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2011 Archive
Title Counting Stars Stonevalley Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Luke Terry
Comments This sounded a lot better when I first heard it. Still a good tune, but very run of the mill in terms of what is being delivered. The artist has had some sound and quality releases in the past, this does fall a bit short. The anthem is solid and to the point and the repeated vocals work nicely, but it is still very samey throughout and doesn't offer anything different. Once you have heard the first minute or so, you've heard it. Disappointing as on first listen this had a nice sound, bit on closer inspection.
Label Unearthed Red : Released November 2011

Title I'm Alive Sonic Element Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Paul Oakenfold feat. Infected Mushroom
Comments Two artists I know from old and certainly wouldn't have put together. ‘Infected Mushroom' are very much from the psy trance era, so an unusual mix at that. That said this is a pretty good tune. Vocals don't really do it for me, but once they are out of the way you have a really sound trance tune. The synth is a simple, but effective; re-occurring sound on top of a nice pacy beat. The melody also gets enhanced by an eerier background synth which adds very nicely to the whole ambience of the tune. A very pleasant surprise.
Label Perfecto Fluoro : Released November 2011

Title Lift Estigma Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Sean Tyas
Comments I don't mind artists re-releasing old tunes, but why do it over multiple records; bit greedy. If you like Mr Tyas, then you will like this. It is very much him at his best; with that solid and thumping sound that he normally delivers. Once the main anthem gets going, you are well prepared for what you hear. It's a nice smooth experience, with noise in all the right places; works really well and builds up a good atmosphere. Although the whole tune it well produced, the main melody should have been longer and it deserved it; so a tad disappointing.
Label Discover : Released November 2011

Title Winds of Spring Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Oren
Comments This is quite a frustrating tune as it has oodles of potential and is slow to deliver. Very slow start and you do need to persevere as you may be tempted to move. Once the tune gets going it's quite a nice little number, although it is also a bit stop and start. Just when you think you have got there, it stops for another mini build-up which really does not help things. That said, it comes back to life a slightly different tune with some extra synths and minor changes to how it sounds. All in all, a good tune; but frustrating in how it has been compiled.
Label Abora Recordings : Released November 2011

Title Early Sunrise Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Jo Micali
Comments OK, this is a good solid dance number; nothing more and nothing less. That aside, the melody is a really nice one. Long and in two parts, with the second part having those little extras that go such a long way. The whole track works well; it doesn't try to deceive you in anyway. The sound is what you hear and it's also what you get, so no surprises. I like the beat and the synths that accompany it; sharp and meaningful. A good tune.
Label Unearthed Red : Released November 2011

Title One Story Original Chapter

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Devilect & Sensitive5
Comments 2 artists that generally deliver OK tunes, a surprising combination. This has a very frustrating start to a good melody. From the off you get a piano, a beat and not much else. There is no real direction and you start to wonder if it will ever change. You need to wait over 4 mins for the melody to kick in and when it does it won't blow you away. This has a very average sound to things, which could have been helped by the intro. There is a second melody with some extra sounds, but by then the damage has been done. A shame, I had semi high hopes for this.
Label Andromeda Recordings : Released November 2011

Title About You Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Static Skies
Comments This has a really nice feeling to things, the beat is very ‘there' and from the beginning you get a whole load of different noises. I would say it builds up quite progressively, but it's quicker than normal. The synths are nice and varied, which works well in holding things together. The main melody has a nice pace to it, a bit of urgency and all the good sounds you will have heard to that point. You are left feeling a bit let down when the tune does not change, but then as if by magic it kicks in with some fresh synths and this really lifts this up to a nice euphoric level. This sounds great, but is too short for my liking. Still a great tune.
Label Unearthed Records : Released October 2011

Title Red Label Original Mix

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4/5
Artist Paul Miller
Comments Taken from the ‘Once Again EP'; this is a very good track; but so is the rest of the EP. ‘Regaza' would be my other pick, a very hard trance tune. This is a much more subtle tune, still a banging sound; but a lot more progressive n how it is delivered. The build-up for this one is a real treat, a great trance sound that just oozes quality. You then get a nice bit of beat and you know it's about to explode all over your ears. The main anthem is melodic and stable throughout. You get that great trance sound, just with a little edge to it; plus you get a nice helping as well. A very good EP and worth every penny.
Label Unearthed Red : Released October 2011

