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on 4 October 2010
This release barely registered when I bought it a few months ago, and seemed destined to be consigned to the shelf after a couple of mandatory listens. But having dragged it out and played it constantly over the last few days, I feel compelled to bring it to the attention of a few more people. It's a beautifully crafted mix of dreamy electronic and deep/tech house, straying into breakbeat and other styles but all the while keeping it's consistent thread and journey.
Disc one is slower and lush, with a lot of clean beats and melodies that never become predictable. The field recordings and added sound effects all add to the experience (awesome moment in the middle of disc one with the `everything slows down' sample), and there's even a sort of a winter feel to parts of it, which is rare with dance music. The second disc brings out some of the heavy hitters including Spooky and Gui Boratto, and after a chilled opening descends into probably the best mix Zabiela has ever put together.
There's no `four-to-the-floor' heavy industrial beats or euphoric breakdowns; those are better found elsewhere, as this is more subtle and trippy. For comparisons sake, it's more like the first Northern Exposure in tempo and style rather than one of the early Gatecrasher mixes. Either way, I'd recommend this to any fan of electronic music, dance or otherwise. It's easily the best thing Zabiela has put out, and probably the best Renaissance since Digweed's triple disc set way back in 1995.
Cool artwork on the packaging as well, as always, although could have done with some sleevenotes.