The Soundgarden podcasts Nick has been doing for the last couple of years (every 2 months, free on itunes) have been pretty consistently awesome; each follows a particular formula: downtempo and eclectic for the first hour, and music representing his club sets for the second hour. Each show would present new and often unreleased music. This CD mix, the first in what will be a series, follows this pattern, CD1 is downtempo, CD2 is uptempo.
This is nothing new for Nick, GU30: Paris and his latest Renaissance mix are also structured this way. This mix is different to the sound garden shows in one respect though; Nick has asked certain artists to create music especially for this mix, and added it to some big tracks that are almost no-brainers for the set, such as the unbelievable 'Says' by Nils Frahm, probably the best track of last year.
The result is a really pleasing one, with the balance very well kept throughout both discs. Clara Moto's opener introduces CD1 brilliantly, and the post-classical turn it takes with Frahm and Arnalds works superbly. It takes a darker twist as it progresses, but stays deep and thoughtful in its feel throughout.
CD2 was a marked improvement of Warren's uptempo CD2 for his Renaissance mix last year. Not that that mix was weak, but this mix is much deeper, much more textured and has a bigger variety. Simon Shackleton's 'We All Shine On' in particular offers a nice glimpse of Warren's more upbeat dance floor bright side.
The Soundgarden has proved to be a very welcome edition to the Nick Warren collection.