James Lavelle ‎– Barcelona #023

Global Underground (3) ‎– GU023CD
2 × CD, Mixed

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1-1 UNKLESOUNDS* 1-3AM Intro Part One 1:50
1-2 DJ Shadow Mongrel...Meets His Maker 4:16
1-3 Leftfield Feat Roots Manuva Dusted
Featuring – Roots Manuva
1-4.1 Thomas Bangalter Night Beats 2:02
1-4.2 Cheech Mardi Gras
1-5 Sotero The Vibe 3:29
1-6 Layo & Bushwacka! Let The Good Times Roll 7:29
1-7 Sasha Fundamental 6:59
1-8 Force Mass Motion V Dylan Rhymes Hold Back 6:44
1-9 Evil Nine Crooked 5:27
1-10 Stir Fry Breakin On The Street (False Prophet Remix)
Remix – False Prophet
1-11 Ils No Soul (PMT Mix)
Remix – PMT
1-12 Drumattic Twins Invincible Bass 3:23
1-13 Layo & Bushwacka! Shining Through 5:48
1-14 Ian Brown F.E.A.R. (UNKLESOUNDS GU FEAR-Edit Part One)
2-1 UNKLESOUNDS* 3-5AM Intro Part 2 1:34
2-2.1 Pitch Black (2) Underground Sound 5:19
2-2.2 Antranig & Pons Do It To Me (DJ Tool 3)
2-2.3 Eddie Amador Feat. Lamech The Funk (King Unique's Speech-apella)
Featuring – LamechRemix – King Unique
2-3 Kybosh Revolution (Dub) 4:43
2-4 Rennie Pilgrem & Meat Katie Atmosphere 3:52
2-5 Meat Katie Next Life 4:13
2-6 Soul Of Man Dirty Waltzer 3:40
2-7 Uberzone* & Rennie Pilgrem Black Widow (V.I.P. Remix) 2:54
2-8 Dead Prez Hip Hop (UNKLESOUNDS Fabric-Edit)
2-9 Peace Division On The Bandwagon (Beating Their Drums) 4:05
2-10 Duncan Gray Ultra Savant 2:43
2-11 Phil Kieran Juicy 3:36
2-12 Lee Burridge Lost 4:27
2-13 Halo Dark Clouds 4:59
2-14 FC Kahuna Glitterball 4:57
2-15 Hybrid Gravastar 6:31
2-16 Smithmonger Vodka 4:51
2-17 Doves There Goes The Fear (UNKLESOUNDS GU FEAR-Edit Part Two)

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Mixed at Dos Shot (Never Never Land) Studios and Sphere Studios London.
The version of Evil Nine's "Crooked" on this release is an instrumental version.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 664612202322
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): 50498381/GU023-CD1 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): 50489407/GU023-CD2 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI LB45
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI LB46
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 0784
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 0718
  • Other (Disc 1 Catalog Number): GU023CD1
  • Other (Disc 2 Catalog Number): GU023CD2

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GU023VIN James Lavelle Global Underground #023: Barcelona(3x12", Comp, Ltd) Global Underground (3) GU023VIN UK 2002 Sell This Version
GU023CD James Lavelle Global Underground #023: Barcelona(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Global Underground (2) GU023CD Russia 2002 Sell This Version
GU023CDX, GU023CD James Lavelle Barcelona #023(2xCD, Mixed + CD-ROM + Ltd) Global Underground (3), Global Underground (3) GU023CDX, GU023CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
GU023 James Lavelle Global Underground #023: Barcelona(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Global Underground (3) GU023 UK 2002 Sell This Version


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September 9, 2014
Bringing in James Lavelle to mix the 23rd installment of Global Underground was a very controversial choice. The series, up til then, were mostly focused on Progressive House and Trance, which (among great mixing) resulted in great installments like #13 and #19. James Lavelle however, is more of a breaks/breakbeat guy... at least, in the early 2000's, which meant that bringing him in, would be quite the shake up for the series.

