The latest Renaissance - Masters Series release come courtesy of James Zabiela.
A 2 CD release James Zabiela takes up through a mix of darker, moodier shapes and minimal sounds on CD1 entitled Down, including a fantastic lead into my favourite Trentemoller track, Always Something Better.
James Zabiela’s Down mix is something special for those with a discerning taste, including the likes of Plaid & Boards of Canada.
Down is what James Zabiela describes as an ‘audio travelogue’, an intricately produced collage of beautiful electronica over-laid with his own ‘field recordings’, a suite of ambient sounds and spoken word that represent both his journeys on the road and in the air, and time and thoughts between gigs.
As DJ mixes go, this is more challenging, like the pitcher throwing a curve ball. I found myself immersed in a great mix from the very intro. Though towards the end somehow Zabiela managed to spoil it for me with a real glossy pop track - Chasing A Feeling by Quivver. This didn’t work for me at all.
With CD2 Up, James Zabiela is back in the more conventional surroundings of a club environment where he builds it up with minimal but pumping tracks. Zabiela includes two new original productions, his own Darkness 2, a version of 2008’s Dark By Design and a brand new Luke Dzierzek remix of James Zabiela’s Perseverance.
James Zabiela’s use of a more eclectic tracklist featuring the likes of Trentemoller, Modeselektor, Boards Of Canada, Plaid, Apparat and Extrawelt help to make this a very interesting and absorbing DJ mix. The mood of the Down & Up mixes are different but compliment each other perfectly.
Another great release from the Renaissance Maters Series.
Renaissance: The Masters Series – James Zabiela is due for release on 23rd February in the UK and 31st March 2009 in North America.
Title: Renaissance: The Masters Series part 12 (Mixed by James Zabiela)
Cat. No.: REN48
Style: House / Tech House / Progressive / Electro / Downtempo
Release Date: 23.02.2009
Quality: VBR kbps / 44.1KHz / Full Stereo
Tracks: Mixed 2CD (+ *.cue)
Total Time: 146:26 min
CD 1 - Down:
Intro - F Street
01. Michna - Believe in It
Hearing voices / Washington DC street sounds
02. Trentemoller - Always Something Better (Original Mix)
Air steward's command
03. Kuriaki - Express
04. Cyan341 - Pattern 4 (LJ Kruzer Mix)
4 AM rain / Humanity
05. Boards of Canada - Amo Bishop Roden
06. Ed Chamberlain - Zarathustra
07. Modeselektor - Vote Or Die
Lost in desire
08. Near the Parenthesis - A Brief Walk in the Sea
09. R3volve - All That You Lost
10. Pedram - Meet Your Maker
11. Esky - Number Station
Revolve drums / What is beautiful is very bright
12. Plaid - Marry
Baggage belt / Vilnius security check
13. Quivver - Chasin a Feeling
14. Near the Parenthesis - Departing Gate
Thank you / Goodbye for now
CD 2 - Up:
Intro - Eye scanner machine at Heathrow
01. Komytea - Afghanistan
02. Paul Woolford - Surrender (Original Mix)
03. Extrawelt - Added Planet
04. Spektre - Surface Scan
05. James Zabiela - Darkness 2
06. Komytea - Professional Killers
07. Sebastian 'Freak' Nikolai - Nachtmensch
08. Torro Remote - RSN08
09. Huggy & Dean Newton - Energy Flash (Reconstructed)
10. Alex Millan - Modern Love
11. James Zabiela - Perseverance (Luke Dzierzek Remix - Jzedit)
12. Luomo & Apparat - Love You All (Club Version)
13. Oliver Koletzki - Since You Are Gone
Eye scanner machine - Thank you
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3