Dave Seaman

Back to Mine

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Some might find it ironic that the Back To Mine phenomenon was kicked off by two of England's most crowd pleasing trance DJs, Dave Seaman and Nick Warren. But perhaps it is obvious that the 24hour party culture of the UK would produce the most stirring of come-down music since it is clearly the other side of the ecstacy coin. Seaman starts with composer Craig Armstrong's sweeping version of "Weather Storm", a cut he first created with England's almighty chill deities, Massive Attack. Downtempo figureheads dominate much of the mix, with Kruder & Dorfmeister's bubbling dub of Depeche Mode's "Useless" rising mightily from the beatless soundscape of Global Communication's "Epsilon Phase". Another trance colossus, Sasha, also catches the downtempo bug with his morphing drum filters on "Baja".

Sneaker Pimps, Desert and D*Note all contribute jazzy trip-hop beats. But Seaman holds out until the very end when he unleashed Lamb's "Gorecki", perhaps the most impassioned slice of electronica ever pressed to vinyl. By the end of this perfectly crafted masterpiece of mellow drama, the listener is hardly left relaxed. Instead, the physiological rush assumed from a night of dancing is overtaken by an entirely deeper and more emotional rush. Dave Seaman doesn't want to bring you down to earth, he wants you to lie awake dreaming.

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