this with eager anticipation, however I find the mixes lacked any energy, depth, passion, substance. It all felt a little to over complicated and over thought.

Anyone liking this to Northern Exposure and the like is well off the mark. The first CD ambles along from electro to down beat house and minimalist house, and like most complilations these days I had this as the more chilled out mixes that accompany many double disk compilations.

Moving onto disc 2 I anticipated more energy, more substance, but frankly it was more of the same.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 29 Nov 2013
By Awalker
Without a doubt I have to say that this is the best thing I have listened to this year. Even my hubby who is not really into this genre of music really liked it so much in fact he has nicked CD2 (my favourite) for his car. I an recommending this to all of my friends. Fantastic Tunes!!!
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