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2012 Archive
Title Aquamarine Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Manuel Rocca
Comments This is just sublime, an awesome track. Does take a while to get moving, but it is very much worth the wait. A lovely feel to this, very emotional and uplifting. The synth work is superb and takes your senses on a journey of sound and back again. The great thing is the melody is long and builds throughout. The whole feel of this track is perfect, one of my fave tracks of the year so far. You are also spoilt with 2 other mixes that are very good so when you put it all together you have an essential purchase.
Label Crystal Source Recordings : Released February 2012

Title Awakenings Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Super8 & Tab
Comments Don't usually go too hot on these guys, but this is a break from the norm. The Tritonal Remix is getting a lot of play, don't know why as the Original is by far superior in every way. This has quite a hard tech feel to it, but with the vocal it sounds really good. Then midway the tune changes direction and lays down a serious sound on your ears. Lots of epic synths on an equally epic beat, it's almost 2 songs wrapped into one. Play this loud and you will really appreciate the depth of sounds in this tune, it's beautiful. The tech sound comes back at the end, brilliant. Will keep an eye on these artists if this is now the quality they are producing.
Label Anjunabeats : Released February 2012

Title Chiricahua Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Airwave
Comments The title means Native Apache Indians, so there you go. A progressive tune that goes on for a bit, but in a nice way. Reminds me in places of the artist Enigma, which is always a good thing. Solid beat throughout with some nice extra percussion in places to move it along. I love the acid feel at times, a sound I've always loved and wish more people used it. This gets better as it gets going with a wonderful crescendo of sound towards the end. The whole thing sounds like the title, with some Indian type chanting in places to ram the message home. This is a very well produced track, with some great sounds and a terrific beat throughout. You just want this track to work and it does.
Label LCD Recordings : Released February 2012

Title Tales From the Forest Andrew Rayel Sunrise Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Luke Terry
Comments A superb tune, a superb release with 3 superb mixes. Enough of the word superb, excellent track. You might think this sounds a tad cheesy and in some ways it does, but you have to listen more. The piano is beautiful to say the least. The whole sound just takes you away somewhere else, perhaps the forest. It just works and with the beat underneath it just delivers what I want to hear and more. The beginning wets the appetite in a major way and I would buy just the beginning, but there is more. Just before the really good bit you get a different synth signalling the way and then the sound kicks back in. Different sense of purpose and it sounds as good as the beginning if not better. This is a perfect track, they don't come along often; but I am so pleased I go this. You must buy this track, your collection needs it.
Label Unearthed Red : Released February 2012

Title Your Love Dallaz Project Dub Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Aknael & Bekeela feat. Jane Maximova
Comments This is almost certainly the sort of track you would overlook and to some degree you would be right, but don't there is one version that is very much worth a listen. Haven't seen the Dallaz Project for a while, so perhaps this is back with a bang as this tune kicks ass. A very melodic stat and one that you might dismiss, but don't. It's progressive in a big way and the melody is just sublime. It's a very long journey of sound and one that is very well produced and delivers an amazing good feeling of euphoria. It is pitched just right, even in the way it ends; brings you down nicely. You will feel happy and content with what you have heard, rewind and play again. A beautiful tune.
Label Vendace Records : Released February 2012

Title In and Out of Phase Club Edit

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3/5 : Good
Artist Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange feat. Kerry Leva
Comments This has a very deep and dark feel to things and is very much on the progressive side of life, probably more house than trance. I did have to listen to this a few times as I couldn't make my mind up. There is a break early on when what I can only describe as a ‘double bass' is introduced, unusual thing to have done; but it worked quite well. The tune doesn't really let rip in any big way, it gives a sound and keeps to it. There is a melody of sorts where it is enhanced slightly, but not a lot. The female vocals in the background work well and fir nicely with the feel of the tune. I want to be generous on this occasion as it is a different tune, more chill out than full on and it does have some nice moments.
Label Anjunabeats : Released February 2012

Title Rising Sun Ikerya Project Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Bart Panco
Comments Hhhmm, an interestingly different sort of tune this. The beginning is quite confused; a lot of sounds going on and it's difficult to hear what you should be homing in on. It does calm down and you do get a good happy feel via a nice bit of synth work, two in fact complimenting each other. Nice little piano break and you can feel that it is beginning to sound a lot better. The build-up is a tad long winded with lots of different noises, but still pleasant. It then launches into something which is not what I would call mainstream. There is a very distinct different feel to this, almost like the artist/remixer has tried to do something different. In some ways in works and others it doesn't. I like the way it changes tempo and that the feel of the tune is changed with some extra sounds, changes the tune nicely. I like this as it does have a genuinely different sound, but needs a bit of refinement.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released February 2012

