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5.0 out of 5 stars A dividing line in time, 27 April 2008
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Confuseius (Virtual Space) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Journeys By DJ Vol.4 (Audio CD)
This mix, which was released before the legendary Renaissance triple-disc collaboration with Sasha, represents a moment in time, where house changed from being weird electronic music for bug-eyed kids on designer drugs to fully-fledged art-form. Digweed (and of course Sasha) stood out a mile by the way that they structured their DJ sets in much the same way as a symphonic work. Somehow despite "only" playing other people's records, they managed to imprint on their time behind the decks something of themselves, to the extent that you could walk into a club and instantly recognise if either was playing.

What stands out now, gosh, nearly 15 years later is how fresh and innovative this mix still sounds. Sure, the production of the tracks is a bit dated, but all the elements that are still heard in modern electronic music are there in this mix, from the swirly intro of Power Circle through the near-tribal deepness of "Deep Inside" and "Infatuation", and then off into orbit as Digweed segues Slam's "Eterna", Suggestive's "Advances", Fluke's incredible stutter-voiced remix of Horse's "Celebrate" (a folk song!) and Leftfield Lydon's "Open Up" which Digweed makes sound as if they were written to be played together. Even Atlantic Ocean's "Waterfall" is deliciously blended in to the mix but somehow it and the following more mainstream tracks remain cheese-free.

It took extraordinary insight and nerve to imagine that records could be played in such a way, and produce an effect vastly more powerful than that simple description might suggest, let alone pull it off and make it into a decade-spanning career.

I can honestly say that this mix changed my life and I still find myself marvelling in awe at the sheer magnificence of its achievement. Simply put, it stood out a mile from the endless fluorescent-cased mix-tapes from DJ Wickedy-wickedy Wick and MC Stealth Bomber.

Treat yourself and track this down for a reminder of the time when all of this was new and we were delighting in sounds and ideas that had never been heard before - the days when the scene was just so new that each week brought new aural delights at the hands of Digweed & Sasha, whose imagination and innovation still seem to know no bounds.

Also highly recommended from this series are Oakenfold, Billy Nasty and (of course) Coldcut. Less consistent but also worth a listen are those from Dimitri and Keoki.

The series seems briefly to have been resuscitated in 2002 for a one-off release by John Selway, title "Lightwave", which is rather different - more heads-down banging techno, but still great stuff.

Digweed's however remains the pick of the bunch. Put this on your shelf next to the Renaissance triple and don't forget to turn the volume up on full for the musical nirvana of Slam/Suggestive/Horse/Leftfield-Lydon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woehaa, 25 Oct 2002
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F. P. Swarttouw "Frans rdam" (Rotterdam, NL) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Journeys By DJ Vol.4 (Audio CD)
Well I never write online reviews, but for this CD I have to give my opinion. House music has become an important stream in the current music arena. However, the best records have already been made and this CD contains a lot of great house tracks, which have been fabulously mixed by Johnny Digweed.
This journey starts very quietly and becomes more uptempo as it progresses. A lot of songs contain lyrics and are highly danceble. For people who like the sound of the first half of the nineties this CD is a must have. I have rated this album with 5 stars, because in my opinion, it is one of the better house mixes of an era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best, 28 Mar 2004
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N. D. Price "Muck" (Cardiff, UK) - See all my reviews
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Together with the first Renaissance 3cd this has got to be one of the all time classics. It got an old fart like me into the so called 'rave' scene (I was over 40 at the time!) and I have nver looked back.It still gets played in my house from time to time and people always remember it. Why its not available anymore is a shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rave Heaven, 28 May 2013
This review is from: Journeys By DJ Vol.4 (Audio CD)
What must be one of the ultimate mixes of the time!!! Not Hardcore, and not massed produced CRAP! This mix is a pure joy to listen to. It brings together all the early days of raves, and tunes of the time. Every track blended with the smoothness of butter upon a warm crumpet and then gently melts in the the mouth with a sweet taste of pure joy. Buy it and enjoy music as it should be. Not as modern music creates false idols, X what ever idiots!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top tunes, 20 Nov 2014
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Top CD Lost this years ago now replaced 😃
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4.0 out of 5 stars JDJ John Digweed, 3 Jan 2011
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I used to own this but had lost it... it's such a great album I had to buy another copy.
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