Since we launched the 'Masterpiece' series back in 2008, the focus has always been on creating something special for the listener, something more than just a mix compilation of the latest big records - more of a celebration of the true masters of the trade. And now it's the turn of the legendary Mr Gilles Peterson.
After two years in the making, there's no doubt that Gilles has gone all out to make this release as special as possible. Spread across 3 discs (Dusk, Dawn and Twilight), each mix combines both old and new as Gilles almost compares the sounds, showing just how well they fit alongside each other. It's this ability to stay at the forefront of the current but with the knowledge to delve deep into the past that made him an obvious choice for the Masterpiece series.
As a DJ, radio presenter, promoter and an experienced compiler, the one thing that Gilles has always had is flawless programming and nothing has changed. Drawing on all his know-how, the 3-discs each perfectly complement each other and although there's a definite focus on the current most exciting names in underground electronic music, he still perfectly captures the wide range of sounds and tempo's that are so synonymous with his sets.
With nearly 50 artists spread across the release and with different vibes on each CD, this is definitely a release that is best left to the speakers to describe, although with names such as Scuba, Mo Kolours, SBTRKT, Koreless, Locussolus, Gatto Fritto and Art Department sitting next to classic artists such as Phuture, Roy Ayers, Cameo and Soul II Soul, you can rest assured that if you like good music, you'll love this.
As Gilles himself put it so simply, "Hopefully this mix selection helps sum up all the wondrous things constantly emerging in the slipstream of today's dance scene."
It most definitely does - thank you Gilles.
Masterpiece - Gilles Peterson is out now; get your copy here.