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Northern Exposure 2: Mixed By Sasha & John Digweed (UK 2-Disc Edition)
Northern Exposure 2: Mixed By Sasha & John Digweed (UK 2-Disc Edition)
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £46.51

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Electronic Music Comp since they began!, 30 Mar. 2010
the headline is not exaggerated in anyway...i've spent thousands over the past 15 years or so on DJ compilations, label releases and electronic artist albums...this is timeless, immense in every way and a must have for any serious dance music can understand from this album, possibly the first one and then expeditions why S&JD are the strongholds they are when it comes to electronic music. Stick it on, take the journey, be amazed by the sounds, tunes, vocals, melodies, beats and flawless mixing that makes this a truely great publication. Deffo in my top 3 purchases and the only cd i'd bring with me to a desert island!!...if there was electricity of course!!...5 stars not enough to be honest..

Carl Cox Gu38: Black Rock Desert
Carl Cox Gu38: Black Rock Desert
Offered by cheapcdsdvds
Price: £22.54

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a Techno Compilation!, 24 Feb. 2010
If you're expecting a Carl Cox banging festival type set with him muttering utter drivel into a microphone and still wishing he could spin back records to cover up his poor mixing then you'll be disappointed with this CD. CD1 starts off with bouncey, ploddy house with tribal vocals scattered here and there....after track 6 or 7 then it starts to pick up and get more progressive (but again, not techno) and finishes off with tougher prog and then perfectly with Christian Smiths "Flyertalk"...all in all decent, but i'd expect more from this "high end" DJ.

This to me is not Carl Cox techno...not the music he plays in clubs & festivals...not what i've experienced anyway (see above!)...techno for me is the likes of Markus Schultz, Joris Voorn or Sander Van Doorn and the likes...I mean you only have to look at the track listing and artists to know this is not a full Techno record!...proggy tech-house it's best described as. CD2 starts off well enough, tracks 4 onwards touch on the crazy techno sounds vibe you love to hear in a club but again after that it goes total progressive...ala Hernan or even an old school Digweed!....James Zabiela & Gui Boratto offerings cementing my point.

I've given this 3 stars however as it's actually slightly entertaining and it is good on it's own merits....however if someone stuck this on at a party i'd think it was set by Laurent Garnier!!!...Techno fans will be utterly disappointed, Prog fans dont expect too much...this is a hybrid comp, it's neither one thing or the other, it wants to be all things to all dance music fans but really CC should have sticked to his own style..wont be long before this CD stays in my glove box i recon as it's nothing special for what it has been built up to be...
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Global Underground 19: John Digweed In Los Angeles
Global Underground 19: John Digweed In Los Angeles
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £6.46

5.0 out of 5 stars still one of the best prog comps ever, 17 Feb. 2010
i just recently listened to this comp again...10 or so years after it's release and maintain it's one of the best dark, deep and driving prog mixes ever published!. it has everything...and it's proven to be timeless...After spending endless amounts of money on comps from all the major labels, downloading mixes and so on....this is still one of the best...FACT!...any progressive house music fan should have this in their collection.
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Puma Men's Usan Croc
Puma Men's Usan Croc

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tight!!, 7 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Puma Men's Usan Croc (Apparel)
These trainers are very tight a size 8, got 8.5 to be on safe side and they are pretty "Snug". Could have got a 9 and say would be little wider!....if you have a wide or fat foot these are not for you!.....the oatmeal colour are pretty golden too....but look class on in my opinion!. pretty comfy so far but only had em a week. hard to believe the uppers are leather as they are coated and not that soft but im sure will soften in time.

Renaissance: The Masters Series - Hernan Cattaneo
Renaissance: The Masters Series - Hernan Cattaneo

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better the more I listen, 6 Oct. 2009
This Comp gets better and better the more you listen to it...and the first listen was impressive to say the least. With labels churning out comp after comp lately, inclusign Renaissance, seems some of the DJ's are compromising their styles and records in order to get the final record out to a deadline! in....Satoshi's latest Masters offering...what a disappointment!. But Hernan yet again delivers....on all aspects of the prog genre. Mixing was never his strong point, but track selection, arrangement and general ability to take you on a journey through excellent, deep, touch, driving and epic prog makes him the finest of DJs to entertain. Track of the CD, and indeed the year is Guy Gerber - Stoppage Time (Reshuffle mix)...a truely inspired 9 mins of beautiful house music. I thoroughly recommend this CD if you like any of Hernans stuff...lots of his own production on here too, a great talent and should be proud of this mix.

Moments VOl. 2
Moments VOl. 2
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.39

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning...from a very critical Prog fan!!, 6 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Moments VOl. 2 (Audio CD)
This comp is so far the best of 2009. I was blown away with the first Moments and this has not let up on the highest level of prog and deep/tech house selection, mixing & all round journey of a very good prog mix.

