Grand NationalTalk Amongst Yourselves10:22
ShpongleDorset Perception9:31
Petter (5)These Days2:54
UNKLEWhat Are You To Me?4:07
The YoungstersSmile9:33
UNKLEIn A State5:39
Felix Da HousecatWatching Cars Go By8:11
Ulrich SchnaussOn My Own7:42

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    • HANKYDJ's avatar
      Edited 5 months ago
      Terrible packaging idea. Glue and Vinyl records is always a bad idea with the exception of wood glue. Its so thick it has moved onto the records causing hiss at the start of mine. Bought this for the Grand National remix and i wont play it because of the media designer's approach this is limited edition.
      • renegadeviking's avatar
        Constantly reinventing and discovering new, uncharted territories. NO ONE influences underground, electronic dance music like Sasha and Digweed. They nurtured the trance scene from nothing a decade and a half ago. They alone pioneered progressive house to become the mamouth it has today. My friends, the days of dropping boring, menotinous prog house tune after prog house tune are over. Time for a new trick. Mixing breaks with progressive is where it's at. That is talent. All globetrotting jocks are packing their cases with nu, beautiful breakbeat 12s. looking forward to the day that genres siece to exist? just good records and bad records. Start with Sasha's new one. The lines are blurring.
        This record will stand out ten years from now. It feels like another Northern Exposure installment. It's got that sort of soundscape. *Almost entirely breakbeat* Uncharacteristic to the genre, the melody on these tracks carry as much weight as the rhythm. Involver is SLOW and steady... each song belonging to the other. It shifts back and forth through breaks and house effortlessly. There isn't a single "skip" track. Remember how you felt when they dropped 'out of body...' on the first Northern Exposure? Track 3 'these days' has THAT and he holds on to the melody 3 minutes into the next track. no anthems. no overdramatic prickley synths. no trance. just left with a feeling of something new. feels like music caught between night and day. twelve min. mindbender 'burma' and the closing track 'on my own' justifies buying one this alone.
        This release is not for newbies. This is for jetset, veteran clubbers looking for the next thing! looking for glam trance anthems? Look elsewhere, preferably something that starts with 'the ultimate.' grow up kid. face it. Sasha's just better than your favorite DJ. This one was made, not mixed! The future standard of DJing will be those who can mix breaks to progressive and vice versa all night! that takes skill. SASHA, Dave Seaman, Phil k., & Lavelle are already there. Look for it on Global UnderGround!
        • JonnyLightfoot's avatar
          Not much to say about Involver that hasn't been said, but in my opinion it's a standout concept album that effortlessly spans many genres - a smart move by Sasha, as it opens it up to a wider audience. While generally chilled, there are still a few peak-time moments. Spooky's choral Belong is perfection, and I still remember the first time I heard that breakdown in Lostep's Burma - wow. The whole thing still sounds great eighteen years on.
          • 78Cool's avatar
            The interesting fact is that if you want to get (almost) every track on vinyl you have to got a 5 different unique releases! And they are unmixed.
            1. Sasha ‎– Involver | GUSA001VIN
            2. Sasha ‎– Involver Special Edition | GUSA001VINSP (+2 bonus remixes)
            3. UNKLE ‎– Self Defence E.P. - Never Never Land Reconstructed And Bonus Beats | GUUNKBX1VIN (+3 another tracks)
            4. UNKLE ‎– In A State Sasha Promo | MWU2 TXDJ (sadly there's no release with the Involver dub remix)
            5. Felix Da Housecat Versus Sasha ‎– Watching Cars Go By | ENR 531 / ENR571 (+another remix/instrumental version)
            • J0rdz's avatar
              Hands down one of my all-time favourite electronic albums, or any style of music for that matter, this is as close to perfection as Progressive music gets as far as I’m concerned. A unique approach to the tried and tested DJ mix compilation, Sasha and his talented production team (Charlie May, Barry Jamieson and co) took each track and remixed them to construct one of the most beautiful Progressive House albums of our time.

              Some might classify this album as a straight-up DJ mix compilation, but it’s far more than that. The amount of time and care that has been taken with the reworking of each track is mind-blowing, and it shows! There’s not one stale part in the whole album – instead, each track compliments the other, blending together seamlessly to create an intensely interesting and highly emotive piece of art.

              The scope of artists included within the album is also noteworthy – from the intro track of Grand National’s Indie-Rock number ‘Talk Amongst Yourselves‘, to UNKLE’s vocal Prog masterpieces ‘What Are You To Me?‘ and ‘In A State‘, through to Shpongle’s Psy influenced ‘Dorset Perception‘ – listening to any of these in their original forms instantly demonstrates just how much they were changed and adjusted to fit within the album.
              • Rich.C's avatar
                Edited 4 years ago
                You can certainly hear the influence of the xpander ep on this (especially the track baja) and the success of airdrawndagger, sasha proves he still has it and his ear for good tracks ensures in my eyes that he is still the don in the progressive house scene
                • TringGremlin's avatar
                  Had this in the limited edition soft case gutted to have lost it.

                  The transition between Shpongle and Petter is 90 secs or so of absolute excellence.
                  • crazyaejay's avatar
                    Edited 5 years ago
                    After listening to this over the past almost 15 years, one thing always bothered me about it. It's such a phenomenal mix and tracks 1 to 8 are seamless yet tracks 9 and 10 (although they're great tunes) just seem like they're tacked on at the end because Sasha happened to enjoy them so much that he felt it necessary to include them. Now, when I listen to it; I usually turn it off at the end of track 8 because it makes it a more fulfilling and complete-sounding musical experience.
                    • spoons's avatar
                      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's avatar
                        Edited 5 years ago
                        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.

                        In short, give this album a listen - it deserves it.

                        4.1/5 Stars

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