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Enormously popular and apparently indefatigable, trance DJ duo Sasha and John Digweed's Communicate risks market saturation given the number of CDs they've already produced separately this year. Along with Digweed's involvement in a long list of projects, including his astonishing double discs Bedrock and Global Underground: Hong Kong, Sasha's name has become omnipresent on compilations and mix records all over the world thanks to his own GU contribution Ibiza and its ubiquitous club hit Xpander. Still, one feels only gratitude for Communicate, as these two globetrotting turntablists once again show off the unique stylistic differences that produce their trademark twists, dizzying turns, and wide-open flights of rhythmic intensity. Sasha is the straightforward one, putting a heavy hand to use on the turntable, maximizing bass lines and beats while keeping a sharp eye on the fader, forever attentive to the dance floor's whims. His gifted ear pits Killhurtz' "West on 27th" mix against Breeder's "Tyrantanic" with forceful execution, providing sublime closure on the first disc. Meanwhile, Digweed's world is more subtle, filled with shady crevices, slippery transitions, and subliminal melodic touches. The ghostly sample work on Digweed's haunting "Voices: Freelance Icebreakers Mix" from the second disc slices into the Orb's "Once More" with the delicacy of a surgeon. Pieces of songs ebb and flow throughout with unpredictable grace, provoking the sweaty, timeless, eyes-shut-tight club-going experiences that exist in many a hipster's fondest dreams. All in all, this might be the best example yet of Sasha and Digweed's incomparable appeal. --Matthew Cooke

Disc: 1
1. Like A Bitch - Jaimy And Kenny D
2. Get Lost (Stereo Dub) - Eric Clapton
3. Barbarella (Deep Dish Mix) - Sven Vath
4. Roaches (Peace Division Remix) - Trancesetters
5. Voices (Slacker's Dumb Struck Mix) - Bedrock
6. Fusion - Slacker
7. Pushing Too Hard - Saints And Sinners
8. Musak (Wonderland Avenue Remix) - Trisco
9. West On 27th (A Tribe Called Khz Mix) - Killahurtz
10. Tyrantanic (Slacker's Kingdom Come Mix) - Breeder
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Disc: 2
1. Narcotic - Mainline
2. The Blue Hour - Killer Loop
3. Voices (Freelance Icebreakers Mix) - Bedrock
4. Once More - The Orb
5. ECI-PS - Jimm Van M
6. WAAH! (Seismix) - Pob
7. Force 51 - Austin Leeds
8. Ruhe - Schiller
9. Put Your Earphones On - P.F.N.
10. Enjoyed - Chemical Brothers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kinetic Records
  • ASIN: B00004TE2J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R Diaz on July 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
90% of you reading this review will buy Communicate anyway, and the
remaining 10% should. Having said that, what will you be
getting?
What Sasha and John Digweed are trying to
"Communicate" is an interest in deeper tunes since their last
collaboration. This is no surprise to those who've picked up their
solo efforts recently, but reflects a change from past Northern
Exposure releases. However, this collection sees the duo shying away
from the darker tunes of recent sets for more varied, user-friendly
tunes. For fans preferring the murky progressive house of, say,
Digweed's Global Underground: Hong Kong, fear not, this 2-cd album
still relies predominately on deep, lively basslines and hard
percussion.
Disc one is the lesser of the two, though it starts
well with "Like a Bitch," a sultry house number, caressing your
ear with whispers and a bass groove. Proving that a mix can be
everything, you'll check your CD cover twice to confirm that, yes, the
siren fueled menacer you're hearing next is apparently Eric
Clapton. Sven Vath and Deep Dish glide through "Barbarella" and
in to this year's big DJ hit "Roaches," a proclamation of
underground attitude. Problem: setting aside the fact that it's not a
very interesting tune, it's hard to claim being "underground"
when you are some of the top DJ's in the world and sell hundreds of
thousands of copies. A Bedrock track resumes the journey, Slacker's
"Fusion" then brightening the ambience with the help of light,
simple, breakdowns. "Saints and Sinners" is instantly catchy,
and leads to an actual fun track (!) by the duo, Trisco's
"Musak," which certainly is not.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anand Subramaniam on January 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Before this mix was released, the sound of the underground was still progressing towards the deeper, darker, moodier direction we associate with it today. Mix CDs on the market didn't reflect this move all that well - until listeners were given a preview into the sound of the new millenium by 2 back-to-back classics - GU 013: Sasha in Ibiza & GU 014: Digweed in Hong Kong. These CDs did more to establish the new order of international DJ culture than anything else, and gave us a glimpse of what was to come. Then, the same 2 guys gave us Communicate.
More than any other album I know (I've never been able to get my hands on their legendary Renaissance set), Communicate defines what Sasha & Digweed represent in terms of soundscapes. It showcases 2 completely different yet perfectly complementary DJ styles, and IMHO, catches both of them at the peak of their abilities. Sasha simply condenses what he did with GU 013, adding a grittier texture to the spacey sound that is his trademark. Digweed... well, suffice to say that if all other works by John Digweed were lost in a fire, and I could choose 1 mix for preservation, I would pick this one in a heartbeat.
Disc 1 contains quite a few tracks that were familiar in the day - "West on 27th", "Roaches", "The Baguio Track"... all recognizable as some of the biggest tunes of that year. The beauty of this disc is in its programming & arrangement - the beautiful DD remix of Sven Vath's "Barbarella" is a ready example of what track placement can do to augment the overall mood of a CD. The ambient, spacey aural vibe of Sasha's sets is present, but is mixed in equal parts with gritty, grinding bass synths & straight, hard beats.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keeper010101 on April 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
So often, DJs flood the music scene by redoing whats been done and serving up mixes that, after listening, seem just like the next DJ's mix. The mixes only become recognisable for their track selections, and often the talent that will make or break a mix comes more from the artist who created the track than the DJ's musical selection and mixing.
Sasha and John Digweed have put together an amazing album with 'Communicate', but it has been enevitably overlooked. The market is filled with dance floor albums to get you moving, but anyone looking for this in 'Communicate' is not going to find it.
The feel of 'Communicate' is very specific, and for most, getting the full effect of the album will take an aquired taste. It is definately an album to create a mood. Not many mixes will pull me in like this album. Listening to this album from a distance diminishes the feel of the music, but those who have the ear for it will find an amazing work of art in the music. Dark undertones with original sounds interplaying create a mood of slow and steady changes throughout the larger, epic sweeps of the entire mix. The second disc brings the entire set to a superb end as the last tracks build to one of the most intense finales I have heard. As the disc draws to a close, it sends the listener into an aural overdrive, peaking several times, laying on the pressure faster than the listener is expecting and then taking it away just as you are craving more and coming back during the lingering energy created from the previous build.
The album puts together an amazing set. The deep trance journey is not for those who lack patience or are looking for the star track that will do it for them. Rather it takes tracks individual in their creation and melds them together with perfection.
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