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JAMES LAVELLE BIOGRAPHY

Described once as the Hunter S. Thompson of DJs, James Lavelle’s career has spanned the last 18 years, and at 32 he remains as individual a figure in contemporary music as he was as a teenager, when he first gate-crashed his way in with the genre-shattering MoWax records. Back then he was obsessed with early street culture, DJing with Gilles Peterson at ... Read more in Amazon's James Lavelle Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Global Underground
  • ASIN: B00006J4AW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Mongrel Meets Its Maker - DJ Shadow
3. Dusted - Leftfield
4. Night Beats - Thomas Bangalter
5. The Vibe - Sotero
6. Let The Good Times Roll - Layo & Bushwacka
7. Fundamental - Sasha
8. Hold Back - Force Mass & Motion Vs Dylan Rhymes
9. Crooked - Evil Nine
10. Breakin' On The Streets - Stir Fry (False Prophet Rmx)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Intro
2. Underground Sound - Pitch Black
3. Revolution - Kybosh (Dub)
4. Atmosphere - Rennie Pilgrim & Meat Katie
5. Next Life - Meat Katie
6. Dirtywaltzer - Soul Of Man
7. Black Widow - Uberzone & Rennie Pilgrim (Vip Remix)
8. Hip Hop - Dead Prez (Unkle Fabric Edit)
9. Seriously Twisted - Peace Division
10. Ultra Savent - Duncan Gray
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Beats aficionado and all-round scenester, James Lavelle, has always had a way with a beat. Here, we get to see what the Mo Wax head honcho can turn up with a set of turntables and a wide choice of tunes for Global Underground 23 in Barcelona. On CD 1 he begins, appropriately enough, with DJ Shadow's brooding "Mongrel Meets It's Maker" before heading steadily towards nu skool breaks territory via cuts like Leftield's "Dusted" (featuring Roots Manuva), Thomas Bangalter's "Night Beats", building an infectious set that features Layo and Bushwacka's "Let The Good Times Roll", Sasha's "Fundamental", Evil9's "Crooked" and the excellent Unkle remix of Ian Brown's 'Fear'. CD 2 initially starts with a loose, four-four sound courtesy of Pitch Black's "Underground Sound" but soon brings back the pin-sharp syncopation with artists like Meat Katie, Rennie Pilgrem and Soul Of Man. Lavelle finally gets his tech house tendencies out halfway through this second mix, stringing together bubbling tracks from Peace Division, Duncan Gray, Lee Burridge, FC Kahuna and Halo before coming to a simmer with "There Goes The Fear" by Doves. Competent enough, but hardly the cutting edge stuff you might expect from a man perpetually hyped as a luminary. --Paul Sullivan

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jw Heaton Armstrong on 24 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
In the days of the international superstar DJ, one may ask where thwere is room for the smaller and arguably better DJs. Global Underground has, for some years now, released great house and dance, and this latest offering is no exception. CD1 just gets better and better, though each track has value on its own. The is a huge amount of variety from DJ Shadow and his more downbeat tune to the uplifting drums and heavy base of Sotero. Having heard James Lavelle rock Fabric, I wondered whether this would sound good on my hifi at home but it does not disappoint - he is so good. CD2 merges from big tunes to more downbeat tracks from the likes of Hybrid and the Doves. In the shops now is a special edition with an extra CD, containing a video and various other features. My advise - stop what you are doing and go and buy this album!!
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good old school tunes - good disk condition.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Havicon on 6 Jan. 2010
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Not a mix that instantly strikes you as a classic - the opening tracks on both discs are a little indifferent, and these are the moments when a DJ really needs to put the attention grabbers out. The music settles down to an agreeably mainstream GU feel towards the end of both discs. After a couple of listens through it's likely this will simply join the growing heap of "oh yeah that's another GU mix album" - while the pile of classics from this series remains titchy.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. J. Burgess on 27 Feb. 2003
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I bought this album on the strength of Lavelle's reputation, as well as a great choice of tracks - especially on disc one. The tunes on this album do not indeed disappoint. Lavelle's contribution however, is questionable. Each song ends, a new one begins...this is the general flow of the collection. Whilst CD 2, including a more tech-house mix, does feature minimal mixing and fading between tracks, those listeners searching for a display of DJ-ing talent or innovation will be sorely disappointed with this set. I loved the tunes on this album, but feel that I could quite easily be listening to a simple complilation, with some cross-fading to link the tracks together - nothing more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Seamless...is the word. 21 Oct. 2002
By A. Stielow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always been a long standing fan of the Global Underground compilations, and there is good reason. Names like Dave Seaman, John Digweed, and Danny Tenaglia have all been headliners for these studio mixes. I remember a few months ago that I heard that the newest Global mix was going to be done by James Lavelle. I am embarassed to admit, but I actually asked who this guy is. Well I can't really say I've learned much about him since I first heard his name, but the GU 23 discs speak for him. This guy is phenomenal. His chance to do this set is well deserved. From the moment the first track hits you'll be drowned in the sound of delicately woven beats, blended seamlessly across 2 discs. Starting off softly, this compilation transforms itself across a landscape of trance, moving through house music and back again. While I am not an expert at defining categorically this style of music, I am aware of what great music is. These discs are and always have been great music and are clearly superior to any other mix compilations available. Beware...once you go Global, you never turn back. I've always said that electronic music, is modern day classical, and this along with the other GU compilations will convince you of that fact.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amazing that this hasn't sold as much as Sasha 21 Oct. 2003
By Jim Galligan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...This album feels dangerous in all the right places. Its sleazy the way Lawler wishes he was. It breaks like Adam Freeland. Its acidic the way Christopher Lawrence used to be and it has more implied sex than it has any right to. Most important it takes chances. They might not all payoff, but enough do. Did I mention it sounds great?
