Thursday, March 12, 1998

Review - Northern Exposure 2 (Westcoast Edition/Eastcoast Edition)

Artist: Sasha and John Digweed

Posted on Thu, Mar 12, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Longtime collaborators Sasha and Digweed have designed the blueprint of much of modern-day house music, smoothing over various inspired moments from the eclectic spectrum of the dance world. This remarkable manipulation of mood has earned them an unprecedented following among club insiders and spectators alike -- a well-deserved feat in a typically faceless field.

This most recent release, a double disc sold separately ("Westcoast" and "Eastcoast") is an impressive demonstration of just how far a night can go when those directing it have so rich an understanding of rhythm and a limitless palate for hypnotic ambience.

Much of the "Eastcoast" disc maintains a sparse mystery that only occasionally overflows into a frenetic release of electronic crescendos. On the "Westcoast" disc, the groove is frantic with dark washes of bass taking a back seat to the fast-paced, hi-hat-driven beats of the recording's more effervescent components, as Sasha and Digweed dig deeper into the happy-house inflections of L.A. nightlife.

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