11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
What is all the fuss about?,
This review is from: James Zabiela: Sound in Motion (Audio CD)
I felt moved to write a review for the first time after purchasing this CD based on all the other 5 star reviews I read. Being a bit of a veteran of buying CDs based on others' reviews, I am always wary of the 5 stars which are wantonly dished out, usually accompanied by a review featuring orgasmically over-excited superlatives and punctuation to match. In this case though, the reviews seemed well thought out and written by chaps with a sound music knowledge, and sufficiently confident I pootled off to the checkout gleefully clutching my virtual copy. As someone who listens to a lot of dance music, mainly funky house/techno-related, this sounded like a reet treat, as arguably a lot of DJ mixes and compilations do sound somewhat samey to me these days. I have to say though that overall I was disappointed. Maybe I just don't understand the style of music here, but I like to think that I am open to good music of any genre. The whole rhythm of the mix is slow and ploddy, and some of the breakbeat tracks fail to take off. There don't seem to be enough high moments, no builds, however subtle, to get you reaching for the volume. I was eagerly anticipating the extra loops, samples and scratches too, but whenever I could pick these out they didn't seem to add much to the mix. As a bit of a DJ myself I am all for adding extra bits and pieces, but only if it is really for the benefit of the mix and not just self-gratification. The scratching, while neat, is functional rather than something to add to the tracks, I think to scratch you really need to be top of the pops and only a few DJs can really bring it off.
I don't know, maybe I am just not getting this, and if I saw the guy live he'd probably blow my trousers off but I'm afraid this just doesn't do it for me. My latest purchases for recommendation in a deep/funky house vein would be Nude Dimensions 1 by Miguel Migs and Ian Pooley's Nite Life 6, which has a bit of everything. Sounds of the Cosmos by Tom Middleton is also a winner, and magic value for 3CDs.