Sasha ‎– Invol<3r

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MOSCD290 Sasha Invol<3r(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound MOSCD290 UK 2013 Sell This Version
MOSE290 Sasha Invol<3r(19xFile, MP3, Comp, 320 + 2xFile, MP3, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound MOSE290 UK 2013
M1CD065, MOSCD290 Sasha Invol<3r(3xCDr, Mixed, Unofficial + CDr, Comp, Mixed, Unoff) Music1st, Rhythm (6), Ministry Of Sound (2) M1CD065, MOSCD290 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
MOSLP290 Sasha Invol<3r(3xLP, Ltd) Ministry Of Sound MOSLP290 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Sasha Involv3r(19xFile, AAC, Comp, 256 + 2xFile, AAC, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound none 2013

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Zygomorphic

Zygomorphic

August 31, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290

Invol<3r-era Sasha is an audibly-different iteration from the usual. While Sasha still maintains the brighter tone he is known for (as contrasted with Digger's darker themes), Invol<3r is quite vocal-heavy and lighthearted, whereas Sasha formerly spun more 'serious' music - if that makes any sense. This latest remix-album in the trilogy is quite decent, but noticeably less consistent and memorable than the previous two Involver's. The aforementioned lightheartedness brought to the table borders on pedestrian in its sound; inoffensive, catchy and enjoyable, but often lacking that certain profound flavor that I typically associate with the artist. Furthermore, Sasha's transitions here are unforgivably lazy for what we have come to expect from his mixing. Nevertheless, it's a recommendable album that features some key, memorable highlights.

As per usual with Sasha, the mix starts off beatless and more abstract, eventually coalescing into euphonic melody. 'Growing Forehead' is a strong intro, marred by a transition that is seriously problematic - and we're only on the first transition! I won't get into the specifics of the subsequent transitions, but just know that they are, by in large, poorly executed. The next three tracks fit the bill in terms of catchy-but-pedestrian. They're enjoyable - really - but Sasha doesn't create any sort of interesting story or soundscape between and among the varying tracks, which is usually his forte.

The middle part of the mix is the album's strongest, featuring the highlights of 'Battleships' and 'Moment Before Dreaming'. Both tracks are compelling, but surrounded by other tracks that seem non-sequitur; I'd rather just listen to them individually as singles. Regardless, there are serious bonus points for these two tracks alone, because they are some of Sasha's best - ever. For me, personally, I would rate 'Moment Before Dreaming' as his second best production of the 2000's, only after his ineffably gorgeous remix of 'Belong' in the first Involver. The arpeggios are addictive and vocals as ethereal as they are sensual. In particular, I am fond of the repeated lyric in "wondering" - which can also be heard as 'wandering'.

Following that, we have 'The Healing', which was definitely an of-the-moment track for 2013, and fairly strong here. It's after this point that I find even more disappointment in Invol<3r. 'Wine' sounds like transitional filler; it's monotonous and superfluous. The latter half's best moment is in 'DIY', but by this point in the mix, I've more than likely already skipped and moved on to other mixes, because I'll take a pass on the ending two tracks, especially with the obnoxious vocals in 'Shoot You Down'. Did I mention how lazy the transitions are with all these tracks?

2.7/5 Stars
Tech_Life

Tech_Life

September 22, 2016
edited 4 months ago
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290

Sasha has been one of my favorite artists since the late 90's and the first 2 Involver are great but this one just doesn't really do it for me. For me its not even close to being as good as the other 2 and that's why the 2 stars. I've listen to it probably 10 or 15 times in the last couple years hoping it would grow on me but no dice. Compared to the first Involver it doesn't even come close and I think the 2nd one is also very good so I had high hopes for this one but was disappointed.
Vigro

Vigro

May 2, 2015
referencing Invol<3r, 3xLP, Ltd, MOSLP290

Oh how I love this release. I didn't give the 3 discs a real good chance at first but month by month these tracks start to sound better and better. I first fell in love with ThermalBear's - Turn The Tide but now almost every track does it for me on this album.
elMorseman

elMorseman

March 24, 2015
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290

Invol<3r
My score: 8/10

If you came to this album hoping for the magic that was Involver you're going to be VERY disappointed. Not because this is a bad album, in fact it is absolutely stellar.
The mixing is somewhat basic for a selection of tracks that have been reconstructed and built for purpose from the ground up, there isn't a lot going on to be honest, gone are the complex and interesting transitions from Smile to Belong to In A State, and so is the diverse range of artists, and genres.

