Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Michael Mayer - Immer 2

I've been waiting for Michael Mayer's Immer 2 for a long time. I loved Immer 1, which came out in 2002, and was hoping he would do another, similar mix. Well, my wishes have been answered.

I've listened to Immer 2 a few times now, and it's nearly as good as 1, which is one of my all-time favourite mixes, easily in the top ten.

Immer 2 starts off smoky and foggy, with some hissy and muffled tracks from Someone Else, Ian Simmonds, and Brooks. The tracks are all deep and enjoyable and it's nearly impossible to tell where they are mixed.

Then, it's time to get pick up the tempo a little into some real dancefloor grooves, courtesy some funky tracks from Justus Koehncke, Frank West and Lindstrom.

After these very energetic tracks, he keeps up the pace and moves into some experimental but danceable grooves from the Rice Twin's swinging "For Dan", and SCSI-9's "Morskaya", which has to be one of the most underrated and underplayed tracks of 2006. Appearing on this mix will undoubtedly change that.

After that it's time to bring the mix to a close, with some melodic anthems. First up is Jesse Somfay's "Lying in a Bed of Mist", a spacy piece with a driving beat and tinkling bells. Then it's Sten's remix of DK7's "Where's the Fun?", which has a more traditional house feel, with some nice vocals. Mayer could have ended the mix right here and people would have been perfectly happy, but there's still one more long track to go, Supermayer's (a collaboration between Superpitcher and Mayer) remix of Geiger's "Good Evening".

Is it as good as Immer 1? I think so. It's probably 97% of Immer 1, and that's much better than most of the other mixes out there. I keep choosing to listen to it, and with all the other music being released this fall, that actually means something.

Immer 2 will be released on October 30 by the label Mayer helped found and still runs, Kompakt. There will be a limited edition cd that contains a coded card that will instruct you on how to download a special compilation of Immer bonus tracks. The tracks are Mayer's personal favourites, but are not on the mix. They are a mixed bag of eight tracks, some are quite strange, some are good, some are really good.