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Crackingly smooth, reflective, introverted and all-round wonderful,
This review is from: BALANCE 018 MIXED BY NICK WARREN (Audio CD)
I was listening to this release almost constantly for the past few days and decided to edit my review a bit, praising it even more than before. Nick Warren is a stellar DJ and with these mixes, as was pointed out in one of the earlier reviews, he lets the new talents and their productions shine, rather than attracting the attention to himself, basking in the spotlight. With this in mind, the relatively shorter track list, at least in comparison with other Balance releases, makes perfect sense and thanks to NW's experienced ears and his mixing abilities, both mixes provide solid, steadily wonderful and easy-on-the-ear journeys into the night, feeling more engaging and addictive with every listening.
Cd 1 is tech / progressive house oriented, starts off on a positive note, then steadily turns more introverted, keeping the same, wonderfully flowing and thrusting beat, on which the tracks evolve in an incredibly smooth way that makes them gel beautifully, which is the most characteristic quality of both mixes. There are moments when a certain track realeases a heartwarming moment, especially towards the end, Track 10, Hibiscus by Franck Orff, which beautifully mixes into the last track, Tickless by Giorgos Gatzigristos - a wonderful afterhours track to close the mix with.
Cd 2 fitted the night mood perfectly. Smooth, crunchy, and atmospheric, with tracks that delve deeper into the warmingly positive groove, flowing into the late night. Track 2, Nick Warren's excellent mix of Collider by Tripswitch, is among my favourite tracks and the mix doesn't go down until the very end, keeping the mood reflective and imaginative. I played the disc yesterday to accompany some late work me and my girlfriend needed doing, and we both enjoyed the mix a lot. Great one.
To sum up, Balance 18 by Nick Warren is a fantastic release - fans of Nick Warren could feel a bit let down for the lack of experimentation, or variety, but I really enjoyed the contemplative, moody and perfectly smooth style of mixing in both mixes, especially in mix 2, which makes it shine.
I'd had some reservations about this mixes after the first listen, but I've found myself returning to this mix more and more often, so that now it's one of the most pleasant, smoothest and most addictive releases I've heard.
Give it a go and give it time. It will reveal it's inconspicuous beauty with each listen.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2012 07:59:47 GMT
Mr. Bde Wall says:
Very nice review. If you loved this mix, I'd strongly recommend Warren's GU 30 (Paris). Disc one is the most mellow dj set he's released. His soundgarden sets on soundcloud are out of this world too, so check out his soundcloud page if you havent already bud! :)
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 08:22:14 BDT
Thanks for the comment! Incidentally, I had a look at Warren's soundcloud page just recently and got immediately hooked on his Soundgarden mixes! Haven't heard the GU 30 yet, but I'll give it a try, based on your recommendation ;) Cheers!
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