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Global Underground #30: Nick Warren (Paris)

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Album Review

Far from the sunny climes of Ibiza or Ayia Napa — in fact, well beyond the northernmost point ever reached by the Global Underground series — lies Reykjavik, Iceland, a musical hotspot thanks to Sigur Rós and Múm (plus, of course, founding mother Björk). Hardly a clubbing mecca, but it is the perfect stage for a chill-out album. Mixer Nick Warren's fifth time heading a GU mix is dark like his 2000 edition from Amsterdam, but instead of mid-tempo trance it's down-tempo chill, much closer in execution to his superb 1999 volume in the Back to Mine series. The Global Underground label had hopped on the chill-out bandwagon during 2002 with Steve Lawler's Lights Out and Global Underground: Afterhours, but trendiness aside, Warren is a brilliant downbeat DJ with taste that stretches from the latest underground favorites (like Morr Music) back to the heady days of ambient house. It begins oddly, though, failing to hook listeners with the bland "Dub in Time" (by Avatar) and the surprisingly clunky "Firewire" (by Substructure). Warren recovers quickly, spinning tracks from two of downbeat's best practitioners: Ulrich Schnauss (the wistful "Nobody's Home") and the justly praised Boards of Canada ("Happy Cycling"). The first disc peaks later on, with the sublime ambient bliss of Global Communication's 1994 nugget "14:31." The second disc doesn't reach the heights of the first, leaving only a pair of highlights: Rambient's "Karma" and the closer, Fluke's "Bullet."

Customer Reviews

NICKS FINEST YET - TOP WORK GU !

Yet again GU deliver a truly amazing mix .... This mix flows beautifully across genres ...mix 1 is a smooth a silk donwtempo mix leading beautifully to mix 2 which ups the tempo to a cool selection of club tracks ... All in all an amazing package ... Well done Monsieur Warren and well done GU again for a quality mix ...

Intelligent dance music at it's best!

If you have GU13, GU18 or GU24 in your favourites, you will not be disappointed. Buy this album. It's simply Nick Warren at his best.

A Pleasant Surprise

Never listened to a Nick Warren mix before, but I must say this is good stuff. CD 1 is what I would call chill out electronic. Not to trippy but rather fluid and tuneful, very easy on the ear and great for one of those cosy quiet evenings with the Mrs. CD 2 is more up beat, certainly more electro-based but also slightly dark and edgy. There are some great foot-tapping tunes in this mix and altogether this is an album that I would definitely recommend. Have not yet listend too much to CD 1, but on CD 2 I would personally recommend the following tracks: Sweep, Head Down, Neptune, Non verbal language, Paradise Rockers, Five Five zero.....blow it, just have a go you'll enjoy if you like chill out (CD1) and slightly more edgey trance on CD2.

Biography

Born: Bristol, Avon, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Nick Warren became one of the first so-called "superstar DJs" in the mid- to late '90s, holding down a high-profile residency at Cream in England, touring around the world, and appearing on several DJ mix albums before they became commonplace. Though he spun an eclectic array of dance styles in the late '80s and early '90s, he eventually championed the late-'90s trance sound of labels like Hooj Choons and joined the ranks of other superstar...
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