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A smoother, steamier slice of house techno, this installment of the Northern Exposure series is a soft and sexy continuous mix that cruises comfortably in the fast lane without offering any standout moments of delirious excitement. Centering themselves firmly in the desert-trance arena, Sasha and Digweed opt for dreamy over direct every time. LSG's "Netherworld," Taucher's "Waters," and the William Orbit and Spooky mix of Sven Vath's "An Accident in Paradise" are all choice moments to get lost in, while Humate's "3.2" is a warm and cozy chunk of ambient techno. Overall, this edition of Northern Exposure is not the most essential member of the collection, but it does provide more than enough fluid trance-techno moments to satisfy dedicated fans. --Steffan Chirazi

1. Cygnus
2. Speedy J
3. Humate
4. Sven Vath
5. The Light
6. Third Man
7. LSG
8. Taucher
9. Art of Silence
10. Transa
11. Armin

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • ASIN: B000003SFT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

This has got to be one of the best CDs I heard.
Trance
One of the best mixes from S&D. The only one that's better is probably the East Coast mix.
electronic music lover
Still, an essential purchase for progressive house/trance fans.
Jia

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jia on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The follow-up to Sasha & John Digweed's Northern Exposure does not disappoint. Similar to Vol. 1, the UK and US versions were released differently. Whereas Northern Exposure 2 was released as a single, two CD set in the UK, the US version was split into separate releases, or different editions: the West Coast and East Coast editions. Don't be fooled however, they are completely different sets with different tracks. And both are absolutely essential purchases!

The West Coast edition is the more danceable of the two NE2s, with some of the best progressive house tracks of the era/ever. Opening with Cygnus X's "Protison" (incorrectly listed as "Superstrings" on the back cover), a lush, bouncy, euphoric mood is instantly created only to be torn down by the stabbing melodies and abrasive percussion Speedy J's "Fusion". Humate's classic "3.2" is mixed in creating a dark, atmospheric sound, that melds perfectly with William Orbit's remix of Sven Vath's techno classic "An Accident In Paradise". The Light's "Panfried" and Third Man's "Solar Cycle" keep the beat steady, before the duo really turn up the energy with L.S.G.'s "Netherworld". The Jules Vern mix heard on this album is the best version of the song I've ever heard emphasizing the best elements of the song, and creating a hard hitting progressive house floor-filler. Taucher's melodic "Waters" is perfectly mixed holding the peak created by "Netherworld" to over ten minutes of sheer electronic bliss.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "k-sdavies" on April 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Alright, here's how it is: this cd is so worth owning. I stumbled upon it used, and bought it because the cover looked so cool. Little did I know that it would end up being my favorite cd out of 250+. This album is a true set, it ebs and flows so smoothly. Sasha & Digweed are unmatched in their genre if musical influence. It is so musically sound that my middle aged parents vibe to it. So, don't hesitate, buy this precious disc for $12.99 and I promise you will experience musical bliss. I'll even predict that you'll seek out Digweed's and Sasha's other work. P.S. Listen at least 3-4 times before you generate your opinion. This music is complex and takes time for your mind to recognize the genius of this musical production.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It was with great anticipation that I awaited the arrival of my West Coast CD. I was already the owner (and admirer) of all of the other CDs in the Northern Exposure series, and couldn't wait for this CD to arrive. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed by this CD, since IMHO it doesn't measure up to the fluidity and diversity of their other works. Sure, it's still a good CD, but I'm comparing it to their other work. I found it a little monotonous at times and rather repetitive. Furthermore, there weren't any tracks that stood out or captured my attention. If you're a newcomer to the series, you're better off going with the East Coast edition, or the first in the series.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Greenberg VINE VOICE on January 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The "west coast" volume of this second Northern Exposure release is mixed by John Digweed (the east coast cd is mixed by Sasha) and comprises a series of German trance anthems mixed to perfection. This is quite simply one of the best mixed trance cd's ever released, and offers an excellent introduction to this melodic and rhythmic genre that is so little-known in the United States. It includes some of the most popular trance "anthems" that came out of Germany in 1996 in 1997, such as "Netherworld" by LSG (Oliver Lieb), "3.2" by Humate, "Enervate" by Transa, and "Blue Fear" by Armin. A fabulous mix!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NMOddentity on February 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There is a certain charm to being able to just be absorbed in music as you listen to it without worrying about lyrics, melody, or "what it all means." This was my second Northern Exposure CD (the first being the Eastcoast edition of the same title). I found this one to be a very well mixed and paced, but there seems to be a definate drawback to not having any definable songs. There are too few ups and downs and a lack of unique rythyms.
It may sound as if I don't like it. That is completely untrue. It is the perfect CD for a late night or when you just need a little something to get you moving but not stress you out. Although I am not new to trance, I prefer a more varied music style, specifically breakbeat and acid house such as the master John Kelley spins. Still, my earliest techno was unmixed German trance dating from 1992-3, and this CD takes a more refined version of that music and blends it beautifully. It is music you can close your eyes and litterally get lost in and dream to. Pretty, with an occasional melancholy undertone, and a definate sharpness to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While NORTHERN EXPOSURE II: West Coast Edition may not have the instant thrill and "gee-whiz" factor of the nature-sounding, vocal-heavy East Coast Edition, in the long haul it is one of the best Northern Exposure releases.
Opening slowly with a meandering track by Cyngus, West Coast Edition wanders for a bit over an eclectic array of deep trance. With Humate's "3.2", however, the album shifts into high gear, driving through Sven Vath's "An Accident in Paradise" and The Light's "Panfried" with no sign of easing on the funk. The climax of the album is LSG's "Netherworld (Jules Verne mix)", an epic track that gives one pause to reflect on the sadness of trance's demise.
What is most remarkable about West Coast Edition is how little it has dated in the four (!) years since its release. Although the East Coast Edition's eco-beats and trippy synths sound incredibly passe, West Coast Edition's deep and heavy soundscapes are not too far from today's progressive house. In fact, there are many parts of West Coast Edition which sound like they were mixed recently, especially Sven Vath's track.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE II: West Coast Edition, after the first NORTHERN EXPOSURE, is perhaps Sasha and Digweed's most recommendable collaboration. Check it out.
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