‘Play! 01’ was recorded live at D-Edge, Sao Paulo towards the end of September 2006. D-Edge is apparently Sao Paolo’s most renowned venue for premier electronic music, and ‘Play! 01’ catches a hint of what the club might be like. For his mix, Huntemann makes a well-chosen selection of stripped-down tracks that range in style from minimal to electro-disco, yet balanced throughout are build-ups and pace to give the crowd breathing time when needed. In other words, it is an intelligent set, and one begins to envision the D-Edge crowd as music-savvy. There is crowd noise interspersed throughout the mix (don’t worry, not in that annoying way) and Huntemann throws in some flangers and live effects once things turn more electro-y in the second half of the set. The subtext reads of enthusiasm and hedonism, and when Huntemann says of D-Edge that “its Brazilian spirit is incomparably euphoric,” it becomes believable as you listen.
It wouldn’t be too wrong to call ‘Play! 01’ a marketers dream. For starters, the CD opens with a remix of Huntemann side-project H-Man’s ’51 Poland Street,’ a moody, vibrating and sensible cut that sets the tone for the next eighty minutes. Then there is the superb ‘Sao Paulo,’ shadowy and bass-heavy, which Huntemann produced exclusively for the CD as a dedication to D-Edge (it will also be released on the ‘Play! 01’ vinyl). Besides the zillion placement points just named, there’s also space for unreleased tracks by Xenia Beliayeva and Huntemann studio partner Stephan Bodzin, who seems to be releasing quality records by the minute these days. Rarer tracks by well-known artists such as John Dahlback, aka Huggotron, and Gui Boratto help fill out the CDs symmetric tone.
The ‘Play!’ series would appear to have a bright future if ‘Play! 01’ is to be taken as indication of what will follow. Huntemann should be congratulated for creating a mix that matches skill with craft, while capturing the mood of a time and place. And for only using two tracks that contain vocals. An excellent live CD experience worth many listens.