tom middleton: one more tune (review)

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May 3, 2009 by DJ Elroy

Courtesy of Renaissance

Courtesy of Renaissance Recordings

words by DJElroy~

It’s that magical moment between ‘last call’ and the dizzy drive home, the moment that will be talked about as the lights come up and the mass exodus of tired feet and cloudy heads begins. The experienced club-fly knows that a good closing track is the ribbon and bow on the nights’ music, and the experienced DJ knows just how to make said bow to wrap up his tracks and tie the evening together.

And as far as experience goes, Tom Middleton defines the word. He’s considered an innovator in the electronic music scene in terms of both his award winning production abilities and his smooth skills in the DJ booth. He’s been in the game for nearly twenty years and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Aphex Twin, Duran Duran, and Faithless (just to name a few). So far in double-oh-nine he’s worked his magic on successful projects for Razorlight, The Verve, and the Presets, and his first dance compilation of the year is a unique and fresh approach to the genre:

“The concept is simple,” says Tom. “It’s a celebration of hand-picked past, present, and future end-of-the-night anthems. Some familiar, others more underground, yet all truely memorable; rich in harmony and emotion. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to re-define a handful of personal favourites. Sequencing a compilation of unsubtle anthems isn’t an easy process, so be prepared for more than a few euphoric hands-in-the-air moments! Most importantly, each track represents an unforgettable club or festival moment during the last two decades.”

One More Tune truly is house music at its best. The epic setlist is built with treasures like Derrick May’s “Strings of Life” and Akabu’s “Future Bound” and is deep, sexy, and soul-lifting all at once. It’s hard to add any more shine to a diamond, but Middleton does just that with this set of gems, and his personal touch on the track edits adds a new dimension of depth and attitude.  The albums mood is inspiring, the arrangement intuitive, and the programming intelligent. Well, it looks like the “I’s” have it; it simply does not get any better than this.

Or does it?

The commercial release of this album includes a DJ-friendly bonus disc of unmixed tracks, each with a unique Middleton spin. One More Tune just turned into one more disc.

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