3xCD Complied and Mixed / Limited 12″ Vinyl / Digital Download
CD1 Blissed Out Electronica Mix
CD2 John Digweed Live @ Avalon, Los Angeles
CD3 Unmixed Bedrock Exclusives DJ Friendly
Cat. No. BEDSTRUCTCD2
Release: June 20th 2011
After months of hard work behind the scenes, the highly anticipated second instalment of John Digweed’s Structures is finally here, following on from 2010’s debut, which was met with critical acclaim worldwide and also won the Community Choice Top DJ Mix at the Beatport Music Awards 2011.
Bedrock is synonymous with releasing the highest quality forward-thinking electronic dance music and has enjoyed a highly successful 2011 so far. This new compilation will further cement the label’s reputation around the globe.
Structures Two is a 3xCD collection: CD1 showcases exclusive remixed versions from the Bedrock catalogue in a blissed out electronica mix created by John Digweed. CD2 is a stunning snapshot, capturing the energy of John Digweed DJing at one of USA’s finest clubs, Avalon, Los Angeles. CD3 features exclusive, full-length, DJ-friendly club tracks that showcase the sound of Bedrock in 2011.
CD 1 Blissed Out Electronica Mix
01. Guy J – Easy As Can Be – Tom Middleton Beatless Mix
02. Stelios Vassiloudis – I Burn Like – Ambient Mix
03. Christian Smith & John Selway – Mistral – Ambient Mix
04. Vincenzo & Elon – Yarra Valley – Reprise
05. Quivver – In Your Boat – Reprise
06. Wiretappeur – My Real Name Is – Reprise
07. Guy J – Lamur – AM Mix
08. Ian O’Donovan – Aurora Borealis – Reprise
09. John Digweed & Nick Muir – Bilder – Wiretappeur Reprise
10. King Unique & Anthony Pappa – Vamoosh – King Unique Kosmische Mix
11. King Unique – 2000000 Suns – KU Heat Death Of The Universe Mix
12. King Roc & Dimitri Nakov – Jardin Nights – From Paris & Berlin Mix
13. Robert Babicz – Pink Trees – On The Couch Journey Mix
14. Alan Fitzpatrick – Involve – Ambient Mix
15. Marco Bailey – Beaming – Downbeat Mix
16. Nick Warren – In Search Of Silver – Ambient Mix
17. Suicide Sports Club – Freaky Boy From Outside
18. Bedrock Beautiful Strange – Ambient Mix
CD1 John Digweed delves into the cinematic sound of Bedrock. Having carefully chosen a superb selection of tracks from the Bedrock catalogue and had them remixed and retouched into sublime ambient, after hours and downtempo versions, he’s blended them together to create a sublime, blissed out, electronica mix.
“I’m really happy with the outcome and hope I have created a perfect soundtrack for the long summer days ahead.” – John Digweed
Fittingly, the master of global communication, Tom Middleton, opens the proceedings with his Beatless Mix of one of the understated and atmospheric highlights from Guy J’s current album, Easy As Can Be. He’s injected it with a dose of pure chilled vibes as only he can and it’s the first of 18 amazing blissed out moments on CD1. There can be no denying that Guy J is one of the stand out electronic artists in the world today. A fact showcased further into the mix when his Lamur (AM Mix), with its beatless, soaring heavenly beauty, provides yet another moment to cherish.
As the journey takes shape through the blending of the melancholy violins and intriguing vocals of Stel’s I Burn Like, into the restrained energy of a swirling ambient Mistral courtesy of techno heavyweights Christian Smith and John Selway (the original version was released in the summer 2009 on Bedrock), through to the joyous handclaps of an outstanding hands-in-the-air reprise of former Steve Bug protégé Vincenzo’s current summer anthem Yarra Valley, you cannot fail to notice that John Digweed is thoroughly enjoying himself here. As with his DJ sets on the world’s best dancefloors, week in week out, his tracks selection, timing, ability to build and develop atmospheres seemingly effortlessly and change pace to weave a dialogue through the music, are impeccable.
As the unmistakeable chords of Quivver’s In Your Boat blend immaculately into Wiretappeur (a production partnership between Florian Kruse, Nils Nurnberg and Stel) and the mix spirals ecstatically upwards through Guy J into the stunning uplifting techno of Aurora Borealis (by one Ireland’s fastest rising stars, Ian O’Donovan) without a kick-drum in sight, the endless creative freedom of this blissed out concept is very much apparent.
