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Involver

25 Oct 2004

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Label: Global Underground
  • Copyright: 2004 Global Underground Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:18:13
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  • ASIN: B001VEWRNM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,304 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon J. Whight on 24 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ah, the big Sasha epic finally arrives. When Airdrawndagger arrived it did so to universal apathy. While not a bad album at all (Cloud Cuckoo and Wavy Gravy rock nicely thank you very much), it just didn't sparkle. When DJs set to creating their uber artist album, I think they can fall into a killer trap. They try and make their album sound like define as perfection in a DJing set. A seamless building journey from beginning to end. Great as a mix album, not as an artist album.
The Involver tackles the problem right at the heart. Sasha gets stuck right in at what he's doing best, in this case providing entirely exclusive remixes of his favourite tracks, and then seamlessly blending them together in a building 80 minute journey. If you wanted to stick this in a pigeonhole, it would be a remix-artist album-mix collection. There are no such things as pigeonholes though. Pigeons wander around town centres, dumping over shopfronts. This is just pure Sasha.
The lovely deep disco of Grand Nation opens off proceedings. A nice low tempo'd funky track, builds tantalizingly before letting the vocal just float over it. Proves the rule that you don't have to have high tempos to be groovy. From there we smoothly shift to the baleric progressive of Shpongle, which contasts just perfectly to the melancholic synths of Petter's These Days. Naturally Sasha lays an acapella of UNKLE's What Are You To Me? effortlessly to great effect. The mix continues in this fashion, gently building with no massive drops into the next tune. A seamless landscape of sound. Some great highlights in the form of the Spooky remix, thundering along with a driving bassline, and The Youngster's Smile, a wickedly programmed electro groover with spine tingling shifts in moods.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "bostin" on 2 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
As good as this album is, one can't help wondering why Sasha doesn't spend more time working on completely original material. Perhaps he feels happier behind a pair of decks, or he may have just been phased by the slightly negative response to the long awaited 'Airdrawndagger'. I actually think that although it wasn't quite on par with the superb 'Xpander E.P' 'Airdrawndagger' is one of the most under-rated electronic albums of recent times.
'Involver' (despite Sasha's magical production additions, and as much as it can be tarted up) is essentially a mix album. It's not completely consistent but at worst it's still pretty good. My 5 stars are largely based on his remix of Lostep's 'Burma'. This track just reeks of quality. When Charlie May, and Sasha hit the sweet spot everything similar pails into insignificance. This track is so good, it makes the best of the rest on this album seem average.
I would strongly advise Sasha, and May to ignore the response of the press, and continue producing stuff to this standard. The reason 'Airdrawndagger' was so vulnerable is that Sasha had spent the best part of about 10 years talking about it. Expectation was so high that it was destined to be criticised.
Sasha is a legend behind the decks, but there simply isn't the quality of material to put together a set that is anywhere near as good best production work.
'Involver' is a must have album. If you've lost faith in the progressive scene, it will soon be restored.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Davies on 28 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
Have recently purchased the Involver CD and was initally disappointed with the result.
Ever since I listened to the first Northern Exposure I have become hooked on Sasha's work. I find his choice of music subliminal and combines quirky tracks with elevating trancy style rythms.
Anyway when I purchased his latest work , 'Involver' I was expecting another quality addition to my collection. On first listen (whilst driving home) I was disappointed with the tracks he had chosen to mix, they seemed disjointed and a bit too quirky. However on further listening the CD has grown on me and is now a permanent addition to the car and house cd player. I find that tracks 3 and 4 (CD1) seem to be on continual playback as they are choice. As for the rest of the CD it is certainly one for the collection however i do not feel it is in the same league as the Northern Exposure or Expeditions collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pat Riddell on 9 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sasha's first two Global Underground mixes eloquently summarised the music he was playing in 1998/99 while setting the precedent for his contemporaries - who followed suit, albeit some six months later. Five years and an artist album later (Airdrawndagger), technology is finally revolutionising DJs tools with the introduction of quality CD mixing (the CDJ-1000s) combined with the internet and mp3 downloads. As Sasha said in a recent interview, "the DJs who survive will be the ones who can evolve with that".
Which is where Involver comes in. Each track has been remixed, reproduced or re-edited by Sasha into a mix that blurs the line between mix compilation and artist album but something that, theoretically, could be recreated in a club.
As usual with Sasha, it's a grower. On first listen you might be disappointed, by the fifth a little more excited and by the 10th listen you'll finally begin to appreciate it. It's melodic, ethereal and haunting - all the usual characteristics of a Sasha mix - with a patient build-up that only really gets going in the second half. The pace finally shifts into fifth gear with Felix Da Housecat's Watching The Cars Go By before driving through into its euphoric finale, the breaks-inspired, bassline-driven On My Own from Ulrich Schnauss. If you ever needed proof that Sasha was ahead of the game, this is it.
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