1000 Words Box set
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Guy J is a young, much-in-demand, innovative producer, DJ and live act, whose infectious production talents, busy worldwide touring schedule, electric live shows and groundbreaking debut album on Bedrock (released in 2008) have all led to this point and the creation of his stunning new masterpiece: 1000 Words . Along with a handful of his fellow countrymen, this young Israeli (now based in Antwerp, Belgium) is now at the forefront of a movement towards the melody-rich and emotionally charged roots of the house music spectrum. 1000 Words , spread over 3 CDs on John Digweed s forward thinking Bedrock label showcases the extraordinary talents of Guy J. His productions have constantly earned praise and gained many fans for their tight, driving beats, shimmering, warm synths and blossoming, journey like arrangements. Across 3 CDs he is given the space to explore the exciting, timeless space between ambient, experimental electronica, house, techno and beyond. Throughout, he constantly maintains a melodic and highly emotive core, creating a body of work structured and presented in a highly creative way. CD1 gives a nod to classical composition, taking the form of a series of movements, as Guy J mixes, segues and joins the dots between individual tracks to create an end result that is greater than the sum of all its parts. Opening with a swirl of muted bells and atmospheric pads, the lush opening 3-track sequence is concluded with the gorgeous, heavenly vocals of Miriam Vaga. Just when you think you know what s coming next, the soaring, melodic shower of Fall Star , Guy J lets the spirit of the Mad Professor into the studio and spins into a fizzing dub experiment ( The Right Place ), before getting horizontal and beatless with the melancholy beauty of My Organ Friend , to draw the second movement to a close. Spica wouldn t be out of place on the Bladerunner movie soundtrack, as it cuts to the pulsating disco swing of Electric Tale with a nod to Giorgio Moroder and morphs and breaks down into the spiralling, ecstatic chords of Lamur , before flowing into the distant storm of a perfect sunrise moment ( I Lost My Head ). The majestic beats reprise of Stay Cow and the stunning finale of Fly (once gain featuring Miriam Vaga), bring to a close what can only be described as a listening experience that has been heaven sent. Imagine being able to create your perfect DJ set; having the skill as an artist to create all the music you want to play; all the subtle emotional nuances, mood swings and changes of direction at your fingertips. CD2 is packed with expansive dancefloor creations. In classic Guy J fashion this is a musically dense and diverse trip that is as dynamic as it is organic, gradually progressing, turning up the pressure, keeping you hanging on until the very last drop has poured out of the speakers! From the deep, swinging, handclapping grooves of the opening sequence of Doves , Limbo and Easy Can Be , with their subtle, uplifting, intelligent beauty, this is a true journey by DJ, a master artist at work. As the mood moves towards the deep, throbbing intensity with lights down low ( My Thought Of You , Sahara and Teva ), it s easy to become lost in the swirling electronic music as Guy J pushes emotion buttons, exploring the psyche of the dance, exploring possibilities, forging ahead into the future. The full-length club mixes gathered on the unmixed CD3 rounds of this superb package in style, dedicated to bringing any self-respecting DJ s record collection up to speed with a selection of some of Guy J s finest moments from 1000 Words. From the majestic opening notes of Doves , he first explores deep house vibes with an opening trio of low-slung grooves sprinkled with melodic flourishes, Detroit techno influences and dub
Top Customer Reviews
This however, from Guy J, is exceptional from the moment you put it into your HiFi. CD1 is certainly the more melodic of the 2 discs and I kind of agree with the Amazon reviewer that it seems split into 3 sections, although I'd have included the 'Spica' track in the middle group - this being a similarly nice ambient track with a slightly deeper edge. Also, as that reviewer stated, not dissimilar to Bladerunner's soundtrack.
The real highlight on CD1 though is the final section starting (for me anyway) from the superb 'Electric tale'. This starts and freshens up everything that has gone before. Suddenly there's a delightful beat which really catches your attention, this segues nicely into 'Lamur', which I've heard on various other mix collections but never ceases to surprise - really really uplifting. Another great track.
'I lost my head' (AM Mix) is also amazing. More uplifting goodness with superb catchy loops and rises.
'Stay Cow' just seems to happen, you don't even realise that the previous track has ended - great mix.
Up to this point you might be thinking CD1 couldn't get better..... but it does. Guy J has saved the best till last on this disc. 'Fly' is simply a classic. The first time I played it, I went straight back to my HiFi, checked the box and replayed the track again and again.
CD1 reminds me so much of Chicane at their prime in the late 90's. Melodic, great vocal tracks and soaring, uplifting tracks to chill or dance to.
CD2 is also extremely good and it couldn't start any better.Read more ›
Granted, there are a few overly minimal, repetitive tracks on there, those these are much more noticeable on CD3. They work fairly well when integrated into the mixes, which is definitely the best way to enjoy this release. Hypnotic rhythms and beats with excellent sound quality. Highly recommended.
Guy J is such a consistent producer of fine quality electronic music he's one of the rare talents that has never disappointed, ever since I first saw him live at Ministry of Sound. The two tracks feat Miriam Vaga 'You' and Fly' is just so tastefully done, 'You' picks up the mood in the beginning and Fly closes it off with an uplifting feel to disc 1. Miriam is got a haunting voice which leaves such an effect on you. Part 2 is more fast paced progressive. I don't want to name standout tracks because I feel the beauty of this album lies if you discover the music by yourself. Its sublime, dreamy and very inspiring music which lets you focus on something you want very badly. Guy J is a true talent in every sense, if any of you guys get a chance to see him live, close your eyes go all out and have a great night out. Great album for the discerning electronic lover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
beautiful, melodic, flowing, deep proggy house.....start to finishPublished 10 months ago by Robbie M
This is up to Guy J's usual standards with a great selection of tracks. Maybe not the seamless mix of his Balance set but still superb deep house.Published on 10 Feb. 2014 by Clachtolll
I am an avid electronic music obsessive and for me this is easily album of the year (2011). So many many producers are out there these days and with some great stuff but with guy... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2012 by Anotherworld
I bought this triple CD pack earlier this year, it's ok - but coming back and reading the reviews makes me laugh - I would buy it again based on some of the 5 star reviews if I... Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2011 by Peter Bonnar