Monday, October 02, 2023

baze.djunkiii Charts 10/2k23

01. Christoph De Babalon - Leaving Time Super Hexagon Records 007]
Christoph De Babalon. Legend, yet an insular and elusive figure within the electronic music scene, from his highly praised releases on Digital Hardcore Recordings to works unleashed by his own Cross Fade Enter Tainment label. Now the abstract junglist is back with a new release on Super Hexagon Records, catering a set of four highly fascinating tracks covering a range from brooding Future Tribal-infused Dubstep x Bass Music to deep atmospheric IDM Jungle, earth shaking low end minimalism and things way beyond which turn out to be an essential addition to the collection of any experienced bass lover out there.

02. Sven Väth - What I Used To Play [Cocoon Recordings]
A legacy box. A lesson in electronic music history. Call it what you want. Long standing DJ, producer, icon and Cocoon Recordings head honcho Sven Väth went back in time and recapitulated the early stages of his career, a time when House, Techno and all contemporary derivatives of those genres weren't around, yet electronic and electronically infused dance music started to emerge, slowly building and laying out the foundation of the electronic dance music scene as we know it today. We're talking the 80s and this is the era this massive 12 x 12" vinyl box covers, not in its entirety but filled to the brim with tracks and anthems Mr. Väth used to play throughout those years - from Whodini's "Magic Wand" to Primal Scream's "Loaded" remixed by Andrew Weatherall, from A Split Second's "Flesh" to Meat Beat Manifesto's "Helter Skelter", from Rockers Revenge's "Walking On Sunshine" to Raze's "Break 4 Love", A Guy Called Gerald's "Voodoo Ray" and way beyond, featuring a lot of well known cuts and a few long lost gems, all carefully cut and mastered with a maximum of two tracks per side which leaves a lot of room for the individual tunes' dynamics to unfold and therefore providing a well crafted assortment for those who're just starting out to explore the foundation and history of electronic music or - like us - the avid completist and music historian keen to add such a personal selection of cuts to their collection despite the fact that they might already own quite a bunch of those tracks as original pressing or re-releases anyway. A collectors item for sure, yet not necessarily one that is essential x unmissable or really aiming at Sven Väth's core audience at this point in time.

03. Sascha Müller - Logical Mind [Proper Cuts Recordings]
See review for details...

04. Malo Moray & His Inflatable Knee - Atolls [Possibly Sam]
See review for details...

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