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Sasha - Airdrawndagger flac album Performer: Sasha
Title: Airdrawndagger
Style: Breaks, Progressive Trance, Ambient
Released: 2002
Country: Australia
MP3 album: 1144 mb
FLAC album: 1962 mb
Rating: 4.5
Genre: Electronic

Airdrawndagger is the second studio album by Welsh DJ Sasha. It was released on 5 August 2002 through Kinetic Records and BMG, with a digital download release issued by Deconstruction Records. The album features co-production from Charlie May, Junkie XL and James Holden. It was released with one single, "Wavy Gravy", on 19 August 2002, which had an amateur remix contest held in 2003. Despite the release of The Qat Collection in 1994, Airdrawndagger was advertised as Sasha's "debut artist album".

Airdrawndagger ‎(CD, Album, Mixed). BMG UK & Ireland. The more you listen to Airdrawndagger the more you realize how complex the tracks are and how much Sasha and the guys have worked on every little detail. Get this, it's already a classic and get on LP, then you get it all unmixed, lovely! Reply Notify me 1 Helpful.

Sasha - Airdrawndagger Sasha’s immensely long overdue album, Airdrawndagger, has been more hyped than a Tyson comeback fight.

The Airdrawndagger is quite a good album. It's light and airy but with a good backing beat. It sets up some nice quiet moods plus it's all danceable stuff. The album is purely instrumental, which I tend to prefer in most electronica. This type of music tends to be very repetitive, which I enjoy, and Sasha is no exception. Sometimes, the music gets too repetitive and I feel Sasha leans strongly in this direction. The "Fundamental" track is so repetitious, in fact, that I get so I can hardly wait for it to be over, and that's just too much

Airdrawndagger - Студийный альбом от Sasha. Вышел 5 августа 2002г. В альбом вошло 16 треков. Продолжительность альбома: 02:03:43. Sasha - Wavy Gravy (re:Fracted : Live At the Barbican). airdrawndagger: wavy gravy. Sasha - Wavy Gravy (Original Mix).

You're Sasha, one half of dynamic DJ duo, Sasha and Digweed, club scene stalwart and hocker of over twelve mix CDs. And don't fake me that you're that German pop sensation Sasha Alexander. I got your number, mate, and I also got your debut album, Airdrawndagger. What do you think of it? Well, that's the reason I'm yelling at you, you plonker! I remember your early days, when you released the um-nor-an-EP The Qat Collection. I remember when your style of club wax was termed 'epic house

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Drempels 1:23
2 Mr Tiddles 4:53
3 Magnetic North 5:17
4 Cloud Cuckoo 8:26
5 Immortal 4:54
6 Fundamental
Edited By [Bassline] – Andy Page
7 Boileroom 7:04
8 Bloodlock
Co-producer – James Holden, Junkie XL, SashaWritten-By – J. Holden*
9 Requiem 6:08
10 Golden Arm
Written-By – S. Wright*
11 Wavy Gravy 7:29

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.
  • Distributed By – BMG Distribution
  • Pressed By – Disctronics


  • Bass – Steve Lewison*
  • Celesta, Harpsichord – Dave Arch
  • Cover [Cover Image Designed And Produced By] – Imaginary Forces
  • Dulcimer, Cimbalom – Greg Knowles
  • Engineer, Mixed By – Junkie XL
  • Mastered By – Geoff Pesche
  • Percussion – Luis Jardin*
  • Piano [Bosendorfer], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Organ [Hammond] – Charlie May
  • Producer – Charlie May, Junkie XL, Sasha
  • Programmed By [Additional], Electronics [Sound Design] – Simon Wright
  • Recorded By [Musicians] – Iain Roberton
  • Written-By – A. Coe*, C. May* (tracks: 1 to 4, 7, 9 to 11), T. Holkenborg* (tracks: 4, 9, 10)


Recorded at The Computer Hell Cabin, Amsterdam
Additional Recording at The Clock House UK, Wow & Flutter UK
Musicians recorded at Sarm West Studios
Mastered at The Town House UK
Junkie XL appears courtesy of Roadrunner Records

Cloud Cuckoo sample taken from "Requiem" by King Crimson 1982 written by Fripp, Bruford, Levin & Belew. Courtesy of Robert Fripp, under exclusive license to Virgin Records Ltd. Published by BMG Music Publishing. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

