7 September 2010

Timo Maas - Balance 017 Review

Balance 017, Timo Maas, Balance RecordsIt’s a case of long-time-no-hear from Timo ‘Dooms Night’ Maas who steps into the Balance series following some brilliant efforts by Joris Voorn, SOS and more. Maas is known for his hot DJing so it’s no surprise this has an x-factor so sorely missing from most compilations.

Balance 017 kicks off in super low-key fashion you’re soon hooked into the dubby house grooves of Nicolas Jaar ‘Time For Us’ and Dana Bergquist & Peder G ‘Acapulco’ followed by more melodic and eclectic sounds from Vector Lovers, DJ Koze, Tody Tobias and Deetron who put this well into the Sunday groove category and with strict quality control – no flash in the pan or obvious tunes in sight. Adding a few classics like Danny Tenaglia ‘Elements’ gives the immediate impression this will still sound great in a couple of year’s time – often a failing point of most compilations.

The second CD follows on with a chunky vibe, rolling percussion and a large number of tracks exclusive to this mix which quickly develop into a pretty menacing dance floor act. Kenny Larkin, Sante, Mutant Clan and many more make showings before the unmistakable acid line of the historic Hardfloor ‘Acperience’ drops in home stretch. Maas makes a number of showings himself with a number of exclusives and remixes which show he’s never lost his ear for quality. His DJing touch is as good as ever and this mix certainly shows up many ‘big name’ mixes from recent times.

Release date for Timo Maas - Balance 017 is 18 October 2010.
A Balance 017 EP of tracks exclusive to this mix will follow.

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