Global Underground: Ibiza

Global Underground: Ibiza

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by Sasha
     
 

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You knew there had to be one. Out of the myriad Global Underground albums spotlighting a major international city, you knew there had to be an Ibiza album. After all, it's only fitting that the most popular DJ mix series of its time spotlight the most popular drug, drink, and dance getaway of its time. And it's also fitting that the Ibiza volume spotlights

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You knew there had to be one. Out of the myriad Global Underground albums spotlighting a major international city, you knew there had to be an Ibiza album. After all, it's only fitting that the most popular DJ mix series of its time spotlight the most popular drug, drink, and dance getaway of its time. And it's also fitting that the Ibiza volume spotlights arguably the world's most popular DJ of the time, Sasha. Furthermore, it's perhaps fitting as well that he spins two sets of almost entirely trance, including all the big records of the time: Space Manoeuvres' "Stage One," Sasha's own "Xpander," BT's "Mercury and Solace," and the biggest of the big, Bedrock's "Heaven Scent." Keep in mind that this volume appeared in late 1999, at the peak of the worldwide trance craze. Therefore, in some ways, Global Underground: Ibiza can be seen as the culmination of all the hype: It features the trendiest DJ, the trendiest locale, the trendiest records, and so on. However, all of this may cause you to presume that Global Underground: Ibiza is the victim of its own excess. After all, popularity and trend rarely correlates with quality in dance music. More often than not, popularity and trend correlate instead with accessibility, mediocrity, and hyperbole. Well, whether you want to admit it or not, this album tends to be somewhat of an exception to the norm. It's no masterpiece, for sure, and certainly isn't anything particularly novel or daring. Rather, as mentioned earlier, it's the culmination of the late-'90s trance movement at its peak (only a year or two before the backlash truly set in and trance suddenly became an ugly word, sending the style spiraling toward the dark, dreary melancholia of the newly termed "progressive" movement). And as a culmination, this zenith is at times impressive, featuring the era's best producers: Breeder, Quivver, L.S.G., Sander Kleinenberg, and Cass and Slide, along with the others already mentioned. Face it: dance music doesn't get much more blissful than "Stage One," and it doesn't get much more over indulgent than "Heaven Scent" or more pseudo-euphoric than "Xpander" -- and that's the beauty of Global Underground: Ibiza. However, if there's anything this album needs, it's some diversity. Track after track of epic trance can start to wear on you after awhile. It's simply too much. And that's precisely why Sasha recoiled after this album for a bit, realizing that he'd taken his trance shtick as far as it could go for the time being.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/1999
Label:
Global Underground
UPC:
0689787201321
catalogNumber:
13

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Deep Progress  -  Raff'n'Freddy
  2. The Deep Edge  -  MRE
  3. Feel High
  4. Real Time  -  Dominic
  5. The Baseline Track
  6. My Lexicon  - Sander Kleinenberg
  7. Nothing Left
  8. Move!  - Christian Smith
  9. Talkin'  -  Jimpy & Sarah
  10. Stage One
  11. Sacred
  12. Amber  -  Natious

Disc 2

  1. Fibonacci Sequence  -  BT
  2. Zoe  -  Paganini Traxx
  3. Perception  -  Cass & Slide
  4. The Fly  - Patrick Reid
  5. Xpander  -  Sasha
  6. One  -  Blue Fish
  7. Mercury and Solace  -  BT
  8. Dreamstate  -  Acquilla
  9. Future in Computer Hell, Pt. 2
  10. Heaven Scent/Lifeline

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sasha   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Ronnie Ross   Breakdown
Orbital   Track Performer
Jam & Spoon   Track Performer
Resistance D   Track Performer
Nuw Idol   Track Performer
Sander Kleinenberg   Track Performer
John Selway   Track Performer
Bedrock   Track Performer
Medway   Track Performer
Paganini Traxx   Track Performer
P.O.B.   Track Performer
MRE   Track Performer
Christian Smith   Track Performer
Petra Laser   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ronnie Ross   Programming,beats
Chuck D   Composer
Cerwin Depper   Composer
Gary G-Wiz   Composer
Paul Hartnoll   Producer
Phil Hartnoll   Producer
Nick Muir   Producer
Stuart Robertz   Composer
Jan Johnston   Producer
BT   Arranger,Producer
Quivver   Producer
Phil Dane   beats
Paul Brogden   Composer,Producer
John Digweed   Producer
Pascal F.E.O.S.   Composer,Producer
Sander Kleinenberg   Producer
Tom Ratcliffe   Producer
John Selway   Composer,Producer
Timo Maas   Producer,Remixing
Oliver Lieb   Producer,Remixing
Junkie XL   Producer,Engineer
Sasha   Producer
Jimpy   Producer
Jamez   Producer
Maik Maurice   Producer
Jack Sutton   Producer
C. Smith   Producer
Christian Smith   Composer
Sam Paganini   Producer
C. Papendieck   Composer,Producer
Breeder   Producer,Remixing
DJ Freddy   Producer
Cass Cutbush   Producer
Pete Martin   Producer
C.R. Bourne   Producer,Remixing
A. Holt   Producer,Remixing
Rowan Blades   Composer,Remixing,Remix Programmer
Barry Jamieson   Producer
Jon Sutton   Producer
Dom Phillips   Sleeve Notes
Erik Saaman   Programming
D.A. Forbes   Producer
Patrick Reid   Producer
Naughty G.   Composer,Remix Programmer
Chris Lyth   Producer
Quiver   Producer

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Global Underground: Ibiza 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those who know this man by one name Sasha, yes, he's done it again. This man reminds me of King Midas, everything he touch's turn to gold. The awe-inspiring mix of vocals and samples that intertwine into gold sounding melodies keeps Sasha pratically untouchable. The music builds and releases into a frenzy. You can feel the energy being released as you play this double CD. For those who have never heard of Sasha, let me offer some advice. This is definitely a solid CD to add to your collection.