Button Down Mind of Daniel Bell

The Button Down Mind of Daniel Bell

by Daniel Bell
     
 

As the DJ mix CD phenomenon slowly becomes a progressively more lucrative phenomenon, there is an even greater need for records such as this. Rather than laying down the sort of anthem-filled, peak-hour sets so common on mix CDs, Dan Bell drops a mid-tempo set with enough funk to keep the energy level high but enough relaxed tempos to warrant repeated listens at any…  See more details below

Overview

As the DJ mix CD phenomenon slowly becomes a progressively more lucrative phenomenon, there is an even greater need for records such as this. Rather than laying down the sort of anthem-filled, peak-hour sets so common on mix CDs, Dan Bell drops a mid-tempo set with enough funk to keep the energy level high but enough relaxed tempos to warrant repeated listens at any time of the day. His track selection tends to drift toward the quirkier side of mid-tempo house tracks in the vein of Herbert and some of Bell's more down-tempo material. The mix begins with calm tracks from the esteemed Klang and Playhouse labels before moving into some equally interesting arrangements by, most notably, Herbert and Thomas Brinkmann. This first half of the mix isn't that joyous and isn't that funky but rather a bit odd -- not in a negative way, though -- as these tracks do their best to make house sound fresh by experimenting with funky yet somewhat jarring rhythms. Beginning with Herbert's dub remix of "Das Bisschen Besser," the set moves from questionable weirdness to sheer brilliance. The quirkiness remains, but the final few tracks bring soul and uplifting vibes, along with some welcome vocals. After the album's peak, Nick Holder's "Feeling Sad," Bell begins a slow decline that hits its most eroded moment during Round Four's "Found a Way," before concluding on a feel-good note with Shake's "Detroit State of Mind." This set will probably change your view of Bell -- often associated with hard minimal techno -- and, above all, illustrates exactly how to piece together a funky while at the same time engaging down-tempo mix more likely to induce dancing than yawning.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
Label:
Tresor
UPC:
0718755614228
catalogNumber:
142

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Bell   Primary Artist
Ad   Track Performer
Ultimate   Track Performer
Steve Edwards   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Hester   Track Performer
Shake   Track Performer
Nick Holder   Track Performer
Mono   Track Performer
Dan Bell   Track Performer
Farben   Track Performer
Ricardo Villalobos   Track Performer
Round Four   Track Performer
Losoul   Track Performer
Problem Kids   Track Performer
Sterne   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tuff   Arranger,Producer
Paul Motian   Engineer
Shake   Producer
Martin Virgo   Producer
Basic Channel   Producer
Todd Edwards   Remixing
Luke Gifford   Engineer
Nick Holder   Producer
Thomas Brinkmann   Producer
Cari Lekebusch   Producer
Tellurians   Producer
Ricardo Villalobos   Producer
Problem Kids   Producer

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