On Balance Presents Guy J, Guy J answers an important question: how do DJ’s create compilations with a sense of worth, majesty and mystery that they experienced in the pre-internet age? Well, the smart ones dedicated time and make sure it’s as original as it is exclusive to ensure that their efforts stands the test of time – not to mention purchase.
No doubt, Guy J is one of John Digweed’s best finds of the last decade. The Israeli producer grew up with Bedrock boss’ groundbreaking Northern Exposure mixes and Transitions radio show – which he recalls as his first exposure to learning how to build up a mix. “He can do intro, build-up, give you a taste of peak time and then finish it, and you can listen again and again and enjoy the mix each time. It’s like a good movie.”
It’s this exact focus on progression and evolution that makes Guy J’s tracks and sets so captivating. He straddles the divide between deep progressive house and dubby techno with flourish and euphoric melody. On the incredible Balance mix, he takes the essence from his best-loved tracks by other producers and filters them through his own sonic prism.
Guy J has explained the idea behind his mix for Balance is not to give just a regular mix of 80 minutes, but to create, write and produce it. What this means is sourcing original tracks to work his magic on, as well as editing tracks less close to home and seeking permission to use them in his own special way.
“I wanted to make it more special; to give the people who listen to it something that will be worth the time and creativity. Remaking tracks and remixing all thirteen of them to give a story is a hard mission – but I used every second I had to produce these tracks and to listen to what I had made. I think the tracks could be played in a club” concludes Guy, “but the way it’s all edited and mixed is more home-friendly… and of course, all music on this compilation has never been released.”
Suffice to say, this magical mix seems set to be strong contender for this year’s finest – it’s got everything going for beyond those end of year lists.
BALANCE PRESENTS GUY J – TRACKLIST
2. Roger Martinez & Secret Cinema – Menthol Raga (Guy J remix)
3. Henry Saiz featuring Fab Morvan – Santa Fe (Guy J Remix)
4. APM 001 – Migrants (Radio Slave Accapella) (Guy J Edit)
5. Juan Deminicis – Once upon a time (Guy J remix)
6. Navar – Phases Of Grief (Guy J remix)
7. Pavel Petrov – Fever (Pezzner mix)/DJ T Ft. Cari Golden – City Life (Accapella) (Guy J Edit)
8. Lanoiraude – Waitin’ (Charles Webster mix) (Guy J Edit)
9. Dactilar – Day one (Guy J remix)
10. Echomen – Perpetual (Guy J remix)
11. Guy Mantzur – I’m your country (Guy J remix)
12. WOW – Killa (Guy J Remix)
13. Robert Babicz – Duba (Guy J Remix)
BALANCE PRESENTS GUY J – RELEASE DATES:
Format: Digital /CD
Australian release date: July 12th, 2013
UK/Europe release date: July 15th, 2013
North American release date: August 6th, 2013
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