℗ & © 2002 BMG UK & Ireland Ltd. All label copy and sleeve notes © 2002 BMG UK & Ireland Ltd. Distributed by BMG. Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 74321 947862 7
  • Label Code: LC03484
  • Rights Society: Biem/Gema
  • Matrix / Runout ((Variant 1, mirrored)): DISCTRONICS 74321947862 01
  • Matrix / Runout ((Variant 2, mirrored)): DISCTRONICS 74321947862 03
  • Mould SID Code ((Variant 1, mirrored)): IFPI 8725
  • Mould SID Code ((Variant 2, mirrored)): IFPI 8717
  • Mastering SID Code ((Variant 1 & 2, mirrored)): IFPI L502

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
74321 947862 Sasha Airdrawndagger ‎(CD, Album, Mixed) BMG UK & Ireland 74321 947862 Australia 2002
74321 952921 Sasha Airdrawndagger ‎(3x12", Album) BMG UK & Ireland, Arista 74321 952921 UK & Ireland 2002
G010000459911O Sasha Airdrawndagger ‎(11xFile, MP3, 320) Deconstruction G010000459911O UK & Europe 2010
BVCP-21291 Sasha Airdrawndagger ‎(CD, Album, Mixed) Arista, BMG BVCP-21291 Japan 2002
67728-54725-1 Sasha Airdrawndagger ‎(3x12") Kinetic Records 67728-54725-1 US 2002

