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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is TRUE house music, and the hottest of the year!, 16 Nov 2005
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Doctor Trance (MA, United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Balance 008 (Desyn Masiello) (Audio CD)
While you can certainly group this into the large spectrum known as progressive house, there are only a few real progressive tracks on here, and some tech house, but the rest is simply the best pure house music currently on offer. There isn't a single house CD that is going to move you as much as this one. Full of funky, infectious beats, with basslines and disco melodies to keep any dance floor in a frenzy.
There really is only one negative to both CD's: I wanted them to go on longer than the amount of music able to fit onto one CD. At the end of each disc, you are left drooling for more, and do not want these beats to ever stop. Apart from 3 weaker tracks in the middle of disc 1 (tracks 4-6 to be exact), both are superb. Disc 2 is the real stunner, without a dull track in sight, but both discs feature some monster tracks!
Disc 1 starts off progressive with Will Saul's Mbira and the first 3 tracks are solid. It gets a little weak with some rather dull disco tracks from 4-6, and I didn't care for the vocals in track 5 at all. The rest of the disc really gets moving with some pure house sounds, and climaxes with the incredible track, Our Lips are Sealed by The Visitor. You get a hot new update of Soulsearchers Can't Get Enough by Derek Howell, and the BPM's really pick up at the end of this mix, giving you a taste of what's coming on disc 2. The last track, Piano Tool, of course features some piano in it, and this track and all the other disco sounding stuff on here are great, with the exception of those few tracks I mentioned. I usually am picky about disco sounding house, but I can assure you, that it's not the cheesy kind on here, and just wait 'til you hear what you get on disc 2!
After the downtempo sounds gradually got faster and faster throughout disc 1, culminating in some high energy dance floor house which left you begging for more, Desyn chooses to slow things down for the start of disc 2, with the now classic ambient track, Halcyon+On+On. The pace quickly picks back up with some sweaty house tracks, and the music is at a solid dance floor pace throughout.
Once we get to track 9, prepare yourself for a dose of the hottest combination of tracks you will hear on any dance CD this year. It starts with the groovy Time for Change and kicks into a scorching Raul Rincon remix of Coburn's We Interrupt this Program. The original version had a decent melody and has been a DJ staple as of late, but prepare for the track to hit a new high with this remix. Then Desyn drops the bomb of a track Make a Move on Me, and I don't care who you are, where you are, or how you feel at that moment, but when this track hits, it's guaranteed to make anyone move. I can't even imagine the frenzy at a club after hearing these 3 tracks in row. Desyn certainly knows how to move a crowd! It seems like he set you up the entire mix just to blow it up right here!
The last 3 tracks get into some nice tech sounds, and at the end, I was left feeling this needed to be a 3 disc or 4 disc set, because I just couldn't get enough. This is simply the best pure house mix right now, and one you cannot miss!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a solid, if unoriginal, mix, 9 May 2006
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This review is from: Balance 008 (Desyn Masiello) (Audio CD)
People who have been listening to any house music for the last 3 years or so will have noticed that whatever it was their favourite DJs were spinning in 2003, most of them are now playing dirty tech house, or minimal techno, or some combination thereof. The closest comparison I can think of is the nu-metal peak, when people from all over the rock spectrum suddenly grew square goatees and dreads and started moaning about their girlfriends.

Of course, dirty house is a little more consistent than the now universally-reviled nu-metal sound, but it does mean that there's a great glut of material, and as such a mix has to be something special to get noticed.

Which bring us to Desyn's offering here. The mixing certainly doesn't stand out (allegedly abletonned, there's nothing here that would stretch a couple of CDJs), which leaves us with the tunes. And the tunes, thankfully, come to the rescue in style. Disc 1, after a chilled intro track, shifts into a spacey disco vibe with the funky-as-owt Jerry Cala - this vibe continues more or less uninterrupted for most of the disc, with a couple of prog cuts (notably Rene Amesz's Cabilla) and an unnecessary á la mode remix of just Can't Get Enough breaking it up. I have to say, I like the disco stuff here - Desyn goes from sparse spacey funk to more full-on italo revivalism with verve. The disc closes with Changes by Chris Lake, which is carried by an old-skool piano riff the match of any of the other attempts at this stuff last year.

Disc 2 starts with a rather blatant abuse of a track's classic status (in a set, fine; on a CD? is your mp3 folder that empty?). But hell, Halcyon + On + On is gorgeous enough for such cynicism to be forgiven. There's a more chunky, housy vibe here, with more of the zeitgeist's favoured moogy analogue basslines thrown in. Thankfully, disco is still lurking in the background, saving the day - in the simple keyboard loops on We Interrupt This Program, and the funky-as slap bassline of Dirty Delicious.

There is nothing unique about this mix, not at the moment especially. Broadly speaking, this is the sound of Ministry, Fabric, Renaissance, and pretty much every major clubbing brand. Desyn and all the producers highlighted here succeed where others have failed by sticking to house's roots in disco and The Funk (as opposed to the dirgey nonsense put out by Tiefschwarz, for instance). Is it the best mix of its type? probably not. Is it the best Balance? Not by a long shot. But it's worth a go, anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desyn - Genius house music, 14 Dec 2005
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This review is from: Balance 008 (Desyn Masiello) (Audio CD)
If you love house. Buy this. Its as simple as that. the record selection is sublime at very well thought out and the mixing certainly exceeds most house dj's. Ive seen this guy live and he was exceptional. This cd captivating the experience of his live performance. Is it Electro, progressive, chicago, funky, minimal.... Its all of these.. Like the review above.. No doubt album of the year along with James Zabiela's Utilities.
BUY IT >>>>>.....
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The No1 DJ delivers once again!!!, 17 Oct 2005
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M. Lawson (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Balance 008 (Desyn Masiello) (Audio CD)
I picked up a promo copy of this and i must say that this is an awesome compiliation. This guy can not do any wrong. Exactly what i expected and he delivered the goods alright. Unlike some of the other recent DJ comps this one gets straight to the point. All in all, one of the best DJ comps of the year, up there with Zabiela's Utilities. There is only one thing to do when this is released. Go and Buy it!!!!
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