Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Review: With Bedorck having pioneered electronic music since '98, it is quite a milestone to reach the 100th release, and what high expectations set for Guy J & Henry Saiz to deliver. Unsurprisingly, they rise to the occasion with two tracks that showcase all the Bedrock history whilst firming looking ahead to the sounds of tomorrow. 'Meridian' sees the two come together for a groovy and melodic progger that has peaktime smacked all over it, on the flip Saiz goes it alone for the massive piano led 'La Marea', one of the largest progressive tracks of the year... Both of these need to be at the front of your wallet immdediately!!
Review: Guy J's progressive house roots shine through on this first contribution to the Balance series. It's not just the sound - occasionally downtempo, always atmospheric and sometimes deliciously dreamy - but also his choice of tunes; each of the 13 tracks has been reconstructed or re-edited by the experienced Israeli producer. While this would be seen as self-indulgence in others, it gives the mix a coherence and fluidity that's never less than attractive. Wisely, he mixes it up throughout, flitting between dreamy deepness (Juan Deminicis), trippy dancefloor intensity (his edit of Radio Slave's version of APM 001's "Migrants"), picturesque goodness (Nevar's "Phases of Grief") and darting, melodic techno (Echomen).
Review: Spanish progressive house hero Henry Saiz presents the remixes of his brilliant Night Cult LP released earlier in the year and what one critic referred to as 'adult oriented dance music' and we'd have to agree with them on that one. There's some great contributions on here; the best being the most unlikely ones such as Tel Aviv disco prankster Moscoman's rendition of "Lucero Del Alba" and Italian nu-disco hero Fabrizio Mammarella (Black Spuma) with his grinding, late night dancefloor sleaze in full effect on "Dystopian". Rest assured that there's more of the deep and psyched-out tech stylings you would usually affiliate with Saiz on the other remix of the aforementioned track by Lithuanian Few Nolder; whose dark tech house journey track is quite the treat!
Henry Saiz - "Balance Presents Natura Sonoris" (continuous DJ mix) - (2:23:28)
Review: Henry Saiz hails from Spain; he's a music producer who's highly regarded, someone even called him a genius once (although there is a possibility that it was he himself who said it), and here he takes the reigns of the 19th volume in the Balance Presents series. He embarrasses a legion of sham DJs too by weaving a mix that utilises vinyl, cassette, reel-to-reel tapes and over 100 field recordings. All the material here is exclusive to this mix and the hypnotic, primal trance-electro-disco-house blend is once heard, never forgotten. A genuine artist at work.
Review: Creme Organization proudly give us a digital version of Orgue Electronique's remix of "Our Discovery" by Henry Saiz - a certified booty-shaker in itself! Mr.Orgue is a master on those keyboards, and his densely italo approach stands out loud and clear in the mix, combined smartly with a contemporary house flex and manifested here by a swooping layer of low frequencies. It's one of those tracks for both home usage and dance floor destruction - the decision is yours, make of it what you will - recommended!
Review: Second time around for Henry Saiz and Pional's overlooked 2011 cut "Uroboros". The original - a loose, lazy, melodic, atmospheric and borderline Balearic foray into gently building organic house - has lost none of its magical, wide-eyed, sunset-friendly feel, and should be an essential purchase for those who like their house music gentle and left-of-centre. Permanent Vacation's vintage remix - a more obviously upbeat, nu-disco tinged effort - gets another deserved airing, too. Best of all, though, is Henry Saiz's previously unheard 'Live Take', which features a trio of new attractions: a killer organ line, pulsating synth bass and judicious use of drifting choral samples. It's like a modern version of Orbital's "Belfast", and there's no higher praise than that.