||Xpander (Edit)||Sasha||3:22||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Xpander||Sasha||11:30||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Belfunk||Sasha||11:08||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Rabbitweed||Sasha||10:22||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Baja||Sasha||12:34||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Unlike the Northern Exposure and Global Underground albums, Sasha's Xpander exclusively features tracks produced by the artist. Each of the four epics here progresses slowly, with numerous movements, build-ups, peaks, and releases. For the most part, these tracks remain true to the concept of trance rather than progressive house, focusing more on subtle moments of divine emotion and sensual bliss rather than just sheer intensity. With only four full-length tracks, Xpander isn't nearly as satisfying as Sasha's DJ albums, yet it is an effective showcase for the artist's less-recognized talent as a composer. The first track, "Xpander," is by far the most puzzling and inaccessible of the four. Over the course of almost 12 minutes, it never really reaches the ecstatic summit it should, instead continually taking the listener farther and farther with little release. The next two songs, "Belfunk" and "Rabbitweed," will be familiar to those who have heard Sasha and John Digweed's Expeditions album and Dave Ralph's Tranceport, Vol. 2 album. The final song, "Baja," is undeniably sublime, functioning more as a hypnotic ambient track than dance music.
Xpander is progressive house as it should be. The title track is one of my most listened to ever. It showcases the genius of Sasha expertly, but you have to listen to the full length mix to truly appreciate it. Gradually layering sounds to a pulsating beat-driven crescendo. A rarity in modern music, it's a track where it's possible to hear something new every time you listen. Have a listen and see for yourself.
11 years old and still never been bettered. It still feels fresh every time i listen to it. Mr. Coe at his very best.
The Man Like!
Go to Sasha gig. Listen. Play this EP when you get back. Play again. Repeat until necessary comatose effect is achieved. Sleep. Listen again.
The Original Progressive Monolith EP. Get this now!
Born: 04 September 1969 in Bangor, Wales
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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