Mike Dearborn ‎– Muzikal Journey

Djax-Up-Beats ‎– DJAX-UP-CD11
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Tracks 4 and 11 were previously unreleased.
P&C 1995 Djax Records

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  • Matrix / Runout: DURECO [02] DJAX-UP CD 11
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA



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February 25, 2011
Sweep The Floor, Move (Hardfloor remix) and Birds On E can be found on what is arguably Mike's all time best release, 1995's 2xLP "Moments" released on Djax-Up-Beats [DJAX-UP-218] in 1995.
Razorsharp (303 Mix) and Deep Thoughts (Dream Mix) are from his "Razorsharp" 1995 double pack also released on Djax-Up-Beats [DJAX-UP-230].
Outer Limits (Trance Mixx) is from the 1993 12" "Chaotic State", also released on Djax-Up-Beats [DJAX-UP-188].
Deviant Behaviour (Slam Mixx) is a reworked version of a track released in 1993 on the "Strictly Underground" vinyl [DJAX-UP-174].
Crystal Pyramid, Moonlite, Rubberband Man are exclusives to this release.

Now, despite the fact this album is covered with previously released material, nothing can diminish its quality. In my opinion, "Muzikal Journey" was released when Mike Dearborn was hitting his creative peak, and after its release, his style and sound underwent a change. For the better or for worse, it's up to the individual listener to decide, but as far as the music on this release is concerned, to sum it up in one word: it is slamming!
The album has 'jacking Chicago' written all over it. Proper old school acid tech madness with really hard and frenzied 303s kicking it over thrashing, pumping 909 drum kicks. Nice, linear and true to the form. Not a thing more, and most certainly nothing less.
With timeless classics like the immortal Birds On E, one of Hardfloor's more inspired remixes, Move, through to the more laid back and floating Moonlite and the closing Crystal Pyramid, the pummeling Outer Limits or the propelling, hypnotic Deep Thoughts, Mike Dearborn really delivers a top notch product for its time.
While definitely well confined within its era, and of little use today with the exception of old school listening sessions with your mates, this remains a collection of extremely well crafted material, which slants in a more aggressive direction, but never wanders off into waters too hard to access.
For those into the harder, early Djax sound, stuff like Edge Of Motion's Set Up 707, Steve Poindexter, Acid Junkies' 181 banger, the occasional Random XS excursion into the more straight forward four on the floor aesthtic, but even pure acid tracks like Public Energy's Three O' Three or the early D.O.M. material - look no further.
This is classic old school Chicago for the heads. If it's your style, and if nostalgia is the name of the game you like to play, then make sure you get this one. If nothing else, half of the tracks here rank amongst the finest pieces Mike has ever recorded, and getting this CD will be an easier task than collecting all the vinyl. However, if you do like what you find here, please do move on to his Djax-Up-Beats wax as well, because there is some incredibly dope material waiting to be heard there!