Sunday, March 29, 2009

JW / Electronica Classics 008: The Delta Heavy Tour Essential Mix

Since the Winter Music Conference is drawing to a close in Miami as I type this post, I thought it only appropriate to bring out one of the classic WMC gems.

Today's choice might be the pinnacle of progressive house. This set from Sasha & John Digweed was recorded in the now defunct Miami Arena during the Winter Music Conference on March 23, 2002, and represented the first stop on their bus tour across America. The recording was originally scheduled to air the following weekend, but got preempted by news coverage on Radio 1 of Queen Elizabeth's death and ultimately ended up airing on April 7, 2002.

Reportedly, the shows organizers brought in a Phazon sound system to the arena for the event, the same kind used in the New York City club where Sasha & John Digweed gained much of their North American fame: the legendary club Twilo in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

I managed to catch two shows on this tour: the Houston, TX date at the Verizon Wireless Theater, and then the New Orleans, LA date at the French Quarter House of Blues. That New Orleans show wasn't even part of the original tour schedule, but was negotiated after the fact, and ended the tour with an oft-referenced "shoes in the air salute".

Nearly 4 years later, a documentary was released chronicling their tour across America. It's really a fascinating look inside the logistics of a music tour and has some great footage both from the Miami show and other stops along the way.

Sasha & John Digweed - Delta Heavy Tour Essential Mix 2002-04-07
Recorded Live During The Winter Music Conference In Miami, FL On 2002-03-23

Megaupload Link / No Rapidshare Link This Week....sorry, the file is too big.

John Digweed

TiJuana - Groove Is In The Air (Moonface Unreleased Mix)
The Low End Specialists - Smoked Piece
Tom Mengen - Chutney (Bedrock Edit)
Moby - We Are All Made Of Stars (Timo Maas Dub Mix)
Yunus - Lullaby
Samuel Flash - Chilling Moments
Samuel Flash - Chilling Moments (Bedrock Dub)
Yunus - Red Pilot


Adam Dived - Headfirst
Solid Sessions - Janeiro (James Holden Mix)
James Holden - Nothing
Deceptions - Eastern Promise
Chimera - Just Wanna Do My Thing (Original Mix)
Moby - We Are All Made Of Stars (Timo Maas Dub Mix)
Nosmo Vs Krispy - One For The Road
Flash - Hazy March

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