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All Music Guide - John Bush
Joshua Ryan is a clever sort, a producer and DJ who creates -- and then slots into his mixes -- evocative tracks using elements that, in the hands of trance or progressive house DJs, are usually built up to silly levels and immediately discarded several times per track. Ryan would rather spend several minutes investigating the subtle power inherent in the repetition of a good bassline or synthesizer melody. By Design, his debut full-length, is a mix album built mostly from his own productions, and it's so well-constructed that it sounds immediately like the statement of a single mind. He doesn't play by the established rules that trance and house DJs have built up over time, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Joshua Ryan is a clever sort, a producer and DJ who creates -- and then slots into his mixes -- evocative tracks using elements that, in the hands of trance or progressive house DJs, are usually built up to silly levels and immediately discarded several times per track. Ryan would rather spend several minutes investigating the subtle power inherent in the repetition of a good bassline or synthesizer melody. By Design, his debut full-length, is a mix album built mostly from his own productions, and it's so well-constructed that it sounds immediately like the statement of a single mind. He doesn't play by the established rules that trance and house DJs have built up over time, and as a consequence, By Design has that precious commodity in dance music -- the human element. Half-song and half-production, the two-part "Buildings Inbetween" is a solid example of extended songwriting that dance producers rarely succeed with, and it's one of the few female-fronted vocal tracks from a straight-ahead dance producer that doesn't sound immediately banal. By Design follows the energy arc of most mix albums -- the real pounders are in the middle, with gradual build-ups and comedowns on either end -- but that's about the only thing normal about the record; this is the sort of album that, by reputation, John Digweed or Paul Van Dyk should be making. Perhaps Joshua Ryan will have that sort of reputation soon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: System Recordings
  • UPC: 820997101029
  • Catalog Number: 1010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro/Shiftsounds (1:21)
  2. 2 Buildings Inbetween - Harland (8:07)
  3. 3 Buildings Inbetween - Harland (7:23)
  4. 4 Kuro (6:46)
  5. 5 Damage (5:47)
  6. 6 Fury (6:46)
  7. 7 Distrakted (6:53)
  8. 8 Pistolwhip (7:52)
  9. 9 Fury (8:51)
  10. 10 Yield (6:38)
  11. 11 Blazer (5:05)
  12. 12 Outro/Silencer (0:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Ryan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Lydon Quotes Researched & Compiled
Ian Wilkie Producer, Remixing
Joshua Ryan Producer, Remixing
James Holden Producer, Remixing
R.D. Producer, Remixing
Tony "Tippy" Tarochione Mastering
Luke Fair Producer, Remixing
Louis Montorio Executive Producer
Eric Silver Executive Producer
Denis Gökdag Producer, Remixing
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