John Digweed - Transitions Vol. 3
Excerpts from Transitions Vol. 3
The vibe of this mix is decidedly techy (though several reviewers are of the opinion that this is a “progressive” mix), but there
is a lot of texture and layering going on so that this mix could hardly be called “minimal”. Initially, I was a bit disappointed
with the mix. It’s not a head nodder in the traditional sense – I think it’s a stretch to call this a booty shaking mix.
Like his other recent outings, this is electronic music more for the brain than the butt.
This is a single disc mix, but there
is a tasty treat included as a second disc. Basically, it’s Digweed’s recent single release “Gridlock” reworked and retooled
for this release by Digweed and his production partner Nick Muir. This single track times in right at 25 minutes! This
is quite a contrast to the tracks on the mix.
If you’re a Digweed fan, this is a must. If you’re not, then I’ll not venture
a guess as to whether or not you’d like it.
Others had this to say about John Digweed’s “Transitions Vol. 3”:
. . .if you avoid the intro, which is simply boring and doesn’t bring anything very particular, you can find a very nice compilation,
which you can listen to it at home, dance on it, be melancholic, remember some good old days, enjoying some fresh nowadays vibes.
If you are caught in almost 80 minutes by only 20 tracks, you can imagine how this is going to sound live, in a club at 3-4 in the
morning. Because, as the protagonist said, this is what it’s all about; “This mix still represents an immediate snapshot of my favourite
tunes and producers, but it’s also about that specific energy you get at 3 or 4am at the best clubs or festivals around the world.”
this double disc in part three of the series, can be explained as a true intricate experiment — a pressure-led personal journey of
sorts, but one that needs to be done. As if to ask, does true ‘Transition’ lie within the strong elemental bonds of continued creative
landscapes developed over time — or in punchy sounds laid out on quick moving playlists?”
may say this is still prog (what on earth is that these days anyway?), it`s more than that, with glitchy touches, and pace that anyone
that`s witnessed Digweed in the mix in the last twelve months will attest to - no plodding but a purposeful drive behind all his sets.
The end is sublime - Gui Boratto`s mix of Adam Freeland`s Silverlake Pills, Umek`s Ricochet Effect and Guy J`s Save Me. It sounds
like his classic mid 90s stuff, but just updated, exactly as it should be. This is shaping up to be a series that will run and run.”
is a stellar mix that really defines John as a DJ. The tremendous builds he’s known for in his live shows have been brought to us
in a short 78 minute mix. This is nothing short of brilliant. If Sasha has his magic, John has his ability to create a void of sound,
one that many now dub “the vortex” and this album shows the listener exactly what he is known best for.”