James Holden ‎– At The Controls

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Apparat Wooden 5:17
Plastikman Cor Ten 2:18
Massive Attack vs. Mad Professor Trinity Dub (Three) 2:20
Kate Wax Angel Blues 2:18
Death In Vegas Anita Berber 4:14
Petter (5) Some Polyphony 5:43
Vox Sola Metro Pop 2:53
Issakidis* Hotter Now (Stripped Down Mix) 1:20
Holden* Lump 6:16
Midi Miliz Trace Function 4:57
Harmonia Watussi 0:52
Holden* 10101 3:22
Skugge + Stavöstrand* Medean 3:06
Nathan Fake Charlies House (Apparat Remix) 6:33
Lucky Pierre Angels On Your Body 3:39
Christ. Perlandine Friday 3:13
Fennesz Rivers Of Sand 1:43
Meta.83 Opening Titles 4:28
Paul Kalkbrenner Gebrünn Gebrünn 4:22
Motiivi:Tuntematon 1939 4:15
Malcolm Middleton Solemn Thirsty 4:26
Aphex Twin Xtal 4:40
Milky Globe vs. Holden* Sun Spots 2:59
Kalabrese Aufm Klo 4:25
Lazy Fat People Big City 1:55
Water Lilly Lottotron Reboot 3:05
Trans Am (2) Cold War (War Is Stupid Mix) 4:13
Slag Boom Van Loon Poppy Seed (Boards Of Canada Reprise) 1:49
Egoexpress Live At Sirius Prime 5:13
Black Strobe Nazi Trance Fuck Off! (Holden Remix) 8:02
Plastikman Cor Ten 1:32
AFX* Every Day 4:14

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RESISTCD59 James Holden At The Controls(2xCD, Mixed) Resist Music RESISTCD59 UK 2006 Sell This Version
SYS 1090-2 James Holden At The Controls(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) System Recordings SYS 1090-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
RESISTCD59 James Holden At The Controls(2xCDr, Mixed, Promo) Resist Music RESISTCD59 UK 2006 Sell This Version
RESISTLP59 James Holden At The Controls(3x12", Comp) Resist Music RESISTLP59 UK 2006 Sell This Version

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dezseu3

dezseu3

May 12, 2013
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59

Personally, my favorite is the first disc, for me it brings a very exciting atmosphere which can't really be described with just words. I was so amazed by the heartwarming melodies of 'Wooden', the alternative rock trip 'Anita Berber', Holden's evergreen 'Lump', the banging 'Trace Function', the delicious 'Medean', and the marvellous closing section with 'Perlandine Friday' and 'Rivers Of Sand'. Still sounds so fresh after listening it countless times.
rudeboy31

rudeboy31

February 19, 2013
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59
CD2 is beautiful and timeless, especially from track 1-5, which flow into each other in wonderful ways. Musical, uplifting and gorgeous, one of my all time favourites, even after all these years.
simbasounds

simbasounds

August 28, 2012
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59
This has become my favourite CD. It's not perfection - rather a distopian reality much like our own where things shakily build up and fall apart.. and then something grows in the ashes born out of, but not necessarily resembling what spawned it.
andyman5

andyman5

April 1, 2008
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, SYS 1090-2

Devestating and deep mix from one of the forerunners of newbreed digital dj's, Mr. James Holden. Ableton Live is amazing software and especially in the right hands and here it is used to perfection to mix some very sublime tracks with techno and minimal interspersed with neo-folk and ambient.

This is a lay on your floor with the headphones on and drift away kind of mix that is stunningly original. It is frankly amazing that Mr. Holden is able to meld so many tracks together from such different genre's and retain a sound consistent with that of a completed album. It is the rare mix where an artist or DJ can so completely disappear in the music of choice and this is the finest example of that I've heard.
eisshaus

eisshaus

August 31, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59
As mentioned previously, this CD does capture James Holden's ever-changing sound and vision. I especially like CD2 which just has an edge to it from start to finish. I went to his last gig in Chicago half expecting this type of sound from him, only to have him take me down another altogether different avenue of sound. He never ceases to amaze! His track selection is always very clever and his ability to blend tracks I wouldn't dare put in the same 70 minute mix is unthinkable at times. James is never one to disappoint, but rather open up a new perspective.
toyokogyo1976

toyokogyo1976

April 22, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59

I found this compilation by sheer luck and bought it thinking it would be along the lines of his Balance effort.
Instead I found that at times, the mixing is almost heavy handed and strained, and I found myself skipping through tracks halfway through on disc 1. Disc 2 seems more polished, however it took a while before both discs sunk in. Not what I expected, but that's no bad thing, but there are certainly better examples out there.
PavelZagalsky

PavelZagalsky

December 27, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59

James Holden is a former prodigy kid of the British Trance scene who break through first at the tender age of 18 with the huge Horizons hit that was played to death and was licensed later to many compilations and mix sets including Dave Seaman's Global Underground album. A few years later he set up his own label "Border Community" that considered by many as one of the most interesting and influential labels nowadays including the seminal Soopertrack / Zu Fuss by Extrawelt, Drowning In A Sea Of Love by Nathan Fake and more. Definitely a fine label with a broad and futuristic view on the electronic music.
This double album presents Holden's eclectic (to say the least) tastes and fuses seamlessly Minimal Techno with Dub, Electro, IDM and even some Psy Trance. Can't say how good are his Dj'ing skills in real life but his Ableton Live skills are impressive. The flow here is remarkable and he manages to fuse so much interesting music without sounding artificial for a second. Really hard to milk some more words for this one but if you enjoyed Sasha's Involver and if you like your music melodic, laidback and warm you should go and check it. Not another hit collection with a super star DJ on the decks. This one was made with love.
Budreaux

Budreaux

December 1, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59
This double disc is one of the 2 most mind-bending, reflective journeys an electronica enthusiast can go on. It's not necessarily a heavy dance set, but it does have its moments to entice you to get your groove on. Holden At The Controls has definitely redefined what a DJ set is & has set the bar very high. Since the release in March '06, this has been my most frequently listened to CDs in my collection of DJ sets ever. Watussi into 10101 is probably my favorite mixes on the 1st CD. I've never heard a duet in dance music like the one in 1939; it's so beautifully done! Definitely worth your time to hear, if you have an open mind going into it.
restless

restless

October 24, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing At The Controls, 3x12", Comp, RESISTLP59

Very good selection, worth buying for the very rare Trans-Am remix alone. Previously available only on CD, this track is like a dream meeting between New Order and EBM, in other words electro brutality meets beautiful synth pad sequences, with infectious new-wave vocals on top. The whole thing sounding quite modern, courtesy of the contemporary production and twisted sound FX. Unmissable.
Putyrhandsup

Putyrhandsup

May 3, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing At The Controls, 2xCD, Mixed, RESISTCD59
Personally I think this mix is Holden's best work to date, excellent as his Balance was, 'At The Controls' shows both how much he's grown as a DJ and a desire and thirst for pushing forward and refusing to restrict himself to genres or boundaries. If that sounds pretentious, well, maybe it is, but unless you want to take joking around into the realms of high art, sometimes you have to put at least a little bit of a serious face on to create something fresh and original within a format that is a) inherently limited and b) already full to bursting with apparent pinnacles. As far as I'm concernced, on 'At The Controls', Holden's set a new standard for supposedly 'Progressive' music by actually moving forward, unlike the majority of its practicioners. He's even put Trans Am on it, and Trans Am are fucking brilliant!