July 29, 2014 by DJ Elroy
Few DJs have been so consistently revered as Danny Tenaglia. The fact that he’s never been out of favor with the house and techno fraternity is testament to what a talented and passionate selector he remains to this day, some 30 years since he began DJ’ing in his beloved Brooklyn, NYC. From those early years through the birth of tribal and progressive house through to his 4/4 eclecticism and more recent techno-focused output, he’s always remained in that esteemed and elite category of ‘a DJ’s DJ’. Honoring Balance with his first compilation in six years and adding to a body of mixes that includes some indisputable classics, Tenaglia continues the custom of bringing something truly special and unique to the critically acclaimed Australian series.
It’s been six years since the release of his last compilation – a long time in anyone’s book. He puts it down to nothing more than the difficulties of juggling DJ’ing and producing – and when Balance came knocking, it was simply a case of timing and reputation. “When I was asked to do this for Balance, I did some research and felt a connection. Balance is a ‘quality, not quantity’ record label and I already respected all of the artists on their roster and thought it would be a great outlet for me to also share a bit of my journeys with people who passionately love dance music. I also appreciated the details that they put into each release.” Accordingly, he has meticulously re-edited almost every track on this engrossing double CD to imbue his own subtle level of extra detail into the proceedings, choosing to present his vision of the (largely) contemporary techno sound that has found him in such good fettle at places like Berghain and his current hometown’s key club, Output.