Sasha gets involved... Again

Words by: Dave
Posted: 2/9/08 12:22

I wonder… Is it possible to write about Sasha without using the words legend, pioneer, groundbreaking or the over-used 'man like' reference? Clichés such as they are, I'm not sure it's entirely possible. Not in a fair review anyway - Sasha is one of the elite few early club DJs whose not only stood the test of time, he's moved with it.  

Invol2ver is a prime example. Ostensibly it's a DJ mix. You the know the format; big name DJ, twelve or so buzz tracks, will last a year or so in your collection before it begins to sound dated. Sad but true; just take a look at your collection, I bet there's stuff you haven't listened to in years. 

Sasha's mix is different. It's far more than a DJ mix, it's a work of art. 13 tracks, each one completely deconstructed and rearranged to his own sonic vision and ordered with such attention to detail it's like the tunes were always meant to be together. Unlike many of its shelfmates, Invol2ver will sound just as good in 10 years time as it does today… And it sounds pretty damn good. 

The main reason for this is the consistency. Of course it's a DJ's job to blend things seamlessly and identify patterns and similarities in the tracks they mix, but this is another level, with each track carrying that same barbed atmosphere Sasha's sets have always been famed for. A pensive tension abounds as we swoon from number to number, bobbing with their pulsating ebbs and flows, feeling the emotion of every chord, vocal and melody.    

Igniting his fire slower than he would in a club Sasha ingratiates us with his deepest side. It's Northern Exposure all over again with the beautiful downtempo delight of Telefon Tel Aviv's You Are The Worst Thing In The World and Rone's Flash both underlining that soothing progressive sound Sasha's had since his Be As One days. The icy, dreamlike vibes of Flesh are especially appealing; a hymn from a church on the outskirts of the cosmos, it's the epitome of mechanical soul.  

As we swim deeper into the atmospheric abyss we're treated to various tracks from Sasha himself. Eclipse, his collaboration with Ray LaMontagne works as the ideal transition from deep to driving while his and Adam Parker's Lowlife track ups the ante again with its thunderous bass groove and harrowing reverberating vocals. His own 3 Little Piggys acts as a final knowing nod farewell before going out with a bang courtesy of The Engineers' finale Sometimes.  

Other centre pieces include Charlie May's deep tribal workout Midnight, Apparat's stargazing showcase Arcadia, Ladytron's barnstorming Destroy Everything You Touch and Thom Yorke's stunning Eraser, each one reassembled to Sasha's exquisite requirements. While I can't admit to enjoying the final track as much as the rest of the mix (the vocals lead the track a little too much for my liking) it's a fitting end to a mind bogglingly brilliant mix; triumphant, anthemic and drenched in that 'end of night' hug factor.  

File alongside the original Invol2ver and both Northern Exposure mixes; DJ mixes that stand the test of time are few and far between, which makes this all the more special. Legend, pioneer and truly groundbreaking, the man like Sasha is still on top of his game. 

Artist: Sasha
Label: Global Underground

Badger - Intro
Telefon Tel Aviv - You Are The Worst Thing In The World (Invol2ver Remix)
Rone - Flesh (Invol2ver Remix)
Sasha Vs Ray LaMontagne - Eclipse (Ray LaMontagne Vocal Version)
Sasha Vs Adam Parker - Lowlife (Adam Parker Vocal Sample)
Charlie May - Midnight (Adam Parker Vocal Sample)
Apparat - Arcadia (Invol2ver Remix)
Home Video - That You Might (Invol2ver Remix)
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch (Invol2ver Remix)
M83 - Couleurs (Invol2ver Remix)
Thom Yorke- The Eraser (Invol2ver Remix)
Sasha - 3 Little Piggys
Engineers - Sometimes I Realise (Invol2ver Remix)

Thom Yorke - The Eraser (Sasha Club Remix)
Girls In Hawaii- Flavor (Sasha Invol2ver Remix)
Lostep - Burma (Invol2ver Dub Mix)
Home Video - Gas Tank (Sasha Invol2ver Remix)
Charlie May - Midnight (Full Version)
Sasha Vs Ray LaMontagne - Eclipse (CM Dub Mix)


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