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on 27 August 2012
I think fans of Nic Fanciulli will feel somewhat disappointed by this offering as neither disc captures his live performances. Cd 1 starts off in a promising fashion combining deep & tech house with techno, and locks into a rolling groove, but just doesn't step up to the next level to take the listener further along the aural journey.
As for cd2, this is really is quite mediocre: the tracks are all from his own label Saved, and really are not of the quality to represent the Balance mix series, which itself is to showcase cutting edge djs & producers. The mix bumbles along but doesn't go anywhere and the tracks lead the mix into quite a flat a tone, invoking bored. I dislike that he's used the second disc to promote his own label off the back of one the best mix series; if you do buy it, i recommend playing cd 2 first, as its flatter in tone, and would be better as the warmup mix, whereas cd 1 has a more upbeat "club" feel to it.
If you really want to buy this album, wait until the price comes down or even buy it secondhand, as it's definitely not worth paying the full price for it. Better still, go watch/listen to him live to really appreciate how good a selector & programmer he really is. You won't be disappointed.