This isn't all prog house of course. The head of Mo'Wax couldn't foreget his beat based roots. This is a mix. This is a set. And it works. Starts to finish.
But maybe most important is that it was realesed by Global Underground. The label that was once the inovator, the leader. Lately GU has become too formulatic. This album doens't save them completely. It just brought the fun back...one more time.
Essential!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Picks up where Dave Seaman left off... 16 Nov. 2003
By h0bbes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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This is one of those albums that make you say "What the f*ck is this sh*t?!" when you're listening to it on the first go. But it quickly grows on you by the second or third listen, as one comes to appreciate what Lavelle is attempting to deliver -- a fresh and diverse collection of grooves to a label that is otherwise known for its staple sets of progressive house.
Disc one starts off at a lively pace with a great rock-like track from DJ Shadow, then delicately fades off, giving way to the dominating, banging rap beats of "Dusted". Great transition. Just when one is lead to believe that the beats have levelled off, the album climbs even higher with the speed-induced "Night-beats" and the catchy drums of "The Vibe". Layo and Bushwacka!'s "Let the Good Times Roll" is my personal favourite, a high-energy track with a haunting set of vocal dubs. The speed trip then carries on with the break-beats of Stir Fry's "Breakin on the Streets" and the DEEP beats of Drummatic Twins' "Invincible Bass". The disc then concludes gracefully with the UNKLE remix of Ian Brown's "F.E.A.R.".
Disc two is the clubbier disc. Pitch Black's "Underground Sound" is a deep, sweaty track that could very well be at home in one of Danny Tenaglia's sets. The deep-house funk continues with "Revolution", "Atmosphere" and "Next Life", sharply dropping off to the Hip-Hop beats of "Dirty Waltzer", "Black Widow" and the infectious "Hip Hop". The mood then goes tribal with Peace Division's "On the Bandwagon" (a finger in the direction of Tenaglia), "Ultra Savant", and the wet tunes of "Juicy". It all climaxes with FC Kahuna's funk-infused "Glitterball", followed by two sobering tracks from Hybrid and Smithmonger. The CD winds down with the superb "There Goes the Fear". A great, great choon and a bittersweet ending to a great set.
Could the Boxed Boys be breaking the mold? Or is this just a teaser album? Dave Seaman took the listener on a head-trip around the globe with GU022. James Lavelle takes you on a head-trip across different genres of house music. Here, he takes on different personalities; Tenaglia, Warren, Seaman, Sasha and Digweed, somehow making them into his own. This compilation is a patchwork of deep, tribal, progressive, hip-hop and hard house, all masterfully mixed into one cohesive, smooth-flowing set. Like GU022, it may not make a first good impression -- but chances are you'll be hooked after the first or second listen.
A standout GU album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great CD just don't buy a promo copy 11 Dec. 2003
By greg15910 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great CD. Make sure not to get sold a promo copy. Promo copies have an announcer speaking over the music around 6 times per cd stating "Global Underground Promo...James Lavelle Barcelona"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Incredible mix 3 Nov. 2003
By Riaan Theron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow, after all the uberDJ's on the GU bandwagon, its great to hear a new artist in what I consider to be an essential beginners guide to progressive tech house. CD1 is the one that will stay in ur cd- changer in your car, what with awesome mixes by Bushwacka and the like, and the missus will even like to too!
Nice grooves and samples, especially if your into breaks and an even flow, and lets not foget the inspired track at the end - truly uplifting stuff. CD2 is the one you will want to play at ur local house party or before a huge night out, with banging, sexy basslines and great song selection to please even non prog heads. This is the reason i give it five stars: not just the great mixing and song selection, but the pure seductiveness factor and its accessability. Enjoy this, because its a bit special.
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