Global Underground: Los Angeles

Global Underground: Los Angeles

by John Digweed
     
 
For John Digweed's third installment in the popular Global Underground series, the superstar DJ tones down his track selection a bit, focusing less on theatrical hands-in-the-air moments and more on subtle yet highly nuanced rhythm-driven tracks. Truthfully, it's quite difficult to pick out any "peak" moments, or any clear-cut anthems in the mix. From beginning

Overview

For John Digweed's third installment in the popular Global Underground series, the superstar DJ tones down his track selection a bit, focusing less on theatrical hands-in-the-air moments and more on subtle yet highly nuanced rhythm-driven tracks. Truthfully, it's quite difficult to pick out any "peak" moments, or any clear-cut anthems in the mix. From beginning to end, Digweed spins nothing but darkness-exuding records that inspire intoxicating abandonment. The music's sublime employment of enthralling mesmerization never gets too intense or dramatic, simmering steadily at ethereal levels of emotion rather than euphoric heights. This restraint is indeed welcome. After his late-'90s run as one of progressive trance's leading spokespersons (best exemplified by his anthem of anthems, "Heaven Scent"), a backlash was surely mounting. Thankfully, this album's snubbing move away from progressive trance perhaps signals a new direction for the DJ -- and maybe even for the trance movement in general. Nearly every track here employs a progressive house structure -- booming 4/4 bass beats, high-hat fills, near-hypnotic rhythm, zero snare rolls -- and most accentuate this foundation with an ever-phasing, glossy layer of subtle synth washes that hark back to the classic, early-'90s trance era when trance was truly trance-inducing. Throughout the first set, Digweed focuses more on the house aesthetic, emphasizing Satoshi Tomiie's work; the second set, as expected, heads into more heady territory, as proven producers such as Breeder and Cass get emphasized, along with a number of Bedrock records. Those weaned on late-'90s Oakenfold-esque progressive trance may find this album uneventful, yet anyone looking for a mix that trims away theatrical gaudiness and focuses instead strictly on rhythm, nuance, and sublime poetics should find this Digweed's most rewarding release to date -- it's surely his most restrained and least saccharine so far.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Global Underground
UPC:
0664612201929
catalogNumber:
19

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Digweed   Primary Artist,DJ
Steve Smith   Percussion
Brothers Love Dubs   Track Performer
Photek   Track Performer
Quivver   Track Performer
Mayte   Vocals
Shelley Preston   Vocals
Salt Tank   Track Performer
Way Out West   Track Performer
Roland Klinkenberg   Track Performer
CP   Track Performer
Sam Mollison   Vocals
White Room   Track Performer
Greg Sankovich   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Madam   Producer,Remixing
Johnny Graham   Producer
Paul Harris   Producer
Nick Muir   Remixing
Parsons   Producer
Satoshi Tomiie   Producer
Richard Schiessl   Producer
Chris Scott   Remixing
Voyager   Remixing
Nick Warren   Producer
Ben Harris   Producer
Scott Bradford   Remixing
John Digweed   Remixing
Tim Healy   Producer,Engineer
Simon Pearson   Producer
DJ Gogo   Producer
Justin Scott Dixon   Producer
Jesse Skeens   Producer
Remy Unger   Remixing
Jimmy Van M   Producer
Rowan Blades   Producer
Simon Noble   Producer
James Holden   Remixing
Rui Da Silva   Producer
Bruce Aisher   Arranger,Producer
Kelli Ali   Producer
Luke Brancaccio   Arranger,Producer
Marc Mitchell   Producer
Pole Folder   Arranger
Alain Bultot   Engineer
Ko Kimura   Producer
R. Owens   Composer

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