Joris Voorn – Global Underground #43: Rotterdam (The Exclusive Originals)

Album cover for Joris Vroon "Global Underground 43 The Exclusive Originals"

When I heard that Joris Voorn mixed a new Global Underground set, I immediately hunted it down. As soon as that first melody opened up, I prepared for an epic release of beats. Other than a bass drone, nothing came. Track two began, and again, no release.

While there is a ton of innovation within electronic dance music, the genre is pretty straightforward: a kick drum, hi-hats or handclaps, some low end, a melody. There are a lot of safe bets in this style of music, and GU mixes are among the safest. I was confused.

Turns out, I missed that parenthetical The Exclusive Originals. This is a 38-minute catalog of originals that Voorn used in the mixed set. His soundscapes are a bit new agey but they create a mood you can get lost in, whether you’re actively listening or letting the sound simmer in the background. This isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re looking for a tried-and-true GU mix, but there’s beauty in these tracks.

And for what it’s worth, Voorn’s GU#43 mix isn’t nearly as predictable as I expected. It’s closer to an old Orbital record than an old GU record, and it’s worth checking out.

Released: January 22, 2021

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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