|Originally posted by SYSTEM-J |
I agree with the first part, but personally I think the city connection has always been a bit tenuous. This feels like a repeat of GU:009, which should have been New York, showcasing Sasha’s Twilo sound at its peak, but Oakenfold had already done New York on 007, so they made it another American city. Patrice Baumel is most associated with Amsterdam due to his Trouw residency, but Nick Warren did Amsterdam ages ago so they’ve done the next best choice. I think he’s at least made an effort on the second disc to play some darker techno, whereas a lot of the GU mixes have practically zero concession to local tastes.
Hmm. I hadn't been to most of those places at that time so maybe it allowed my imagination to run wild with the music a bit more. When I first heard Sasha's Ibiza, it made me dream of the island and what it must feel like to dance there. When I heard Deep Dish's Toronto, it took me back to a time when I lived there but didn't know about its dance scene. That release filled in those blanks. I listened to those well before I knew what I know now about dance music (which still isn't much compared to you), of course. So that plays a part too, I guess. I wonder what the 10-year-ago me would have thought of this mix. I've spent so much time in Berlin these last two years. If I hadn't, maybe this mix would feel more befitting. Background music is apt.