Sasha

Real Name:
Alexander Paul Coe
Profile:
British DJ and producer.

Born: 4 September 1969 in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, UK.

A well-renowned DJ and production figure in trance and progressive house circles, Sasha became famous in the late 1980s and early 1990's for residencies at clubs like Shelley's (Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England), The Hacienda (Manchester, England), and most notably Renaissance ("Venue 44" in Mansfield, England; later "The Conservatory", Derby, England). At Renaissance, he formed a now famous longterm DJ partnership with John Digweed (as Sasha & John Digweed), one continued for many years, and they produced the first major commercially released studio-produced DJ mix "Renaissance: The Mix Collection" (1994) – now largely considered a pioneering release of its time.

In the early-to-mid 1990s, he produced several productions of his own and did remixes for Urban Soul, M People, Creative Thieves, and the Pet Shop Boys, amongst others. In 1999, he formed a new partnership in the studio with Charlie May (one half of Spooky) and released the "Xpander EP" (1999), and the full-length album "Airdrawndagger" (2002).

In 1997 he founded and ran the now defunct Excession label, later followed in 2007 by emFire, a new label for his own recordings. In late 2011 he launched his new digital imprint Last Night On Earth.
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Albums

Sasha - The Qat Collection Version 2 album art Sasha The Qat Collection Version 2 (Album) Deconstruction UK 1994 Sell This Version
Sasha - The Qat Collection album art Sasha The Qat Collection (Album) Deconstruction UK 1994 Sell This Version
Sasha - Airdrawndagger album art Sasha Airdrawndagger (Album) Arista, BMG UK & Ireland UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Sasha - Involver album art Sasha Involver (Album, Comp, EP) Global Underground (3) UK 2004 Sell This Version
Sasha - Invol2ver album art Sasha Invol2ver Global Underground (3) Europe 2008 Sell This Version
Sasha - Invol<3r album art Sasha Invol<3r (Comp) Ministry Of Sound UK 2013 Sell This Version
RA.EX136 Sasha - RA.EX136 Sasha album art Sasha RA.EX136 Sasha(File, MP3, 320) Resident Advisor RA.EX136 UK 2013
Sasha - Scene Delete album art Sasha Scene Delete (Album) LateNightTales Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Sasha - Together album art Danny Campbell & Sasha Danny Campbell & Sasha - Together (Single, Maxi) FFRR, FFRR UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
Sasha - Magic (#1) album art Sasha Magic (#1) (Single) Deconstruction UK 1994 Sell This Version
Sasha - Higher Ground album art Sasha Higher Ground (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction, RCA UK 1993 Sell This Version
Sasha - The Gift / Be As One album art Way Out West Featuring Miss Joanna Law* / Sasha & Maria* Way Out West Featuring Miss Joanna Law* / Sasha & Maria* - The Gift / Be As One RCA US 1996 Sell This Version
Sasha - Arkham Asylum / Ohmna album art Sasha Arkham Asylum / Ohmna (Single) Deconstruction UK 1996 Sell This Version
Sasha - Be As One album art Sasha & Maria* Sasha & Maria* - Be As One (Single) Deconstruction UK 1996 Sell This Version
Sasha - Xpander EP album art Sasha Xpander EP (EP, Single) Deconstruction US 1999 Sell This Version
Sasha - Scorchio album art Sasha / Emerson* Sasha / Emerson* - Scorchio (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction UK 2000 Sell This Version
Sasha - Unreleased DJ Mixes album art Sasha Unreleased DJ Mixes Excession UK 2001 Sell This Version
Sasha - Wavy Gravy album art Sasha Wavy Gravy (Single) Arista UK 2002 Sell This Version
Sasha - Artificial Heart (Unreleased DJ Mixes Part 2) album art Sasha Artificial Heart (Unreleased DJ Mixes Part 2) BMG UK & Ireland, Arista Dance UK 2003 Sell This Version
Sasha - Watching Cars Go By album art Felix Da Housecat Versus Sasha Felix Da Housecat Versus Sasha - Watching Cars Go By Emperor Norton US 2004 Sell This Version
Sasha - Seal Clubbing album art Charlie May vs Sasha Charlie May vs Sasha - Seal Clubbing (EP) Renaissance UK 2006 Sell This Version
Sasha - Mongoose album art Sasha Mongoose emFire UK 2007 Sell This Version
Sasha - Park It In The Shade album art Sasha Park It In The Shade (Single) emFire UK 2007 Sell This Version
Sasha - Who Killed Sparky? album art Sasha Who Killed Sparky? (Single) emFire UK 2007 Sell This Version
Sasha - Coma album art Sasha Coma (Single) emFire UK 2007 Sell This Version

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the1uncle

the1uncle

May 8, 2018
I remember it as though it were yesterday. Sitting in the family kitchen one miserable January night. Top of the Pops blaring from a portable TV in the corner.

'This is the one I wanted to see!' I exclaimed excitedly. And there appeared Sasha and Maria Nayler performing 'Be As One' (I had hurried to Our Price earlier in the week to purchase the cassette single). I recall the look of bemusement on my parents' faces as Sasha played a pretend keyboard and Maria did some awkward wavy-hand dance thing.

'Utter bilge' and 'complete drivel' were sentiments that emanated from my folks' mouths, when they finally recovered the power of speech. But I knew better. I knew a timeless, genre-defining, vastly innovative, consciousness-altering musical journey when I heard it.

