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2011 Archive
Title Iris Seneta Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist tranzLift
Comments Always nice to receive a promo from music labels and this was a very welcome advance listen. You do have to bear with this, it starts very strongly and early on you get a distinct feel for what is going to happen. This does taper off and there is a long explosion of synths that desperately try to build up the tune. It does work, although if it had gone on longer it would have become frustrating. The main melody takes all this and then throws a nice synth to up the tempo and give the sound some new and extra meaning. In places it does sound a tad screechy, but this can be overlooked as it is the essence of what the artist is trying to do. The other mixes aren't too bad, although this was my fave.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released December 2011

Title ResuRection Loverush UK! Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Planet Perfecto Knights
Comments When I heard this, I was convinced I had heard a previous version Took me quite a bit of digging to realise this was originally released in 2001 under the artist name PPK. This was a tune I liked back then and this manages to retain all the ‘magic' I enjoyed then. I love the simple synth that delivers the very Russian sound, still works today. Quite a chilled sound, but also one that delivers a great club sound and vibe. The synth is throughout and there are some nice twists to what you hear which keep the tune fresh and funky. Really pleased I listened through to the end of the album that this is on (Perfecto Records – Best of 2011) as it's a real hidden gem.
Label Perfecto Records : Released December 2011

Title Catch Your Soul DoubleV Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Static Skies
Comments All 3 mixes of this are good, so as an all-rounder it is worth a listen. Starts well, a solid sound with a good underlying beat. The obligatory break is actually quite nice. A piano is introduced and there is a very good attempt at building a very atmospheric feel. The main bit sounds good, a nice simple trance feel with a nice simple trance synth. It's nice and long as well, plus you get the piano back late on to mix things up a bit more. This isn't going to set the world on fire, but as a nice tune goes; this is it.
Label Diverted Music : Released December 2011

Title Samovar Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Sensi
Comments ‘The Russians are back' is what the literature said that cane with this promo, didn't know they had been away! Anyway, this is from the Hallelujah EP and is the stronger of the 2 tracks (in my opinion). This starts really well, but slows down quite quickly which is an odd thing to do. However, you do then get the most wonderful piano break, been a while since I've heard a piano used so well. This is then murdered with a really heavy hard synth, which although is in keeping with the first track, is just overt the top. The main melody has a good funky feel to it with a super drum line that really does get the toes going, but the heavy synth is just too much. Very Russian I suppose, but a bit more of the west needed and this would be a better tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released December 2011

Title 550 Senta Aether Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Andrew Rayel
Comments I do like the way this artist uses operatic vocals, I find it very effective; but sometimes frustrating because the underlying tune is weak. This doesn't fall into that category. Great beat and the synth work is really good, lots of emotion and atmosphere. The break really does go to town on how to build up to the main anthem, very effectively. The main anthem is full of passion and really does let rip with some great synths, varying them quite considerably. This is a good tune at every level, but there could have been more of the vocals that I like. As it is solid sound with some great synth work and a funky beat.
Label A State of Trance : Released December 2011

Title Masquerade Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Ferry Corsten
Comments Apparently, this was originally played at ‘Masquerade' some 3-4 years ago and has only just been released. To be honest, if it had been that good it would have been released then and not now. Not a huge fan (anymore) of Ferry, far too commercial in my opinion; although I respect hugely what he has done for dance music. This is painfully slow to get going, but you do get an early feel as to where it's heading. Very big synths, lots of noise and very epic in every sense. When it does get going, it sounds very cheesy and has no real depth. Yes, it sounds like it was played at a festival and perhaps should have stayed there; this is dated. Some people are going to like this, but in my books this is a very average tune.
Label Flashback : Released December 2011

Title Hidden Desire Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Midnight Star
Comments This is very nicely different to the norm, a fusion of rock and dance and it works really well. The rock is a guitar and the dance is everything else, so be prepared for something out of the ordinary. It doesn't happen often, but this just works. The guitar break in the main melody is quite amazing and takes this tune right up there in terms of delivering a sound that will inspire you. Solid beat throughout, this is almost perfect. So why isn't it? There's lots of emphasis on the rock part, it needs more of the trance element. Some nice uplifting synths in places would have been perfect; in fact I would have probably soiled my pants. This is oh so close to perfection, a monster tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released December 2011

Title I Can't Believe Stan Wise Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Sensetive5 feat. Like
Comments OK, this has vocals; but oddly enough it sounded better with than without. Good solid beat throughout and a synth in the background that is also throughout. It's during the build-up that the vocals come to life, they actually add a nice sense of urgency and when they reappear later, same again. So what's the tune like? It's a good sound, very club with a banging beat; one that will get your attention. That's where it ends, very much like what a lot of other good tunes are doing; nothing particularly special; apart from the good vocals. Worth a listen to make up your own mind.
Label Unearthed Records : Released December 2011

