Sasha ‎– Airdrawndagger

Arista ‎– 74321 947862, BMG UK & Ireland ‎– 74321 947862
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1 Drempels 1:23
2 Mr Tiddles 4:53
3 Magnetic North 5:17
4 Cloud Cuckoo 8:26
5 Immortal 4:54
6 Fundamental
Edited By [Bassline] – Andy Page
7 Boileroom 7:04
8 Bloodlock
Co-producer – James Holden, Junkie XL, SashaWritten-By – J. Holden*
9 Requiem 6:08
10 Golden Arm
Written-By – S. Wright*
11 Wavy Gravy 7:29

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Recorded at The Computer Hell Cabin, Amsterdam
Additional Recording at The Clock House UK, Wow & Flutter UK
Musicians recorded at Sarm West Studios
Mastered at The Town House UK
Junkie XL appears courtesy of Roadrunner Records

Cloud Cuckoo sample taken from "Requiem" by King Crimson 1982 written by Fripp, Bruford, Levin & Belew. Courtesy of Robert Fripp, under exclusive license to Virgin Records Ltd. Published by BMG Music Publishing. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

℗ & © 2002 BMG UK & Ireland Ltd. All label copy and sleeve notes © 2002 BMG UK & Ireland Ltd. Distributed by BMG. Made in the EU.

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  • Barcode: 74321 947862 7
  • Label Code: LC03484
  • Rights Society: Biem/Gema
  • Matrix / Runout ((Variant 1, mirrored)): DISCTRONICS 74321947862 01
  • Matrix / Runout ((Variant 2, mirrored)): DISCTRONICS 74321947862 03
  • Mould SID Code ((Variant 1, mirrored)): IFPI 8725
  • Mould SID Code ((Variant 2, mirrored)): IFPI 8717
  • Mastering SID Code ((Variant 1 & 2, mirrored)): IFPI L502

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74321 947862 Sasha Airdrawndagger(CD, Album, Mixed) BMG UK & Ireland 74321 947862 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
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G010000459911O Sasha Airdrawndagger(11xFile, MP3, 320) Deconstruction G010000459911O UK & Europe 2010
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July 23, 2015
More than ten years listening this album, and just wanna say that I wanna hear it for the next 80 years too.
So beautiful, and complex, really is a masterpiece of electronic music of this era.
I hope that he come back with this kind of inspiration and left behind for a little time the deep & prog, house.
Highly Recommended.


December 30, 2013

In my top 5 artist albums, easily. bloodlock is the highlight, indeed.


August 20, 2011
This is one of my all time favourite CDs. It has everything and is one of the few CDs i can actually listen to from start to finish without getting tired/annoyed/bored. The production quality is second to none and oozes with lush synthesized soundscapes and delicious reverb.

Well worth a listen to if you're into electronic music.


October 26, 2010

Obviously people are pretty opinionated about this album. Let me just say this... I have a collection of over 6000 albums and ep's collected over the past 15 years ranging from ambient, to house, to trance and progressive. Out of all those albums, this album is in my "top 25 albums of all time lists". Seriously.


October 6, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

Once again I am making an attempt to describe music - and the feeling it gives me - with words. This CD, just as most of Sasha's production, is close to what I call musical perfection. The track layout is perfect. The album starts up nice and slow, moves on to a harder and more uptempo part, to finish off nice and slow again. Also, all the tracks are made with greatest perfection and musical skill. My personal favourites are 'Mr. Tiddles', 'Cloud Cuckoo' and 'Bloodlock'.


April 14, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Fair to say that this album genrates wildly varying opinions from it's listeners, which is a good thing as nothing is more boring than everybody singing it's praises, you need to challenge people...and this album does that. Personally, I love it. I don't quite know why; as others have said, it is free from the programming complexity of most progressive/breaks tunes and isn't a purely ambient experience. But what makes it special for me is the feel of the album in it's entirety. The tone of the album is established from Drempels onwards, that of electronic music with influences from trance, ambient, progressive house and breaks. I can't really pigeon-hole it any better than that.