Title Amenity Store N Forward Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Sonic Element
Comments The ‘Original Mix' of this is a very different tune, much more upfront and bouncy. I opted for this version as it was a tad mellower and I liked the synth work a bit better; but both good tunes. This has a nice summer feel to it and almost a touch of sadness as well; it's very hard to explain. The melody is very well put together, keeps the feel from early in the track and enhances it with a nice melodic beat. It is constant throughout, when there is scope to do a touch more; but not to moan too much. A nice tune, with 2 good and different mixes.
Label Enhanced Recordings : Released October 2011

Title An Angel's Love Dub Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Alex MORPH feat. Sylvia Tosun
Comments The vocal versions aren't bad; but the dub is much stronger. This is a very powerful euphoric tune that slams your ears with lots of synths and emotion, before laying down a nice beat. This does verge on the cheesy side of trance, but it is a very powerful tune and this just tips the difference. The build-up works really well for me, lots of passion and it does create a nice element of intensity. When you get the beat, you are so ready for it that anything will do. Fortunately what you get has a nice feel and flows very well with the main vibe and essence. A nice tune.
Label A State of Trance : Released October 2011

Title Moonraker Daniel Kandi Bangin Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Andre Visior
Comments This is a really frustrating record. There are 4 versions of this tune and all are OK, but none really smash it home as they should. There is a lot of potential with this tune and it has been sorely missed. The beat is good and the actual main vibe and feel works well, but not together. Kandi attempts to bring it together with a subtle piano break, but it then ends or starts to fade out. Disappointing from something that shouldn't have been.
Label Breathe Music : Released October 2011

Title Heading Home 2011 Matt Bukovski Proglift Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Blue Tente feat. Stine Grove
Comments Some remixes of a tune that was released in 2009, always curious why people do this. Perhaps they hear the tune and think ‘you know, I should have done that differently'. Anyway, there are vocals here and I actually like them. The whole ambience of the tune is quite techy; but there are some nice synths thrown in which work well with the vocals. There is also a very atmospheric break in the middle of this tune, which is quite out of context from the rest of the tune; but its here that things change nicely for the better. The beat changes and the feel becomes much more solid and club like. There's a nice piano thrown in for good measure and then the vocals, it's almost a different tune; which is something you don't hear very often. This is a good tune, very different; but also unorganised in its approach.
Label Diverted Music : Released October 2011

Title M82 Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Eximinds
Comments An unusual, but slightly addictive sound. This is loud in that the noise that is produced is unusual and high pitched and it's fairly constant throughout. With this in mind, not going to be everyone's thing. You need to get half way through this, although the whole sound is the same it is complimented with a different and funky beat. This beat is really good and if I'm honest it is wasted on the noise that it is supported. I went for this based on previous effort of the artist, namely ‘Afterlight'; this doesn't live up to that. Bit heavy on the brain, but the nice funky beat does make this more easy listening.
Label Unearthed Subliminal : Released October 2011

Title Tartu Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Kaimo K
Comments I like the twangy sound of this, also got a bit of an urban feel to it; rough and ready. When it stops in the middle the sound is very familiar and one I can't quite place, a tad annoying. Massively long build up to the main course, but it is very well produced in terms of not leaving you hanging too much. When you get there, it's almost worth the wait. A hard and powerful trance sound that really gets into your brain and wiggles it around. The melody has got some nice longevity to things as well, although it does remain fairly static throughout. The build-up is the real crux, if the melody would have changed mid flow it would have helped, but it don't. Still a nice tune.
Label Emphase Recordings : Released October 2011

Title Landscape Space Garden pres. Star Sailor Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Sunflare
Comments Taken from the Nature EP, this is a nice tune; all be it a bit samey. Typical trance beat, with some atmospheric synths early on to set the mood. The main anthem kicks in mid-way and what you get is a pleasant sound on the ears. It's not a banging club number, but it would be something to get the crowd going. It's consistent in that it doesn't divert from what you hear early on, but that consistency is nice and long and you are treated to an extra piano break later on. This is an OK tune, one that has grown me.
Label Nile Tunes Recordings : Released October 2011

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