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Viva London - Renaissance: Mixed By Steve Lawler Import

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The Renaissance group once again taps the talents of DJ extraordinaire Steve Lawler to mix this particularly strong tracklist, with contributions from Dubfire (Deep Dish), Bushwacka!, Samim and Martin Eyerer, among others. The set also includes two exclusive tracks from Lawler himself, as well as exclusive tracks from his own, respected 'Viva' label imprint. Renaissance Records. 2007.

Disc: 1
1. Plumonito - Z@p
2. Three Arches - David K
3. Spirit Soldiers - Kadebostan
4. Very Wrong - Gel Abril
5. Omnipotent - Luke Hess
6. Paparazzi - Reshuffle
7. X-Rated - Nils Noa
8. To the Bone - Danton Eeprom
9. Life Soundtrack - Deetron
10. Infrared - Mario Zar
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Disc: 2
1. Fluffer - Joel Mull
2. Allegro Energico - Onur Ozer
3. Instinto Primario - Ole & Polygon
4. RibCage - Dubfire
5. Confused - Simon Baker
6. Long Distance - Bushwacka!
7. China Girl - Adam Beyer
8. Violet - Steve Lawler
9. Plutonium - Der Dritte Raum
10. Steel 24 - Remo Pres. Sidechainers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Renaissance Dance UK
  • ASIN: B000WC4APC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2007
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My initial listening to this album ended in confusion. I realize now why...Since Lights Out 1, each Lawler album, be it on GU, Harlem Nights or Renaissance label, has been unique with its own personality. This album is no exception. To listen to this or any of Steve's previous albums with the expectation of the last cut will leave one puzzled.

The direction from Renaissance on this as well as the current Satoshi Masters album is "3D sound". This album does in fact deliver on this curiousity, yet at the same time, you are also compelled to listen a bit deeper for the underlying emotion, that albeit less raw and intense on this album, is nevertheless still cheeky in character.

The real genius of Steve Lawler is in his ability to adapt truly to a movement within House/Tribal, and that, makes this music more cerebral and sexier than any other genre I have ever encountered. His compilations are not pretentious or gratuitous. Indeed, Steve delivers the same sinister undercurrent to all his albums.

This may not be your favorite Steve Lawler album today, and arguably is not the most potent mix he has put out to date, but you cannot deny that this is a significant contribution to the currents that keep this movement alive.

On my second listen, I dropped all expectations and was rewarded with a rich experience. This album deserves 4/5 for its currency, classic Lawler touch and for keeping me interested.

Steve if you are reading this, thanks for keeping it real and don't stop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Udel on November 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is good electronic music since the death of dark drums. Yeah, he may not be John Digweeed, Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha, or even the old Steve Lawler. It took almost a month to get used to the new Steve Lawler, exspecially Viva- London. However, being familiar with the original 3CD, I heard samples of this release at renaissance.com.

Two things I would consider. One, before buying this disc, listen to the last of the Lights Out series and download or grab a copy of the first Viva. The 2nd is to go ahead and pick up or download this release unless you had enough. I gave it more than a couple of listens and was like; "What is this." This was mostly the 2nd disc. With both conderations, I gave it time playing it over and it is a great soundscape, related to the first release of Viva.

With the Viva series, Steve Lawler decided to be different than playing Dark Drums. The dark drums have seen its last days in Lights Out 3 as the Viva era moved in. Viva London is an accomplishment and people do not understand what Steve did to show appreaciation for it. The first disc has tracks that sound like Dark Drums, exspecially David K's Three Arches. It very briefly breaks away from that perspectrum on the first disc and revisits it. I mostly hear soundscapes, techy house, and industrial music. A lot of echoeing and dubbing happens on the first disc as well. It is amazing how he blends it all together.

The 2nd disc is more should, but has flavor in it tying it all the more closer to the original three disc. That was the hardest to really get my ears into it. I would up liking it, exspecially "Courses for Horses". Plutonium is another prime example.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LexAffection on December 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have always seen Steve Lawler as one of the truest pioneers of dark tribal house, though in recent years I have witnessed a profound metamorphosis in his musical philosophy. Whilst "Dark Drums" and "NuBreed 4" will forever be the defining albums of his career, Lawler has proven that he has the ability to branch out, balancing successfully on even the thinnest branches. Clear examples of this experimentation can be found on Lights Out 2 & 3 and Viva - which were all well and good. But now, enter Viva: London - A sensible album, not only as a tribute to Lawler's earliest residencies in London but also as the next logical stepping stone between Viva and the future. Despite repeated listens, Viva: London illustrates how Lawler continues to draw the curtains ever more tightly around his artistic progression, leading to releases that elude expectations. It can and has been argued to death that Steve's last three albums were dishearteningly mainstream (off the record, I happen to mostly disagree). This album, however, is undeniably off-kilter - and, in this reviewer's humble opinion, exemplifies what truer Lawler fans want to hear from him after Viva.

I have difficulties pinpointing this album as tribal; the first four tracks project minimal tech-house like radio waves. Gone are the ditzy vocal blemishes that tainted portions of Lights Out 2 and Viva. Gone, too, are the fat sinister bass grooves and resonant tribal kick. Instead, Viva: London embraces a foggier, deeper and shockingly cerebral funk that can only be loosely attributed to Lawler's past. For instance, sizable portions of each disc could legitimately be compared to a Satoshi Tomiie / John Digweed hybrid. Atmospherically, the album is very heady, as if one were caught in a cloud of smoke.
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