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Another also-ran in the ever declining series...
on 31 March 2006
Other reviewers refer to the amazing Reykjavik 024 (Warren's previous and last intended GU release) as being a cut above the rest and some kind of GU benchmark. Yes, Reykjavik CD1 is a particularly catchy slowburner and has some excellent highlights (Ulrich Schnauss for one), but unfortunately CD2 is essentially bargain bin material. Which doesn't bode well for what is to follow.
I don't think this is a defining or even particularly memorable release. I purchased it with great expectations and returned it several weeks later, unimpressed. Another also-ran in the slowly declining series that is Global Underground. There seems to be a tendency to hail every new GU release as the best or the best by that DJ, but let's not get carried away. Yes, it has a couple of good tracks - both by Starecase and both on CD1. The rest is pretty unexceptional and seems to have a kind of out of touch retro feel to it - and unfortunately - not in a good way.
Want some examples? - Way out West's 'Don't forget Me' sounds tired, dated and uninspired. Seyton's "The Drake Equation" is a tacky, monotonous track that falls utterly short on quality with it's cringe-inducing 'It's hard to comprehend how many stars there are' 80's kitsch-babble. As mentioned above, Starecase's 'Vapour Trails' and 'Sunshine' attempt to rescue the proceedings from the sea of medriocrity that is Nick Warren's track selection, but the majority of the tracks are forgettable and certainly not what you'd expect from GU in 2005 (it's March 2006 as I write).
CD2 is pretty much the same, one or two okay tracks - Murat Uncuoglu's 'Flame' is a little retro again but is catchy and has direction, and the last track, Derek Howell's 'Your touch' is quite interesting. The rest are mediocre and all fall at the first or second hurdle. This is of course only a disappointment if you expected a lot.