The Wiretappeur reprise of Digweed & Muir single Bilder signals a plateau period in the mix, with the arrival of Matt Thomas (aka King Unique) and his “cosmic techno” sound, pressing all the right darker, melodic and scary buttons with his beatless versions of Vamoosh and massive single 2000000 Suns, before diving head-first into the bottomless chasm of King Roc & Dimitri Nakov’s Jardin Nights and emerging on a low-slung, head-nodding groove, courtesy of German creative genius Robert Babicz, with his stunning Pink Trees – On The Couch Journey Mix, which morphs seamlessly into the sublime vocal interlude of Involve by techno-meister Alan Fitzpatrick.
The down-tempo groove theme is further explored (maybe unexpectedly if you haven’t heard his recent Dragon Man album), by Belgian techno don Marco Bailey, with his Downbeat Mix of Beaming, leading into an ambient interlude by the masterful Nick Warren, which provides a superb launch pad for the downright-dirty Suicide Sports Club to bring the journey to a fitting conclusion as Freaky Boy From Outside segues into a final end sequence of blissed out ambience with Bedrock’s Beautiful Strange.
CD 2 John Digweed Live from Avalon, Los Angeles
01. King Unique & Anthony Pappa – Vamoosh – King Unique Kosmische Mix
02. Estroe – Driven – Distortion Remix 1
03. H.O.S.H feat. Mistress Barbara – Finally Mine – Gorge Remix
04. Ellen Allien – Searching – Shonky Remix
05. Stephan Bodzin vs Marc Romboy – Telesto – Martin Buttrich Remix
06. Paneoh Feat. Maetrik – Follow
07. Lewis Ryder – Kaffee-Monster – Nathan Coles & David Coker’s Spanish Fly Mix
08. Martin Dawson – What The Fuck
09. Clément Meyer – Piece By Piece – Maetrik Remix
10. Mylo Salté – Soak
11. Maxime Dangles – Santé
12. Timo Maas – Kick 1 Kick 3 – Maetrik’s Sexy Remix
13. Philogresz – Isolated Funk Ensemble – Sarah Goldfarb Remix
14. Tom Hades – Come On
15. Ruede Hagelstein – Emergency – Super Flu’s Gentle Dental Nurse Remix
16. Emmanuel Jal – Kuar – Henrik Schwarz Remix
CD2 “This is a snapshot of a recent live mix at one of America’s best clubs. I’ve got a long established history with LA clubland and love playing there. It was a fantastic night and I think this live mix really captures the energy and emotion from the dancefloor as the party really starts to get going.” – John Digweed
Opening with the eerie tripped-out ambience of King Unique and building quickly through the warm, subtle, but at the same time energetic acidic tones of Dutch female techno star and Melkweg resident, Estroe, the mix connects the dots with the swinging house grooves of H.O.S.H. (aka Hamburg’s Holger Behn) joining forced with Mistress Barbara and the hypnotic Berlin techno of BPitch Control’s veteran star Ellen Allien. As the energy builds effortlessly, more weight and twisted melodic elements are worked into the mix with the arrival of the German production dream team of Bodzin. Romboy and Buttrich, as Telesto primes the dancefloor for the exceptional and huge Follow, courtesy of rising Argentinian star Paneo and featuring Valencia’s uniquely talented Maetrik on vocals, a memorable track for sure.
The beats are razor sharp as Nathan Coles and David Coker stamp their attitude on Lewis Ryder’s energetic Kaffe-Monster, the infectious energy boost building swiftly as Berlin based, Get Physical star, Martin Dawson (King Roc) plateaus out and explodes into What The Fuck. Maetrik makes a swift return to the proceedings on remix duty, as the mix takes a percussive breather with the self-proclaimed defender of ‘spooky house and cursed techno’, Clément Meyer, inserting a little dancefloor darkness with Piece By Piece. Rising French producer Mylo Salté continues the theme with his twisted melodic, percussive, hybrid techno style, before handing the baton to fellow Frenchman, Maxime Dangles, who adds joyous hypnotic, melodic swing and a well-timed hands-in-the-air moment in the middle of Santé.
John Digweed’s impeccable track selection continues with the re-energized underground sound of Timo Maas, as that man Maetrik (on remix duty again) unleashes dancefloor delirium with the sexy French twist of the massive Kick 1 Kick 3. The atmosphere in Avalon begins to boil with the epic breakdown of Isolated Funk Ensemble, before sometime Marco Bailey collaborator,Tom Hades, brings his soaring Come On to the party, lifting the mix to a new level before dropping towards the stupendously huuuuge Super Flu Remix of Ruede Hagelstein’s Emergency, with its ridiculously catchy lyrics and melody. The mix finale comes from award winning Sudanese musician Emmanuel Jal, whose Kuar was originally released on the Innervisions label to raise awareness of the struggle of the people of southern Sudan for independence. A track brimful of politically charged energy, showing that sometimes dance music can have a conscience too.