What we have here, is a collection of beautifully, painstakingly produced electro/minimal influenced vocal dance music nicely that veers into pop territory, and it's a damn good thing too. While I am no fan of commercial music or cheesy sensibilities I have to admit that I really enjoyed this mix, more so than anything the last couple of years.

Bottom line, if you're a fan of Sasha's Xpander era, you're in the wrong place. This is more in keeping with Airdrawndagger, with a lot of vocals. If you're looking for something accessible, refreshing and enjoyable this is it.

On a personal note, I found there were a few too many vocals for my palate but they do complement the vibe nicely. I am more of a fan of Disc 2's beatless mix as it feels a little more adventurous and it's a really nice change of pace. I'm hoping we may eventually see some dubs or instrumentals of the tracks, that could be very special.
crazyaejay

crazyaejay

March 20, 2015
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290
I didn't think much of this when it was first released, but now I can't stop listening to it. Damn, it's good shit! That bass in the Chained remix blows my mind every time. It's a mix that'll slowly but surely grow on you for years to come.
Unterhimmel

Unterhimmel

January 7, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Invol<3r, 3xLP, Ltd, MOSLP290

The biggest problem here is the drum programming. It sounds like every track has exactly the same weak "drop" beats (as we know them from Minimal Tech House) and the same "tick tack" claps, as they are typical for Robin Schulz and other current producers. The percussion is ungroovy and doesn't fit to the tracks above them. Also, there is little to no change in it. There is nothing "progressive" here, it sounds like "Hipster House" to me.
Some reviewer wrote that he is glad Sasha keeps changing his style. I would go with that but overall it sounds so uninspired, nothing "fresh and new" at all. Another reviewer wrote "it lacks emotion and flow". This is exactly my impression, too. Once again, if there are already so many producers out there who do it (this kind of House) better, why copycat them? And yes, two years later and you can't stand this style anymore because of overdose and that makes the tracks already outdated.
The four stars go for the James Zabiela track alone, finally here are some hi-hats added that groove along the whole track and a recognizable bassline.
Btw. some of the tracks on the vinyl edition have bad sound quality, others don't. Bad pressings I guess.
tonumaa

tonumaa

May 31, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290

If you compare the sound quality of Involver3 and Involver 2 you can clearly hear that Involver2 sounds much better, the layers and production is just out of this world. Definately too many vocals on Involver3, however the album has many superb tracks - it has its moments.
If Involver3 was by some unknown producer Id give it a 4/5,
but for Sasha standards Id expect a lil more, so my rating would be 3,5/5
BUt coz im a huge Sasha fan I will give it a 4 anyway :)
spoons

spoons

April 6, 2013
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290

Almost as disappointing as Involver 2 but only because the first one was so good I had higher expectations when I wasted my money on the second one. "Battleships" is OK and so is "The Healing". The transition from "Turn The Tide" to "Chrystalfilm" sounds forced and is so unlike Sasha. There's far too much vocal everywhere. The vocal on Smalltalk sounds shit and seems off key or something. Most of the album is too poppy for me as well. Glad it's the last of the series.
vangelescu

vangelescu

April 3, 2013
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290
Unbelivable album. Might just be the best in the Involver series.
Although, it might share the top position with the first one.
fear_factor

fear_factor

March 31, 2013
referencing Invol<3r, 2xCD, Mixed, MOSCD290
Involver 1 made me want to dance with it's peaks and troughs but Involv3r just doesn't quite cut it.
The tunes are pretty harmless enough. The tunes that stand out, only do because the rest are so bland.

Sonically it sounds amazing just like any other Sasha production but it lacks emotion and flow unlike every other Sasha production. It takes 45 minutes before it starts to go anywhere.
As K4osth3ory says some of the transitions sound rushed in the way they are executed.
For me it sounds like MOS got in the way (as they always do) more than they did on Involv2r.