Sasha ‎– Involver

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1 Grand National Talk Amongst Yourselves
Producer – Grand NationalWritten-By – Rudd*, Lyddon*
10:22
2 Shpongle Dorset Perception
Written-By, Producer – Raja Ram, Simon Posford
9:31
3 Petter (5) These Days
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Petter Nordkvist
2:54
4 UNKLE What Are You To Me?
Bass – Scott ShieldsDrums, Acoustic Guitar – Shawn LeeMastered By – Howie WeinbergMellotron – James LavelleOrgan [Hammond] – Martin SlatteryOther [Studio Assistant] – Chris Wilcock, Frank Carneli, Richard Barrie, Richard Matthews, Tom TatersonPercussion – Pablo CookPiano, Synthesizer, Guitar [Electric], Backing Vocals – Antony GennProducer – Antony Genn, UNKLEProgrammed By – Cameron Craig, Psycho-Pab*, Richard FlackProgrammed By [Additional] – Damian TaylorRecorded By, Mixed By – Cameron CraigVocals – Richard FileWritten-By – Antony Genn, James Lavelle, Richard File
4:07
5 The Youngsters Smile
Written-By, Producer – The Youngsters
9:33
6 Spooky Belong
Written-By – Charlie May, Duncan Forbes, Julie Daske
7:37
7 UNKLE In A State
Arranged By [Strings] – Antony Genn, Chris ElliottBacking Vocals – Becky Byrne, Graham Gouldman, Melissa JacquesBacking Vocals, Piano, Guitar – Patrick ByrneBacking Vocals, Piano, Synthesizer – Antony GennBass – ManiConductor [London Session Orchestra] – Chris ElliottDrums – Shawn LeeEngineer [Mix] – Bazz EvoGuitar – Jimmy HogarthLeader [London Session Orchestra] – Gavin Wright*Mastered By – Howie WeinbergOther [Protools] – Naughty GOther [Studio Assistant] – Chris Wilcock, Frank Cameli, Richard Barrie, Richard Matthews, Tom TatersonProducer – Antony Genn, UNKLEProgrammed By – Richard FlackProgrammed By [Additional] – Damian Taylor, Simon WrightRecorded By, Mixed By, Programmed By – Cameron CraigSynthesizer – Jarvis CockerSynthesizer [Nord] – Aidan LavelleVocals, Acoustic Guitar – Richard FileWritten-By – Antony Genn, James Lavelle, Richard File
5:39
8 Lostep Burma
Written-By, Producer – Luke Chable, Phil K
12:01
9 Felix Da Housecat Watching Cars Go By
Lyrics By – Felix*Other [Conceived By] – Devin DazzleProducer, Arranged By – Dave The Hustler, Felix Da Housecat
8:11
10 Ulrich Schnauss On My Own
Written-By, Producer – Ulrich Schnauss
7:42

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Issued in a cardboard case with flip-top that holds the CD in place, comes with 10 colour photo-cards with information printed on the rear about each track. There is also a double-sided information card containing a brief biography on one side, and personal thanks on the other side.
℗ Global Underground Ltd 2004
© Global Underground Ltd 2004
Made in Singapore

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  • Barcode: 828272130122
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPILT42
  • Matrix / Runout: GUSA001CD

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spoons

spoons

November 3, 2017

In my opinion, the last good thing he did, DJ mix/album/compilation wise. Guy J and Henry Saiz have been doing the sort of stuff I expected Sasha to be doing around now.
Zygomorphic

Zygomorphic

September 10, 2017
At this point, the 21st century has defined well-over half of Sasha's career, and is still best exemplified by this first Involver, one of his earliest releases in this era. Considering that the first few years of the 2000's were a huge slump for house and trance, Involver solidified itself as a shining beacon in the midst of mediocrity, albeit shy of perfection.

