Records / Black Label
Genres: electronica, techno, trance
Dec 22 - 28 2003
a world where mix albums are produced and released en masse, it's
nice to see a DJ like Kazell taking the time and energy to do
things right for a change. Driven does not suffer from
repetition or monotony, but instead lavishes in its own melodic
insatiability. This means you get more bang for your buck - there
are seventeen songs on this disc, all mixed to
perfection. The disc's flow is, as is typical of mix albums, one
of its greatest assets.
Fans of techno and trance will be pleased to see many excellent
tracks included on this mix. Casa Flava's "De Moma
De (Inua Mix)" and Bjorn Mandry's "Time Factor"
are both highlights, the latter of which is a colossal tune that would
work wonders in clubs. At times this disc can become a bit bland
(the middle portion can become somewhat dull), but for the most part the
disc stands the test of time. It is equally effective in
headphones as it is on the dancefloor.
Driven's best moments occur in the latter third of the
disc. Medway vs. Pete Gawtry's "Le Fin Du Monde (Hiratzka
Remix)" and Madoka's "Planaforma" (think Orbital's
"Halcyon" as a reference point) are two of the album's
best. Finale "Artificial Heart" by Sasha is
another effective, melodic club number.
For techno and trance junkies, Driven is a must. Kazell
is a master DJ, and the talented selection and flow that went into
this album is a testament to that. Check it out.
[Vitals: 17 tracks, distributed by Amazon, released 2003]