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2013 Archive
Title Yesterday Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Under This
Comments Very techy this tune and the male vocals really do ram this home. The beat is awesome, I love the hard crisp beat that this kicks outs. The general feel to this is not trance as its too harsh and not so smooth flowing, but in terms of a sound it's a really powerful feel. There's no real melody per say, this is just about kicking out a hard beat and all that entails. Quite short, but what you get is enough to make you listen to it again. A pleasant surprise I will admit, not usually my thing; but the beat really rocks.
Label Perfecto Fluoro : Released February 2013

Title Daylight Max Solar & Next Beat Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Dominik von Francois
Comments A really deep sound to this, quite a bassy tune with some really hard hitting synths. Starts fairly slow, but the undertone is there in terms of the bass. The melody really just emphasises this, with the help of a piano. The piano sounds tame compared to the rest of the tune, but oddly complements what the artist is trying to do. I like to listen to this as is and not read into it in anyway and to me that works. This is a sound that the artist has created and you need to accept that. It ends on a nice happy synth, quite stark to the rest. A solid sound.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released February 2013

Title Icy Nights Club Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Farhad Mahdavi
Comments This has a very simple approach and the sound here does sound very simplistic. I like the start, lots of noise and purpose; but the slowdown is a bit too much. It goes all oboe on you and totally changes the tune, takes it in a very different direction and to be honest it really doesn't work. Sanity is soon restored, but a lot of damage has already been done. Although I like the melody, it doesn't do enough to pick the tempo up. It sounds good, the synth is nice and crisp and the subtle synths in the background work well. Length is the saving grace, quite long and you do get a slight change of pace towards the end, which just about makes this a worthy tune for you to be listening to.
Label Perceptive Recordings : Released February 2013

Title Sanur Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Frank Waanders
Comments Love the start of this, straight down to business and it has that teaser feeling that there might be something special in the pipeline. Slowdown works a treat as you are given a really good sample of sound that sounds great. Melody explodes and it is a truly wonderful sensation. The synths are spot on and the beat really brings the whole thing to life. Second wave brings you a different tempo with some extra highs to keep you truly in the moment. This isn't anything I've not heard before, but it's been a while since I heard it. Very well compiled, the synths are perfect throughout and the length is just about right. Very nice.
Label Silent Shore White : Released February 2013

Title Afield Lucas Moor Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Ihor Mihal
Comments This starts and stops quite quickly. Very short teaser and the slowdown kicks in, but there's a nice synth that is constant throughout only popping up now and then. Mid slow you are treated to a pure piano that is really at the front of things; sounds wonderful. This lasts for a while with extra synths added to the mix, really nice work. When the tune kicks in you are almost there anywhere, but what happens is that it all comes together and it comes together in a great way. The sound is very uplifting and with that comes a lot of passion. This is one of them tunes that makes me feel good about things, it just hits the proverbial nail on the head. It's not a simple tune, but I love the artists approach to delivering that simple sound; but with a real undertone of passion. Really nice tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released February 2013

Title Prairies Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Marian Closca pres. Skyscape
Comments It's good to see Pulsar getting back to what it is good for, solid trance and dance music and this is a welcome addition to that family. At 137BPM this packs a real nice punch and to its credit it doesn't actually sound as hard as it should. Powerful stat, quickly broken down to a nice powerful solo synth that really has that great epic trance sound. The melody soon launches and you get the power and the subtly of a great pianoesque synth that dictates things nicely. The main sound is all over the place, up and down and this brings some real depth to this. This is very much a club tune and delivers at almost every level in that respect. Tad short on the melody and the ending is a bit tame, but nonetheless a quality tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released February 2013

Title Holding On Wellenrauschs Dark Matter Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Ryan Mendoza
Comments This has a really deep feel to it, the synths and sounds are very much in the shadows and the whole feel is very solemn. I do like the ‘water' synth that is the heart of the tune and when you get to the melody this is very much the vibe I get. I like the way the synths effortlessly flow around and the echo in the background adds to the overall depth. Is this more progressive than trance, yes very much so. It needs more melody and it does end a bit flat, which is a shame. A very different sound, a welcome one I would add.
Label Unearthed Records : Released February 2013