Comments: (24)
[Note: this is a slightly edited version of a review I originally wrote in 2009, but which has been unavailable to read online for several years now]There are few electronic music long players out there with more mixed reviews than Airdrawndagger. Historically, it will be remembered as a flop: it received a middling critical reception upon release, and although it reached #18 on the UK album chart in 2002, it underperformed considerably even compared to disappointing albums from other electronic stars such as Orbital, Faithless and the Chemical Brothers during that same period. And yet, ask around online or amongst clubbers and you’ll probably find a generally positive, even nostalgic opinion of the album.The reason is simple. Alexander Coe had been promising an artist album since he first exploded in popularity in the early 1990s (for whatever reason, it was decided long ago by unanimous jury that The Qat Collection was not to count). Indeed, during his more debauched moments of superstardom, Sasha would claim he’d been locked in the studio working on his album to explain cancellations and no-shows. After several years of excuses, tantalising references in interviews and a steady stream of brilliant EPs, expectation began to grow exponentially for Sasha to deliver his mythical long player. By 2002, the critics and established fans had been waiting almost a decade, and as is so-often the case, the end product failed to match the enormous weight of expectation. “Rather late in the day, Sasha makes the best album of 1993” quipped Muzik Magazine in a 3/5 review that summarised the mild bemusement that greeted this strangely retro, semi-ambient record.At the same time, a very different audience was happening across the record, an audience with no critical voice to contribute to the historical record and no expectations to weigh the album down. By 2002 trance was in the last throes of worldwide dancefloor dominance. An entire generation of clubbers who’d been inducted into the scene during the millennial epic trance zenith were making the transition from Gatecrasher to Global Underground and more serious, reputable dance music. Turned on to Sasha by the success of Xpander across the trance scene, they encountered Airdrawndagger en masse at exactly the right moment. Sasha toured the album worldwide that year and the youthful demographic he enthralled, particularly in the US, grew up to be the serious clubbers of the following generation. To many of them Airdrawndagger is a pivotal moment in their musical development, regarded with nothing short of reverence.So where does Airdrawndagger really lie? Is it the underwhelming flop of the history books or the progressive classic of many people’s sentiments? The answer, obviously, is somewhere between those two poles.What’s striking about Airdrawndagger is just how much like a Sasha set it sounds. Many jocks have tried their hand at artist albums in the past twenty years, but this is a DJ’s album in the purest sense. It’s constructed like a mix set from start to finish, each track seamlessly blending into the next with close control of rhythm and tempo. It builds from an ambient intro through breaks and into 4/4 beats to climax with the killer single, the tempo of each track sliding up from a sub-120 start to the same pulsing 130+ plateau so many Sasha sets reach. Needless to say, the structure and flow are immaculate, and this is an album that demands playing all the way through for the full effect.While this is probably Airdrawndagger’s greatest strength, it’s almost certainly it’s biggest creative weakness. For not only did Sasha look to his DJ sets for inspiration, he looked very closely at the records he would use on such mixes, and then recreated them closely with the studio help of Charlie May, Junkie XL and James Holden. This is an endlessly referential album, packed with nods to countless classic Sasha anthems. The studio helpers weren’t drafted by accident: the influence of Spooky and Holden is writ large across the album, as are the sounds of Eat Static, Scott Hardkiss the FSOL, Orbital (Immortal is an astonishingly faithful style-bite of the Middle Of Nowhere sound) and many others.Airdrawndagger is essentially Sasha remaking his favourite records of the previous ten years of electronic music and then slotting those remakes into a small-scale DJ mix. It’s an understandably “safe” way of making an artist album, particularly a long-awaited debut, but it doesn’t result in a particularly fresh or distinctive creative product. Sasha is so wrapped up in living up to his favourite music he never really creates anything of his own. Xpander, despite its use of the Little Bullet hook, was a cutting edge record, as were Arkham Asylum, Ohmna and, to a lesser extent, Be As One and Heart Of Imagination. While some of them might sound dated today, they encapsulated the very limit of progressive, well - *progress* - when they were released, which is why each one sounds so drastically different to its predecessor. By reversing the trend and making a record so carefully classic in approach, Sasha was aiming for timelessness but fell some way short. If instead he’d had continued to push the progressive paradigm into unexplored territory, he might have created a more resonant record than the risk-averse album he ended up with.All of which is not to say it’s a complete failure. There are a handful of wonderful moments on Airdrawndagger. Fundamental is one of the best progressive breaks tracks ever made, Magnetic North is a fine piece of liquid ambient and the closer Wavy Gravy is an example of the intrepid dancefloor approach the album needed more of. Everything is perfectly produced with a distinctively crisp shininess and as you’d expect from Sasha it flows with captivating smoothness, the highlights augmented by the album’s bigger picture. It just isn’t the album it could have been. Sasha’s music had always had plenty of home listening value: the Xpander EP is probably a better headphone record than this one, and certainly a more timeless one.For the clubbers of 2002 who’d never heard its like before it’s understandable that this album sounded unreal, and once that kind of impression has bedded into your musical youth there’s no dislodging it. Heard through less sentimental ears, Airdrawndagger is an album that deserves more credit than it original received, but it’s some way short of the classic some would have you believe.
More than ten years listening this album, and just wanna say that I wanna hear it for the next 80 years too.So beautiful, and complex, really is a masterpiece of electronic music of this era.I hope that he come back with this kind of inspiration and left behind for a little time the deep & prog, house.Highly Recommended.
