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2006 Archive
Title Butter & Cheese Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist 211
Comments Good, solid professional sound this one. At times, the tune reminded me of and old 80's track that you'd expect to hear in 'The Warriors'; it just has that feel to it. For me, it works really well; all be it not intentional. The version I heard wasn't too long, but what was there has promise. Not a trance tune as such, more on the progressive house edge in my opinion. Good funky beat and nice simple synths, which I always feel make a nice tune. Need a longer version with perhaps and harder remix.
Label Atmosphoria Records : Released December 2006

Title Bright Sun Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist CAINAM pres. ANAMIC
Comments This starts out as a real hard sounding tune, but then out of the blue it stops for a piano break; which I really liked. This is then phased out for quite a harsh sounding trance feel; which I think is a bit old sounding. The beat and production are good as this does sound professional, but I think the main melody sounds a bit dated and nothing I haven't already heard. You do however have to keep listening as the tune does seem to soften and has a good feel to it. Needs a rework aimed at toning the synth down a bit. It's there at the end, just a bit heavy to start with.
Label Atmosphoria Records : Released December 2006

Title Dragonfly Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Kerris
Comments When Kevin (the artist) asked me to review this, I did warn that I am not a hard trance boy. This is pure 160BPM hard trance, which just isn't my taste. That said, this is an OK tune. It is well produced and has lots of noise going on, just in the right balance. The beat as you would expect is quite furious and the drum rolls in and out just make this even more manic. The main anthems are very euphoric and have that urgent feel about it. There are some nice reprieves in places with a short piano break, so you can catch your breath. If this was slowed down by 25BPM I'd have another listen, as it stands it one for the hard trancers out there. Definitely one I see being played at the right sort of clubs.
Label Kerris Productions : Released December 2006

Title Ellipse Miikka Leinonen Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Vast Vision
Comments Vast Vision at their best. It's been a while as I've found recent outings have all been a bit samey, but the melody in this packs a real nice punch. Euphoric trance at the top of it's game, one that I constantly am playing too loud in the car; so all others can hear what a top tune it is. Nice rambling noise in the background which bounces this along and a nice happy vibe throughout. Not quite a stunner as there's only 1 melody, two would have been a pure killer; but this still kicks ass.
Label Flux Delux Digital : Released December 2006

Title Enigma DJ Givernor Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Digital Nature
Comments I liked this first time round, but then found it a tad samey. Good solid beat, but it's not backed up by anything really meaty within. There are some nice synths, but all sounds a bit moog for my liking. Plods rather than rolls, if you get my drift. It's OK and there are some nice touches and I did used to think this was a good tune, I suppose the more you listen the more you hear.
Label Real Music Recordings : Released December 2006

Title Tears of an Angel Hemstock & Jennings Vox Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Aria Project
Comments This reminds me of ?Gamemaster?, which is a bloody god thing as it's one of the best tracks ever. Takes a bit to really rock, but once it's there his has a great retro feel to it. Hard and bouncy with wailing vocals, a mix from the past. Works well and has a nice feeling to this, but just enough passion to keep you getting bored. A track stopping and then having some talking always works and it does here, especially when it lets rip straight after. A nice tune, a very nice tune.
Label Binary Finary : Released December 2006

Title Back to Bejing Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Romi
Comments A nice fresh sound to this. In fact the E.P. in general is a good all rounder. Good vibe and sound a nice simple melody in the middle. Shame there is only one and that the tune in general is so short. Longer would have been much better, but still a good tune as it is. Not earth shattering, but something pleasant on the ears; which can't be bad.
Label Total Digital Recordings : Released December 2006

Title All Around Us Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Van Gelder
Comments This has such a positive start, nice and bouncy; but then it stops. Don't panic as it then starts to build up to a very nice melodic rhythm. Two bites at the cherry as well, which is always a great thing. Good beat with a nice simple synth moving it along. Good vibe and feeling and has that sound about it that thought has gone into the tune. I like this one.
Label Real Music Recordings : Released December 2006

Title Aria Epica Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Signalrunners
Comments This is painfully slow to get going; in fact it's painfully slow to do anything. Much more of a chill out tune due to the rather lethargic sound. Reminds me a lot of DJ Shah to be honest. On the positive, it's relaxing and most certainly not a club tune. Sun, sand and beer; then this will go down well. It's a shame because after about 7 mins a nice synth pops up and adds a nice dimension to the track, but it's just too late in the song. Mix out the first 4 mins and the rest is worth it.
Label Anjunabeats (Promo) : Released December 2006

Title Mysteria Carl B pres, Peak Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Sebastian Brandt
Comments This is a really bizarre tune, you have to listen to understand. To be honest it winds me up half the time, but it has an unusual feel to it that appeals. OK, it's not brilliant; but it's certainly different. Has an almost Moroccan feel to it, which is quite refreshing. It rambles on though and over does the synth; overkill. If you fancy a different listen, then you won't be disappointed.
Label Statement Recordings : Released December 2006

Title Feeling the Sunrise Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Neoblizz
Comments This is a nice unusual sound. Verges on techno in places, but then gets pulled back onto the straight and narrow. The synths are quite heavy and not overly to my liking. There's a nice piano break in places that sort of tones the tune down. The melody is real sweet, moves well and actually brings everything together really well. Refreshing.
Label iRecords : Released December 2006

Title Time Goes By Fred Baker Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Active Sight
Comments Good to start this one, with a nice funky beat. Has the classic trance feel throughout, that euphoric sort of trumpet sound, dated yes; but still good. Doesn't have a really hard anthem as such, the tune gets harder as it progresses. There's a nice crescendo of sound in the middle, with a really cool undertone of synth. This tune could do with being longer as I feel it would really bring out the feeling in this. That aside, a nice tune and worth adding to your collection.
Label Captivating Sounds : Released December 2006

Title Untitled Audio Nitrous Oxide Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Mike Koglin vs. POS
Comments I went for this purely because of the remixer and was almost disappointed. Slow to get going and really do have to persevere with this. Once you are there it's a good sounding trance tune. Nothing extraordinary or breathtaking, just a good sound. Very much a club tune as it has that anthem type feel to it. The melody is nice and long and changes in tempo midway, which adds nicely to the whole feel to this. Shame about the long intro otherwise this could have been much better.
Label Anjunabeats (Promo) : Released November 2006

Title The Space We Are John O'Callaghan Dub

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Ronski Speed
Comments I have to admit to being a tad disappointed with this. It just doesn't do the artist / remixer much credit. Quite drab in places and doesn't have any real lift in the tune. Nice beat and nice synths, but compiling it all together sort of didn't work. The tech guitar sound is quite cool and was what drew me to the tune, but after a few listens I lost any major interest. Hydroid also deliver a disappointing mix, which all together is rather disappointing !
Label Euphonic : Released November 2006

Title Amnesia 2006 Push Dub Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Alex Bartlett
Comments From the off this has that classic Push feel to it. Those typical beats and rhythms that made some many tunes great tunes. I don't like M.I.K.E. all that, but as Push he rocks. This is a nice moody number, very old school in my opinion. Some nice beats and synths, but a tad stop / start. Should have been longer to really let rip with those classical beats, but alas it isn't. One for the old school purists, like me.
Label Drizzly : Released November 2006

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