Review: Balance Presents Uone

Balance herald a return to their Presents catalogue with a killer romp from Uone. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Simon Huxtable takes a listen to an exciting edition of their iconic mix series.

There’s a certain degree of abject pleasure from finding out that Balance are back with a new edition of their groundbreaking CD series. You see, Balance have this habit of moving the goalposts so far from the pitch, you end up playing a completely different game. They’ve done it consistently throughout their long and illustrious history with stand out mixes from James Holden, who basically rewrote the rule book on what tracks should constitute a dance music mix CD. Then we had the utterly beguiling and moody Jimmy Van M with his triple threat mix, Joris Voorn completely reinventing the wheel by splicing tracks in Ableton to create a symphony of sound across two bespoke and highly original mixes. And Henry Saiz, who filled his with pretty much all his own works, which leads nicely into Balance pres. Uone.

Hotly tipped as a leader of the new school, Melbourne-based Uone has put two and half years into the making of this album, made solely of his tracks and featuring the studiocraft of a dizzying array of production heroes including Adam Freeland, Mojo Filter, Out of Sorts, and Danny Bonnici. Intermixed with his originals are some well placed forgotten classics like PQM’s You Are Sleeping and Jam & Spoon’s Be.Angeled. Local favourites like Luke Chable and Infusion in there too, but given the overall quality of the mix, they fit very snugly.

Starting deeply with After the Blood Moon Uone piles on the pressure over the course of the mix to end disc one like a whirling dervish. The journey so smooth you’d be forgiven for thinking you nailed a couple of pingers with your mug of tea! No surprise, then, that Uone is an in-demand globe trotting DJ, playing at Burning Man, Rainbow Serpent and Secret Garden Party. Standout moments come thick and fast, Mr Mystik and Animal Kingdom’ really upping the tension with the combination of native instrumentation and guttural energy. Infusion and PQM, reimagined for the bass-loving masses, are personal treats too, while the trancetastic Be.Angeled, gets a low-end theory re-rub allowing the epic orchestration to fly in an e-moment of absolute joy.

Mix two begins where mix one ended – peaking and ready for more. Luke Chable’s The Shepherd the perfect choice to usher in the next level of energy. Where the first mix warmed us up, mix two guides us along before sealing the deal with a bone fide classic, reimagined for modern floors. Pretty much everything on disc two is essential listening, but personal high points were Karnival Dreams which was a proper proggy rollercoaster, Some Kinda Voodoo here with an exclusive Balance update and the second nod to the genius of Jam and Spoon, Odyssey to Anyoona with Jamie Stevens.

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As mixes go, it’s expertly put together. There’s a lot of love and attention to detail poured into every track and every transition, that’s for sure. And I can well see Uone’s stock increasing once this hits the stores in October. The fact it took so long and still turned out so well pays testament not only to Balance for sticking to their guns and backing Uone, but also to the artist who must have felt an immense pressure given the enormity to the task. Rest assured Mr Scott, it’s fantastic. You’ve earned your place among the hallowed halls of Balance HQ and won yourself a legion of new fans in the process.

CD Tracklisting

Disc 1

1 – Uone, Adam Freeland, Mojo Filter & Jamie Stevens – After the Blood Moon

2 – Uone & Soda Klop – Space Between Love feat. Briony Taylor-Brooks

3 – Uone & Mojo Filter – Mr Mystik

4 – Uone & DJ Schwa – Animal Kingdom

5 – Uone – Silver Magic

6 – Infusion – Spike (Uone & Andreas Henneberg Mix)

7 – Uone & Out of Sorts – You Are Not Sleeping feat. DJ PQM

8 – Uone & Out of Sorts – Bongo Porn feat. Jay Haze

9 – Uone & Out of Sorts – Whole New Way

10 – Jam & Spoon – Be.Angeled feat. Rea (Uone & Out of Sorts Mix)

11 – Schlepp Geist – Those Days (Uone, Flow & Zeo Mix)

Disc 2

1 – Luke Chable presents Quest – The Shepherd (Uone & Danny Bonnici Mix)

2 – Uone – Karnival Dreams

3 – Uone & Jonas Saalbach – Long Sunny Dazze

4 – Uone & Western – Some Kinda Voodoo feat. Philosophia (Balance Rework)

5 – Uone – Sands of Time feat Sleeping Genie

6 – Uone & Thankyou City – Good Morning Sunshine

7 – Uone & Mihai Popoviciu – Escaping the Winter

8 – Uone – The Hawtin Experiment

9 – Jam & Spoon – Odyssey to Anyoona (Uone & Jamie Stevens Mix)

10 – Monolink – Sirens (Uone Mix)

Digital Tracklisting

1 – Uone, Adam Freeland, Mojo Filter & Jamie Stevens – After the Blood Moon

2 – Uone & Soda Klop – Space Between Love feat. Briony Taylor-Brooks

3 – Uone & Mojo Filter – Mr Mystik

4 – Uone & DJ Schwa – Animal Kingdom

5 – Uone – Silver Magic

6 – Infusion – Spike (Uone & Andreas Henneberg Mix)

7 – Uone & Out of Sorts – You Are Not Sleeping feat. DJ PQM

8 – Uone & Out of Sorts – Bongo Porn feat. Jay Haze

9 – Uone & Out of Sorts – Whole New Way

10 – Jam & Spoon – Be.Angeled feat. Rea (Uone & Out of Sorts Mix)

11 – Schlepp Geist – Those Days (Uone, Flow & Zeo Mix)

12 – Luke Chable presents Quest – The Shepherd (Uone & Danny Bonnici Mix)

13- Uone – Karnival Dreams

14 – Uone & Jonas Saalbach – Long Sunny Dazze

15 – Uone & Western – Some Kinda Voodoo feat. Philosophia (Balance Rework)

16 – Uone – Sands of Time feat Sleeping Genie

17 – Uone & Thankyou City – Good Morning Sunshine

18 – Uone & Mihai Popoviciu – Escaping the Winter

19 – Uone – The Hawtin Experiment

20 – Jam & Spoon – Odyssey to Anyoona (Uone & Jamie Stevens Mix)

21 – Monolink – Sirens (Uone Mix)

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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