Northern Exposure (album)

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Northern Exposure
Remix album by Sasha & John Digweed
Released 27 September 1996
Recorded 1990-1996
Genre Progressive house, Trance
Length 146:45
Label MoS (UK) - NECD1
Ultra (U.S.)
Producer Sasha, John Digweed
Sasha & John Digweed chronology
Renaissance: The Mix Collection
(1994)
Northern Exposure
(1996)
Northern Exposure 2
(1997)
Sasha chronology
Renaissance: The Mix Collection
(1994)
Northern Exposure
(1996)
Northern Exposure 2
(1997)
John Digweed chronology
Renaissance: The Mix Collection
(1994)
Northern Exposure
(1996)
Northern Exposure 2
(1997)

Northern Exposure is a 1996 mix album by DJs Sasha & John Digweed. It is their second mix album. There is both a British edition released by Ministry of Sound and an American edition released by Ultra Records in 1997. The British package contains both CDs, whereas the American only has the first disc.

The album is a concept album of tracks specially selected and mixed as two different "journeys", the first being the north journey, and the second being the south journey. The DJ duo's following mix albums are also concept albums.

Another version of Northern Exposure was also released as a double vinyl LP in the UK released with the record label of Ministry of Sound. It differs greatly than the CD in that the tracks are not mixed, therefore without the DJ mixing input of Sasha and John Digweed. Sasha and Digweed also removed some of the tracks and shuffled the remaining tracks around, to make a new "journey" experience to the listeners. Some tracks are also changed from the North disc to the South disc and vice versa.

The album is regarded by many as one of the best DJ mix albums of all time.[citation needed] It reached #7 initially in the UK Compilation Chart. In The Mix ranked Northern Exposure the 5th best mix album of all time in its list of the top 30 ever, saying it's "considered the pinnacle of Sasha and Digweed’s joint efforts, Northern Exposure confirmed the mastery of both DJs. It’s what every mix-CD wants to be: timeless"[1] Rolling Stone ranked the album as the 25th "greatest EDM album ever", saying "good DJs take you on a journey, and English icons Sasha and John Digweed – whether working together or separately – specialized on rolling the listener through Nineties EDM's most bucolic landscapes. Their best-loved mix CD is a trippy traipse through the verdant world of progressive house, a genre with one foot in the rave and the other somewhere in the great beyond. Track titles like "Raincry" (by God Within) and "Out of Body Experience" (by Rabbit in the Moon) tell you plenty about where this music’s head is at. Also on this nature hike: William Orbit, well before he met Madonna."[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars (Single disc version) [3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1: 0° North[edit]

  1. Suzuki K1 >> 7.5cc - "Satellite Serenade" (The Orb's Transasianexpress mix) – 10:40
  2. The Future Sound of London - "Cascade (Part 1)" – 7:05
  3. Young American Primitive - "These Waves" – 4:24
  4. God Within - "Raincry (Submerged)" – 7:51
  5. Rabbit in the Moon - "O.B.E. (Out-of-Body Experience)" – 7:07
  6. Morgan King - "I'm Free" (Playdo's Minimalist mix) / (The Full-Length La Serrena mix) – 7:22
  7. Ultraviolet - "Kites" (Purple Haze's Fantasy Flite Part One) – 4:11
  8. Fuzzy Logic - "Obsession" (William Orbit's Quantum Loop mix) – 4:59
  9. William Orbit - "Water from a Vine Leaf" (Spooky's Xylem Flow mix) – 6:49
  10. Apollo 440 - "Liquid Cool" (Deep Forest's Ice Cold @ the Equator mix) – 6:25
  11. Banco de Gaia - "Last Train to Lhasa" – 10:45

Disc 2: 0° South[edit]

  1. Dope on Plastic - "Wave Dub" – 5:59
  2. Drum Club - "Sound System" (Underworld mix) – 7:02
  3. Castle Trancelott - "The Gloom" – 6:38
  4. Pete Lazonby - "Wavespeech" (Junior Vasquez mix) – 6:08
  5. Evolution - "Phoenix" – 7:07
  6. The Light - "Dusk" – 3:48
  7. X Tracks - "Plan 94 (The Voyage)" – 5:46
  8. Mellow Mellow - "I Can't Stop" – 4:32
  9. Banco de Gaia - "Heliopolis" (Eedupolis Dog mix) – 3:33
  10. Humate & Rabbit in the Moon - "East" (Opium Den mix) – 7:36
  11. Underworld - "Dark & Long" (Dark Train) – 10:58

Charts[edit]

UK Compilation Chart: #7[4]

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