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A Change of Direction for Digweed,
This review is from: Fabric20: John Digweed (Audio CD)
Fabric 20 starts off with a typical John Digweed ethereal sounding track and quickly mutates into a rather untypical mix of jackin' house and techno. Those of you expecting JD's trademark ambient breakbeats and progressive house may be initially put off by the tracklisting but I would tell these people to give this CD a chance because this is one hell of a mix.
Digweed shows he still has a good ear for the dancefloor and almost every track on here is a funky little treat. The mix builds from the fairly low key 'Strive to Live' by Pete Moss through 'Traber' by Adam Johnson into the wonderful Richard Davis remix of 'Forgive & Forget'. Things pick up from here with one of the best tracks of the compliation, 'True Science' by RaSoul. The set builds into more uptempo tech house and bizzarrely even takes in a dub mix of Martin Solviegs 'Rocking Music' which works very nicely despite usually been more at home on a Hed Kandi CD. The mix then develops into techno with Slam, Angel Alanis, Infusion and the brilliant Superpitcher track 'Happiness' remixed by Kompakt boss Michael Mayer. The mix ends on this note with tracks by Joel Mull and Matrix.
The mixing is excellent, almost clinical and it sounds like it may have even been done on Ableton Live. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as I am all for using new technology and its not like Digweed hasn't proven his abilities on the decks. After all, his Bedrock, Renaissance and Northern Exposure mixes are regarded as some of the best DJ mixes of all time.
A real change of direction for Digweed but not an unwelcome one.