The Legendary Duo Sasha and John Digweed Announce Their new Spring CD releases on Ultra Records

Sasha and John Digweed announce their new CD releases on Ultra Records this Spring

Sasha: The emFire Collection: Mixed, Unmixed & Remixed

John Digweed: Transitions Vol.4

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The legendary duo return live on stange from Miami to Cochella in the US!

The Sasha and John Digweed Spring Club Tour 2008 begins next week at WMC

(Tour Dates below)

“A longing for rapture and transcendence is never far from the surface of dance music, particularly in the utopian pulsations set out by the English disk-jockey team of Sasha and John Digweed.”

– Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Digital release date for both albums through iTunes and other digital outlets: April 8th.

Both albums released by Ultra Records. Street Date: May 6th, 2008

It all kicks off next week, America will witness the legacy that is Sasha and John Digweed as they launch their Sasha and John Digweed Spring Club Tour 2008 at the Winter Music Conference on Thursday, March 27th at Mansion. This is the first time that Sasha and John Digweed are touring North America extensively in six years taking them thru 21 cities landing at Coachella on Saturday April 26th where the duo will be headlining the Dance tent.
Sasha and John Digweed’s CD will both be available exclusively at each of the shows starting April 2nd in Boston.

Sasha – The emFire Collection:
Mixed, Unmixed & Remixed

A definitive view of Sasha’s emFire catalogue featuring originals, remixes and his award winning score to the surf film ‘New Emissions Of Light and Sound.

The launch of Sasha’s emFire label was undoubtedly one of the main talking points during the last half of 2007. Four original tracks were released and the discussion raged: which was best or least favourite be it at home or in a club? Was Mongoose really Sasha? And, of course, who killed Sparky? Now the debate is set to continue as Sasha releases ‘The emFire Collection’.

Disc 1 plays host to ‘The Remixes’, which invites four of the world’s most exciting producers to present their interpretations of the emFire catalogue by way of a totally unique twist. Each carefully selected artist was commissioned to provide two versions – a traditional club mix and alternative, leftfield mix. The result is a very special, duplicitous ride through the minds of Slam, Audion, Radio Slave and The Field totaling an unmixed 70 minutes. The anticipated, incredible results beg one question – which do you prefer?

Disc 2 features three exclusively edited originals and the previously unreleased ‘Spangled Rubdub’ of ‘Coma’ alongside Sasha’s 40 minute, mixed score to the surf film ‘New Emissions Of Light and Sound’. The score, which has never been released in audio format, recently took top honours at the X Dance Awards (www.x-dance.com) that ran in conjunction with the esteemed Sundance Film Awards and are effectively the Oscars equivalent for action sports films. A beautiful, haunting ride, the extended piece provides a fitting conclusion to this bumper emFire package.

Sasha – The emFire Collection: Mixed, Unmixed & Remixed is out May 6th on emFire / Ultra Records in North America.

Disc 1 – The Remixes

1) Coma (Slam Soma Coma Mix)
2) Park It In The Shade (Audion Deep Steeple Mix)
3) Who Killed Sparky? (Radio Slave’s Brooklyn Dub Mix)
4) Mongoose (The Field’s Floating Mix)
5) Coma (Slam Paragraph Mix)
6) Park It In The Shade (Audion Ain’t Got No Friends Mix)
7) Who Killed Sparky? (Radio Slave’s Panorama Garage Mix)
8) Mongoose (The Field’s Disco Mix)

Disc 2 – The Originals & Bonus Score

1) Coma (Spangled Rubdub)
2) Park It In The Shade (Exclusive emFire Edit)
3) Who Killed Sparky? (Exclusive emFire Edit)
4) Mongoose (Exclusive emFire Edit)
5) New Emissions Of Light and Sound Film Score

John Digweed – Transitions Vol.4

John Digweed concludes the first chapter of his Transitions series with a bang…

Since it’s launch Transitions has become one of – if not – the most anticipated releases in the compilation calendar; over the past two years its single disc, twice-yearly format has provided dance music fans a regular, contemporary snapshot of John Digweed. Now the first chapter in the Transitions’ series reaches its conclusion with the highly anticipated fourth volume.

“This was perhaps the hardest one yet,” says Digweed, “The proximity between releases meant each new volume was strongly influenced by its predecessor – as we moved from one to the other they had to relate and make sense.”

