James Zabiela ‎– Utilities

Renaissance ‎– REN21CD
2 × CD, Compilation, Mixed

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Disc 1 'Computed'
1-01 James Zabiela & Nick Boulton Quantum Realities (Intro) 2:39
1-02 Decomposed Subsonic Atlantic View 5:54
1-03 Kevin Freeman Lost Planet 6:28
1-04 Wyatt Earp & Little Mike Android (Original Mix) 3:02
1-05 Aphex Twin Windowlicker (Kriece Remix)
Remix – Kriece
1-06 Solid Groove This Is Sick 5:17
1-07 James Zabiela EyeAmComputer 5:33
1-08 Soundex (2) On/Off 5:26
1-09 Lee Coombs Outta My Mind (Breaks Mix) 2:43
1-10 Lee Coombs Outta My Mind (House Mix) 1:43
1-11 Will Saul Mbira (Infusion Remix)
Remix – Infusion
1-12 James Zabiela Robophobia (JZ’s Childhood Edit) 5:53
1-13 Abysm Future Love 6:12
1-14 Silvertone Theme From Silvertone 7:01
1-15 Hugg & Pepp Snabeln 5:46
1-16 Hisham Samawi & Dennis Rodgers Through You (Outro) 0:44
Disc 2 'Recorded'
2-01 Hisham Samawi & Dennis Rodgers Through You 8:27
2-02 Martin C* The Escape 6:42
2-03 Trentemøller Rykketid 4:06
2-04 Walter Ercolino One Flew Over The Cocoo’s Nest 5:30
2-05 Montero Captain Hook (House Mix) 4:57
2-06 Rob Mooney Feelin' Electro 6:26
2-07 Buick Project At The Rave 6:10
2-08 Gerome Sportelli Growth 4:12
2-09 Hugg & Pepp Pellefant 5:17
2-10 PMT Gyromancer (Elite Force Mix)
Remix – Elite Force
2-11 Carbon Community Simon Says 6:02
2-12 Ellen Allien Sehnsucht (Zabiela Live Edit)
Remix – James Zabiela

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Packaged in a standard-size Super Jewel Box 'fliptray' case with outer card sleeve.

Track 1-03 on the artwork incorrectly shows 'Your Soul For Access' by The Consumer. The correct track 'Lost Planet' by Kevin Freeman is shown in the track listing above.
It was planned to be the track by The Consumer, but James Zabiela chose the other track at the last minute and it wasn't corrected on the cover and liner notes.

The mix on Disc 2 was recorded live, and the sleeve notes include a detailed technical description written by James Zabiela of how it was performed.

℗ & © 2005 Renaissance Recordings.
Distribution in the UK by Amato.
Made in Europe.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 81824 06422 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): CD REN21CD1 14809
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): CD REN21CD2 14810
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI LV31
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI LV31
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI RZ17
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI RZ21

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
REN21CDDJ James Zabiela Utilities(2xCD, Promo) Renaissance REN21CDDJ UK 2005 Sell This Version
HN270CD James Zabiela Utilities(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) High Note Records HN270CD Taiwan 2005 Sell This Version
90738-2 James Zabiela Utilities(2xCD, Mixed, Comp) Thrive Records 90738-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
EQREN008CD James Zabiela Utilities(2xCD, Mixed) EQ Recordings EQREN008CD Australia 2005 Sell This Version
90738-2 James Zabiela Utilities(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Thrive Records 90738-2 US 2005 Sell This Version


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August 4, 2008
In 2005 this was the best mix I had ever heard, and today in 2008 it is still one of my favourites.

For me, 'Computed' (Disc 1) is a listenable light introduction to disc 2, which swings back and forth from soft house to slightly grimier tech house, but it never gets any darker than a 40W light bulb. The final track is a strange choice which I tend to skip as it takes it firmly into 'reach for the lasers' trance territory. The highlight for me is the transition from 'This Is Sick' into 'Iamcomputer'.

'Recorded' (Disc 2) is the reason I like this double-CD so much. The first 10 minutes are deceptive, as after this long introduction of calm, ambient bleeps and bloops, you're suddenly dropped into 'The Escape', followed by the thumping 'Rykketid'. From this point on it just gets better and better, a steady crescendo that always makes me want to get up and move.


April 3, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
I am sorry but in all honesty, my personal opinion is that this is one of the worst compilations I have ever heard in my life. I mean I get and appreciate what he is trying to do and again if you will allow me to be brutally frank again, I am actually a huge fan of Zabiela. He really loves his music and quite frankly when it comes to djing that is all that really matters; how much you love the music, which eventually leads to your wanting to manipulate it (thus compliations were born). I would not mind seeing him live and I believe he is a truly talented DJ. That said, I will not compromise my opinion over this tech effects disaster. The tracks are okay but the mood and tone are horrible. It sounds like a dj who is intentionally trying to make unbearable noise not because it is what he is comfortable with, (see Holden's At the controls for jaw dropping personal experimental music) but because being different is good. In this case it is not. A disaster of truly monumental proportions. Almost, but not nearly as bad as Fundacion NYC; sasha, age of inception? occupation? testing base? I mean really you guys.... play the records and not your ego, it sounds better


June 12, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

I don't write reviews well and this album deserves a well-versed praise, but I'll try.

If this isn't the album of the decade, then what is? Tech house seems to be one of the 'it' genres and Zabiela is an 'it' DJ right now, but he takes this album way further than a normal compilation. Zabiela's smoothest mixing and most focused song selection yet. The beginning of CD 1 is somewhat patchy in my opinion but the rest of the set is flawless. Zabiela has said in his interviews that he tried to focus on music this time and that he did--his technical experimentation is not as 'in your face' here and when it is it's masterfully and fluidly done.

FOr some reason I particularly enjoy the finishing on both CD's - a mellowed out breaks/melodic tech house that sort of reminds me of the first CD on GU Sydney by Digweed. I don't want to give out too many spoilers, so try that CD yourself and you won't regret it.