~ Release group by Darren Emerson
Global Underground 020: Darren Emerson, Singapore is a DJ mix album in the Global Underground series, compiled and mixed by Darren Emerson. The Mix is a retrospective look at a New Year's Eve set at the Zouk club in Singapore.
Emerson returns to GU, having become a prolific globetrotter in his post-Underworld era. Here he chooses to represent the exciting nightlife of Singapore, based around the legendary Zouk nightclub. The venue had carefully established itself as the leading destination for the world’s top DJs in Asia, single-handedly turning the dynamic city-state into a firm favourite on the global clubbing circuit.
The mix was inspired by Darren’s appearance at the club on New Year’s Eve 2000, and as such has a definite party feel to it. The style is also less heavily techno influenced as his previous GU mix, with the more housey sounds found on his rising Underwater label coming through.
Album + Compilation + DJ-mix
Global Underground (number: 20)
en: Global Underground 020: Singapore [info]
"A gentleman is one who can play the accordion but chooses not to". Odd that anyone would choose to begin a review of a DJ mix CD with a quote from Oscar Wilde but then not every mix compilation opens the proceedings with Ramirez' squeezebox-tastic "Hablando". This big, stomping, party tune sets the tone for two CDs of pumpatronic mayhem.
Discone houses most of the tougher cuts. The brooding bass line of Medicine's acid hook screecher "Junior Aspirin" drives the mix forward in to the dirty funk of Orlando Careca's "I'm A Sex Machine" and on to the industrial thud and plink of Nitzer Ebb's "Join In The Chant".
The second disc proves to be lighter and more progressive although Darren never whimps out on us and keeps the momentum going with some great choices. The chunky, disco classic "Come In To My Room" by Sandy Rivera, (perhaps best known since Ben Watt's Lazy Dog re-working) lightens the load after the hammering from Slam's swirling "Lifetimes".
Circulation's "Magenta" and Darren's remix of Laurent Garnier's "Man With The Red Face" provide two of the album's outstanding moments. The former is reminiscent of PFM's approach to drum and bass whilst the latter demonstrates that Darren'sskill on the remix is still highly sought after.
Darren's mixing is very much 'on the fly' and as he says in the sleeve notes, 'I never practice. It doesn't go - it's like riding a bike.' Unlike the smooth and often lengthy mixes that characterise the sets of say, Sasha, his style is rougher and more organic. Yet, he never looses the flow and his selection is varied enough to maintain interest at all times.
Everything Emerson has done, be it writing albums with Underworld or travelling the world winding the ones and twos, smacks of credibility and ingenuity. With a renewed passion for his first love Darren Emerson is ready to take on the world... well, Singapore at least. Long may he continue.