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House, Trance, Progressive - Prydz
on 2 June 2012
10 years in the making this collection was guaranteed to be 5 star before disc 1 (the album) was even written. Most big name DJs shell out compilations at the rate of 1 or 2 a year, but despite huge demand Eric refused until now. Discs 2 & 3 are the highlights of his incredible production career which circles the genre of House music with relentless quality, patience and euphoria to such an extend that there could and should have been a disc 4!
Prydz's image is a complicated one having had 3 big chart hits (Call On Me, Proper Education & Pjanoo), but only a recent edit of Pjanoo is allowed into the reckoning here. His commitment to the underground sound of house is shown by classics Armed, Aftermath & the hypnotic Emos, while recent monster club hits M.S.B.O.Y., 2Night & Mirage ensure a relentless euphoric finish to disc 3.
As for the new album its more of the same with some fine progressive working with ventures into electro and to be honest the deeper shades of dare i say it Trance. 'You' & 'SW4' are belters, but there isn't a weak track on display, with the ecstasy moment being what promises to be one of the summers biggest records 'Allein' which has been bubbling around for some time, but Prydz is the master of knowing when to make a release.
Pigeon holing this collection of music doesn't do it credit. It is indeed the fact that so many of Prydz's records fall between genres that give him his identity. There is however no doubting that he is one of the greatest producers of club music melodys who has ever graced the decks. Miss this at your peril, Prydz is unlike compatriots Guetta, Tiesto & Co underated and would be a bigger household name if he didnt suffer from fear of flying, but if you get the chance dont just buy this album, pay a visit to see him and his EPIC show, especially his August dates for Together @ Amnesia in Ibiza.