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2013 Archive
Title Elements TrancEye Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Aeden
Comments Pounding tune from the moment it starts sets the scene with regards to what is coming. A few minutes in and you are tapping your toes and hoping for the best. You hit the slowdown, accompanied by some loose vocals; which add to the suspense of how this is going to turn out. The slowdown is misleading as it doesn't sound great, bit confused and Turkish. This quickly changes with a really nice crisp synth and then the beat slowly starts. Fingers crossed. The melody goes off on one in a very nice way, quite deep tones with no real distinct synth leading the way; the tune does that. Then you get some more, extra synth this time; not too loud but you get a really good feel for live. The beat in this is great, fast and furious; I like this.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released December 2013

Title Lovely November Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Ikerya Project
Comments This artist is growing on me, but this tune needs a bit of refinement. The wailing vocals in the background, work to an extent; but are a bit overkill. The melody has a great beat, nice drive and the synths work well to produce that euphoria of sound. The vocals work well here and the length of the melody also works in its favour. No real change throughout, but what you have is a solid constant tone of sound. Need a bit more in the middle, something different. That said, worthy of a listen.
Label Abora Recordings (Promo) : Released December 2013

Title Trying to Disappear Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Ascania
Comments About 2 mins in the tone with this tune changes, it mellows; but at the same time becomes so much more powerful. It's weird how a simple change can add so much more depth to a sound. Things then stop and some crying kicks in, so someone clearly upset that the tune had stopped. A piano kicks in towards the background and it's at this point I feel the sound is a bit confused, too much going on; needed just a single synth. Things soon get back on track and the melody is very strong an powerful. Like the way the sound is quite direct, with the odd alterations in places. Does sound a bit tinny, but the piano adds a nice element of depth and makes things stand out. The theme is constant, which makes for a nice delivery on your ears; it's also a good long melody. Could be better, but what you have is good enough; it's actually very good enough.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released December 2013

Title Mesmerized Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Driftmoon
Comments This has ta very classic feel to it, solid and stable beat; plus a nice trance feel. About 2 mins in you get a nice melody that bounces nicely to the beat, with the vocals behind adding to the feeling. This doesn't last very long and the slow down soon kicks in, but quickly in my opinion. The real melody kicks in and this is a nice tune. The main melody flows really well, very smooth and blens well with the undertone. The vocals float in and out and add that extra depth and feeling that always works. The whole tune is well produced, but I feel it's lacking. The melody is a tad short and there could have been more going on, but still a pleasant listen.
Label Blue Soho Recordings : Released December 2013

Title Raccoon Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Araya with Mark Dreamer
Comments This is a very good EP, 2 very different songs; with this one just piping it. Bounces along with real purpose and has a great vibe. When the melody kicks in it gets almost happy, certainly a summer tune. I like the depth of the sound here, the beat is a simple one; but you get lots of movement on top in various forms which make this a really good tune. It's not a trancer by any means, more club house; which some may find cheesy. With the flipside tune, worth an investment.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released December 2013

Title Lovers Pure Mix Instrumental

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Solarstone feat. Lemon
Comments One of my fave artists, so I generally like everything that this guy produces. I was wary of this as it has male vocals, which on the whole I don't like (hence the instrumental), but in parts they really lift the tune. I love the beat, it's the PURE touch that works so well. In places you get a real urgency of things and then it calms down. Everything flows so well, has a great happy feel and awesome sound. This guy can do no wrong in my eyes, so yes I am biased.
Label Black Hole Recordings : Released December 2013

Title Hyperscape Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Tim Besacuma
Comments Odd sound to this, quite retro with a heavy hint of techno. Catchy in places, but at times quite overpowering. There are 2 melodies within, both the same (or very similar) and both deliver this unusual sound or idea. I'm not sure where I stand with it, there are aspects I really like and others that I don't. This is just a very unusual tune. Have a listen and make up your own mind.
Label Trance All-Stars Recordings : Released December 2013

Title Three Headed Monkey Farzam Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Oliver & Tom
Comments Great title, no idea what it means, but I like it. Tune ain't bad either. You have to listen to it a few times to get the benefit of what is going on, but it's worth it. Takes a while to really get going and when it does I have to say it's a fairly average sound. Persevere with things as the melody gets built upon, it's get more full on as things progress. There are 3 stages with the last section having everything working and it sounds really nice. It's a bit busy on the ears, but once you filter through it all; it works on many levels. I guess that's the three headed monkey bit, finally; I get it.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released December 2013

