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James Holden Broadcasted on Sunday 20th January, 2002

James Holden vs Ben Pound - "Kaern Turned" (Easyaccess)
Bjork - "All Is Full Of Love (Brancaccio and Aisher mix)" (White Label)
David Alvarado - "Blue (Smith and Selway mix)" (Strive)
Jean Phillipe Aviance - "Black On Black" (Player One)
Ashtrax - "Digital Reason (Ogenki Clinic Patamon mix)" (Deviant)
Coco Da Silva - "@night" (Kismet)
James Holden - "Solstice" (Silver Planet)
Beethoven - "Sonata in C# Minor (Edit)" (White Label)
Massive Attack - "Three (Mad Professor Trinity Dub)" (Wild Bunch)
Telepopmusik - "Breathe" (Catalogue)
030 - "Midnight in Europe" (MFS)
Avus - "Take My Hand" (White Label)
Boards of Canada - "In a Beautiful Place Out In The Country" (Warp)
Starecase - "Faith (Loafer Mix)" (Hope)
Yunus - "Red Pilot" (Silver Planet)
Private Taste - "First (Ashtrax Ambient Score)" (White Label)
Yunus - "Red Pilot" (Silver Planet)
James Holden - "I Have Put Out The Light (Edit)" (Silver Planet)
Armin - "Blue Fear" (Xtravaganza)
Cosmic Baby - "Space Track (Edit)" (MFS)
Perc - "Bourbonic" (Midset)
Plastikman - "Glob" (Novamute)
DJ Q - "We Are One (Edit)" (Filter)
House Of 909 - "The Blandford Superfly (DJ Q Mix)" (Alola)
James Holden - "One For You (Avus One Squelchapella)" (Silver Planet)
Slacker - "Looky Thing (Daisy)" (White Label)
Society London - "Spqr" (white label)
Fischerspooner - "Emerge" (International Deejay Gigolos)
The Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreaming" (Universal)

 awesome  - 10
 oggie  - 10
 superjerry  - 10
 koko_bill  - 10
 rhdinah  - 10
 m-dis  - 10
 black  - 9
 fresh  - 9
 LateNite  - 9
 Gyiik  - 9
 matrix  - 8
 Hillsman  - 8
 kalangho  - 8
 arno999  - 8
 Absinthe  - 8
 superock  - 8
 hit_ny  - 8
 MaX  - 8
 LHB  - 8
 Disco-Stu  - 7
 Tetsuo  - 7
 lumiere  - 7
 kineylikes  - 6
 synkboy  - 5

 black writes: this is what he is good at :)
nice mix, personally looses it at the end, getting all too housy for what was played before that, and i could DEFINETLY do without the last two tracks he played
[ Posted on 2002-01-29 18:56:55 ] [homepage] [email]

 MaX writes: hell yeah.
Well the mix would be a 10 .. if sir James would not make my stomach ache... with the last two tracks like Black here already said. And that ... midnight in europe ... I mean what tha hell was that? Getting into the mellow mood with telepopmusik-breathe. and then stabbing me in the forehead(I've got a big forehead so that 's hard to miss ;]) with an icepick. Anywayz beside some obvious glitches the mix is very enjoyable. It gets an 8 from my side...
[ Posted on 2002-02-01 08:55:09 ] [email]

 synkboy writes: james holden.....
......needs to learn how to mix,the mixing in most places was very shoddy,compared with most of the other prog dj's around at the moment!!!!!!!
[ Posted on 2002-02-01 15:16:02 ] [email]

 LHB writes: Absorbing
This is one of the few essential mixes that I've listened to from beginning to end in one sitting. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there weren't as many deep progressive tracks as I was expecting; instead James explored a wide variety of sounds. I think he did a much better job than Cass & Slide's rather disjointed mix.

Synkboy obviously didn't hear this one because the mixing was done digitally and it was perfect. The downside is that the spontaneity and human feel of a live mix is lost, but it allows for more control and creativity overall. I think this is probably why I was so captivated by it, as the tracks really did blend seamlessly. It's a cliche, but yes, he took me on a journey. =)

I'm still not really convinced about the production quality of James' own tracks, but in the right context (i.e. this mix) they work really well. Nice.
[ Posted on 2002-02-05 01:57:46 ] [homepage]

 black writes: well..
i do have to agree a bit with synkboy, but i dont think it was that bad quality mixing, afterall, he only screwed up once or twice, and even that to an extent barely noticable.

i'll take holden over jules type screwups anyday.
[ Posted on 2002-02-05 10:20:36 ] [homepage] [email]

 Tetsuo writes: Crunchy
I really liked this mix simply because it's such a change from the usual prog stuff we get to hear on the e-mix these days..not perfect but he does deserve credit for being bold...
[ Posted on 2002-02-06 16:55:37 ] [email]

 scottbailey writes: Production
does anyone know how he gets that sound on his piano riffs in his own tunes? Is it just a standard delay or does he use something else cause i love that sound.
[ Posted on 2002-02-06 18:34:29 ] [homepage] [email]

 black writes: youre not the only one
[ Posted on 2002-02-06 19:15:29 ] [homepage] [email]

 kineylikes writes: Fear of a Silver Planet, indeed
I'm not the biggest Silver Planet fan by any means. Therefore, I don't see how I could possibly be a James Holden fan. I don't even like his name. "holden': what the hell is that? Alright, aside from that..

I liked the way it started out, surprisingly.. but after that, yeah it was a bit of a rollercoaster, wasn't it? I gotta disagree with everyone about those last few tracks--I loved 'em, just not in this context. Give me that Fischerspooner track, and I'll throw it in a mix properly. And, the Mamas and the Papas--you just cna't muss with Mama Cass.