While by no means perfect, the mixing is, for the most part, solid, with a few odd mixing decisions being thrown in here and there (like the mixing between Layo & Bushwacka & Sasha, which always stood out in a negative way for me), though there are plenty of good examples to offset this (the first 5 tracks have some good transitions in them). Tracklisting is a bit more varied, frequently mixing breaks and progressive house. In short, it's one of the more daring GU installments, in terms of genre, and while I wouldn't rank it among its best, it certainly isn't one of their worst either. It showcased James Lavelle further transitioning into a DJ (especially since UNKLE, at the time, became more electronic than its previous album). It does feel like Lavelle is having some fun with the different tracks, which is something that were missing on his future GU albums.


February 20, 2014
I can't praise this mix comp enough, it sticks 2 fingers up to silly sub-genres and just goes for it. It is instant, arrogant in a good way, driving, dark, sexy and ultimately inspiring. James Lavelle says; fuck the rules, this is how I dj! and it's all the better for it. Not naming names but a lot of the mixes on GU are deep, dark, prog based and haven't aged well, whereas this still sounds good now. One of the best mix comps ever in my humble opinion.


June 11, 2012
This is one of the best CDs in the entire series. While Warren's Reykjavik gets more praise, I think this one is better. It fuses breakbeats with house and trance music to give you something you haven't seen before. It came at the perfect point in time, because Global Underground was becoming increasingly stale with the same old rehashed style of progressive house. Someone needed to do something different, and James Lavelle was brought in to deliver this excellent mix.


December 16, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

Not sure whether it is because of a more 'alternative' James Lavelle sound, but I feel like music in this GU mix comes alive like in no other compilation. Regardless of whether it is UNKLE-like or not UNKLE-like, this is a brilliant flow of music from start to finish. I also appreciate that James gives both of the CD's a great finish (without going into the often-misused electro) and his usually cross-over style is still quite 'electronic' and not too much rock-alternative-pop. Good stuff!


May 13, 2004
Not the typical GU set, but not dissapointing. Not as much of the UNKLE sound one would come to expect from James Lavelle. However, this set is great, recorded at Barcelona's Legendary club Nitsa. The intro (welcome to Fear) is worthy of its own cd, and this sets diverse mix of song types is incredible. Overall a good set, not dissapointing to any GU or James Lavelle fan, a must buy.


October 14, 2003
This set was recorded in Nitsa Club, Barcelona's most legendary club. I expected this Global Underground to have a more progressive sound but you can find all kinds of styles, mixed perfectly. Anyway it sounds british to me. Very good work.


January 10, 2003

This CD set isn't like the other Global Underground CDs. But thats a good thing because its nice to have something different from the rest of them. Its more Breakbeat oriented and very nice to dance to. James Lavelles mixing is great and his track selection is really cool. Next Global Underground Comps will be right back to the progressive sound so enjoy this one while you can.


December 18, 2002
I was unsure of what to expect when I picked up this cd, I had been told by freinds that it was fantastic. GU023 sure didn't dissapoint I was very impressed with its variety and selection of tracks and also the mixing. The cd contains a nice selection of breakz, prog, deep house and also some cross over type stuff.

Definately worth the purchase... I can't get enough of this album... Infact I am listening to it now :)


October 26, 2002

I expected a James Lavelle mix CD to be a bit more, well, UNKLE. I do like a bit of UNKLE, but I was very pleased to discover that it was an extremely varied selection of tunes. It's also (IMHO) one of the best in the entire GU series. Tracks range from hip hop to breakbeat to funky breakbeat to breakbeat-house to house to deep house to dub and beyond. Tunes that will probably stand out the most are probably the Drummatic Twins' mammoth breaks of "Invisible Bass", Lee Burridge's extremely deep "Lost", Dead Prez's electro-breaks-hop number "Hip Hop", Kybosh's super bass-heavy house monster "Revolution", and UNKLE's own mix of Ian 'Monkey Boy' Brown's "F.E.A.R.". The inclusion of Doves "There Goes The Fear" is a brave decision, but after a mix as good as that, he could have stuck on the Mr Blobby song. Congratulations Mr Lavelle, you have won over another fan. You've also upset the next person in line to do a GU mix, as they'll have o pull off something amazing to come close to this.