Cadenza records has been a dancefloor 12? label for some time and this double set is their first foray into the cd format. The set is divided thematically between the two discs. For the first, Switzerland?s Luciano, a producer of considerable note in these circles, takes a bunch of recent releases, by the likes of Argenis Brito, Alejandro Vivanco and some of his own work and creates a seamless mix running for an hour and seven minutes.
Disc two dips back into the label?s earliest releases for a similar playing time and more of Luciano?s recordings ? four out of the six ?classics? are his: well, the Cadenza label is his too, so I guess it figures...
For me, the most interesting track in the whole set is N.S.I.?s ?Max Binski?, created by Berlin producers Max Loderbauer and Tobias Freund. Their marriage of beats with a jazzy piano line creates a distinctive texture I was longing for elsewhere throughout more than two hours of this set.
I can?t deny that new events, twists and turns, were introduced each time I was thinking it was time for some progression, nor can I deny that as club music, this is an expertly delivered set, but I hoped continually for some genuine surprises to shake things up and, aside from the piano, few were forthcoming.
Here we have a vinyl singles label venturing into long form double album territory and what it does for me is to confirm that what makes for a compelling experience in a club can be a pretty monotonous listen at home. 5/10 -- John Cavanagh (22 January, 2008)