In my top 5 artist albums, easily. bloodlock is the highlight, indeed.
This is one of my all time favourite CDs. It has everything and is one of the few CDs i can actually listen to from start to finish without getting tired/annoyed/bored. The production quality is second to none and oozes with lush synthesized soundscapes and delicious reverb.Well worth a listen to if you're into electronic music.
Obviously people are pretty opinionated about this album. Let me just say this... I have a collection of over 6000 albums and ep's collected over the past 15 years ranging from ambient, to house, to trance and progressive. Out of all those albums, this album is in my "top 25 albums of all time lists". Seriously.
What are the 25? love to know pretty pls :)
Once again I am making an attempt to describe music - and the feeling it gives me - with words. This CD, just as most of Sasha's production, is close to what I call musical perfection. The track layout is perfect. The album starts up nice and slow, moves on to a harder and more uptempo part, to finish off nice and slow again. Also, all the tracks are made with greatest perfection and musical skill. My personal favourites are 'Mr. Tiddles', 'Cloud Cuckoo' and 'Bloodlock'.
Fair to say that this album genrates wildly varying opinions from it's listeners, which is a good thing as nothing is more boring than everybody singing it's praises, you need to challenge people...and this album does that. Personally, I love it. I don't quite know why; as others have said, it is free from the programming complexity of most progressive/breaks tunes and isn't a purely ambient experience. But what makes it special for me is the feel of the album in it's entirety. The tone of the album is established from Drempels onwards, that of electronic music with influences from trance, ambient, progressive house and breaks. I can't really pigeon-hole it any better than that. Sasha shipped a hell of alot of criticism on release of this album, at the time I thought it unfair and on reflection I think it was the reaction of his hardcore fanbase, the trance connosueirs finding it too ambient and the progressive fans finding it too laidback. I don't see it as either. Credit to Sasha and his cohorts they attempted to make an album as opposed to a collection of singles or an album of generic proggy bangers. The beauty of this album lies in the journey it takes you through, exquisite production that doesn't suffocate the tracks with effects but allows the melodies and sparse beats room to breathe. I love it, I was unsure when I first bought it 5 years ago but I get something out of it every time I listen to it. Sasha's recent effort "Involver" doesn't even warrant mention in the same breath as Airdrawndagger for it serves to cater to a narrow seam of the electronic music smorgasboard, generic proggressive house. This is Sahsa's best work and deserves some patience as the album will bring years of pleasure to those willing to revisit it with an older, more experienced and cultured taste in electronica IMHO.
Nope...After at least 20 listenings I now have an opinion that counts. And in my opinion this is perhaps the most overrated electronica-album ever! We have "cloud cuckoo", "boileroom" and "wavy gravy". Three great tracks, but absolutely not enough for making an album "great". I think people only rates this album high because it is Sasha, mr. Status. And it's not even Sasha who makes the music, on "bloodlock" it is james holden who makes a copy of his own style at that time and at the rest of the songs it is spooky, aka Charlie May. No, Sasha should stay where he belongs: behind the dj-decks. Because there he is one of the biggest!
horse shit. this was his best lp release. yes he did get help from amazing people. and that is precisely what makes this album perfect. i listened to this when it first came out - it was perfect. i listen to this now, and it has gotten even better. name one artist who has managed to produce or co-produce for that matter, a more intricate and well balanced symphony like ADD in the same era. sorry to reply to this 6years down the track. but you made me do it
Thinking back of the Samothraki Festival in Greece 2003 I think it is fair to say that the most crazy experience music - and otherwise - was when I danced for about an hour and a half with a tree at the chill out stage one night. This is why I am sometimes not quite sure whether a certain type of music should be labelled chill-out, ambient, progressive or psy-trance. I mean, you are supposed to chill at the chill-out stage, right? But play the right, quality, down-beat / chill-out at the right time, and you'll have everyone going crazy. This is what happened at the Samothraki Festival. Down beat music on chill stage with everyone going at it like crazy, things even more wicked than on main stage. Sasha wasn't at Samothraki but Airdrawndagger represents exactly the sort of music I'm thinking off. I could hear this music in the afternoon at the chill-out stage, roll a splif, relax and enjoy. Maybe dance a little. Or I could hear some of the trax here at night and go dance berserk. My favourite dance track here has to be Fundamental. The kick-in at 8:05. What is this?! Progressive chill-out ...?!? But it's not fair to single one track out. Up-beat, down-beat, they're all fantastic! And I almost never got to hear this album! Only heard it cause a friend insisted I'd give this Sasha album a chance. "I think you'll like it", he said. Well, thanks buddy! Right on - I love it! What can I say? Get it get it get it ...
sasha® (aka Alexander Coe, Charlie May, JXL, James Holden, etc. ... I say that because they all deserve credit for the sasha® brand of products, not just Coe) have a knack at programming. This album, while for the most part not being very complex in sound layers, does have the uncanny ability to bring out complex emotions through its simplistic, yet practical layout. But then it also builds up to a delicious, driving techy climax. I'm sure everyone who hears Bloodlock for the first time will agree that they expected another ambient track...but when its trademark Holden bassline crackles through the speakers (especially after travelling on the entire airdrawndagger® journey), you realise that this album is something special. well done to sasha®...and I hope to see more of them in the future
With Sasha being the Father and the Son of Progressive Trance you will not be surprised to hear that Progressive also makes the backbone of the album. But the man apparently also has a huge affinity for ambient and the combination of those two styles results in this emotional dagger being plunged right into your cortex. Some say the album is nothing new - they are right - but isn’t it nice to be given this vivid blast from the past, right from the era where Global Communication and Robert Leiner were searching for some more reflective gloomy soundstructures? This is splendid ever going pulsing ambient, ranging from the massive hoovering Bloodlock to the cheerful sequenzing Requiem.