This was Sasha's apotheosis, 'Xpander' notwithstanding. It is haunting and endless and ethereal and serene. Elfin Maria Nayler was the perfect choice for the vocals. It is subliminal and sublime. I can't think of sufficient gobshite superlatives, in all honesty.

Regrettably, I never heard 'Be As One' it in a club for I was but a greasy, priapic, adolescent oik at the time of its release. And it probably wasn't the type of thing they'd play at Brannigan's or the Ritzy or whatever chain-hovels my provincial backwater had to offer.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

May 4, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Not many djs can build a room as perfectly, no matter how sideways he might have been he was always flawless. In 93 whilst in Australia (Elevation in Perth I think) a sneaky promoter hooked up not one but two tape decks to record his set the first tape deck was fairly obvious with a bit of looking but the second was hidden deep in the back & I watched Alex find both and stop them during the opening minutes of his set. I would also like to mention that Tom Frederikse had a huge hand in Sasha's early days.
Rich.C

Rich.C

December 4, 2015
Sasha is to djing what Plato is to philosophy, what Pele is to football, what led zeppelin are to rock....a harbinger, precursor, a forerunner, above everything else.....a living legend. Sasha was born in 1969 in North Wales UK. Became famous in the late 80's and early 90's for residencies at clubs like Shelly's, the Hacienda, and most notably Renaissance. At Renaissance, formed a now-famous DJ partnership with John Digweed which continues to the present day. In the early- to mid-90's, turned out several productions of his own and did remixes for Urban Soul, M People, Creative Thieves and the Pet Shop Boys, among others. In 1999, he formed a new partnership in the studio with Charlie May (one half of Spooky) and released the "Xpander" EP, and in 2002, the full-length album "Airdrawndagger". In 1997 he founded and ran the now defunct Excession label. In 2007 he started emFire, a new label for his own recordings. In late 2011 he launched his new digital imprint Last Night On Earth, his glittering CV is endless, it speaks for itself.
HenryMaxwellYates

HenryMaxwellYates

July 20, 2015
Sasha may of been influenced by Autechre.
Look at my comments on Xpander EP, 3 Little Piggys.
I'm wandering what everyone else thinks.
jiggawhat

jiggawhat

March 2, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
He's no longer one of the biggest players in the industry, but he has quite the list of accomplishments. Few DJs will ever match his success.
sy1975

sy1975

July 1, 2011
I have been a fan since day one and I can't agree more with most of the comments about "the man like" but considering his career was built on those mix tapes from the likes of Shelleys and the Eclipse surely its time for Sasha to dust down his italian imports and stick on a proper oldskool night. I can assure you that is one night that would be sold out over and over again. So come on Sasha get up in the loft and get them tunes out!!
redfoot

redfoot

January 18, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
I'm more of a techno aficianado, but admittedly, this guy can play a set like no other. On his good nights, he is not to be missed. Absolutely one of the best at blending those tracks into one indistinguishable wave of sound, even before the advent of all those digital add-ons.
Production wise - he needs help. But when he gets help, the tracks are good. The Xpander EP is a standout.

Marcova

Marcova

December 7, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
DJ Sasha... Manchestorr... The Guy is a Genuine Legend. Longevity in the rat race which is the International DJ Circuit proves that on its own.
The Early Sasha Tapes.. Still played to death today. Sasha @ the Eclipse, The Hacienda, Shelly's, Angels, Kinetic & Kaos.. All Mint. The Blend of the Italian Imports, rush creating accapellas with the UK house really was a golden age of The Scene for me, and a Blue print that lives on in the Northwest and Northeast even still today.
His ear for a Tune is impeccable.. Just look through his late 80s early 90s playlist on here and look how sought after and valuable nearly every tune is. His taste has really stood the test of time. It has kept 1000s of us Marvelling at his quality for over 20 years.
Maybe his production IS better when he is collaborating, but lets not forget he is first and foremost a DJ.. and in my opinion the Best There Was , the best there is and the best there will ever be. A total crowd pleaser and Genius.
So here's to A Man Like DJ Sasha... The DON!!
spoons

spoons

September 25, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
I'm sitting here listening to CD1 of Northern Exposure 2, still blown away by it after all this time but I have to say, in my own opinion, Sasha peaked (at his peak he was untouchable for creative mixing) in the 1990's. Since then, Involver was very good, Airdrawndagger was mediocre, Fundacion was poor and Invol2ver was boring! The genre of dance music which allowed him to exploit his DJ'ing abilities is dead! Other DJ's have made a much better job of Ableton than Sasha. Try Joris Voorn Balance 13.
davefallon

davefallon

June 12, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
back in 1990 i went to a club in stoke to hear a dj who we were told was pretty good... 20 years later i still make the effort to pick up all of his releases.
I'm completely hooked on his sound and find i can trust him to produce something that I'll always want to listen too over and over again. I still listen to a tape we picked up of his from nov 1990 to this day having digitized it a few years ago fearing the tape would eventually break.
His original productions are great and his remixes are truly seminal pieces of work, (someday by m people and u'r the best thing by d'ream etc show this i feel) but its his dj'ing that really puts him at the front of the pack for me. His ability to read a crowd and pick his tracks accordingly allow him to create amazing sets that just simply never age which is something you can't say about some of his peers who while competent and talented aren't up to his standard when it comes to creating a journey in sound.
In my opinion he's a genius in this field and has been since from day one when he was honing his technical skills in the midlands/north of england.
Long live Sasha.

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