Steve Lawler

Global Underground: NuBreed

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Rather than feature progressive house or the various trance styles that have become synonomous with Global Underground, this installment in the Nu Breed series of Global Underground albums finds Steve Lawler moving through a double-disc set of fairly deep tribal house. Lawler occasionally breaks away from the tribal house motif, as during the concluding moments of the first set when Danny Tenaglia twists Giorgio Moroder's "From Here to Eternity" into a variation of Green Velvet's "Flash." For the most part, Lawler's set maintains a seamless quality: his mixing is smooth, the tracks move at similarly quick tempos, and the tribal sense of percussion remains mesmerizing throughout. Of course, the fact that Lawler never meanders too far from the same sound does make this a rather uneventful mix -- there are few surprises at all. But Lawler's mix guarantees a satisfying experience for anyone who appreciates up-tempo tribal house, even if it's not as adventurous as most Global Underground mixes, which will wander from one style to another with every few records (Danny Tenaglia's Global Underground: Athens, for example). Furthermore, the sultry blatancy of Tantric's "Sex on the Beach" stands as a wonderful way to engage the listener as the opening track in the second set, best exemplifying this album's sensual edge, something few DJs can duplicate.

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