Global Underground 2009
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Split cleverly into two discs, Global Underground fans are treated to an audible experience with two entirely different themes, featuring many artists set to be a major influence in the future of the scene.
The first Disc is by no means the CD to play at the height of a house party, although peppered with good high energy dance beats such as Tocadisco's remix of Starstring’s Everything, returns to a background of chilled Ibiza sunrise style vibes. Definitely perfect for after a night of Clubland or Euphoria or for chilling in the sunshine. The tracks are mixed extremely well with relatively little 'filler' time and each one has its own appeal such as the aptly named 'that piano track' which is sure to be sampled and remixed throughout the entire dance scene.
The second disc taps in to the more minimal side of modern dance music kicked off by one of the more established artists featured, Sven Vath sets the tone for what is undeniably an excellent example of at times stompingly good modern tech-house with some relentless pulsating baselines and masterfully orchestrated breakdowns. This whole disk flows smoothly and there is no hint of any stretch to mix these tracks which all work well together and compliment each other.
Criticism of an album which has made such a big effort through careful track selection to obtain middle ground where very different DJ's work can be brought together would be unfair. It's true to say that it shies away from exploring the depths of each artists talent but it does successfully give listeners who perhaps purchase the album because one or two of their favourite artists are on there a chance to discover new artists from possibly different genres than they are used to and then go on to explore what else they have to offer.
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