The Sound of the Fifth Season

Sven Väth

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The Sound of the Fifth Season Review

by Rob Theakston

It's been five years since techno overlord Sven Väth ascended the shores of party mecca Ibiza on a mission to conquer the small island. As an alternative to the oversaturation of house and trance that were the staples of island-goers' diets, Väth quietly built up a following during the party season with his Cocoon nights at the Amnesia club. Like all of the prior mixes in the series, this double-disc set is a souvenir of some of the season's most popular tunes, mixed together with technical flawlessness. Minimal techno, electro, house, and a tinge of dance-punk make up this year's concoction, which is not an extreme departure from the previous year, but enough to make a noticeable difference in the overall sound and progression of the mix. The second disc is a DVD featuring a DJ set by Väth, a performance from yearly favorites Alter Ego, and several interviews explaining the history of the club and Väth's vision for the future.

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