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2012 Archive
Title True Moments Suncatcher Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Andre Visior
Comments I've liked what this artist has done in the past, true to the art and the sound. This isn't different from that, quite a hard punching number. Starts strong and then gets a real slowdown, of a piano (just) and some deep synths. This is built upon slowly, but with a fair degree of pace; to a fairly crazy and confused melody. The synth is constant, but it gets backed up by a more pounding beat. It works to a point, even though there is a nice piano thrown into the mix. Sounds a bit jumbled and I think it's because you've heard it from the off. The melody is a very good length so you can really get into this, but it is lacking something which I can't put my finger on. Strong tune nonetheless.
Label Breathemusic : Released November 2012

Title Daydream Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Dayzanst
Comments I like the start to this, full of purpose and not too heavy going. The slowdown has a nice feel and as you'd expect the artist builds within this to the crescendo. Once this does let loose the sound does flatten out, it almost sounds a tad muffled. Certainly deliberate and in works to some extent, but it doesn't when you feel the tune is almost coming to an end. The second half of the melody it does lift slightly, but nothing to really stand out. I still like the moody feel to this; it's quite an interesting tune.
Label Abora Recordings (Promo) : Released November 2012

Title Silver Clouds Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Etasonic
Comments So, first tune I've heard from this label and a good start. Has a very classic club feel to this, cheesy to a point in that you have all the elements that you hear in the more commercial tunes. The piano reminds me at times of the classic ‘Children'; not a bad thing, but there are some classics that should be left well alone. The slowdown keeps things moving before you hit the wall of sound, which is quite a euphoric experience. Lots of good noises with a pumping beat nicely produced in that it sounds at one. This is important as the types of sounds being used are quite high pitch so can sometimes come across as distorted; not here. The piano comes back in late on; nice touch to a sound that was already working. Good sound this, very run of the mill; but none the less good.
Label Linger Records : Released November 2012

Title Destination Anywhere Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Lange
Comments I didn't like this the first time I heard, but I went back to it as it was a welcome move away from the awful tech sound the artist has embraced. This is very progressive and there are times when the tech edge is quite prominent, but in this tune it works OK. What is annoying are the stopping bits for the piano, they break the flow of this. What you have is a good sound, but it doesn't flow very well and with the constant stop/starts it's really missing a few tricks. At the end you here a really nice sound, but it's at the wrong end of the track. A shame, but potential for tunes going forward from an otherwise superb artist, someone I consider a pioneer of trance.
Label Lange Recordings : Released November 2012

Title Iren Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Max Solar & Next Beat
Comments This tune is too short and I don't say that often. At just over 6 mins you just don't get the full impact of what is going on. Great start, a wonderful use of a piano break throughout and a really pacey melody at the end. So much has been packed into this, that it needs to be a tad longer so you can take it all in and really enjoy. How this sounds as good as it does is a real surprise and this tune is one that has really grown on me. They sometimes say that good things come in small packages, they might just be right.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released November 2012

Title Lotus Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Pizz@dox
Comments Fastly becoming a fave artist of mine is Juraj, hailing from Slovenia so let's hope we get more from this neck of the world. I like the fact that the artist isn't afraid of trying out new things, experimenting with different styles and sounds and often to great effect. This is a much heavier tune with some real pounding beats and a very heavy going synth in the melody. This is sort of tempered by a much more subtle synth, but the two in places work against each other and it becomes a bit confused. I like the idea behind this, but the execution isn't quite there. A good tune from a very good sampler album.
Label Abora Recordings (Promo) : Released November 2012

Title Spring Chord Origin Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Sound Quelle
Comments I liked this from the moment it started, has a real ‘classic' deep tone piano sound' very nice. The slowdown gets you ready for the main melody, but you are in for a real treat. The artist has used a brilliant stop break at the beginning, which really does make the sound stand out. This ends and the tune flows normally soon after; but what you get is such a good sound. Quite a slow number at 132BPM, but it certainly packs a punch and a wicked sound. Like the normal piano break in the melody, on top of the deep tone sounds really good. A really good tune.
Label LiftedSounds Records : Released November 2012

Title Dark Knight Dave Cold Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad

