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Nick Warren

Balance 018

(Balance Music; US: 26 Apr 2011; UK: 25 Apr 2011)

Over the last decade, the Balance series of DJ mixes has made a name for Balance Music, the Australian electronic dance music label. This 18th entry, mixed by English veteran Nick Warren, will only enhance the series’ reputation. Over two discs and 22 tracks, Warren spins expansive, thinking person’s techno. But there’s plenty of rhythm and melody to satisfy casual clubgoers as well. There’s a hint of old school house music here, a touch of dubstep there, and Warren handles it all deftly, never pandering. There’s nary a dud among the lot, but Spieltape’s sweeping, melancholic “Morning Paper” might be the highlight of a very strong set. The vibe is a bit chill, yes. But has Warren gone soft? Hardly.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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