1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2009
It's fair to say this isn't his best album but it is a cd that really sneaks up on you and 6 months after purchase I couldn't get enough of a bundle of tracks especially on CD2. You can tell who are the old school GU fans because they don't rate this much at all. I think you have to move with the times and breakbeat is where its at. An album that I love of Freelands is his back to mine offering.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2007
Well I dont know about the aesthetics behind GU and I truly dont care but this is a seriously well mixed comp of rocking beats. Freelands on the mark yet again.
As for "emtry-brain-teenage clubbers filled with EXC", ala a bit further down...Mate you've tranced in front of speakers for too long, your brains mush.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2007
Best known for his in-your-face breaks, and not having made a mix CD in ten years, it's no wonder there's been so much chatter surrounding Adam Freeland's Mexico City GU. Admittedly, this is Global Underground's only significant departure, along with Lavelle, from the dependable progressive artists who have collectively cemented the record label in EDM history. Freeland defies the odds and mixes a masterfully solid release that I believe will earn him at least one more go on the GU label in the future.
CD1 swoops into full-force with a progressive breaks/house cocktail, slowly incorporating rock and electro. It is enough to turn your head into jelly - and jelly feels good. Freeland's the type of DJ who keeps people moving by firing shots their feet. It makes for a pretty memorable experience. The progressive breaks whip, whirl, twist and jump, sometimes lending a kiss of guitars without deviating from GU's quality standards. I dare say there isn't much room to lose attention on disc one because even after repeated listens I still find myself wondering, "where's this gonna go next?" Remember that golden standard, "disc one chill / disc two energy"? Throw that silly notion out the window as Adam Freeland makes squelches the conventional! And who but Adam Freeland could mix together tracks from artists like Faze Action, Revl9n, Minimal Compact, Spank Rock and Evil 9 and actually have it make sense? Freeland's own "Silverlake Pills" is a notably wild track, as is "Deadly Weapons," "Sharpen the Knives" and "F**k." The very titles of the tracks chosen seem to be competent indicators of what the first mix contains. Finally, "Testarossa" bores into Evil 9's "Happy Ending," concluding this heart-pounding experience.
CD2: Now enter "Ecstasy Symphony," a track which seems too beautiful following the first mix. In fact, disc two's mood marks a wonderful foil for the first mix as it is elegantly orchestrated. There is a time for madness and a time for contemplation, and disc two illustrates the contemplative side of Adam's madness. Soon enough the smooth and funkified rhythm of "Zebras & Butterflies" has my head bobbing peacefully. Tracks further on churn out bassy, alien-esque wanderings before securing a consistent beat which resembles progressive trance. Employing tracks by artists like Cobblestone Jazz, Spaceman 3, James Holden and Justus Konche, disc two is a decidedly more calculated adventure - one that departs so much from Freeland's musical attitude that I still cannot believe my ears when I hear it. 120 Days' "Come Out" is a stand out track, essentially marking the point where the album gains some sort of speed and body; James Holden's "Lump" is one of the dreamiest and hypnotic tracks I've heard in a long time. I would rate disc two amongst the top five oddball GU discs in the entire series, but it is so brilliantly mixed - perfect for cruising, slow dancing or laying on the couch, the styles jump from ambience to minimal to alternative rock. Freeland's imagination is truly incredible. Disc two marks Freeland's imagination blossoming.
I honestly cannot begin to imagine what this Global Underground party must have been like, but I think it is safe to say a couple people left the club on stretchers, others in the aftermath of a spiritual awakening. To those wary of purchasing this album based on the fact that Adam does not fit the typical mold of a Global Underground artist, you are missing out. Putting himself back on the map, Freeland satisfied my EDM appetite with gritty and diverse Mexican madness with a side of extraterrestrialism, and it is absolutely delicious.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2007
after a short period when it seemed the only DJ in boxed's rolodex was the reliably unreliable Nick Warren (and boys, give the keys to Jody Wisternoff one of these days, he's leaving poor old Nick biting his dust), and Sharam's snooze of a mix last year, we have something of a return to form here. Freeland drops GU's most...fashionable CD for years.
It's funny to think that the whole buzzy fuzzy electro-house thing has never really landed on GU, even as it landed on absolutely everything else, but Disc 1 here is really the first wall to wall festival of self-consciously dirty stuff they've thrown at us at all - a mixed blessing, being as it is one of those styles that you tire of after about 45 minutes unless it's on a really beefy system. There are some good tunes - Carl Craig's mix of "In The Trees" is pretty damn scary, near-Throbbing-Gristle stuff. But it just all gets a bit dull by the end.