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Artist Trance Arts
Comments I blow hot and cold with this tune, depending on what mood I'm in. The potential is there, but it just doesn't quite deliver. I like the beat and the synths that are used, but it almost feels a tad lazy in places. I want the tune to stand up and be counted, but even at the end an extra piano is introduced and it just confuses the track so much. It's almost like 2 tracks have been missed together and they just don't complement each other. A shame, as I reckon with s good rework this would be so much better.
Label Eyereflex Records : Released November 2012

Title Sacrifice Simon O'Shine Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Tranzlift
Comments I like this artist, but generally find that the sound is very similar; which is almost the case with this tune. Stats well and you get an early taste of the main melody or general direction of the tune. The melody is a very classic trance sound, there's nothing here that's new, but if you like it classic style; then you will be well pleased. Quite simple, but on the other hand there is background noise which could have been missed out. Good length to the melody and it will certainly have your toes going up and down. A nice tune.
Label Trance All-Star Records : Released November 2012

Title Circles Uplifting Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad

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Artist Witness45
Comments This starts quite slow and you really do need to bear with it. About 3mins in you get a wonderful bouncy synth which completely changes the dynamics of the tune, whereas before you had a beat now you have with a bounce. This doesn't continue and when the melody starts it does sound a b it flat. That said, things return in the second half and it's here that the tune comes to life. As a complete song this is OK, but if the artist had used the synth more throughout it would have been so much better. The melody also dies a bit towards the end and it's just not long enough. A crying shame.
Label ED Tunes : Released November 2012

Title Creatures Paul Oakenfold Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Yahel & Liya
Comments This has all the great sounds of the Perfecto of old, a label I used to worship. Even the vocals in this work, which I don't always go with. Solid throughout this, plus that wonderful acid type undertone; lovely. The slowdown works well for me as it tempts and teases you into the rest of the tune, with a really nice synth running proceedings. The thing here is that it can go a few ways and this doesn't go the way I'd have hoped for. The melody is solid enough, don't get me wrong; but there's not a lot to it. This is a great hard sound, but I wanted more than that and this tune deserved more. Still a solid tune and still one that you should have a listen to and decide yourself.
Label Perfecto Fluoro : Released November 2012

Title Insane Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Benjani
Comments OK, you need to stay with this as the initial part does not set the world on fire. Lots of plip and plop to be honest and this is pretty much where the tune goes. I like the depth of this, if you listen to what is going on the production is really nice, but it does lack any real substance and I'm surprised it's on the Perfecto label. I like simplicity and this is total simplicity, but perhaps a tad too simple. It's missing a real melody in the middle, what you hear is what you get; no deviations. Has potential, at the moment I would consider this a tad raw and under refined.
Label Perfecto Fluoro : Released November 2012

Title Prysm Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Function C pres. Keelin Temple
Comments This has that great trance sound, the euphoric one that we all grew up on many years ago. Great build up to a crescendo of thumping sound. This just hits you in the face with a stick and keeps going. Very pure this, which odd for something so loud. There's not as much going on as you would be led to believe, but what you hear is a really good solid sound. Let down by the fact it isn't very long, which is a real shame. So you have a short banging great sounding trance tune.
Label Crystal Source Recordings : Released October 2012

Title Summer Escape Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist MEDO & Odison
Comments With summer long gone, let's hope this brings back some good memories of 2012 and to a large degree it does. This has a wonderful full on piano break throughout, which at the beginning really sets the scene. Behind this I'm not too sure, I don't like the real squealy synth that is far too loud and not in keeping with the feel of the tune. I almost turned this of as a result, but persevered. The melody kicks in and this synth is back and it does ruin this tune to a large extent. Listen behind this and what you have is a really happy tune and melody and one that wants to please you. Shame about a single synth, but it does occasionally happen.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released October 2012

Title Rising From The Ashes Ancient Mind Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Nagijuana
Comments I like the passion and energy in this tune, although at times it doesn't feel in synch with itself. Good solid beat, quite pacey at that and the feel is very much high end trance. The melody has lots of good noise going on, quite noisy; but not a killer by any means. The tempo and pitch change here and there, which I like; but it did at first sound like my copy had warped. Tad on the short side as a tune and the build-up is a bit protracted. Not a bad tune though.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released October 2012

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