This totally tuned-in, forward-thinking mix live from Avalon not only features the amazing music of big guns, but also showcases John Digweed’s desire to push forward the rising stars of the future, confirming that he has his finger firmly on the pulse of the electronic dance scene in 2011. It’s a showcase mix that’s hard to beat.
CD 3 Unmixed Bedrock Exclusives
01. John Digweed & Nick Muir – Bilder – King Unique Rebild
02. Inkfish – Detroit
03. Maxime Dangles – Santé
04. Tom Hades – Come On
05. Paneoh Feat. Maetrik – Follow
06. Robert Babicz – Two Colours
07. Oliver Lieb – Parallax
08. Midnight Ramblers – Scarab
09. Dibby Dougherty & David Young – Tiger Forest – Ryan Davis Rework
10. Jimmy Van M Feat. Steve T – We Are Children
CD3 “Being head of A&R at Bedrock Records I’m privileged to get sent so much music on a weekly basis. With this 3rd disc I wanted to showcase the sound of Bedrock in 2011 with these full-length, DJ-friendly, club versions in an unmixed format.” – John Digweed
2011 is already proving to be a fantastic year for music and a great year for the ever-impressive Bedrock Records. For CD3 of Structures Two John Digweed has selected ten brand new, unreleased, exclusive tracks and remixes that showcase the diverse and ever-developing sound of Bedrock, presented in an unmixed DJ-friendly format.
Opening with King Unique’s metronomic beats and acidic overtones soaring ever upwards, pressing all the right melodic buttons, as Matt Thomas remixes Digweed & Muir’s Bilder (the original of which appeared at the end of 2010), the collection swiftly moves into stripped-back, techno influenced territory with the aptly titled Detroit by Stockholm’s Inkfish, showing that the Bedrock musical palette is always broad and open-minded.
Maxime Dangles has grown to be a key new artist in the French electronic music community and creates waves around the globe with his unabashed approach to proper club techno music. Santé (which translates as – Cheers!), with its jittery tech-beats and melodic synth hooks show an artist buzzing with creative intention and is a worthy inclusion. By the time the heavy kick and swirling atmospherics of Come On by sometime Marco Bailey collaborator Tom Hades arrives, there can be no denying that the talent on display on Structures 2 is both exceptional and more varied than some would give the Bedrock label credit for.
The dark, twisted nature of Follow by Argentinian Nicolas Abalos aka Paneoh featuring Valencia’s Maetrik on vocals (a track that works to such great effect on John Digweed’s Avalon mix), is a highlight, as is the quality of Two Colours by production and mastering-meister Robert Babicz. Having released his debut Pink Trees on Bedrock at the end of 2010, here he continues to reveal his talent and skill as one of Europe’s most essential techno producers.
Frankfurt based DJ & producer Oliver Lieb has been in the premier league of electronic producers since the late 90’s and always keeps surprising and amazing people with his extraordinary sounds and diversity of styles. He views music as an endless horizon of expressing himself and refuses to be pigeonholed in one specific genre, an attitude well suited to the Bedrock ethos. His Bedrock debut, the mighty, soaring, Parallax should not be ignored. This is a master at work.
Oliver Lieb is also involved in a co-production capacity, working with Jimmy Van M (who is credited with having helped advance electronic dance music throughout North America since back in the day, opening avenues for John Digweed, amongst others, along the way). Now based in Madrid, Jimmy Van M shows he is a force to be reckoned with in 2011 as he lets the ethereal, uplifting vibes of We Are Children, featuring the distinctive haunting vocals of New York artist Steve T, flow.
High-ranking established artists are always kept firmly on their toes by the new upcoming stars of the future and Structures 2 has not finished yet as it highlights newcomers, Midnight Ramblers, first ever release. The wonky deep-tech beats of Scarab, displays a refreshing, decidedly dub attitude, with snippets of saxophone and vocals. Tiger Forest, produced by Dibby Dougherty (one of Irelands most exciting and ground-breaking new talents) with musical side-kick David Young and reworked by Traum favourite Ryan Davis, fuses melodic trance elements and violins to a minmal groove blueprint, to great effect, showing that John Digweed has his A&R focus on the future when it comes to signing new talent.
Bedrock has got off to an amazing start in 2011 with full-length artist albums from Marco Bailey and Guy J and additional stunning singles from Sian vs Psycatron, Omid 16B, Ian O’Donovan and Vincenzo. Now, Structues 2 is another exceptional forward-thinking chapter in the label’s development.
“I hope you enjoy this album as much as I did compiling and mixing it.” – John Digweed
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