on 13 May 2001
The much anticipated and awaited new album from Dave Clarke does not disappoint. Anyone who has seen Dave live can understand exactly where the tracks selection is coming from. I would like to say it is starts off slow and builds up but this, as you would expect from Dave, is crazy right from the start! The first CD is excellent thumping techno with the second CD bringing you back to voice boxes and 80's electro with tracks such as "Red" and "Ficher Spooners" current monster "Emerge". A Cd which is perfect for the techno lovers and those looking for something a bit different.
Let's start with the techno CD. It ranges from slightly quirky to the downright banging. Some of the tunes will put a smile on your face as you nod your head, others will get you itching to be going mental on the dancefloor. There should be a health warning because the tunes are so good you might explode. The mixing is done expertly and by hand - none of this computer mixing malarky. Mr Clarke employs lots of electronic gadget wizardry to tweak the tunes. He doesn't just play the music, he knows every last little DJing trick to make the music repeatedly and savagely kick you in the head. None of your Richie Hawtin style subtlety here!
The electro CD is top class too. Some really cool and funky tunes that are great to listen to on a Sunday afternoon. The mixing again is top notch. If nothing else, this CD is worth buying just because there are so few good electro compilations out there. Dave has got his hands on some tracks that are truely superb and you're unlikely to hear anywhere else.
I bought this CD when it first came out, and it still gets regularly played now. Well done that man!
on 6 June 2001
If you've heard of Dave Angel,then you know what i mean when i use the phrase funky techno.Dave Clarke brings us some of the finest of that.I could rabbit on for ages about his abilities but theres no point because the guys from England and Northern Ireland got there first.I could'nt agree more and then some!.Disc one is as funky as whilst disc two mainly covers breakbeat,not the nasty type you'd normally associate with the word break,but a very pleasureable listening experience indeed.If Dave was playing in the arches in Glasgow next week i'd be there no doubt about it.You need this compilation its as simple as that.
on 21 May 2001
After listening to his much acclaimed Essential Mix, which won mix of the year for 2000, i was eager in anticipation to listen to this offering by the Clarkster himself... and he doesn't disappoint. His wizardry with the the Decks --> scratching, spin-backs, cross-fader, bass kills, etc is second to none... i just can't wait to see him at Creamfields in Liverpool this summer.... COME ON!!