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Nocturnal Frequencies 03

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Little Green Intro
  2. Dark Clouds
  3. Primitive
  4. Nightstalker
  5. I Wish You Were Here
  6. That's Why I'm Here [Lexicon Avenue Mix]
  7. Latin Stroll [Silcone Soul's Hypno House Dub Mix]
  8. Exploration
  9. Free
  10. Diabla
  11. U.S. Exclusive Live New York City Interview With Danny Howells

Disc: 2

  1. Kinky Funk
  2. Open Your Eyes [New Phunk Theory's Little Green Dub]
  3. Rock Music [Brancaccio and Aisher's Suicide Dub]
  4. The Hunter
  5. Join in the Chant [Remix Instr.][Instrumental]
  6. Sputnik [Mainframe Remix]
  7. First [Ashtrax Rerub]
  8. Strange World [Blackwatch King Monkey Dub]
  9. Wavez Cycle
  10. Flightpath
  11. M
  12. Life Times


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: K7 Studio/Ka
  • ASIN: B00005JIWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When you want deep, minimal trance served up, Danny "play the dub cut" Howells is the man to look for. Since 1999's first Nocturnal Frequencies, every subsequent release has topped itself, with NF 2 a required import and last year's Global Underground Nu Breed another on-point album. Heck, he even cranked out a superb NF Anthologies mix as a freebie for Muzik magazine. Yes, there are lofty expectations on order for the domestic release of NF Volume 3.
He stirs it up early, typical for his sets, employing San Diego hipsters Halo Varga to shake things out. Their sound is seriously risking overexposure, but as the bass hooks of "Dark Clouds" prove, still frequently effective. "I wish you were here" takes a tidy tribal adventure, rich in icy delay, with Stephane K a beguiling tour guide. When stripped down to sparse elements, little details make the difference, hence the sharp snare of Yann Fontaine's magnificent "Open Your Eyes" giving the track a crisp flare, as do the intermittent vocal bursts of Howells' own "Kinkyfunk."
There's a recent run on DJ sets that don't fully capitalize on two discs, and that rises up here as well. The back half of Nocturnal Frequencies seems stuck in gear, leaving the nuance of slower tempos behind but not peaking in excitement. Nitzer Ebb's "Join in the chant" does nothing, the Mainframe remix of monstrously huge "Sputnik" is varied but flat, and Slam's uber-buzz cut "Life Times" will have half the listeners wishing for a dub (vocal-free) version. Perhaps that critique simply derives from seeing an artist hitting his inevitable plateau; regardless, Danny Howells still warrants your dollar.
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These two discs are INCREDIBLE! Deep, sexy, groovy, progressive house mixed seemlessly and programmed flawlessly. One of the best CD's you can buy. No, it doesn't get all loud and cheesy, so if your looking for trance, this is not the CD for you. It's just deep, soulful melodies, lyrics, and beats all the way through. A very sophisticated release and one that will continue to hold you in it's spell for many years to come. Kudos to Danny Howells. A wonderful release!!
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By A Customer on December 6, 2002
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Definitely born of the throbbing pulsing, start me off here and take me over there, style of progressive house, Danny Howells is the man. Having listened to several of his mixes I don't get the impression that Danny is looking to throw down the bass and get mad sinister with his house. While his house definitely vibrates, he loves to caress the minimal changes and float some echoing melodies over his currents.
While it starts off harder on both discs even, than his Nubreed release you can definitely tell its danny on the decks. I enjoy his tasteful use of vocals he seems to like to end a mix with a vocal heavy tune and he throws in some non-progressive flavor to keep things fresh. When he is ready once again to descend you'll be ready too.
Not going to give this one a 5 but if you liked his nubreed you will like this. Can't wait for 4 to be released.
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Its only a year ago that this came out, but I fear this mix has been overtaken by deep, darker and more exciting releases by other DJ artists. To be fair, Howells--a veteran DJ--was one of the first with Digwed to go this darker route over the last two years, but things have moved on.
Still, the sound is deep, round and satisfying, progressive house with a dash of trance. Disc one is the best and deepest; disc two slides into a more unvaried "boom-bish-boom bish" beat that starts to sound the same, even a little "discoey" for me. I know thats not a sophisticated "reviewer" type thing to say, particularly as I know my Digweed, Pappa, Saeed & Palash, Graham et. al, but there it is. It probably means the sound is dated. The last track on side one is truly club pop, but probably a crowd favorite.
I find that I tend to play only disc one, in part as the material is good, Halo, Halo Varga, Mo Schic & Zain, Creamer etc. although many of these have been used over and over on later compilations and now start to sound old hat. Howells' mix of the much used "Nightstalker" is the best version I have heard. To be fair then, Disc one stands out as one of the more satisfying single discs I have in my collection--you won't find yourself skipping tracks, but can play it in its entirety.
Unfortunately, this set suffers from some dodgy production, a slight lack of high end, some distinct crackling on some tracks at high volume (since using vinyl) and a low embedded signal volume, ie if you usually play our discs at 3 you will need to crank this to 6. It sounds like it was issued three years ago, not one year ago. Not a deal killer, but irritating.
So if you are looking for deep, dark, sexy, driving, prog house/trance check out Graham (aka Quivver), Digweed, Pappa and others on my list first. I include this disc, mainly because of my fondness for Disc 1, but its by no means the best of the bunch.
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