So, a real challenge. Just how did John Digweed go about tackling it?

“I’ve developed the amount of tracks and layering over the series,” he elaborates, “And we’ve taken it to the next level with this latest volume, it’s the most intense and intrinsic yet, which meant replacements, additions, editing and a lot of time consuming assessments and re-assessments.”

Over the course of 22 tracks and 73 minutes John Digweed weaves a unique musical thread. From favourites such as Ink & Needle, Guy J and Pig & Dan through to welcome debuts from Henry Saiz, Myers Briggs or Soliquid, all are concisely constructed in the mix to the point where 3 are often playing at anyone time. Infact, due the resulting complexity, John Digweed decided to re-structure the trackmark points to better reflect the more developed passages – and so 22 records became 10 (see full tracklist below), as he elaborates, “In trackmarking this way I am able to highlight the unique qualities of the mix. Whilst it hopefully retains that signature Digweed sound, I’ve used modern production techniques to create an album that’s unlike anything you’ll ever hear me do in a club.”

And the future? “Let’s keep it about this latest volume for now,” John Digweed affirms, “Otherwise I think I’d be doing it a disservice!” We couldn’t agree more: Transitions Vol.4 is one of the most original compilations you’ll hear this year and a fitting finale to the series in its current guise…

John Digweed – Transitions Vol.4 is out on Ultra Records May 6th 2008

1. Julien Parise – A5B (Mirko Remix)
2. Henry Saiz – From Empty Lands Guy J – Geko
3. Jeff Bennett – In Spite Kabale und Liebe & Daniel Sanchez – Mumbling Yeah (Loco Dice Tribute Remix)
4. Nightguy – Pretty Face Henry Saiz – From Tangled Seas Myers Briggs – Forever
5. Sian – Wear Your Scars Like Medals Kim Runic – Suspicious Blue Two Lone Swordsmen – Shack 54 (Jet Project Remix)
6. Plasmik – Pitch It (Claude VonStroke Remix) Jamie Stevens – Keep Her Space (Smith & Selway’s Control Mix)
7. Jerome Sydenham & Tiger Stripes – Elevation (Ink & Needle Remix) Guy J – Under Pressure
8. Pascal Feos & Marc Mirror – Rezolution Spector – Mineral Drive (Jamie Stevens Remix) Jörg Burger – Superpicture
9. Pig & Dan – Dreams Of Bells Emmanuel – Parade (Original Mix)
10. Soliquid – Piknic Bugz (Original Mix) Soliquid – Piknic Bugz (Gone Wild Mix)

Sasha and John Digweed’s CD will both be available exclusively at each of the shows starting April 2nd in Boston.

Digital release date for both albums through iTunes and other digital outlets: April 8th.

Both albums released by Ultra Records. Street Date: May 6th, 2008

Those who purchase a ticket in advance through Wantickets will get a free Sasha/John Digweed track. In addition, Beatport will be giving a Beatport Download card at each show giving fans another free track. It’s just one way for Sasha and John Digweed to thank their fans for all their support.

* THU 27-Mar-08 Miami Mansion
* SAT 29-Mar-08 Miami Ultra Music Festival, House Stage 6-8pm
* WED 2-Apr-08 Boston The Estate
* THU 3-Apr-08 Philadelphia The Fillmore @ TLA
* FRI 4-Apr-08 New York Webster Hall
* SAT 5-Apr-08 Washington DC Ibiza Nightclub
* MON 7-Apr-08 Nashville City Hall
* WED 9-Apr-08 Columbus Karma
* THU 10-Apr-08 Detroit Clutch Cargos
* FRI 11-Apr-08 Toronto Kool Haus
* SAT 12-Apr-08 Chicago House of Blues
* MON 14-Apr-08 St. Louis Dantes
* TUE 15-Apr-08 Minneapolis Epic
* THU 17-Apr-08 Guadalajara Foro Alterno
* FRI 18-Apr-08 Monterrey Autocinema
* SAT 19-Apr-08 Mexico City Arena Mexico
* TUE 22-Apr-08 Seattle Showbox Sodo
* WED 23-Apr-08 Vancouver Plush Nightclub
* THU 24-Apr-08 Portland Roseland Theater
* FRI 25-Apr-08 San Francisco The Warfield
* SAT 26-Apr-08 Coachella Coachella Festival

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