Title In Another Universe Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Ascania
Comments This is a very nice tune. Great start, you get all the energy in a short burst which leaves you with that feeling that what is coming is going to be special. The slowdown maintains this, so whilst you have a piano and moving synths, the essence remains. When the synth kicks back in you are in a good place, eager for things to happen. I love the sound at this point, almost acapella, but clear and crisp in sound. The tune launches and although it doesn't go mad on you, what you do get a really cool vibe. The second half gets a nice lift and too be honest this is a sound I could lose myself in for hours. This is a wonderful tune, I say no more.
Label Beyond the Stars Recordings : Released December 2013

Title Solarcoaster Protoculture Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Solarstone
Comments I don't normally like it when old tunes are remixed many years later, but this one works. The original is a classic although a bit tired compared to stuff these days; so I was interested in how Protoculture approached this. Has the right vibes and it almost does a really good job. Still has the classic sound, just revamped and in many ways I like it. Great new underbeat and the new synths work well, there are also some vocals at the beginning which are a bit out of place. The chorus is a tad short and I think a lot more could be made of this, it's like the artist was afraid to be too creative. Nice rework though.
Label Captivating Sounds : Released December 2013

Title Beyond the Stars Emotional Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Kelly Andrew
Comments ‘Incursion' was a massive tune, so when I got this I will admit to being a tad excited. It's not as good. It has a long build-up, loaded with emotion and lots of classical sounds; which sounds great. Does it sound too similar to previous tunes? Yes and the artist needs to ensure they don't fall into that trap. The rest is really nice, the passion is really deep and the energy that you get is pretty good. Good long melody and it also changes about to give you that feeling of something new. Lots of highs in this, really epic and a real happy tune. Not as good, but on the right track.
Label Abora Recordings (Promo) : Released November 2013

Title Talisman Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Protoculture
Comments There have been some great (and not so) tunes from this artists and this is quite a different journey. Has a great beat and a nice feeling of happiness, this is a very progressive tune and could do with being longer. What starts well, does go a bit dreary and then recovers again. When you have a tune like this, dreary does not work and in many respects for this tune that is the case. The end is wonderful, lots of sounds and a real meaning about things. It ends on a real high, but brings you down far too quickly. Lots of promise here, but ....
Label ReBrand : Released November 2013

Title Tonight Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Burak & Emre
Comments One of my fave labels at the mo and another good tune from their stable of talent. You have to listen to this a few times to appreciate what is going on and don't get too hung up on the vocals early on. Once you hit the melody what you get is a really good sense of purpose and the drive underneath moves the tune very nicely. I like the synth work and the constant noise that keeps the tempo. Even the vocals work in this track and mid melody they add a nice extra dimension to things. The whole tune is well produced and gives a real clear and quality sound. Very nice.
Label White Soho : Released November 2013

Title Rising Sun Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Manida
Comments As an EP this is very good, two quite diverse; but equally interesting tunes. The tune is quite a simple one, not a lot going on; but what there is happening sounds really crisp and clear. Having this sort of sound allows you to focus on what is happening and whilst this is progressive to a degree, the undertone is beautifully moody. In the second half of the melody you get an extra high synth that just lifts this up a notch, makes you feel it's a new tune almost. With the flipside, what you have are 2 tunes that you will like; very nice EP.
Label Unearthed Records : Released November 2013

Title Horizon Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Sunset & Myk Bee
Comments Pounding beat from the beginning and an echoy type vocal as the main focus. I like what I get with this one; it's simple to a point; but delivers that point really well. The beat is solid and the piano synths that move it along sound really nice. The vocals also work well, adding that extra dimension in places; a nice touch. The melody is long, which is where this tune really stands out. It varies as it goes, so you get a fresh feeling here and there and just when you think it's all over; bang there is more. It's not to the level of earlier in the tune, but it's enough to get you going again. I like the ending to this tune, doesn't happen very often. A quality tune.
Label Alter EGo Records : Released November 2013

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