Many recent releases from big names have been mediocre to say the least but Pappa manages to stay true to form of the first Moments and really make you wish you were in the middle of a dancefloor having a great time. Wont disrespect it by naming out specific tracks as i really think that does little to aid a person thinking on buying a CD of this genre but there are a good few Mammoth tracks that puts a big smile on your face or make you go "ouu yeah"!!...

If you liked the first, please get wont regret it. cant recommend this Comp highly enough if you are a fan of honest, pure, driving, techy, deep prog. Think Hawtin met Digweed who then bumped into Dave Seamen who just happened to be on the phone to Jim Rivers!.

Slash: The Autobiography
Slash: The Autobiography
by (Musician) Slash
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down!....bit like the booze for ol Slash there!, 16 July 2009
excellent read form start to you a humble insight into rock n roll excesses, where by you feel Slash and others in the band are lucky to be alive. You still feel he wouldnt change or regrets a thing on how he lived his life....was all part of growing up and joining a rock band. Also gives an honest tale of how the band fell apart and the consistent tantrums of Axl caused a lot of cracks in the group. Very good book...highly recommended for he GnR, slash, Rock N Roll and Autobiography fan.

Nu Breed: Jim Rivers
Nu Breed: Jim Rivers
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.98

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pick in a long line of Mediocrity out there!, 12 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Nu Breed: Jim Rivers (Audio CD)
I was debating whether to buy this for a while as per recent Global Underground releases packing utter disappointment, was warey to say the least!. However my faith in the spin off NuBreed brand was retained when i got the first listen. This is the best Mix CD i've bought since Anthony Pappa's Moments CD (i highly recommend this too).,After being slightly disappointed with Nick Warrens Lima, Sathoshi quite boring Recent Masters offering and Hernans doesnt really blow me away either...reading the danny howells recent offering wasnt great and nic fanciulli's GU release was god aweful i was wondering was there any decent releases out there apart from the ususal Resident Advisor & Fabric Podcasts!.

With this there is a good track selection, good mixing, good pace, good deep beats, prog beats, quirky beats and 2am beats!....all in all not a waste of money in these penny pinching times. If you like recent releases from SOS Balance offering, Lee Burridge's Balance too, above Pappa's Moments or the likes of Koze, Seamen, Digweed etc.....

If you like any of the above, buy it....if you dont...dont!!....there is nothing worse than reading these reviews where by people start rhyming off track names, saying one track "melts nicely into another" etc!.. and basically anoracking and not really saying what the overall Compilation is like, similar to or resembling music wise!...

well done Jim....good flag flyer for the NuBreed Series and hope the next one is just as good.
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Price: £13.09

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Brilliant, 16 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Moments (Audio CD)
I've got a few Pappa mixes (NuBreed etc) and seen the man a few times so know what he's all about...but it seems the tough proggy DJ has gone the route of the slightly minimal, deep and more so melodic route of prog and have to say, done a damn good job with this mix. CD1 starts off nice and housey and generally picks up by track 3...track of the cd for me is 'Mariposa' by Koze but all are really top top quality progressive tunes.

CD2 then launches straight in back into the 3am dancefloor stuff and never lets's never stomping or banging, never boring or noisey but just a good consistant flow of very very good music. From what i've been hearing it's the kinda stuff being played by prog/techy DJs all over the world, (Digweed, Hawtin, Holden, Seamen, Warren etc) the melodic house record is back...and it's great get you to close your eyes whether on the bus, train, bed etc & to bring you there into the club, into the dancefloor and wish you were there for real!!..

All in all if you like the recent stuff from any of the DJs mentioned'll love this.

definately download the bonus weblink mix for the moments record as this too is a fantasic mix and a real stomper for pre or post nights out in front of the speakers!!

Renaissance: Transitions, Vol. 4
Renaissance: Transitions, Vol. 4
Price: £7.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius - Best Trans yet, 22 Aug. 2008
Every Transitions gets better and more (for the want of a better expression - 2am'ee!)....real stomping dancefloor stuff from Digweed....nothing boring or dull or monotonous....this Set at first listen blew me away (which is very tough to do) and then the more listens the more you appreciate what a true talent this DJ is amongst fallen "legends" and others who havent stuck to their roots of style of the music they played years ago...understanding that trends & technology have played their part, but Digweed seems to be the only DJ around today that has stayed true to his beliefs that good proggy dance music is still around and just as amazing as it has ever been.

I cannot rate this disc highly enough, not purely for the Digweed enthusiast, but even for the dance music fan, you would be doing your mix collection a diservice if you didnt include this set.

Saw the chap two weeks ago and best set i've heard in 4 odd years by anyone so roll on Transitions 5 is all I can say!...

Buy it and get ready to be jaw dropped!....

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