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Boomkat Product Review:
'Once Again, Again' is Matthew Hawtin's (yes, brother of Sir Richard) homage to the art of the chill out room DJ, a role he used to occupy at Plus 8 parties in Detroit and further afield during the 90s. This CD version crams 29 tracks into 75 minutes, while a download version extends the bliss to a tantric 3 hours worth of deep tripping ambience. It's a labour of love for Hawtin, and a lament for the notable absence of chill-out rooms at clubs nowadays, perhaps bar the odd psy-trance event, but we won't go there. Ever. He gives himself a narrow but lush remit, only selecting tracks produced between 1993 and 1996, and all from vinyl, hence a little help from mastering engineer Tim Xavier who ensures a crisp and polished finish with no annoying pops or scratches to rouse you from your lucid dream. The sequencing is masterful, guiding heads through vast alien scapes full of burbling synths, deep resonant basses and largely beatless terrain, visiting classic like The Irresistible Force 'Flying High', Sun Electric (aka MvO trio's Max Loderbauer) 'Northern Lights', and ending on the Mark Pritchard's sensational 'Amenity'. These sounds feel like they're from a different, more innocent time of head massages and huggy happy people, but still melt the head and the heart.