Global Underground: Hong Kong

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Releasing around one mix album a year during his prolific late-'90s/early-2000s reign atop the dance world, John Digweed surely wasn't afraid of flooding the market. Of his many releases, though, his Global Underground mixes deserve special notice, and it's not necessarily because they're his best releases. Rather, with each successive Global Underground release, Digweed continually updated his sound with new records, new producers, and a new direction for progressive dance music. The Hong Kong entry fits nicely between his Sydney 1998 and Los Angeles 2001 albums in terms of direction. Where Sydney found him trailblazing within the late-'90s trance renaissance via big ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Releasing around one mix album a year during his prolific late-'90s/early-2000s reign atop the dance world, John Digweed surely wasn't afraid of flooding the market. Of his many releases, though, his Global Underground mixes deserve special notice, and it's not necessarily because they're his best releases. Rather, with each successive Global Underground release, Digweed continually updated his sound with new records, new producers, and a new direction for progressive dance music. The Hong Kong entry fits nicely between his Sydney 1998 and Los Angeles 2001 albums in terms of direction. Where Sydney found him trailblazing within the late-'90s trance renaissance via big records by the likes of Paul van Dyk and Albion, and the Los Angeles set found him abandoning that same trance sound for a much darker, dirtier, and more straightforward set of monstrous progressive house records, Hong Kong offers a bit of both -- a nice even balance, actually. The first set is anchored by a few undeniable standouts -- Underworld's "Cups," Luzon's "The Baguio Track," Cevin Fisher's "Music Saved My Life," and Medway's climactic "Flanker" -- and an accompanying array of mostly nondescript transitional tracks. It's a diverse set that starts rather light and airy before getting progressively darker and bigger with each record -- pretty much what you've come to expect from Digweed's first sets. The second set of Hong Kong hits hard and intensely from the first track and doesn't stop until its final, draining moments. Here, Digweed pulls out gigantic records by all the big-name late-'90s trance producers -- POB, Tilt, Cass & Slide, Breeder, Science Dept., Bedrock -- dropping them one after another with little mercy. While the second set is undeniably heavy on trance motifs, it's interesting to see how far Digweed's preferred style of trance had changed since the of-the-moment Sydney album a year earlier; it's a darker, more epic, denser, harder-hitting, more subversive style of trance that relies on power and texture rather than overt hooks, melodies, or riffs. Overall, another great mix by Digweed but not as unique as his Los Angeles mix and a bit too obvious in terms of track selection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Global Underground
  • EAN: 5033272002729
  • Catalog Number: 20027

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cups - Underworld (8:26)
  2. 2 Overflow - Madder Rose (3:47)
  3. 3 Leiva Something for the Soul - ADNY (4:12)
  4. 4 Into Deep - LSG (5:54)
  5. 5 Gravi Tech (6:52)
  6. 6 Tribe and Trance - Francesco Farfa (7:14)
  7. 7 Here I Am - Lexicon Avenue (7:14)
  8. 8 The Baguio Track - Luzon (5:39)
  9. 9 Music Saved My Life - Cevin Fisher (6:59)
  10. 10 Useless - Jean-Phillippe Aviance (5:03)
  11. 11 Flanker - Medway (7:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Glide - P.O.B. (3:52)
  2. 2 Angry Skies - Tilt (7:30)
  3. 3 Futurized - Moonface (5:47)
  4. 4 Diablo - Cass (7:30)
  5. 5 More - Austin Leeds (7:12)
  6. 6 Sputnick - Breeder (7:26)
  7. 7 Persuasion - Science Dept. (5:46)
  8. 8 Crash (3:50)
  9. 9 Amran in the 7th Phase - Hole in One (5:02)
  10. 10 To the Rescue - Ingmar (6:14)
  11. 11 Heaven Scent - Bedrock (6:43)
  12. 12 And She Does - Stoneproof (6:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Digweed Primary Artist
Underworld Track Performer
Madder Rose Track Performer
Barbara Tucker Vocals
Darren Emerson Group Member
Karl Hyde Group Member
Dajae Vocals
Shaun Fisher Keyboards
LSG Track Performer
Bedrock Track Performer
Hole in One Track Performer
Medway Track Performer
Tilt Track Performer
Lexicon Avenue Track Performer
P.O.B. Track Performer
Slide Track Performer
Ingmar Track Performer
Breeder Track Performer
Stoneproof Track Performer
ROM Grivet Vocals
Luzon Track Performer
Moonface Track Performer
Science Dept. Track Performer
Van M Track Performer
Rick Smith Group Member
Technical Credits
Underworld Composer
Gianfranco Bortolotti Executive Producer
Billy Coté Producer
Johnny Graham Producer
John Paul Graham Producer
Pete Heller Producer, Remixing
Nick Muir Producer
Phil Thompson Producer
Evolution Producer, Remixing
J. Graham Composer, Producer
Dan Reed Network Engineer
Chris Scott Producer
Cevin Fisher Arranger, Producer
Jean-Phillippe Aviance Programming, Producer
Scott Bradford Producer
Paul Brogden Composer
Alexi Delano Producer
John Digweed Producer
Oliver Lieb Producer
Maria Nayler Composer
M. Wilson Producer
Salt City Orchestra Producer, Remixing
Marcel Hol Producer
Dan Kahuna Producer, Engineer
Danny Howells Producer
Jon Kahuna Producer, Engineer
Parker Wilson Composer
Ferry Corsten Remixing
Jesse Skeens Programming, Producer, Remixing
Funk Function Producer, Remixing
Francesco Farfa Arranger, Producer
R Ferri Arranger
Johan Groenewegen Producer
P. Martin Producer
Jimmy Van M Producer
Danny Pope Executive Producer
Nick Britton Producer, Engineer
Cass Cutbush Producer
Rowan Blades Producer
Simon Noble Producer, Engineer
John Collyer Producer
Dick Trevor Producer
Mark Armstrong Producer
Stacy Burket Producer
Austin Leeds Producer
Dom Phillips Quotes Researched & Compiled, Sleeve Notes
John D. Graham Producer
Menlo Park Producer
Rick Smith Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    john digweed is the world's best DJ!

    everyone who knows john digweed should love him. he can mix flawlessly for hours and this is just a taste of what was in his record boxes around september of 1999. the music is wicked, the mixing is top notch and it's on the world's best label for new underground artists.

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