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2014 Archive
Title Let Your Love Shine Dub Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Manuel Rocca & Emily Richards
Comments I didn't like the vocals, so good job there was a dub as without them this is a half decent tune. The melody is quite plucky, lots of other noise going on around which does make it a bit hard to hear what the artist is trying to do. I like the length of the main melody and the little extra piano is nice. This doesn't blow me away though, nothing here I've not heard before. Whilst the melody is very long, it could have done a few extra things to keep the momentum going. It sounds good I would add, so have a listen and decide for yourself.
Label Levitated Music (Promo) : Released November 2014

Title Ethereal Horizon Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Chen Kai Bin
Comments This gets off to a really powerful start, one of the better ones I have heard in a while. Lots of energy around this, the beat is good and pacey and the synth work early on really does pull you in. Once the slowdown kicks in you are gagging for this to go all mental on your senses, don't panic it will. So when it does you get an amazing experience, everything just blends together in a sublime way and kicks you hard and fast in the face. This isn't actually ground breaking in terms of something new, but if you work on something old and make it sound this good, awesome. The best thing is that the melody has real length to it, with some nice up-tempo moments in the second part. This is a simply awesome tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings (Promo) : Released November 2014

Title Proton Ico pres. Twisted Design Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Aleksandar Radicevic
Comments This has all the sounds of a tune from the 90s, good hard trance with that element of Goa for good measure; great start. The slowdown changes the tune quite a bit, a piano comes into play and it's very much out of the blue. However, you can tell it's a ploy to catch you off guard, although it sounds really good. The build-up then starts and the tune erupts into a mammoth sound, really pulsating stuff with lots of high end synths that deliver a really hard sound. Keep your feet on the ground as the punishment is quite relentless, probably one of the better hard sounding tunes I've heard in some time. This is an awesome tune, not for the purists; this is aimed squarely at the hard trance scene and is a sure floor killer.
Label Pulsar Recordings (Promo) : Released November 2014

Title Xel Ha Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Imida & Red Sky
Comments From the second this starts you know it should turn out to be something special. Hard and pacey beats with some really nice synths that drive this in a very pleasant direction. There is no slowdown as such and when the melody kicks in you will wonder where the time has gone. The melody continues from the beginning, but layers a whole load of extra sounds into the mix; the second part in particular is really ramped up. At 140BPM this is a heavy tune, but the melodies soften it a little but not too much. A real monster tune this, a very welcome surprise.
Label Pulsar Recordings (Promo) : Released November 2014

Title Reminiscence Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Paul Rigel & OBM Notion
Comments This is quite a slow tune for 138BPM, methodical to get going and the slowdown is actually quite a good listen. Almost progressive in how it starts, but I like the way it flows into the main melody. What you have is a deep sound, something that you have to listen to to really understand the meaning of the track. It verges on a bit sad, particularly in the second half when there are some extra synths added to the mix. This all said the pace of the tune will keep a smile on your face and as things develop the sound really does come to life. This is a real odd tune, bit of a gem in some respects and I urge you take time out on it.
Label Vital Soho : Released November 2014

Title Together We Escape Original Mix

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3/5 ; Good

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Artist Temple One & Katty Heath
Comments Odd for me to go for a vocal version over a dub, must mean the vocals are OK; which they are. This tune reminds me of tunes of 10 years ago, it's the subtle melodies at the beginning, very old skool. The vocals sound good, especially in the slowdown; not too complicated and they really do hit home. The tune then starts to change as the sound builds. It then launches with a real piercing sound that hits home very quickly; with a real passion and energy. It needs to get an uplift in a second part, this will take the tune right up there. The vocals come back in, but the beat and energy fades away and again this lets things down so so much. This is a really good tune, the bit in the middle; but the wrapper needed more.
Label How Trance Works : Released November 2014

Title Reconnect John Sunlight Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Shuhrat Iskanderov
Comments One from the archives this as I hadn't heard of this guy before and was checking him out. I like Russian trance and this hasn't put me off in anyway. What grabbed me with this was the bass and drum line during the slowdown, it's really good; tons of energy. The anthem continues in this vein, pumping a real hard edge trance tune. The energy continues, but it's nicely tempered with some good sounds underneath. The great thing is that the end gets a real uplift in the tempo with a more uplifting synth, which just pushes this over the line in terms of being a real cool tune.
Label Skyvol Music : Released November 2014

Title Wonderland Orchestral Trance Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Kelly Andrew
Comments Amazing tune this, 2 very good versions as well; all be it very similar. Starts with some real pace, lots of depth and the emotional part isn't too slushy. I say this as in the past I've found this artist to be overly emotional and it doesn't always work. The slowdown goes all classical on you, sounds really good actually. The tune then starts to slip back in and you know you're in for a treat. It then gets going with everything coming together in a fantastic melody. It's not mind blowing trance, but it's well produced trance. The sounds blend well and the whole thing just works, all be it on the short side. You think the tune is just going to keep going and oddly enough it doesn't, which is where it does fall short. Still a quality track.
Label Abora Recordings (Promo) : Released October 2014