CD2 has been much touted, by Mr Freeland as much as anybody else, as showcasing a brand new style known only as "e-drone". In normal people language, this seems to translate as "mid-tempo indie rock tracks played by any DJ not famed for playing mid-tempo indie rock tracks". If the novelty value is overrated, however, the sound itself is not - it's about time somebody realised that you don't need James Murphy to have at an indie track before you can dance to the damn thing. All that time we were suffering the Rapture and Radio 4, and I guess it was always going to take a breaks jock to realise that this stuff was much funkier before it decided to "get funky". Upshot is, there as some fabulous guitar pop moments (the Silversun Pickups track in particular), given the coherence they deserve, and finding themselves implicated by association with the likes of James Holden.
A decent package all round.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2007
After all the bad write-ups concerning this mix, i was pleasantly surprised to find out that through all that noise and clatter, this mix actually does make sense after a few listens....
Now, after my 4th listen, i'm loving every single minute of it. Boy oh boy, this grows on you tremendously...
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2007
super stuff.... no doubt. Freeland plays rockin' records.. always has. "Dance Music" needs a kick up the arse at the moment and Freeland is one of the guys dishing it out.
As for the record, Disc 1: super intro with Carl Craig track and then it just goes mad... I absolutely love the way the next track is brought in. The next series of tracks are all difficult to describe... but just turn the volume up nice and loud and they just kick. They bring us upto a crescendo with Freelands Silverlake Pills/By the time they reach you and the murdering Floating. This is awesome stuff. I thought that Freelands remix of Autoluxs's Blanket would have fitted in nicely here after Disco Sux, however it still works when you hear where the record goes. The record mellows a little until it roars again with Phantom's -Justice. It was here that I thought things went a bit off.... 2 tracks (Bump and Signature)... maybe I'm wrong but Freeland may have ben able to get better fillers to introduce the class "Sharpen the Knives" (very daft punk track.. mental stuff!). Disc One finishes with a preview of disc 2.... however, I find the Evil 9 track a little off. Overall, I think that Freeland is pushing the envelope with this set....
Disc 2: This would be great for the end of an evening out or when chilling out... I espeically like Advance and Come out etc ad then the guitar tracks Silversun Pickups/Miyagi/Weatherall/B-movie set in. Then it's all very uplifting and trots along at a wonderful pace. Very nice and pretty unique!
Not for trancers.... excellent genre crossing record. Looking forward to Freelands next ventures.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2007
It's certainly different!
Don't expect this to be your usual GU mix, this is by some margin, a different direction for the label. It's a brave move, and it's paid off.
I can't say i know too much about Adam Freeland, but he's done a good job here. Previous revivews describe the change in direction of music, so i'll just mention some of the tracks that stood out for me;
These include Faze Action's In The Trees, Kim's Wet N Wild, Adam's own excellent Silverlake Pills, Gui Boratto's Terminal, Fujiya & Miyagia's Ankle Injuries, Evil 9's Happy Ending and Kavinsky's Testarossa.
Very good mix, but surely the question now is, what have Global Underground got planned next...
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2007
I've been an avid collector of all the GU series... and the last release by Dubfire (GU31 Taipei) was the absolute best! 2 hours of pure bliss.
This!? This on the other hand is one of the worst... maybe THE worst. CD1 is a mishmash of clangs and random noise which irritates more than excites! According to the sleeve notes, CD2 should be better. I havent even bothered putting that on yet as I got so turned off by CD1, the whole package has gone under the bed!!!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2007
Despite the pasting that this album has got in some of these reviews, it's still a worthy addition to the GU label. There's no denying it's a departure from the usual GU fare and it admittedly doesn't quite grab you first time around but if you listen to it a few more times the rewards are there; after a few laps round your stereo the tracks will make a lot more sense and some of the mixing on CD1 in particular stands out as excellent. Bear with it!
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2007
well, i really love most of freelands older stuff, but this...... ugh. i find it really crappy. there's NO groove no melodie and the mixing is whatever. it's bleep bleep bleep. and that just get's boring and more importantly.... annoying!!! maybe it's just not my taste, could be. but i'm really NOT diggin'it.