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2012 Archive
Title Subterra Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Matt Eray
Comments I like this sound; it's deep yet fresh as well. The melody when it kicks in also adds a nice extra kick to lift it up, which works well. Not as deep as I was expecting, but there is that nice subtle tone to this throughout and there are lots of changes in tempo via the addition of different synths and sounds. There are also some nice ‘spin backs' in places; bit retro. The melody is also a good length as well, which in line with the length of the whole track is super good. Could have been a bit longer, but what we have is something pretty damn good anyway.
Label Unearthed Subliminal : Released August 2012

Title Jumeirah Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Max Braiman & farid
Comments Strangely titled track if there was ever one, but it's a place in Dubai if you were wondering. Not overly sure about the tune either. I like the beat and pace that it moves to, but there isn't anything here that I can get my teeth (or ears) into. It's a bit drab to be honest. Doesn't have a killer melody of synth line to really get excited about. The actual production is nice and the feeling of the tune is probably spot on. The melody is nice and long, but as already said it's missing too many elements that would really make this rock.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released August 2012

Title Beauty of Sounds Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Mosahar
Comments This is a nice progressive tune, although it does lend towards the trance side quite heavily. I like the synth in this, quite different and it does have a really nice sound to it. The melody is a very good length and allows for your senses to get wrapped in the noise before it starts to end. Does sound a bit like his previous tune in a few ways, which isn't a bad thing; but just in case it does have that familiar sound. It's a solid and reliable tune, does have the long melody and also has a nice distinct sound. Not a classic though.
Label Kill the Lights : Released August 2012

Title Jumeirah Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Poshout
Comments I like the acidesque sound in the background, which you get from the beginning. This not only gives it a nice retro sound, but is also quite different. This continues throughout in that the sound delivered is different from the norm. This does and doesn't work. The melody has a nice twang to it, plus the acid noise. The tempo is pacey and the overall experience is a pleasant one. There are some vocals of sort thrown in to spice things up and to some extent it works well. The melody is somewhat short lived, which is a shame. You almost think at one point it's coming back, but alas it doesn't. Real potential here.
Label Timeline Music : Released August 2012

Title Great Tartaria Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Second Way
Comments This has a very non distinct sound at the beginning, which is a bit of a false lead. This isn't a fast tune at 134BPM, although it does sound slower. I like the progressiveness of the initial stages and the way you are teased into things, perhaps a bit too slow for some; but we all have different taste. When the melody gets going you get a wonderful synth that is so simple, yet so effective. This really stands out in this tune and the general ambience around this works a real treat. It could be more, not a lot I would add; but what you have is a very well worked tune that delivers a very nice sound indeed.
Label Unearthed Red : Released August 2012

Title Oriental Wind Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Sou Kanai
Comments I like what this artist tries to do, with a typical trance sound, but infused with some nice twangy synths. It works well enough, the pace is about right and the back sounds support the fore sound. The melody has a nice edge to it, with the second part enhanced with a nice extra synth; lifting this up nicely. Although it has that different feel, it also has a very familiar one. Follows the normal patterns of trance music, but has the artist twist added for good measure. If he could take the twist and apply to the whole tune then we would indeed have something special. Only had 4 releases to date, so still learning; so I await in anticipation for the next offering.
Label Infrasonic Future : Released August 2012

Title Welcome Home Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Suncatcher
Comments This artist is beginning to grow on me, more so than before. This has that typical slowness about it, but with a good passionate beat. Starts slow and builds up nicely to the crescendo of sound, about 5 mins in. The melody is good, lots of noise and nice piano that helps move things along. You also get a high flute that again adds to the atmosphere, makes this a very happy beach time tune. Although it all sounds good, there's not a stand out moment. It's well produced, has a very good vibe; but it doesn't deviate from the master plan. Still good though.
Label Enhanced Recordings : Released August 2012

Title Discwasher Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Tommy Baynen
Comments I'm sure the title of this track means something to the artist, what? Who knows. You do need to bear with this; the beginning is quite slow and tedious. In fact the first half of this tune is quite tedious and I am beginning to wonder whether it's worth persevering. OK, yes it is. Once this gets going it has a very simple and retro feel to things. The melody is a very basic synth with an extra one for good luck. Has a nice feeling to it, all be it samey. It does late on kick in with a harsh sound, which although different; isn't earth shattering. This is OK, check it out first.
Label Digital Society Recordings : Released August 2012

