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2012 Archive
Title Rising Light Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Max Stealthy
Comments Finding more tunes on the Stories in Trance label, not always good; but the quality overall is pretty good. This follows in that vein in that this is a solid sound, with a nice beat and some nice synths in the middle. Not too synth heavy actually, relies more on the beat which is something quite fresh and novel. Has a pace to it and the melody flows really nicely. Nothing earth shattering, but the pace and feel is quite refreshing in terms of what other tunes are doing. This tries to keep things simple so it doesn't get too complicated on the ears and it works really well. A good tune.
Label Stories in Trance : Released July 2012

Title Lost and Found Chapter XJ Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Miroslav Vrlik & Blugazer
Comments This tune starts with that killer sound, but although it remains throughout it doesn't lift of into the stratosphere. SO, now you know where I am going with this; down to the nitty gritty. A solid sound this, good hard beat and I do like the trance effects throughout. This has all the attributes of a great tune, but the melody is a tad flat compared to the rest of the tune. It still kicks ass and sounds good, but it should have been so much more. Still a good trance tune, definitely one for the clubs.
Label Alter Ego Progressive : Released July 2012

Title City Lights Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Running Man
Comments Another tune from this artist, his collection is growing rapidly. Sometimes I think he should slowdown and concentrate on less as lately I have found his offerings to be average at best. This is a tad better than average. I like the slowdown as you get a really powerful synth which kicks in quite rapidly to the main beat. This is pacey and I like the blend of beat and synths, there aren't many so there is no confusion on what you are listening to. Second part of the melody ups the pace with a frantic sound, which adds a nice touch and ending too things. Could have been longer, would have been nicer.
Label Fraction Records : Released July 2012

Title From Above Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Running Man
Comments This isn't anything new; in fact it's very much like the usual stuff and sound this guy churns out at an alarming rate. I like the vocal bit early on, but past that I really do struggle to be honest. I want to like this because I like the label, but I can't bring myself to recommend this. If you have any Running Man tunes, then you have this. If you like this average sound, then you will like this. It's not awful, it's just not inspiring.
Label Silent Shore Records : Released July 2012

Title Fireisland Aly & Fila Uplifting Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Solarstone with Aly & Fila
Comments On paper this should be a pretty good pairing and this does work well. The first couple of minutes are a bit confused, but the tune soon settles down with a nice vibe. There is a synth that is a bit mad, which I don't really like and the tune would be better without. The slowdown the throws in a piano followed by a guitar (of sorts) and the tune takes on a whole new sound, very euphoric. Then bang, you get an amazing melody; not what you were expecting early on. Typical Solarstone, but with a nice Aly & Fila slant; very nice indeed. Let down by the beginning of the track, but more than made up for with the melody. Belongs in a club being played very loud, with a few cold ones and friends. Super nice tune.
Label Black Hole Recordings : Released July 2012

Title Behind the Curtains Manuel Rocca Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Veeto & DaveiJ
Comments I want to really like this, but there is something missing. The melody has a really good vibe to it, but sounds very basic and it's here I am struggling. The vibe of the tune is a good, all the right noises and the pace is spot on. There is however a missing part to this puzzle and I think it's the main sound. It's repetitive and normal sounding, it doesn't help lift the tune. On its own, it would be OK; but with the rest of this it doesn't fit as well as it should. This is a shame as the tune should work, so needs a remix to fix the problem.
Label Stories in Trance : Released July 2012

Title Solis Airborne Angel Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist White Motion
Comments This has a very dramatic start, lots of ambience and atmosphere. The beat kicks in quite abruptly, but past that the tune rolls along quite nicely. I like the melody and the piano break in particular, this works really well. The tune keeps that passion, mainly through a very nice and moving synth; but also slows down where appropriate. This has potential and it's a shame so many remixes didn't release it, however; still good.
Label Stories in Trance : Released July 2012

