Thomas Hammann and Gerd Janson – Live at Robert Johnson Vol 4

March 21, 2010

This excellent dj mix by Thomas Hammann and Gerd Janson is the fourth in the Live at Robert Johnson series, volumes 1 through 3 having been compiled by Chloe, Prins Thomas, and Ivan Smagghe.

It’s also the best, at least if you ask me.

The duo get things started with four great tracks: Juicy Fruit’s “Liferaft,” DJ Du Jour’s “A Fish Scene,” Lontano’s “Lovebass,” and FreshTunes’ “W.B.W.U.” And rather than jumping quickly from cut to cut, they let the songs play out for 7 minutes at a time, building up and establishing the deep groove that runs through the entire 70-minute recording.

What’s great, as well, is that those are tracks released over a period of almost 15 years, running from 1995 to 2008. Mixing up the old with the new, it’s like Hammann and Janson are saying “what we’re playing are our all-time favorites, and we really don’t care what anyone else says about what’s in or out of fashion.” And, hence, their love of the house genre really shines through.

Two-thirds of the way in, Soundstream’s “Makin Love” adds a classic disco sound to the mix. And the set closes with panache and style, in the form of the superb Superpitcher remix of Dntel’s “(This is) The Dream of Evan and Chan.”

Technical sophistication with the turntables is always impressive, but putting together a mix that’s truly soulful and moving is what makes this one even better.

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