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5.0 out of 5 stars Always, 17 Nov. 2011
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Michael Mayer's 'Immer' - German for 'Always', is a mix that has made a big impact on electronic music. RA ranked it as the best mix cd of the first decade of the 2000s, and across the net you will see it listed as one of, if not the, greatest minimal electronic dj mix made. So why is this CD such a landmark? The answer lies in its dedication to what it is - an expression of minimalism. The tracks seem to float across from one another - there's no emphasis on the roll of the dj and his ability - it's purely about the flow of the set. It's very deep in it's textures, it just floats in it's strange, alien minimal way. Yet somehow it's still accessible as a dancefloor 'head-nodder' too. At times, Mayer doesn't mix the records at all - because it's not about him, its about the records on show. If he wants you to hear the very first note of the track, you will. And it's the way in which the set seems entirely dedicated to a love of a certain feel, a mood that this music creates, which is what makes it so good. For me, the set feels as if it moves in three stages, the opening 5 make a coherent, floaty yet solid introduction, and then things change, the set becomes more mechanical and robotic in sound. At track 10, 'Perfect Lovers', the set takes another twist, and the last stage seems to have a haunting drama to it.

The highlights for me are Audision's 'Gamma Limit', Rocket no.3's 'Rocket no.3', M.Rahn's 'Toaster', 'Perfect Lovers' and Selway's 'Flying High'. My main quibble with the set is that the one track that doesnt get Mayer's full attention is the fantastic 'Deeper' by Stargazer. Mayer plays only it's opening phase before mixing into the next records which to my mind are quite significantly inferior to 'Deeper', which is a shame. I'd also add that, for all the hype around this mix, I actually prefer Immer 3. But this is the one which set the standard and will be remembered by minimal music fans for many years to come, and it has it's rightful place as an important and significant achievement in the history of electronic music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mix the tricks!, 15 Nov. 2011
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Nice stuff I must say. I'm not into that kind of music, but this one gets many spins in my stereo. Cool stuff, if you want just few mix CDs in your collection this is perfect place to start.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars michal mayer delivers us a mix of electronic deep house, 3 May 2002
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I'm becoming day by day a big fan of all the music scene from Germany, expecially I like the way Germans trait house music...you will never find a simple vocal house track, or a deep radio house tracks. Germans put always electronic in it (Kraftwerk are still alive..) in many forms. minimal, abstract, electro, dub...
Micheal Mayer show us this variety of house music, bulding up a mix with different levels: from track 1 to track 4 he offers some minimal deep house sound, then it all become more deeper and from track 6 to 9 the sound become electronic as a machine...fantastic!! Track 10 (remixed by co partner Thomas at Koln's Kompakt Label) is another level of reinterpretation of '80 house music contaminated with electro, then the mix turn with mr. Selway(track 11) in a more techy direction..until the end..
a perfect cd for those who like new electronic deep house music in it's variations!
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