Title Koru Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Facade
Comments I like the undertone of this tune, got a nice reverb gong which sounds really nice on the ears. You could say this verges on the deep side and I would agree, but it swings to the trance side more often than not. I like the main synth, it's crisp and clear throughout. The melody is a bit lacking as it doesn't start when you think it should, which leaves you a bit flat. However, the vibe continues throughout and as a breaks tune it works really well. Well produced for a nice crisp sound.
Label Factual Progressive : Released July 2012

Title Forgiven James Dymond Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Max Braiman
Comments Another artist that is growing on me, not always stunning tunes; but at least they are consistently good tunes. This flows very nicely, I like the passion that is under the hood with this. The melody just delivers a fresh feel and sound, nothing else. The whole tune moves well and to some degree the whole tune is the melody, the passion is just right. Melody is a tad short and then the tune ends, which like many tunes before it lets this down. Worth a listen though, still good.
Label Arcana Music : Released July 2012

Title Darker Shades of Black Angry Man Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Will Atkinson pres. Darkboy
Comments Always liked this label as this track takes it back to its root; good solid hard trance. This is a pacey number, dark in places and oddly a bit Status Quo as well. You have to wait for the melody and there's no real tease in terms of what to expect. When you get there it rams the sound down your throat and delivers a real thunderous epic moment. It ain't long enough though, which is so frustrating. At the end, you are begging for another go at it; which doesn't materialise. Still a quality tune.
Label Perfecto Fluoro : Released July 2012

Title Shadowplay Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Oldfix
Comments I almost didn't bother with this as the other mixes were awful, but I'm glad I waited to the end. This is a really powerful full on tune and at 140BPM it packs a serious punch. I love the way this starts, you get that trance undertone right away and a really nice build-up with some nice synths being thrown in and out of the mix. Confused slowdown, although it's not that slow. The melody launches with a frenzy of sound that really will envelop your sense. It's all over the place, but in a very positive way. This is the trance sound of the 90s, which I grew up with so remember it well. This is wave your hands in the air stuff, plus those neck hairs will stand to attention. A gem in the rough this.
Label Sorcery Records : Released July 2012

Title Send Me Angels Philip Meyer Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Hablift
Comments Good start to this, lots of energy and a sense of purpose. I like tracks with the word ‘angel' in them; as I hope for something quite angelic. Do I get that here, kind of. I like the melody, but it's nothing earth shattering. It's a simple sound, although along with the beat it does have a good feel to things. It does get saved by a second melody with a nice piano break which does give it that angelic feel I was looking for. I'd expect to see this on a few compo albums, probably a good summer one.
Label Music En Route : Released June 2012

Title Hola Suncatcher Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Kamil Esten
Comments Based on the name I was expecting a Spanish theme, alas no. This is a short and sweet tune, with some nice sounds and melodies; quite a happy summer tune. I like the feel of things, but I need more of the melody in the middle. It starts and before you know it is stopping. The tune is OK, just needs more substance within it; which is a shame as when it started I thought I was in for a treat.
Label Harmonic Breeze Recordings : Released June 2012

Title Alpine Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Fast Distance
Comments Been a while since I've listened to a Fast Distance tune as I felt the artist was getting a bit boring. This goes some way to easing my concerns, but not all. It is very much like the stuff of old, nothing has really changed. It has a nice sound and feel, but then it's like how many times do I want to hear it. I like it when an artist tries something different, even if it doesn't work. The artist clearly has talent, so branch out and be bold. Sticking to the same old won't win you anything.
Label Digital Society Recordings : Released June 2012

Title Another World Spark7 Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Martire & Flashtech
Comments This is a tune you need to stay with, it's progressive. I like the simple feel of this tune, nice melodies and sounds throughout; very relaxing. When it gets going the sounds are really pleasant on the ears, soothing in one aspect and funky in another. Lots going on, but it doesn't sound complicated or confusing; just the right blend. You get a guitar late on which really gives this a nice Spanish feel, a pleasant surprise. The melody is also long, giving you ample time to listen and take in. You get the odd gem, this is one of them.
Label Alter Ego Progressive : Released June 2012

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