on 17 February 2007
Nick Warren has been around for some time now, and in my opinion, always produces top quality albums/mixes.
His latest offering, based on his Paris residency, is in the mould of his previous Global Underground mix - GU24, Reykjavik.
The first disc is a down-tempo, laid-back affair. I don't think it's quite as good as CD1 of GU24, but that was absolutely outstanding, and I don't think he could have bettered that. Having said that, don't dismiss this mix!
For me though CD2 is just phenomenal. As with all good mixes, this just build and builds, with each track building on the one that preceded it. It's never plodding or cheesey - just right where it should be - pumping, shimmering and it definitely needs to be played at a high volume! I would go so far as to say CD2 is Nick's best club mix, even improving on his Shanghai mix. Listening to this CD reminded me of Sasha before he went all wierd with the Ableton.
on 9 March 2007
I'm not going to review the music but give my opinion on where this album stands in comparison with previous releases.
Essentially, Nick Warren has released another quality compilation and it fully deserves 5 stars, largely because he has once again proven that he is way ahead of the field, primarily in terms of sourcing new and original music.
The problem with it is that it follows on the back of two previous albums that were just mind blowing and which people will always compare this one against. But I feel this is really unfair because if he had done this one before Rekjavik and Shanghai it would have got a fairer hearing.
So forget the past and just enjoy the present!
on 24 January 2009
Nick Warren has always been 'there' and making great music, making mix albums but its always been Sasha in the limelight for understandable reasons. Nick's mixing on this is first class, no question. Being a DJ myself, track selection is quite possibly the hardest thing to get right. knowing what should go into the next etc.
Nick does this on both cd's with blatant amounts of skill.
CD1 for me is just the most wonderful journey through Ambient melodic and at times down right emotional electronic music, which echoes the flawless Northern Exposure series by S&D.
Track 2 Tripswitch's Strange Parallels can reduce you to tears. but then he brings you out of the melon collie and into sat on a beach watching the sunset. Lush.
CD2, as expected picks up the pace. This is what I remember Nick Warren for 'back in the day'. The big trance buzz around the late nineties has fizzled out but Nick never followed one specific path. He in my opinion just plays great music that he loves, and thats what its all about. Its intelligent driving prog house if I have to pigeon hole it.
Over all I seriously recommend this CD. The music is absolutely fantastic with some excellent production and programming. Emotional, tripped out, driving.... the lot.
I take my hat off to Nick Warren and those at GU for still producing albums which aren't full of twaddle. Still pushing new music forward thats isn't mega commercial. There is soooo much good music out there as this album will show. Well done.
on 14 July 2013
With so many genres, so many styles and so many audiences to please, this is music at it's absolute best. Another fine signature release, proof that this DJ is here for a while yet, and is at the top of his game; a position not taken for granted. CD1 is laid back chilled beats and CD2 builds to a slightly heavier and more progressive style mix. It really doesn't get any better than this.
on 15 February 2013
Another wonderfully crafted set by the master that is Nick Warren. CD1 Downtempo, yet full of joy, gracefully building into the beautifull uptempo tones of CD2. If you like GU 24 Reykjavik you will love this album too. A brilliant work of art 6 years old and still just as fresh, and a must have for any Nick Warren GU/ Renaiisance fan.
on 10 August 2007
Just like the excellent cd "Balance 010: Jimmy Van M", Cd1 is downtempo and chill. Cd2 is... well the GU standard mixing tracks. Very good choice to put 2cds one different from another. If you looking for speed-junkie beats to dance here you will not find it, at least on cd1. Second cd is from house track to more progressive very well selected and mixed. Worth to collect if you like also Miami by Howells, Reykjavik etc.. But if you like Seaman or Zabiella then this is not a product for you.
on 28 March 2008
I won't hear a bad word about this mix.Its damn good electronic music.When any music is this good, people should not try to categorise it.If you don't tend to like "club" music you probably won't get this.For myself its a classic mix, one killer after another.