Joris Voorn - Balance 014
The Balance compilation series has steadily become one of the most respected and popular series, thanks in part to it´s carefully selected roster of DJs. In the last two years, the series has featured Jimmy Van M, Luke Fair, Lee Burridge and SOS, and now as we enter 2009 heads to Europe to bring none other than Joris Voorn into the fold for the 14th volume.
Once again pushing the boundaries, this latest album is a double-disc extravaganza, featuring over 100 tracks deconstructed, edited and rearranged into one epic mix.
BALANCE 014 represents another step forward for the acclaimed DJ-mix series. Across two discs and using-remarkably-over 100 tracks, JORIS VOORN constructs a layered and seamless mix of some of the best tech house, minimal and electronic dance music. An epic mix in the very best sense of the word, BALANCE 014 achieves the rare feat of combining variety and consistency, making it perfect for trainspotters and dancers alike. The tracks change quickly and quietly, but the beat goes on... and on...and on.
"The process of making these mixes has been more like painting with sound rather than performing a traditional dj mix. As you can see I have used a lot of tracks, my intention while working on these mixes however, has not been ´more is more´. Some of the tracks have been reduced to a 2 bar loop, or just the break or the intro. It was inspired and inspiring, and although the mix CD project has finished, it has created many new leads and ideas for future works. I hope that people will enjoy the results, some listeners will be surprised, but I believe I´ve pushed my own boundaries in a technical, but even more so, in a musical and artistic way" - Joris Voorn.
Performing a yet near impossible task of making 100 tracks mesh and work together in 2 continuous mixes Joris draws on a depth of talent unlikely to be repeated on a mix CD compilation. It takes a visionary DJ to combine tracks from Radiohead, through to Goldie, Leftfield, Jimpster, Aphex Twin, Dubfire, System 7, Minilogue, Cobblestone Jazz, Emmanuel Top, Joakim, me, Mood II Swing, Ricardo Villalobos, Radio Slave, Carl Craig, Flying Lotus, Marc Romboy, Robert Babicz, Tiger Stripes just to name a few.
This isnt a CD you skip through. In some cases one track is infact 6 different tracks from various artists. By allowing the tracks breathe at the right time, Joris crafts the mix ever so smoothly; riding along without you even noticing that you are passing from tune to tune. Its all about the subtle transitions, the loops, the multiple layers that make Balance 014 a musical composition in its own right. So sit back and enjoy as EQ Recordings and Joris Voorn prepare to take you on a journey that recent mix CD compilations rarely do.
We give you Balance 014 - Joris Voorn
Joris Voorn - Balance 014Label: EQ Grey| Release Date: Monday, March 02, 2009