Sasha ‎– Involver

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Grand National Talk Amongst Yourselves 10:22
Shpongle Dorset Perception 9:31
Petter (5) These Days 2:54
UNKLE What Are You To Me? 4:07
The Youngsters Smile 9:33
Spooky Belong 7:37
UNKLE In A State 5:39
Lostep Burma 12:01
Felix Da Housecat Watching Cars Go By 8:11
Ulrich Schnauss On My Own 7:42

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GUSA001CD Sasha Involver(CD, Album, Comp, Mixed) Global Underground (3) GUSA001CD UK 2004 Vender esta versión
none Sasha Involver EP(CDr, EP, Promo, Smplr) Global Underground (3) none US 2004 Vender esta versión
GUSA001VIN Sasha Involver(2x12") Global Underground (3) GUSA001VIN UK 2004 Vender esta versión
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spoons

spoons

3 de noviembre de 2017
comentando Involver, CD, Album, Comp, Mixed, GUSA001CD

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

10 de septiembre de 2017
comentando Involver, CD, Album, Comp, Mixed, GUSA001CD
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
oakantheath1

oakantheath1

7 de junio de 2017
comentando Involver, 2x12", GUSA001VIN
Still the Best in the involver series so far. Sasha and his production team at their absolute best
hobnob55

hobnob55

13 de diciembre de 2016
comentando Involver, CD, Album, Comp, Mixed + CD, Comp + S/Edition, GUSA001CDSP
i just got me sealed copy. its staying sealed as well . on the whole as packaging goes . if you wanna talk about it ... i think sasha was late or got lost like he normally does , for the meeting on this one . but saying thus the vinyl version is just the same. just a collectors versions id of thought im happy with it as it is . sealed ! . i can listen to it on youtube any time i like . the tracks and music and the remixes hes done we all know the score there i mean "god" warms up for him ! . what more do you want . another 10/10
zevulon

zevulon

9 de noviembre de 2016
comentando Involver, CD, Album, Comp, Mixed + CD, Comp + S/Edition, GUSA001CDSP

The packaging for the CDs must be one of the worst ever. Does Sasha hate this release?
Or only the people who invest in the limited editions?
The music is OK, but it doesn't really make me an over-all fan. Bits and pieces are indeed fantastic. 3/5
elektrojamzz

elektrojamzz

22 de febrero de 2013
comentando Involver EP, CDr, EP, Promo, Smplr, none
Sasha's mix of Smile is really good. He takes it from electro, to dark bass, to breaks, to trance effortlessly. The vocal are haunting and somewhat freestyle miami, but still feel spot on for this track. A+
jiggawhat

jiggawhat

6 de febrero de 2012
editado over 5 years ago
comentando Involver, CD, Album, Comp, Ltd, Mixed, GUSA001CDX
This is the wackiest CD packaging I have seen, but it's kind of cool. It does annoy me a bit cause it's nonstandard and it sticks out when I group it with my other CDs. At least you get tons of album art.
rowles1000

rowles1000

6 de junio de 2011
comentando Involver EP, CDr, EP, Promo, Smplr, none
This cd promo is the only way you can get the youngsters - smile sasha remix in uncompressed format
unless you want snap crackle and pop vinyl ''THIS CD IS LIKE GOLD''