Title People Have Wings Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad

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Artist Airborn
Comments Very odd start to this, bit clunky and all over the place to be honest, but I persevered because I like the label. The slowdown adds some structure and depth, I love the synths and piano work here, very deep. When the tune starts to build, the synth is a bit on the harsh side; but I like the direction it takes you. The melody comes to life and the synth continues which I don't like as it needed something else, I also don't think the tune really gets going to a bit later, but even then you don't get too much to shout about. Good slowdown, the stuff either side let this down.
Label Silent Shore White : Released October 2014

Title Perfect Run Kaimo K Mashup

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Allen & Envy and Elles de Graaf
Comments I was expecting a mashup to be various tunes blended, so not sure why the name; but it isn't. I usually like the vocals of Elles, here I don't think they fit too well. The tune itself is pretty solid, the synth in the slowdown is really nice, super clear and crisp. When the melody starts you are already nicely warmed up and the extra beat will just get that head nodding nicely to the beat. The crisp synth is still in play, but it has a few friends to help the tune along; good friends I would add. At the point where this needed to let rip, it slows for vocals; which is a real mood killer and it doesn't recover. Not a bad tune though.
Label Amsterdam Trance Records : Released October 2014

Title Through it All Tranceangel Uplifting Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Aitra
Comments Good start to this, lots of passion and beat and it has that something you want to hear that makes you want to listen further. The slowdown introduces some odd reverbing vocals, which actually sound ok and this continues with some of the newer synths. Once the tune starts it doesn't start what I would call strongly, it's almost flat and missing or the artist has forgotten to let loose. This is soon rectified with a nice piano break and some more meaning in terms of the beat. I like the resonance of the tune, it makes it sound more urgent and this certainly is how it makes me feel. Nice synths added later on to add to the depth and tings really do start to get going as the melody is nice and long and very well composed. Minor bits I don't like, but a solid trancer.
Label Pulsar Recordings (Promo) : Released October 2014

Title Ignorance Unblocked Valency Remix

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3/5 ; Good

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Artist Driftstorm
Comments Interesting sound to this, quite a deep and dark number, as per the dark label. Nice pace, I like the scant sounds and teasing. There is no slowdown as such due to the type of tune this is, but the melody does come to live and bring with it a bit more purpose. The tune drives in a way that it teases you along and really doesn't fulfil or meet your needs, you are left wanting a tad. I like the way the melody ends of some nice high pitch synths and then starts to bring you back down to earth, it works nicely. Accepting the dark nature, a nice outing.
Label Pulsar Dark (Promo) : Released October 2014

Title Tear Oneself Away Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist John Sunlight
Comments I like this artist, a lot. Fairly new on the scene and everything I have heard to date is solid; so expectations in advance of hearing this were high. Not disappointed. This will blow you away, there you go I have ruined it for you. Awesome melodies once this gets going and before to be honest. This has that awesome sound I like that is a real higher melody that pushes the track in a way that you are pulsating for more. You then get lower synths coming in to add to the experience and it just works for me at every level. Not too hard and fast, although incredibly it runs at 140BPM and the third part of the melody just tops the whole thing off. I am so glad to have this tune in my life.
Label Pulsar Recordings (Promo) : Released October 2014

Title Remains Chen Kai Bin Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad

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Artist Tuneflux
Comments This has a real epic start, sounds almost like a movie soundtrack; gets right in your face. The problem is that it keeps on this journey and it gets a tad frustrating and a bit too heavy on the senses. The tune slows down in a way that I wasn't expecting, the tone stays; but the sounds change and are a bit on the odd side. Things jump around and the main melody starts a bit early and it's too heavy, sounds like a swarm of bees. I like the undertone and drive, but the way in which the tune is delivered is far too heavy for my liking. It's an unusual and brave attempt at doing something different, so a lot of credit for that. Big hitting heavy number, this may be your thing; but not mine.
Label Pulsar Recordings (Promo) : Released October 2014

Title Melancholia Kinetica Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Bluskay & Keyplayer
Comments These 2 artists together generally produce nice sounding tunes and this is no different. This has a good beat and a nice dance feel to it. The beginning gets you in a good mood and has that feel that makes you wonder about what is coming. The melody is a sweet mix of high pitch melodies and a really nice emotional edge, but not all orchestral on you. There's a slowdown of such towards the end which is nice, but I was hoping that the tune would kick back in and it didn't. This is another one of them tunes that teases you and doesn't finish you off. Potential.
Label Tangled Audio : Released October 2014

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