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Sound of the Cosmos Import

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  • Audio CD (10 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hooj Choons
  • ASIN: B00008BX93
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,237,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tom Middleton's Sound Of The Cosmos was one of the first of Hooj's (fine record label and purveyor of quality house music) recent new direction with house music. Once a home for anthem and riff laden trance peddled by the likes of Oakenfold, when Red Jerry started exploring the more progressive and deeper side of house music ... something more refreshing entered our lives. Take some time to glance over the sleeve notes, Middleton states that this is no way a live DJ mix (but then again what compilation nowadays is?), but a representation of his experience DJing, all the perfect mixes, moments of genius where he finds two tunes that sit together so perfectly it creates an entirely new tune! And he is spot on. Not happy to just layer one track over the end of the other, refrains from other tracks further on in the mix float in early over his selected tracks, when mixing out, melodies and vocals from the previous track gently fade away. You rarely notice a mix happening until you're quite some way into the next track. Seamless. The early sections of Disc2 are a particularly good example of this, with Jody Watley's smooth house getting beefed up by the beats of Yann Fontaine, and before you know it, you're invited into the electro chill of Telepopmusik's Breathe. Its not just a fine DJ mix, it is THE finest example of sequencing and programming I've ever heard. And each track is a gem ... no obvious anthems, each a rare little joy.
Not only do you get quality, you get quantity. 3 CDs of it. The first CD concentrates on electro and breakbeat. The smooth almost Moby-esque dance-blues of Ils, Middleton's own bootleg/rehash of Sunglasses At Night & Blue Monday all the way to the almost 2 step but sublime Blue Effect and Swag. CD2 goes down the deep house route.
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Tom Middleton has done a magnificent job in creating three discs of pure joy!. The first cd focuses on Electro, Breaks, Nu Jazz and even some two step. It contains some excellent tracks by artists such as Ils, Swag, Tiga and Syntherius and New Order. Disc one is a refreshing change from the glut of progressive and techno compilations that can be found in record shops. The total length of disc 1 is 74 minutes.
The second disc focuses on deep house and showcases some fantastic tracks by artists such as Telepopmusik, Charles Webster, Yann Fontaine and Herbert. All of the tracks are very soulful ranging from vocals to instrumentals. The mixing is excellent and has introduced me to a number of artists that are not very well known as of yet. The duration time for disc two is 74 minutes and 50 seconds.
Disc three foucses on ambient and balearic grooves. Personally, i think that this is the best disc out of the three. It really is an awesome mix of laid back grooves showcasing some excellent tracks by FC Kahuna from their 'Machines Says Yes' album, Groove Armada, Jimpster and a whole host of other artists that will probably be unknown to most. The duration time for disc three is 77 minutes and 18 seconds.
I really cannot recommend 'The Sounds of the Cosmos' highly enough. It is unlikely that you will find a more diverse and eclectic compilation this year and it provides a refreshing change from the predictable anthems that usually appear on compilation discs.
If it is chart anthems that you want to hear, i would suggest that you purchase the latest Cream Anthems, Gatecrasher or Gods Kitchen discs. However, if you want to be exposed to quality melodic electronic music produced by up and coming artists, look no further than 'The Sounds of the Cosmos'.
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As close to perfection you can get, all Tom Middleton's effort has certainly paid off.
CD1 - Perhaps the most unusual CD, it concentrates on a more 'weird' sound than CDs 2 or 3. Roots Manuva represents hip-hop, Jori Hulkonnen's 'Sunglasses At Night' the more electro sound of the year along with the more chilled beats of Modaji and Landslide. They combine well enough although it's perhaps what I would regard the weaker of the 3 CDs. Blue Monday does not quite match Sunglasses At Night while the concentration on unreleased tracks lets the quality drop slightly.
CD2 is certainly where it all kicks off. The mix between Telepopmusik's 'Breathe' (contender for track of the year) and Taxi's 'People Come Runnin' is certainly beautiful and would be very difficult to mix in a club and yet perfect for home listening. The middle of the CD again falls slightly below standard again with A Million Sons unreleased track. However, the presence of Charles Webster and his standout track from his debut album, 'Forget The Past' is a slice of the sexiest deep house.
CD3 could be regarded as the chill-out CD although this would tend to be underestimating the quality of tracks on here. Alucidnation's underrated 'Beautiful House' along with Blu Mar Ten's 'Home Movies'and big-hitters such as Rae & Christian and Groove Armada create what is the most accomplished of all three of the CDs.
The Sound of the Cosmos is, despite small flaws, by far the most carefully thought-out project for a long time and is the most brilliant 3 hours in musical paradise you could wish for. Priceless.
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