Title Evolution Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Wayne Fontaine
Comments I had to listen to both mixes of this quite a few times to pick my fave, always a good sign. This has a great start, I love the guitar sound on the firm beat; sounds special and with purpose. The break supplements this with a more high pitch guitar and then adds some serious bass and then smacks you in the face with a wonderful sound. The melody just epitomises the club trance sound; so play this loud and you will get where I am coming from. Lots of passion and atmosphere, with a melody that changes pitch mid-way further adding to your listening pleasure. This isn't perfect as there could have been more of the good stuff and it feels like an abrupt end, otherwise go get.
Label D.Max Recordings : Released December 2011

Title The River of Memories Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Ikerya Project
Comments So, this is a rip off of ‘Water Drop' by DenZity Fusion; before you start pulling your hair out. Not obvious at the beginning, but it will be. The original is a monster tune and this in all fairness is a good remix of it, although the artist has stamped their own sound over it. Lots of bass in this and a great bass line that is fairly relentless all the time you hear it. I do like the main melody, nice added bit in that the sound is short sampled and this makes it sufficiently different. Good sounds in the background and an overall good remix which is what I am going to call it. I have seen a lot of average stuff from the artist, time to step and I hope this is the beginning of that. Loses a point from the rip off though.
Label Silent Shore Records : Released December 2011

Title Journey to Oblivion Old School Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Robert Vadney
Comments Taken from the ‘Dancing to Oblivion EP' this is by far the best track. Quite a deep and dark feel to this, but it has that something about it which made it stand out. I like the beat and the synths that accompany it, has a nice sense of purpose; but nothing that overwhelms the sound too much. Very progressive and the melody has a nice extra noise to contend with, totally out of the blue and out of character as well. The sound throughout is very consistent, you know what you are getting; nothing else. This is a pleasant sound, one that has grown on me over time.
Label Lost Language : Released December 2011

Title Lacrimosa Ronny K Emotion Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Infite feat. Jakub Hubner
Comments This is an EP of all good tunes, a very rare find indeed and I had to listen through these a lot. Touches all areas from the full on to the more subtle, which is what I went for. Starts with a very strong vibe and some vocals that really do set the scene. The tune slows down and sounds very spiritual, probably down to the title meaning ‘Requiem Mass'. This doesn't last too long and normal service is soon resumed. You get a real hard sound and the beat cranks up, as do the vocals and then it hits you. Everything comes together, a masterpiece of sound. Angelic on the one hand and throbbing beats on the other. Its 139 BPM, which surprised me as it doesn't sound that heavy going, but it does sound bloody good. The melody is nice and long and broken into 3 parts, each different to the previous. A great sounding tune and a real gem of an EP.
Label Motiv8 Recordings : Released December 2011

Title Unity Solarstone's Pure Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Orkidea
Comments Two of my favourite artists so what could go wrong, nothing at all actually. The ‘Intro Mix' has the most amazing start, so do listen to that as well. This is purely a journey of the senses through all the different sounds that the artists have produced for your listening pleasure. There are funky bits, slow bits and bits in the middle; that's what makes this so good. The main vibe is a good sound, solid and with purpose. Lots of spacey noises in this, but brilliant merged together. The vocal is hypnotic and the rest of the tune just makes the rest really stand out. This is two producers at the very top of their game, this is a sublime tune; beautiful on the ears and superb on your senses. As an EP, all the tracks are very good; you truly can't go wrong.
Label Solaris Recordings : Released December 2011

Title Spaceman Matti Laamanen Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist System F
Comments An old tune remixed and not to bad effect for a change. This actually stands the test of time really well and the remix does actually make it a better tune. Wasn't too big a fan first time around, but this has grown on me quite a lot. I like the retro feel and that relentless pursuit of the sound throughout the track; it does bring back fond memories. Sounds good and certainly sits well in the current market.
Label Flashback : Released December 2011

Title Vulcano Running Man Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Dimension
Comments This is one of them tunes that sucks you in from very early on, has a very fresh and upbeat feel and it leaves you pondering for nice things to come. This is soon delivered with a very direct synth that announces that good things are going to happen. The build-up is very classic and one that works very well, the anticipation building nicely. Just like when having sex, this peaks at the right time and throws a wonderful array of sound at you. Lots of purpose, deep beats and epic synths; a great club sound. It will also trick you into thinking it's going to fade out, don't worry it doesn't. Beautiful.
Label Kill the Lights : Released November 2011

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