If that's your bag, then there's a lot to like on Guy J's mix. He has an ear for tracks that ooze with melody, and he keeps the pace at a gallop the whole time. The Radiohead-esque drawl of DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creature's "No One Gets Left Behind" sets the tone, and from there it's a gorgeous flow of floaty beats, dreamy synthesizers and exotic vocal washes. Judah's fingerprints leave a uniform shimmer over the entire thing—not only did he edit every track himself, he also commissioned some of them, meaning everything is tailored specifically for this mix. If Balance Presents Guy J is anything, it's seamless.
But the disc's impeccable pacing is also its most off-putting detail. It's so slick that nothing really sticks. Judah is a capable producer, but his sound is marked more by perfection than personality. It's most comparable to Guy Gerber's recent fabric mix, although that had more of a narrative, and was full of influences from other genres. Guy J's feels like it was made on a diet of nothing but prog house compilations. There are only a few moments that stand out (usually marked by vocals), and any dramatic shifts in mood are replaced by brief breakdowns or rudimentary exercises in tension-building. If Balance Presents Guy J makes any case for Judah, it's that he's a solid producer who has some work to do if he's to step out from the shadow of his mentor.
Wed / 28 Aug 2013
01. DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creatures - No One Gets Left Behind (Guy J Remix)
02. Roger Martinez & Secret Cinema - Menthol Raga (Guy J remix)
03. Henry Saiz feat. Fab Morvan - Santa Fe (Guy J Remix)
04. APM 001 - Migrants (Radio Slave Accapella) (Guy J Edit)
05. Juan Deminicis - Once Upon A Time (Guy J Remix)
06. Navar - Phases Of Grief (Guy J Remix)
07. Pavel Petrov - Fever (Pezzner Mix) / DJ T feat. Cari Golden - City Life (Accapella) (Guy J Edit)
08. Lanoiraude - Waitin' (Charles Webster Mix) (Guy J Edit)
09. Dactilar - Day One (Guy J Remix)
10. Echomen - Perpetual (Guy J Remix)
11. Guy Mantzur - I'm Your Country (Guy J Remix)
12. WOW - Killa (Guy J Remix)
13. Robert Babicz - Duba (Guy J Remix)