- Release Date 2017-09-12
- Label Late Night Tales
- Catalog ALNDDVDBM4301
Sashas focus on the future and fresh worlds to conquer made it unlikely hed revisit his seminal cut, which electrified dancefloors in 1999 and has been spoken of with awe ever since. So he began a seemingly new piece on stage, which then revealed itself to be a special new rework, bringing the stunned audience to their feet in a goosebump-inducing joyful finale.
From day one everyone was like Weve got to do Xpander! Sasha says. Of course, it was the scariest thing to tackle because it was such a big old record. We slowed it right down, put this really teasing intro in it that sounded very [Steve] Reich-ian. The moment that it opened up and the riff came in was a really special moment at the Barbican.
The rework rounded off Sashas live interpretation of his highly-acclaimed Scene Delete album on the eminent Late Night Tales label along with tracks from his back catalogue, on keyboards and accompanied by vocalists, band and string ensemble.
It was a mountain to climb. The last few days of rehearsals, it just got tighter and tighter. It went from this frantic atmosphere a month before the show, everyone panicking, to suddenly everyone going, Oh this is working, its going to be great! It achieved everything and more by doing it the way we did. In terms of a personal achievement, the fact that Ive learned to play again is such an important part of this for me. The way we worked together, the way we interacted with each other, just buzzing off each other and playing as a band, Ive never had that before. - Sasha