Pack your bags and don your travelling hat, cos it’s time to jump aboard for the third instalment of the Whirl-Y-Waves series. ‘Sounds Imported’ is a 2CD trans-continental excursion featuring a host of artists that have, in recent history, appeared live on the Whirly stage, or whose tracks have regularly warmed the workings of the Whirly Sound System. The Redwoods of the underground dance scene, including System 7, Banco-de-Gaia, Transglobal Underground, Youth (Dub Trees) and The Orb, line up along side the rare specimens, the classic varieties and unreleased delights of some of the UK’s up and coming global-dance artists and producers.
Following the same format as its two predecessors, disc one (Hot One!) features a cross section of a typical Whirl-Y-Gig club night, ranging from dancehall dub, through global beats and up into banging trance, whilst disc two (Chill Too!) offers a wealth of early evening ambient dance classics blended with a selection of current chilled grooves that have been regularly used for the end-of-night parachute-dance experience.
Kicking off Hot One! is Zion Trains ‘King of the Sound and Blues’, an instantly recognisable dub classic from their ‘Original Sounds of the Zion’ album. This flows effortlessly into ‘Yellow and Black Taxi Cab’, a TGU gem from their ‘Impossible Broadcasting’ album, where global (con)fusion collides head on with Tuup’s raggae style storytelling about Indian style public transport. Nelson Dilation’s spiced up Kamel Nitrate add their exotic flavoured, sitar laden ‘Tandoori Shakeaway’ to the menu, whilst the Turkish influenced breakbeat of Oojami’s ‘Ararim’ intensifies the multicultural whirling dervish cyclone of sound that this CD offers. ‘Day in a Field’ from Earthtribe’s long overdue album ‘One Earth One Tribe’ sets the tribal theme that progresses through Hawkes ‘Party People’, before encountering Eatstatic’s up-tempo hybrid style remix of Banco-de-Gaia’s ‘Lai-Lah’, where samples from many other classic Banco-de-Gaia tracks are thrown mercilessly into the melting pot.
Next up is the hypnotising mantra of Azukx’s ‘Heart Sutra’; it should be pointed out that, along with Transglobal Underground, Azukx are the only artists to feature on all three Whirl-Y-Waves excursions. From hypnotising mantras to the psychological revolution of consciousness in System 7’s ‘Bass Rock’, where progressive psy-trance beats spiral hypnotically and harmoniously with Steve Hillage’s trademark guitar riffs. The exclusive ‘Italic Remix’ (by Weirdo) of Swarf’s ‘Subtext’ steps bravely into uncharted waters, for this is the first real vocal-led trance track to feature regularly on the Whirl-Y-Gig play list. But fear not, for this isn’t the start of the Ministry of Whirly, since the vocals here have a distinct Celtic lilt and only add fuel to this powerful driving trancer. This leads to ‘Requiem’, where The Morrighan take the last composition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and tastefully rework it into the trance monster that, more often than not, has featured as the trance-finale at Whirl-Y-Gig over recent years. And finally, a bit of peace, love and happiness from the Dub Trees (Youth) helps draw this first leg of this journey to a close.
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