Title Downtown Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Ilya Soloviev
Comments Been a while since I saw anything from this artisit and after ‘Mercury' there's a lot to live up to and this doesn't'. I like the sound, but it's a quite average tune. The melody has a nice groove to it, the synths work well and the tempo help move the sound along. There's not a lot more to it; this is a good trance tune; not a classic. Short and sweet.
Label Sorcery Records : Released August 2012

Title Stella Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Ciro Visone
Comments Takes a while to get going this, but the build-up is very space age; hence the title. Once this lifts off, you continue to get that spacey feel all be it with a solid beat underneath. This does try to have purpose, but it does get lost on the way. I like the high synths and the added confusion in the background, but it doesn't do much more with it. The tune is very passionate and the build-up is a triumph to this, but it needs to really explode and it only just fizzes. I still like this though and I appreciate what the artist has attempted.
Label Digitized Recordings : Released August 2012

Title Everything Wellenrausch Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist The Thrillseekers feat. Stine Grove
Comments I really wanted this to work because of both the artists and it does to some degree. Vocal track and I like the vocals, enhance the tune very nicely. The rest of the tune is quite simple, but very moving in how it's been produced and the vocals layered. Reminds me a lot of ‘Chicane', which is good. Flows nicely and is easy on the ears, but has that something that drives it along. Another tune from India, this time flying over Russia on the way; good view. There are 2 melodies which both flow and sound good, the second one slightly enhanced. Going to go with my gut, a very nice and satisfying tune.
Label Adjusted Music : Released August 2012

Title Still Far Away ARDI Vocal Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Alpha Duo feat. Julie Harrington
Comments Crikey, lots of different versions of this. A mellow tune this one, not too full on; but has enough pace to consider it a dance track. The vocals are OK, sound a bit croaky in places, but not enough to panic about. This moves along very nicely and is one of those that will grow on you over time. The melody kicks in with a nice bouncy feel and real purpose. It's a good length although no real change in tempo throughout, what you hear is what you get. The vocals do get in the way a bit, but oddly enough the tune doesn't sound complete without them. The middle bit is nice in that they join the melodies together and give it that extra something. It ends a bit suddenly just at the point where I thought it was going to explode into something nice.
Label Trance All-Stars Records : Released August 2012

Title Hydra Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Sunlight Project
Comments An unknown label until now, took me a while to track it down and tie to this tune. This is pretty good, quite a hard sound; but at 138BPM it doesn't sound too over the top. The slowdown keeps the energy going, with a really powerful feeling and build-up of synths. I was torn first time where this might go in terms of explode or implode, more explode I'm pleased to report. Has a nice old school feel to things, the days when the synth was dominant throughout. This does that and then has all the beats build underneath, to good effect I would add. This has quite a hypnotic feel to it as well, been a while since I've felt that. This is a good tune, not quite a hit tune; but not far away.
Label Naked S3nse Recordings : Released July 2012

Title Superepical SoundLift Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist 2trancY
Comments Well, a brave artist name if I've ever seen one; or is it all superficial? Quite a pumping sound which slows down nicely to a crisp beat free build-up, the synths are very nice here. They power this tune up like that big mushroom in Mario Bros and then it goes into one. Everything comes back in and there is a real sense of euphoria, but there is something missing. The track teases you and teases you and then just as you are losing the will to live it just the vibe with a subtle twist and you feel satisfied. I still feel a bit lacking, but I loved the whole build-up and the melody just brought it all to a nice climax. A sound one.
Label Crystal Source Recordings : Released July 2012

Title Hyperborea Physical Phase Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Aesthetic Minds & Sebastian Hunter
Comments OK, this is very different, but first time I heard it stood out for some reason. Quite a deep tech feel to this, but with a good slice of trance; nice hybrid. There is no slowdown to this tune, so that is novel in itself; it just keeps going. The beat churns over and there is a very healthy selection of sounds to pick from, in fact probably more than a lot of tunes I have heard. These are not all at the same time, more blended in and out; which really does keep the sound fresh. Perhaps this is just out of my usual genre, but if this is a new wave of music; I'm quite excited.
Label Ellipitical Recordings : Released July 2012

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