Title The Last Breath Touchstone Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Ciro Visone & Rita Visone
Comments Somewhat typical of the artist, but lots of passion and feeling in this one. A very big build up with lots of sounds, in fact a bit over the top if I'm honest. It soon gets down to business and the beat is a good one, with lots of noise going on. There is a lot to listen to so it will take a few goes to digest all of it. This is where the tune does fall down as it could have been a tad simpler and still have worked. However, moan to one side what you do get a real treat in terms of an artist who has taken passion and feeling and wrapped it into a nice 9 minute classic. It's not earth shattering, but it will make you tap your toes a lot. The melody is very long, probably one of the longest I have heard. It changes tempo mid flow to keep things fresh, but also sticks to its underlying roots. I am torn on the one front that this is a very busy tune in the amount of sound, but I have to admire what the artist has done and how well it comes across. This just keeps going, so I tip my hat to the Visone's.
Label Defcon Recordings : Released February 2012

Title The Prophecy Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Inca
Comments Not sure why ‘Running Man' needs an alias as he is forever releasing tunes, but hey who am I to argue. This does have a different edge to things, a lot more controlled and subtle. As a tune I like this, it has a good feeling to it. A bit deep in places, but then lots of energy in others. It does need an extra something to really take this up a level as although it works, it does sound a bit flat. I like the angelic vocals that appear here and there, these help with the whole vibe. It's annoying towards the end as it should have done more, whereas it does end a bit abruptly. Frustrating and enjoyable.
Label Silent Shore Records : Released February 2012

Title Hope Still in Your Heart Lucas Moor Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Magdelayna
Comments I liked the sound of this within seconds of it starting, you know when you have found something good. It has a good twangy feel to this and I like that sound, when it is used right. This almost does, but falls short on a really powerful delivery. This is a solid trancer, one that tries to do something special, but just doesn't quite manage it. The melody is good, nice and long, although it doesn't change too much. This is a tune produced to give out a good solid sound and it does exactly that. Nothing special, but nothing wrong either.
Label Nu Communicate Recordings : Released February 2012

Title Safari Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Ost & Meyer
Comments This is a simple tune, which is what initially appealed to me. It's on heari9ng this again that I now realise this has the potential to be a really big tune, but this attempt falls short. I like the synth work, clear and crisp sound and the wailing vocals work nicely, but it doesn't let rip. It wants to, but for some strange reason is held back from really upping the ante. As per my first statement, lots of potential and perhaps there will be more as this was released a single mix only. On that statement, there has been another mix so I will hunt it down.
Label Enhanced Recordings : Released February 2012

Title Amnesia Soundlift's Emotional Take

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Running Man
Comments Lot of noise about this tune and it did take a while to get released. As the title this is a very emotional tune, with lots of high pitch synths and an all-round cheesy feel to things. I really liked this first time around, but I have gone off it a bit. It has a nice feel, but it is far too wishy washy in my opinion. I know the artist releases a tune a week, but perhaps he should do one a month and concentrate on what he is doing. Can't always be good to perfect and on this occasion it isn't.
Label Perceptive Recordings : Released February 2012

Title Fracture Sergey Shabanov Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Pizz@dox
Comments It took me a while to get my hands on this, but glad I persevered. Quite an emotional build up for this one, lots of sounds with no real direction; unusual. The main synth piece you hear is what to concentrate on as that is where the tune is going and it is very much worth the wait. I do actually like a build up like this one, as it tempts and teases before delivering what I need; a good sound. The melody here is just the beginning, but with more passion. Lots of high synths do their upmost to make this a real euphoric experience and on the whole they achieve this. What makes this different is the double melody, you will think it is ending; but it continues with the good stuff. Too often this doesn't happen, but the artist has given us a real treat. Good sound and feeling here.
Label Silent Shore White : Released February 2012

Title Gaia Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Michael Dow pres. M.E.D
Comments This has a deep feeling to things, quite progressive as well. It's a long tune, so things have been nicely spaced out in terms of filling out the time. The build-up is a nice one, works well on different sounds and bringing you more and more into the tune. The melody is more of a culmination of everything else and it sounds really nice. Quite relaxing in some ways, but deep and thoughtful in others. The melody is nice and long, adding here and there' but the sound is good anyway so you are enjoying the feeling. This is progressive trance and the good end, a nice tune.
Label Alter Ego Records : Released February 2012

Title Glance Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Aero 21
Comments Taken from the ‘Running World EP'; a nice trance tune. I like the way the artist uses the classic and simple sounds, which in my opinion are often the most potent. There is no need to go over board when you have the tools already. The whole tune keeps it simple, although there is a noise synth in the background that keeps the whole tune on its feet. The anthem isn't that ripping; it just keeps with what you have and builds a bit on the top. There is a nice surprise towards the end when you get a very different synth, but it should have had more beat underneath to really lift things. This is a happy tune, one that will make you smile and you'll play it a few times.
Label Neverending Story Recordings : Released February 2012

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