As far as throwing any Plastikman track in the midst of any progressive mix goes, though.. nah. Can't do it, son. At least, James didn't.

And I can see what Synkboy means about the mixing. Sure, it could be digital [taking LHB's word for it], which just means that the tunes are matched BPM-wise. He could still throw in a tune a beat or a bar or 4 bars or even 8 bars off.. I didn't notice that he did, but I still think some things could have been done differently, as far as mixing goes.

Couple more things since I'm listening to it now again: That Society London track at the end is SHIT. But I'll give James credit for playing that Slacker track right before it. That's a killer tune.

Fischerspooner!!
[ Posted on 2002-02-07 06:09:13 ] [email]

 black writes: i see what you mean..
I just got fear of a silver planet, but that compared to the EMix here is just.. well.. crap. Come to think of it, what did you expect?

The only thing I notice about James Holden is that he went downhill from there,.. atleast regarding my taste and all..

IMO Way Out West are the only ones who kept their remix quality up the last few years, James IMO hasn't. Still a good essential mix nevertheless.

And the last part also grows on you after you listen to it for 10 times

I still think that fischerspooner track was a bad choice,.. even if he did mix it okay
[ Posted on 2002-02-09 11:43:52 ] [homepage] [email]

 hit_ny writes: Surprsingly good !!
After hearing "Fear of Silver Planet" i wasnt exactly looking forward to this mix..

i forced myself to listen to it anyways..and was pleasantly surprised.
[ Posted on 2002-02-12 07:50:17 ]

 superock writes: hmmm...
I've always been a fan of his production work, but after hearing 'Fear of a Silver Planet' and his set at Extrema 2001, I had my doubts. Technically, not off the charts, but the track selection makes up for it. I say, give the guy some slack. Unlike Sasha, Warren, Cox, etc - he hasn't been doing this for 10-15 years. He's part of the new generation, with Zabiela, Mojo, and the lot. Just wait and see what happens in the future with this one...

I'll still give it an 8.
[ Posted on 2002-02-13 00:42:40 ] [email]

 kee writes: james holden
although a few of the reviews here seem to be quite negative towards mr Holden.. i would regard it as a good mix. I suppose anyone who has listent to Sasha's album may regard 'Bloodlock' as a damn good track ~ funny enough James Holden was the person who did the business on that track which has got airplay from everyone.

Holden has surpassed himself as a young DJ/producer and i would'nt fault his own productions i.e Horizions or Orgenki Clinic - First Light or his remixes for that matter..
[ Posted on 2002-11-15 18:04:19 ] [email]

 rhdinah writes: James Holden Broadcasted on Sunday 20th January, 2002
As most of these mixes from named DJs I enjoyed it quite a bit. The mix into Armin - Blue Fear was extremely sexy. Previous comments mentioned that this was a digital mix. Unfortunately I tire of these ONLY because I only spin vinyl and NOT CDs which can be digitally remixed. The test of a true DJ is - can you do this on demand - perfection is not required - just good taste and skill.
[ Posted on 2002-11-23 18:43:23 ] [email]

 fresh writes:
This is still one of my favorite essential mixes of all time... The first 40 minutes are just awesome. That Blue Remix combined with Black on Black is so awesome. That mix itself is not so hard to come up with, but they match so perfectly!

And the acapella over the Blandford Superfly is so cool. If you hear BS alone, you really miss the vocals!

It's a 9 overall, but the beginning deserves a 10+

Fresh
[ Posted on 2003-01-09 11:35:16 ] [email]

 Gyiik writes:
I give the mix only 9, because there`s NO ATB-track in it!!!! ehehe
[ Posted on 2003-03-05 21:52:54 ] [homepage] [email]

 LateNite writes: Wow
Seriously, this is such a great change from all the other prog mixes out there. Most of the tracks are mixed so well together too. Blandford Superfly into One For You? Digital Reason to Solstice with the @Night in between? Personally i thought those transistions were soo good. And when transitions shook you up a bit, i thought it generally led to a good change. I also have to disagree on the midnight in europe track, mostly 'cause it leads up to that BoC track tho, which takes off wonderfully. This sooo is not one of those mixes where every track is 4/4 into another 4/4 and they all sound so dull after a while. =)
[ Posted on 2003-10-21 08:26:35 ] [email]

 matrix writes: Good mix.
Good mix, with some noticeable highlights (mostly discussed above). I'm not sure whether it's just my copy, but the sound seems to lack a bit of 'oomph'.
[ Posted on 2005-03-31 13:33:52 ] [email]

 Hillsman writes:
Slick, accessible and very enjoyable at times. He does lose it a bit at the end but you can always knock it off and play something else less boring instead!!
[ Posted on 2006-05-02 15:14:38 ]

 superjerry writes:
looky thing mixed into spqr is what made it for me.
[ Posted on 2006-10-24 09:21:55 ] [email]

 Disco-Stu writes:
A professional ambient/trance journey and pretty good as aural wallpaper on a Sunday.
[ Posted on 2007-03-10 12:21:06 ] [email]

 awesome writes: Way ahead!
of its time, just pulled this 2h journey out of my libary, increddible deepness in this one!!!!!
[ Posted on 2007-09-06 13:10:05 ]

 funkdakarma writes: Superb tunage
Can't understand how some of you are complaining about the choons here, absolutely nothing sounds out of place here, excellent mix with a starstudded tracklisting
[ Posted on 2008-04-11 15:52:04 ] [email]

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