The implementation of a 'remix album' is particularly apt for Sasha, who holds roots deepest in the DJ/mixing family rather than in production - not to say that the latter is lacking, as shown here. Instead, it helps Sasha to really turn on the gears, because he has full control over the soundscape and its progression. Case in point: 'Dorset Perception' in its original incarnation, while nothing short of a spectacular track, makes absolutely no sense in this mix. Before I had first heard Involver, I recall scanning the tracklist and being concerned with this track's addition - at that time unaware that this is, in fact, a remix album. Sasha, with his DJ ears, is able to make out and create a remix that surprisingly works in the scope of its surrounding tracks. This also applies to the variety of vocal tracks from miscellaneous genres found in the mix. In most cases, an abundance of vocal tracks remixed independently, then randomly stitched together, would sound overbearing and not really what we typically come to Sasha and other similar DJ's for. It can teeter on pop-py (see Invol<3r), but Sasha's careful curation and remixing solidly avoids that, and the vocals remain unobstrusive and blend with the instruments.

Some clever mixing also occurs, such as in the mash-up/medley of 'These Days' and 'What Are You To Me?' or the sudden transitional drops from 'Smile' into 'Belong' and, subsequently, into 'In A State'.

The strongest portion of this release is in the triple threat of 'Belong', 'In A State' and 'Burma', which most clearly speak to one another at a mixing scope, transitioning easily from one to the next. As it so happens, they are also the best individual listens. His 'Belong' remix is my absolute favorite track from Sasha, and while I'm about to gush over it, please be aware that I think you should also listen to the full, single version, which runs at a blissful 12 minute duration - and mind you, with a proper soundsystem, because the deep, droning bass is incredible. That still applies for the track in this Involver-album context.

The juxtaposition of that deep, droning bass with the light and ethereal vocals is essentially what makes 'Belong' so wonderful. I wouldn't mind if the same riff repeated for the full duration, but the track is essentially split into 3 movements (or 4, if you were to listen to the single version), and each one takes its time introducing and exploring little details and timbres. It sort of personifies Sasha's sound at his best: wistful and longing, but very heartfelt and moving in both a literal and figurative sense. Unsurprisingly, the following two tracks follow suite, resulting in Sasha's best Involver/post-90's release.

Some criticisms remain. 'Smile' is probably the weakest track in the mix. While not nearly a bad track, it simply overstays its welcome and begins to become mind-numbing. Near the tail-end of the album, Sasha does what he almost always does; he performs an abrupt switch-up of genre and mood, which is heard transitioning from 'Burma' into 'Watching Cars Go By'. Is it successful? To this day, I'm still not sure. In actuality, I think this is one of his more successful executions of this trope in his mixes; I'm not so turned-off by it as I am in his other mixes, e.g. GU Ibiza or Northern Exposure. Ultimately, because it happens so close to the end rather than mid-way through, and these final two tracks are actually quite enjoyable, I don't mind - but it is nevertheless a funny feeling moving out of the high of 'Burma' into the street corner of the subsequent track.

4.1/5 Stars
radioexpress

radioexpress

June 11, 2015

11 years on and still fresh. Standards set.
jcotteri

jcotteri

September 27, 2009
Such a beautiful release. nearly 5 years on and it is still getting as much play time as it did in 2005 (when i first heard it) and will continue to do this for many years to come. As described this isn't a club orientated mix, but more a mix to compliment a quite night in or a car trip in the summer. It definitely shows the subtle, articulate and skilled side to Alexanders programing. Absolutely perfect in every way, even if track 9: Felix Da Housecat - Watching Cars Go By, doesn't make sense to you. It will eventually. It is definitely the climax to the mix and somewhat of a shock to the system, after the rolling breakbeats of Lostep and the airy vocals and the slightly orchestral notes of UNKLE - In A State, making it seem slightly out of place. I hold this album dear to my heart.
LHC

LHC

October 25, 2004
edited over 13 years ago

A great compilation of music which is open to a lot of interpretation.
Not the the rocking type of music that you want to hear when you're out with your mates in the middle of a club; but more an experience representing the artists' capability and perception of his talents. Its been put toghether so well its def worth a listen or two in the years ahead.
I'll be watching his live 4 hour set (Involver tour) at The Metro Nightclub in Melbourne on the 1/11/04. I expect to see a more "raw" form of what hes trying to achieve by giving us this release.
ENJOY!