- Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Global Underground
- ASIN: B000P7V5UW
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Vinyl, Limited Edition, Import, October 23, 2007
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CD1 swoops into full-force with a progressive breaks/house cocktail, slowly incorporating rock and electro. It is enough to turn your head into jelly - and jelly feels good. Freeland's the type of DJ who keeps people moving by firing shots at their feet. It makes for a pretty memorable experience. The progressive breaks whip, whirl, twist and jump, sometimes lending a kiss of guitar without deviating from GU's quality standards. I dare say there isn't much room to lose attention on disc one because even after repeated listens I still find myself wondering, "where's this gonna go next?" Remember that golden standard, "disc one chill / disc two energy"? Throw that silly notion out the window as Adam Freeland squelches the conventional! And who but Adam Freeland could mix together tracks from artists like Faze Action, Revl9n, Minimal Compact, Spank Rock and Evil 9 and actually have it make sense? Freeland's own "Silverlake Pills" is a notably wild track, as is "Deadly Weapons," "Sharpen the Knives" and "F**k." The very titles of the tracks chosen seem to be competent indicators of what the first mix contains. Finally, "Testarossa" bores into Evil 9's "Happy Ending," concluding this heart-pounding experience.Read more ›
Anyways, I'm not even sure how the hell to classify the first CD, as it's an energetic frenzied mix of electro, breaks, acid, and guitars. If you're familiar with Ed Banger's catalogue, then you'll have a good idea of what Adam Freeland's going for, as SebastiAn, Justice, and DJ Mehdi all make appearances here. From the moment the CD starts, the energy hardly lets up and Freeland flies through some absolutely sick cuts. A few tracks and sequences that stand out especially are "F**k," "Floating," and "Signatune" leading up to the devastating "Sharpen the Knives." Definitely not for the faint of heart.
The second CD, although less intense, is much more varied. The first three tracks are hypnotic and fairly subdued before building up to a track by 120 Days, a band whose sound reminds me of Kasabian if they went a more psychedelic route. From there Freeland goes through some techy minimal into a downright weird track by James Holden before getting back to a more conventional rock sound with Silversun Pickups (!), which took me by surprise.Read more ›
I haven't heard anything from Adam Freeland before this but I will definitely check out more of his stuff now. I think the negative reviews are from people who are disappointed that this album is a 180 from the norm, but if you know not to expect the norm, then get ready for a great experience! This probably should have been released under something other than the "Global Underground" series, like a NU-Breed or something, but the GU people must have wanted to get this guy some exposure, and rightfully so.
Again, different than your usual GU, but one that must be heard, just know what to expect.
What he gives you on CD1 is mostly house with a breakbeat swagger. At times it's hard to believe it's not breaks, which mostly it isn't. the precussion, synths and samples stand up and make you take notice--if you follow me. the beats are heavy (wet n wild, phantom), techy (walking machine), trippy (37 grad, deadly weapons), and...well, pretty hard to categorize because if it's not all of the above and more it's some eclectic stuff Freeland's is goodly enough to share with us. understand, this is not atmospheric house. read: this disc rocks and will refuse to become background music after a few spins.
CD 2 is another story. the first three tracks smoothly build from airy to light, into the funky vibe of Advance and the synth rock of Come Out. then we take another ride through house before Lazy Eye (!!). The only real dips are Holden's Lump (disclaimer: i traditionally don't like Holden's stuff and don't understand the hype) and Immersion, which is a trippy seque but sort of loses me coming off Lazy Eye.
now that i've had this set for a month, i put on CD2 more because it's a little closer to my regular music moods. but CD1 is the gem. it's just a little too intense for everyday, and that's not a bad thing. don't be afraid of the new music.
eclectic, trippy, rocking = goodness for the ears
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As other reviews will tell you, this is not a typical GU style release. Frontman for Marine Parade throws down some sick tracks for mexico city. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by JP
Adam Freeland takes an interesting turn with this 32nd release of the Global Underground city series. Read morePublished on February 2, 2008 by CloudMan
I liked Adam Freeland in his times of On tour albums (1999-2001). Later on, he became a little bit strange for me and I almost forgot about him. Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by flare31
It is OK. Adam is not my favorite DJ. I gave it a chance and it is OK. No more than that.Published on January 1, 2008 by Bank Of America
awful, awful, awful. is it 1989 again? so dissapointing. I just can't convey how awful this is. if you want a great Global Underground disc, try Deep Dish, John Digweed or... Read morePublished on December 8, 2007 by Yule Ooloo
This release does not fit into GU collection, trying something new does not work every time. This mix is horrible!Published on November 25, 2007 by G. Belman
Like some of your other reviewers, I was very disappointed in this new offering from Global Underground, so I sold it after just 2 listens. Read morePublished on October 31, 2007 by Elizabeth Pakula
Do I love On Tour? Yes. Do I love Tectonics? Yes. Do I love Fabriclive16? Yes. Do I love GU 32 Mexico City? Yes. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Michael A. Martin