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There's nothing really exciting about Dave Seaman at this point in his career, but he consistently churns out good sets and good mixes, which is probably the reason Global Underground turned to him to make yet another installment in the series. His last efforts for the label were predictably reliable and enjoyable, and he continues the trend here, although this is the best of the lot. Disc one especially shines through, with sleek modern beats and seamless mixing, sticking mainly to tech house but veering towards the melodic rather than the minimal tracks. 'Triangle & Strings' that closes the first set is especially memorable, and the three mash ups on the disc work really well also.
Disc two starts off lush with the incredible Sasha remix of 'Come Home' and 'Sycamore Feeling', although I wish they'd kept the vocals on the latter. The beats are slightly more pulsating for this set, and it comes to a memorable close courtesy of two excellent tracks by Carl Craig, which has an awesome Bjork-esque vocal mixed in, and Steve Ward, who closes the set perfectly.
I'd have given this disc five stars had it shown a little more ambition and originality, but if you're expecting that from a Seaman set you'll be disappointed anyway. What you get is a cool, compelling two hours of quality modern dance music, and you can't ask for much more than that.
For recent comparisons sake, I'd say it's better than Carl Cox's GU set, on a par with 'Structures' by Digweed but behind James Zabiela's 'Life' mix for Renaissance, which remains the best dance album of the year.
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2010 19:49:19 BDT
D. Ashton says:
I didn't actually think that Life has been the best this year. Thought cd1 was really clever and has an amazing flow, but cd2 just drags, pretty slowly and uninspiringly mixed. But hey that's just me.
Posted on 11 Nov 2011 23:23:49 GMT
Craig Twyman says:
Thanks for a thorough review, Michael. I've since bought the album and I think your review pretty much nailed it. I definitely agree disc 1 is a gem!
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