This, along with Delerium's 'Chimera' is one of the few albums I own that I can enjoy every single track. I can listen to the whole album, without loss of interest, deeply lost in the subtle tones and precision of this album. Many would say this album is clinical and cold, however, each track presents a different mood, and proves this to be an emotional album, as well as one you can rely on to fit whatever surroundings you are in. I find when walking to the station every day, in the cold, fresh air, that this music fits this scene so well, almost as if it was made for this. However this doesn't mean this is cold music. This album is a very thought provoking album, and sets your imagination off, whilst interpreting the sounds. I believe Sasha (Alexander Coe) put a lot of thought and emotion into this album, and this album is certainly fresh! This album is one of those spine chilling albums, you hear a part of a track that reaches the perfection in sound, such as the soft 'bells', that start close to the end of Fundamental. Other places include; Wavy Gravy, where the metronome type sound stops, and you can hear the Wavy Gravy melody, with sharp crisp electronic effects, complementing it in the background. Every track in this album is good, but standout tracks are; Wavy Gravy, Boileroom; the most fast paced tracks, and Mr Tiddles, Magnetic North, Requiem - which are all relaxing. The best thing about this album, is that is the purest electronica you will hear. No instruments, just synthesised sounds, and the occasional metronome type sound as in 'Wavy Gravy', however the naming of this track doesn't deserve praise! Perhaps this is a music equivilant to modern art? It means different things to different people. It certainly means a lot to me, and I can always rely on this album to give me something to lift my spirit.
I think this album is the best as Sasha ever made... Ambient feelings contemplated through progressive trance and breaks soundscapes with freshness, coldness, some sadness and something positive what is difficult to desciribe. You have to feel it inside of you. This album is better than Involver compilation for me.It has more power for sure. Great job, dude.
A nicely made album, although not worthy of the name Sasha has built up for himself - especially when you consider that it was mainly produced by Junkie XL and Charlie May, with Sasha having very little to do with the actually making of it. Also, surely the tag 'progressive' is supposed to suggest progression? If anything this album sounds 10 years old. When set next to 1% of what is released in the ambient/techno vein, this sounds very basic and short in ideas.
Generally i wouldn't have even considered touching this sort of album with a ten foot pole let alone even contemplate that i might actually enjoy it. A superstar DJ who rarely produces, overblown marketing hype and a friend whose previous recomendations had shown me how vastly different our tastes were all stood against me liking liking this in the slightest. But for once my prejudice against all things in the 'progressive' genre was prooven to be a mistake and i was thoroughly suprised by the sounds contained within. Utterly magical and extremely musical.
One of my personal favorites; not just in the electronic field, but in music all together. Timeless, infuential, and spellbinding, I can't recall a record from start to finish that brought me on a journay like this one. amazing programming and sequencing by everyone involved. Initially, I couldn't get "Wavy Gravy" out of my head and it was clearly my favorite, but as time has moved on, i constanly return to "Mr. Tiddles." Just the brace of the track is heart warming and moving. Sasha and Charlie truly understand tension and release. This album is unlike anything I thought it was going to be, and when it was release, it become everything that I hoped for.
Quite an impressive combination of progressive, Hybrid-alike breaks (with the same crystalclear production and transparancy), ambient and house. Especially in my prejudiced state of mind where Sasha was a trance dj, Airdrawndagger proved to be an essential piece of modern elektronics that kindly feeds the hungry mouths that normally are directed towards Hybrid, Chicane and similar high-q producers.
To call this album sub standard shows that you have no understanding of music production in any sense of the word. Charlie May, Sasha and Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) are three of the best producers that have ever come into electronic music. Everyone wants to be the first in line to talk bad about this album and I think it's hillarious. In my opinion this album will become a classic as time goes on. Airdrawndagger's production quality and expertise is in a class of its own and thats a fact.
Sasha - Airdrawndagger, for those of you that are quick to judge a book by it's cover, this is a brilliant album that will stand the test of time. The fact that alot of prog. fans have turned their noses up at it makes it even better.
Freaky Hook
Sasha and co. only started working on this in 2001, it's just that he mentioned he was going to make an album many years ago. But even if it was started just after the invention of shoes, it wouldn't matter to me - it's a bloody gorgeous piece of music. There are things that happen with the beats that I have never heard before, and they sit alongside Charlie May's trademark stunning chords nicely. Most of the tracks can work well on more open-minded dancefloors, but it all works well with just a pair of headphones. Not an album to be judged on the first few listens - if you were disappointed, go back and listen again, you might like it better.
If you are wondering where the name "Airdrawndagger" was found, here it is. Or at least this is where I found it. I was sitting here reading "Macbeth" for English class and the phrase "air-drawn dagger" is in the play. It can be defined as some kind of emotional outburst.
Strangely enough I have only seen negative reviews on this album (and then I mean reviews, not ratings), and yes, in comparison with his earlier works, Sasha obviously could have done better. But somehow that doesn't matter to me. It still is extremely relaxing, from time to time uplifting, but overall very enjoyable. It's not what everybody expected it to be, it's not Sasha's best album ever, but it still stands out from others in his genre...