Title Midnight Blue Kago Pengchi Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Scott Lowe & High Definition
Comments This is a high end trance sound, lots of highs and a good beat to keep it all moving. There are points where this is a bit too screechy, but not anything too terrible. Good start and the slowdown isn't too bad, the momentum is kept via some nice noise. It does at this point start to sound a bit on the cheese side, but not too revolting. Melody is what you expect, lots of highs and that solid club feel; hands in the air stuff. It gets lost for me, although I like the sound; it doesn't do enough than what you get. The second half does have a pickup, but it's not powerful enough to make the needed difference. This is borderline, but right now it's OK.
Label Unearthed Records : Released February 2013

Title Set Me Free Stonevalley Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Tobi Atkins
Comments Too short this which is a real shame. The melody is fast and furious with lots of energy and passion, but there's not enough. I want this to continue for longer, really working my senses and building on what the artist is clearly trying to deliver. That said, for a short song this packs a lot in and is one that I like to listen to, especially when driving. Solid, but too short.
Label Unearthed Records : Released February 2013

Title Circle of Peace Moonsouls Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Araya & Mark Dreamer
Comments Typical sort of tune for the label it's on, which are generally good. This is no different, with a really nice deep trance sound. Lots of high end synths, but not too much that it comes across as confused. I like the energy that flows through this and I can feel what the artists are trying to say. The mood is pitched just right and although the melody doesn't change too much, what you get works really well. It could do with a bit more, especially at the beginning; but what you do have is a very nice sound.
Label Infrasonic Future : Released February 2013

Title Prometheus Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist ReOrder & First Effect
Comments Deep, mellow and subtle this; similar to the movie. You will either like or hate this, don't know why; but it has a certain edge that people will need to have a good listen to. The start is slow and the end is very similar, but the melody in the middle gives this its edge. Very direct in what it does, not complicated; just a purposeful message delivered in the sound. What message? Listen to me. I like this, but it does need a bit more to lift it up, but then again there is always a place for a tune that is constant throughout with a good middle.
Label Silent Shore Records : Released February 2013

Title The Maze of Ice Dub

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Santerna feat. Vadim K
Comments Vocals don't work, so ignore anything with them in. The dub has them in bits, but that's fine as it allows you to listen to this tune properly. The background in this is a tad confused and to some degree it does spoil things. Quite a techy sound and although the synths mellow things down, they don't do enough. No real melody to talk about, although towards the end there is an attempt. An unusual tune that sometimes appeals and other times it doesn't, try before you buy.
Label Infra Progressive : Released February 2013

Title Mistold French Skies Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist DenSity FuZion
Comments You know where you stand with this within 10 seconds, hard and fast; nice. Does low down a bit too much and the piano sounds oddly out of place. Soon rectified with a very high synth that puts things back on the map and when the beat stat to really build you know it's coming and it does. Lots of euphoric synths come together and this really does pick the pace up very nicely indeed. The depth of sound is great, you can listen to this several times and hear different bits and when you piece it all together it's a real joy. Good length on the melody and although a bit screechy it holds it together very nicely.
Label Linger Records : Released February 2013

Title Changer Type 41 Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist DenSity FuZion
Comments I do find that the music created by this artist is a bit samey, but it seems to work. This has quite a deep feel to things and is quite slow to get going. This oddly enough works quite well as you get a nice build-up to the main anthem, which is like the rest of the tune; deep. The anthem is nice and long and I like the extra effects that are introduced here and there, works nicely to keep things fresh. Does end a bit quickly, just when things were moving nicely. Good sound from this artist, but I'd like to hear something new and original.
Label Linger Records : Released February 2013

Title After the Rain Uplifting Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Alan Morris
Comments Very powerful start to this, really like the fact you get down to business early on which places you in a good place for the rest. Nice synth work throughout this, lots of diverse noise all nicely blended together. I do associate this artist with the harder trance and this does not disappoint and the build-up to the anthem is testament to this. Great sound this, lots of energy and power; has that real classic trance edge to things. Should have been longer and I want more.
Label Transistic : Released February 2013

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