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Disc 1 - Interesting, Disc 2 - Disappointing
on 25 November 2010
Having been a regular clubber back in the late '90's and early 2000's, I have a tremendous respect for Timo Maas. He has produced some of my favourite sets - one in particular I regularly put on now and that was a free disc!
As per the title of this review this release is unfortunately a mixed bag. I'll start with Disc 1 - this is pretty good, there are some exceptional tracks, with the stonker being the Henrik Schwarz track right in the middle. A classy, jazz tinged foot tapper. This then leads into an almost equally good deep mismatch combination track. Heavy dark beats with a driving front beat with layered space age sounds over the top.
The general feel of disc 1 is that it's the more relaxed mix but with a few uptempo numbers. It does, however, generate a very good vibe and is good fun to listen to.
Unfortunately, disc 2 is where I'm disappointed. It starts almost immediately and by the time I get to Kenny Larkin's 'Glob' (only track 3), I'm thinking of turning it off. Admittedly I've only tried to listen to this disc 3 times so far but on each occasion I simply can't make it to the end. So far the furthest I've got is Mutant Clan's 'Arcadia' which is another nerve jangler track with spikey beats and disjointed sounds.
I did skip to the final track of this album and listen to the Placebo track - really more out of curiosity and I have to admit this is a pretty good reworking.
Maybe disc 2 will eventually grow on me but I suspect that I subconsciously won't really give it much more of a chance.