Sasha shipped a hell of alot of criticism on release of this album, at the time I thought it unfair and on reflection I think it was the reaction of his hardcore fanbase, the trance connosueirs finding it too ambient and the progressive fans finding it too laidback. I don't see it as either. Credit to Sasha and his cohorts they attempted to make an album as opposed to a collection of singles or an album of generic proggy bangers. The beauty of this album lies in the journey it takes you through, exquisite production that doesn't suffocate the tracks with effects but allows the melodies and sparse beats room to breathe. I love it, I was unsure when I first bought it 5 years ago but I get something out of it every time I listen to it.
Sasha's recent effort "Involver" doesn't even warrant mention in the same breath as Airdrawndagger for it serves to cater to a narrow seam of the electronic music smorgasboard, generic proggressive house. This is Sahsa's best work and deserves some patience as the album will bring years of pleasure to those willing to revisit it with an older, more experienced and cultured taste in electronica IMHO.


March 28, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Nope...After at least 20 listenings I now have an opinion that counts. And in my opinion this is perhaps the most overrated electronica-album ever!
We have "cloud cuckoo", "boileroom" and "wavy gravy". Three great tracks, but absolutely not enough for making an album "great". I think people only rates this album high because it is Sasha, mr. Status. And it's not even Sasha who makes the music, on "bloodlock" it is james holden who makes a copy of his own style at that time and at the rest of the songs it is spooky, aka Charlie May.

No, Sasha should stay where he belongs: behind the dj-decks. Because there he is one of the biggest!


January 11, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Thinking back of the Samothraki Festival in Greece 2003 I think it is fair to say that the most crazy experience music - and otherwise - was when I danced for about an hour and a half with a tree at the chill out stage one night. This is why I am sometimes not quite sure whether a certain type of music should be labelled chill-out, ambient, progressive or psy-trance. I mean, you are supposed to chill at the chill-out stage, right? But play the right, quality, down-beat / chill-out at the right time, and you'll have everyone going crazy. This is what happened at the Samothraki Festival. Down beat music on chill stage with everyone going at it like crazy, things even more wicked than on main stage.

Sasha wasn't at Samothraki but Airdrawndagger represents exactly the sort of music I'm thinking off. I could hear this music in the afternoon at the chill-out stage, roll a splif, relax and enjoy. Maybe dance a little. Or I could hear some of the trax here at night and go dance berserk. My favourite dance track here has to be Fundamental. The kick-in at 8:05. What is this?! Progressive chill-out ...?!? But it's not fair to single one track out. Up-beat, down-beat, they're all fantastic!

And I almost never got to hear this album! Only heard it cause a friend insisted I'd give this Sasha album a chance. "I think you'll like it", he said. Well, thanks buddy! Right on - I love it!

What can I say? Get it get it get it ...


January 6, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
sasha® (aka Alexander Coe, Charlie May, JXL, James Holden, etc. ... I say that because they all deserve credit for the sasha® brand of products, not just Coe) have a knack at programming. This album, while for the most part not being very complex in sound layers, does have the uncanny ability to bring out complex emotions through its simplistic, yet practical layout.

But then it also builds up to a delicious, driving techy climax. I'm sure everyone who hears Bloodlock for the first time will agree that they expected another ambient track...but when its trademark Holden bassline crackles through the speakers (especially after travelling on the entire airdrawndagger® journey), you realise that this album is something special.

well done to sasha®...and I hope to see more of them in the future


August 11, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

With Sasha being the Father and the Son of Progressive Trance you will not be surprised to hear that Progressive also makes the backbone of the album. But the man apparently also has a huge affinity for ambient and the combination of those two styles results in this emotional dagger being plunged right into your cortex. <BR>
Some say the album is nothing new - they are right - but isn’t it nice to be given this vivid blast from the past, right from the era where Global Communication and Robert Leiner were searching for some more reflective gloomy soundstructures? This is splendid ever going pulsing ambient, ranging from the massive hoovering Bloodlock to the cheerful sequenzing Requiem.