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Involver

October 25, 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 25, 2004
  • Release Date: October 25, 2004
  • Label: Global Underground
  • Copyright: 2004 Global Underground Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:18:13
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001VEEBPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,080 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Ian Vance on August 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
By its very moniker, "progressive house" has symbolized music in flux: a constantly changing, consistently evolving soundscape, the foundation held intact by kick-drum and snare, the melodic and harmonic elements as potentially free-ranging as a producer's imagination. From its earliest inceptions, DJ Sasha (Alexander Coe) has dominated this particular medium of electronica, touring the world over to spin ear-candy to the scions of the upper-middle, producing an array of tracks that encapsulate the serotonin-soar of the genre, and experiment beyond: from Arkham Asylum to Xpander to Airdrawndagger, Sasha's studio work always attempts to push the boundaries, raise the bar.

Yet times have changed, and with file-sharing networks available to any and all, DJ white-label exclusivity is now a legend of a decade past. Aware of this, Sasha has embraced new technology in an attempt to stay fresh and relevant. With software-based Ableton Live, the DJ can now move beyond mere beat-matching transition to full-blown track remixing, live and in-the-flow: and this CD, the first of a proposed three, is Sasha's blueprint of intent, ten of his favorite tracks remixed with a personal sonic fingerprint. And, to no real surprise, it is a progressive house masterpiece, the deepest and most nuanced of his work since, arguably, the first two Northern Exposure albums.

*Involver* begins with ambient atmosphere, sound-clouds morphing into a single chord. A backwards-looped riff emerges from the ether, and at its peak the hard drum of Grand National's "Talk Amongst Yourselves" slams in, augmented by slow, churning bass.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By En Trance VINE VOICE on July 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have to say, I am not the biggest Sasha fan, having only his Xpander EP in my collection. I've had his Ibiza, Airdrawndagger, and San Francisco CD's in the past, but decided not to keep them, because they just didn't motivate me.

This one is a keeper and I love the track selection and flow of this CD. I also liked the limited's notes for each song, where Sasha tells you what he did with each track. It's a little annoying opening that plastic pillow case up every time you want to play this, so I actually pulled the CD out and put it into a blank CDR case for easy access (because Lord knows I am dropping this one in the player a ton).

The remix of Watching Cars Go By by Felix Da Housecat is incredible. It essentially makes the CD and lifts it to an enormously groovy feel toward the end. It's so much better than the original version, and truly shows how Sasha's touch greatly enhances each and every track in this mix.

This is one of the best and most innovative mixes of the decade, so go out and buy it!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Pickenheim on January 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm mostly writing this just to give the album my 5 stars since the last few reviewers gave it less, but this album is one of the most beautiful electronica albums I know. It's even up there with my favorite albums of all time. It's a little on the slower side; it's very surreal and beautiful, and a mellow album for the most part. Probably not something people will want to dance to, but rather to get lost in thought while listening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By h0bbes on August 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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Sasha seduces the listener with his uncanny production and mixing skills. "Involver" brings forth some of the elements in the original "Northern Exposure" compilation, albeit with considerable refinement and finesse. Every note in "Involver" is carefully placed with the intent of creating a certain atmosphere and to evoke emotion. It is a rich tapestry of delicate, ephemeral sounds underpinned by solid bass-lines.

One is gently drawn into the album with the otherworldly beginning of Grand National's "Talk Amongst Yourselves". The aural fog clears about two minutes into the track, which is when the beats start in earnest. With tasteful vocals and ensnaring melody, this remix of "Talk Amongst Yourselves" is bound to become the favourite of many. The pace then ramps up a bit with the balearic notes and haunting vocalisations of Shpongle's "Perception". The use of acoustic guitars in this track certainly makes for an interesting listen. Like a dying ember, "Perception" slowly burns out, giving way to Petter's "These Days". This version sharply contrasts with the original mix featured in James Holden's "Balance 005" compilation, consisting of austere, melancholy and bittersweet tones. "These Days" is then skillfully entwined with the introspective lyrics of UNKLE's "What Are You to Me?". This is where I usually find myself tapping the <REPEAT> button. "These Days" and "What Are You to Me?" are, in my humble opinion, absolute gems. These tracks affect one in a similar way that God Within's "Raincry" and Rabbit in the Moon's "Out of Body Experience" did in the original "Northern Exposure".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Rindels on October 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm not really sure how to start this one off.. I guess I'll start by saying that I have been listening to trance and house and a little bit of ambient stuff non stop for the past 3 months. And I'm not gonna try and write to much , without telling you how great it really is.--- I've been buying lots of Sasha, Digweed, a couple of Oakenfolds, and plenty of Nick Warren. Mostly all GlobalUnderground stuff. I just recently got Warren's Reykjavik. I thought it was the best thing out there at the moment until this. Now, you may be new to the genre of techno or "electronica" music. IT doesn't matter, because this album is for everyone.

I'll have to say that this is above and beyond all the stuff out there right now. It beats any Oakenfold stuff... In fact although I am a huge oakie fan... this makes him look like an ameture. Involver starts off with brilliant vocals ( and lyrics ) in Grand national's talk amongst yourself.. then only gets better.. honestly . Song 2 feels like a bit of a bridge song. but nevertheless it's still steller.. but it leads into petter's "these days" which is so frieken amazing and layed back but doesn't put you to sleep... and it really only gets better. with smile by the youngster's which has gorgeous vocals, and a killer baseline. Spooky is incredible to just a bit of a bridge song for.... Unkle's in a state, which you just know is gonna be great. ach then theres burma that has a great background tune... ( i love that song ) but then what happens is just brilliant.. might i say now that all those songs are a bit chill and layed back and towards the end you feel like it's gonna die down into boredom. But it doesn't. On Comes Felix da housecat.. it pumps up the beat and brings life back to the party. Same with Ulrich Schnauss' On my own. Simly steller.
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