Balance 026 – Hernan Cattaneo

Artist: Hernan Cattaneo
Title: Balance 026
Label: Balance
Cat No: B026
Release: 13/10/2014
Genre: Downtempo/Progressive

Balance continue to rule the compilation mix CD market with the reigning King of Prog Hernan Cattaneo taking the controls this time round hot off the heels of Danny Tenaglia’s incredible techno workout.

Ever since first discovering Hernan Cattaneo on that fabled Perfecto mix CD all those years ago, its with absolute respect and admiration that I’ve been witness to the incredible heights his career trajectory has taken him. Always a man of the people, there aren’t many festivals I’ve attended where he isn’t front and center meeting and greeting his adoring army of fans and having his picture taken, such is his devotion to the scene and to the thousands of people who regularly tune into his radio show and attend his gigs. Even a place on his coveted monthly chart is celebrated with a screen capture led news item on my Facebook feeds.

“I’m still playing the music I’ve always done, ” He says modestly “I’ve been into DJing all my life and I always put personality as number one and crucial for any DJ, so I’ve never been into musical trends.”

And that pretty much sums him up. A delightfully down to earth, music obsessive with a Midas touch. To say I’ve been excited to see the arrival of this CD is a massive understatement, I’m positively buzzing today having seen the promo zip in my inbox! Genre wise, Hernan walks a tightrope of quality deep progressive house seldom made these days and yet, he seems to find these absolute corkers month after month, year after year.

CD1 is the slow disc; a staple of the Cattaneo mix compilation. And boy what a track list!! Harking back to the glory days of Balearic dance and the down tempo movement, disc one sees Boards of Canada and Moderat rub shoulders with more contemporary cuts like Chaim’s glorious slow dance version of Blue Shadow and Derek Howells’ reinterpretation of Happy to be Sad. “I started asking some producer friends to make special versions of some of their tracks for the albums, and I’ve been very pleased with the results. I really like the way those tracks interact with the others and in many cases, the new down tempo mixes are even better than the original ones.” Says Hernan.

CD2 ups the ante somewhat starting blissfully enough with a new production of Hernan’s alongside studio wizard and longtime production partner Soundxile, the brilliant progressive future classic – Into The Edge. In fact CD2 is littered with many exclusives and unreleased gems from the cream of the scene, many of which seem to come from that bubbling cauldron of talent that is Israel. “…I think the music now is the best since the early 2000s.” He says, “I think the Israeli producers are the most interesting ones, from established producers like Guy Gerber and Guy J to newer people like Chaim or Guy Mantzur, Hakimonu and Sahar Z.” Despite this, the album has a definite global feel and each track sounds like it was written especially with Hernan in mind (and in some case it was!). As a music fan and one of the legion of admirers, I urge you to get this mix when in drops in mid October. If you only buy one CD this year, you’ll be hard pressed to buy a better compilation than this.

Track list
CD1
1. Boards of Canada – Aquarius (Version 3)
2. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile feat. Luciana – Solitude
3. Chaim – Blue Shadow (Slow Dance Mix)
4. Silinder – Pavement (Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue Slow Remix)
5. Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
6. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Rapideye
7. Derek Howell – Happy To Be Sad (Derek’s Happy Again Mix)
8. Mercurio feat. Catnapp – On My Way to Hell (Balance Mix)
9. The Field – No. No… (John Tejada mix)
10. Moderat – Clouded (Interlude)
11. Weval – Out of the Game
12. Mike Griego – Sponges
13. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Ginga
14. Spooky – Shelter (Slow Phase mix)
15. YEWS – Believe, Belong
16. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Lunar
17. Damabiah – Irminsul, le pilier du Monde (2014 Edit)
18. Gui Boratto – Half Life
19. Guy J – Dizzy Moments (AM Mix)

CD2
1. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Into The Edge
2. Roi Okev & Hakimonu – Changes
3. Chaim – Underwater
4. Ivory Street – Modjo (Andy Arias Interpretation)
5. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Parallax
6. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Fugazzi
7. Cid Inc – Fragile Circle
8. Khen – Sweet Break Up
9. We Need Cracks – Joran
10. Guy J – Esperanza (Santi Mossman Rework)
11. James Teej Feat. Richie Hennessey – Disclosure (Simon Vuarambon Remix)
12. Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z – Patterns (Guy Mantzur’s 2014 Remix)
13. Guy J – Lonely Color
14. Hernan Cattaneo & Guy Mantzur – Imaginarium
15. Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile – Lotus