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on 26 February 2006
When this set was released, way back in 1999, trance was at a crucial stage in its shelf life. It had, thanks to the efforts of pioneering DJs like Sasha, Digweed, Seaman and Oakey, broken through into the mainstream. It provided the bulk of Ministry's floor fodder and occupied the greater share of Jules and Tong's airtime. And as normally happens in such circumstances, quality was disappearing quickly.
Of course, a jock worth his salt can put together a good mix at the worst of times. This set basically rounds up most of what was good about trance at the time in one easy package. In fact, if there is one CD which defines the best of anthemic trance, this is it.
On the first disc, Seaman focuses on a deeper sound he was more fully to develop in subsequent years. It builds nicely, and provides a good counterpoint to disc 2 which is very, very impressive. The mixing is impeccable, for the most part in key, and far more dynamic than the likes of Oakey who just staple together a load of samey dross in a haphazard fashion. Of course, 'Refined Intricacy' takes up 12 minutes, which strikes me as a bit lazy - but features enough twists and turns for Dave to get away with it. Highlight of the entire set is Planisphere's 'Deep Blue Dream', which is just deliriously effective, like a more ethereal version of Cass & Slide's Perception.
For anyone wondering what the discerning trance cracker was caning while the rest of us were chucking our guts up at the likes of Hi-Gate, this is a required purchase.
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on 19 March 2001
Been clubbing for a while? Get started on Oakenfold before all the fuss? Fed up of hard house and the Judge's Euro revolution? In that case Dave Seaman could be just your cup of tea. Starting his professional career by winning a job at DMC, and then becoming the editor of the newly born MixMag, Dave Seaman has been in the scene since the beginning. His first notable club night was at the now legendary Shelleys in Stoke on Trent, from which he moved to Renaissance, where he is still resident. You may also know him as one of the men behind the Stress record label, or perhaps as half of the production outfit Brothers in Rhythm - the team that brought you 'Such a Good Feeling', Kylie's 'Confide In Me', and more recently stunning remixes of Garbage, Alanis Morissette, and Placebo to name a few.
If these impressive credentials aren't impressive enough for you just listen to one of his mixes. This CD marks Dave's first outing for Global Underground and makes an impressive debut. The percussive opening to disc one builds into a fabulous, lush, layered progressive finish which leads perfectly into disc two. Disc two continues the lush theme and somehow manages to make each track better than the previous one; quite a feat indeed considering that the first track is a stunning Force Mass Motion remix of Adamski's 'One of the People'.
Standout tracks include; Gypsy 'I Trance You' (Pappa and Gilbey), Polaroid 'So Damn Beautiful', Christian West 'Eterna' and Origin 'Refined Intricacy'. Perhaps most impressive though is the way that the mix flows together as a whole. If you want music for your mind as well as your feet, then buy this.
This CD is up to the high standard that Dave always seems to achieve. Equal to Renaissance Worldwide: Tokyo and his latest Global Underground 16. Buy it now.
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on 2 December 2009
I've yet to hear a duff Dave Seaman mix compo - he's done so many of the things you'd think that by now he'd have just lost the plot like so many of his contemporaries who can just about hobble on their zimmer frames. His name features extensively among the early releases of the GU series, and there ain't a poor mix in the lot. No doubt he won't let GU put his name to a product without first checking it's up to his remarkable standards. This release is equal to anything he's done for Renaissance, a neat weaving together of pieces to form an on-going storyline that flows logically and progressively (unlike so many mixers who just drop stuff together randomely and hope we don't notice how duff it is). One for any collection of electronica.
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on 24 March 2014
First GU set I bought on the strength of Underworld's Jumbo kicking proceedings off - a great disc one/disc two punch of peak time loveliness mixed by a genuine key stone of the dance music scene...
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on 16 February 2014
Excellent CD from one of my favourite DJ's, defiantly a grower , gets better the more you listen. Easily as good as any of his renaisance mixers.
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on 8 December 2016
Its an ok listen,not one of his best
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on 2 March 2016
oldies but goldies
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on 8 December 2009
For an ole duff head like myself, this CD took me back. Great music to listen to every now and then.
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