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2014 Archive
Title Once in a Lifetime Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Ultimate
Comments Been a while since I've heard from this artist, so good to get a tune going. Very melodic at the beginning and this is really driven home in the slowdown. When the beat comes back in, I remember why I liked this guy in the past; sounds really emotional, but controlled. The piano at the break points is nice and the main synth that really stands out, does just that. There's quite a lot of noise going on, so you need to listen to what's happening. There's a second part to the melody, where it starts to calm down and that works really well. Nice tune.
Label Infrasonic Recordings : Released June 2014

Title Shooting Stars Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist C-Systems
Comments A fairly subdued start, not too much noise; but just enough to the taste the buds (so to say). When the melody kicks in it doesn't have the impact I would have liked, bit on the quiet side and it then decides to have a moment to start again which is over putting. When it finally makes its mind up, the sound is good; the synth is quiet; but effective. You have to listen to what is going on in the background, lots of different things there which are interesting. This needed to have more prominence in the tune, whilst it sounds good; it would have been better if the focus had been there. I also think it brings things to a somewhat harsh conclusion, doesn't ease you out. Still a good tune, just little properly to it.
Label Blue Soho Recordings : Released June 2014

Title Because You Are Paul Rigel Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Dreamy feat. Isa Bell
Comments Vocals alert, you know how much I love them. OK, listen past the first few minutes as they're not the most inspiring vocals, but they come into their own later on. This tune is a bit odd, I can't quite put my finger on it and it's not until you get midway when the vocals are almost acoustic that things pickup and it's here that the vocals start to sound good and in tune. The melody kicks in at this point and it's typical of the artist, great beat and some wonderful synth work and strangely enough the vocals complement things very well. That all said, this also has a large chunk of the cheese factor and is perhaps a bit commercial, but still a nice listen.
Label Alter Ego Records : Released June 2014

Title Eyes Wide Closed Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad

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Artist Ledo
Comments Nice start, solid beat and the main synth sounds interesting as do the others that come into play just before the slowdown. Things do slowdown, all be it no beat as the whole energy of the track is kept. When the tune does get going it has a real driving feel underneath and I was full of expectation, which was somewhat let down. I like the way in which the tune lifts you up and whirls you around, but it misses a killer punch and the melody ends far too soon, somewhat surprisingly. This is a real shame and does the tune no credit at all and I am somewhat amazed this was left this way. All the potential is here, just needs a serious rework all be it an extra minute in the melody.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released June 2014

Title Digital Universe Upward Motion Project Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Pandora
Comments I like the electric guitar effect in this, it's not overkill; but adds a nice different slant to trance. That all side, this is a hard trance tune at 140BPM, which sounds a lot slower. I like the build-up, all the right noises in the right places and the slowdown doesn't kill things off. When the melody comes it is a bit samey for the first few bars, it doesn't go anywhere until you get the guitar back. Whilst this does liven things up, it's not setting the world on fire and I think more could have been done with it, a lot harder and adding that extra missing energy. Still a good sound and in many respects different to the norm.
Label Digitized Recordings : Released June 2014

Title Madagascar Mac & Monday Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Paul Oakenfold
Comments The ĎArt of Trance' classic reworked by Oakenfold and to pretty good effect. I've gone with a more different mix, drifting from the original; but keeping good to the core. Great build-up with some short and simple synths, with the main tune that we all love. The melody then comes and by this point you know what you're getting and it just works. The beat pounds away with a subtle background helping things along and whilst this doesn't do too much else, you're not expecting it. The later end of the melody adds a nice surprise that it keeps going; but just with the beats and not the main synth; nice way to end the tune. There is also a Simon Bostock Remix that you should go hunting for, equally as good.
Label Perfecto Fluoro : Released June 2014

Title A Sense of Wonder Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist peakXperience
Comments Starts with a solid beat and slows down after a few mins, a good intro to what is to come. Nice sound in the slow bit, some soothing tunes that you hope will turn into something real special. The melody starts and the synths from earlier are there and play a prominent part, it's a nice reverby type sound which is good on the ears. The second half of the melody lifts slightly, but keeps to what you've had so far; so far so good. The tune keeps going and you have to bear with it as you get a very nice uplift towards the end, bit of a surprise as I thought it was going to end. The tune really does deliver during the melody and it's a very good length so lots to be getting into to. I like this and I look forward to their next tune.
Label Gent Trance Division : Released June 2014

Title Asia Liam Wilson Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Audiocells
Comments Like the way this starts, powerful beat with a nice subtle tone. Slowdown almost goes oriental, but keeps on the straight and narrow with a nice build up to the main course. When things do get going you have what you've already heard, but the tempo is upped and it has a nice purposeful flow to things. Second part goes a bit different with some spacey effects and the tune slowly starts to slowdown, but I have to say for a short tune this packs a good melody. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Label Go On Air Recordings : Released June 2014

Title This is Poetry Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Space Raven
Comments I was a tad cautious about this, I don't know why; but I was. Unfounded I would, a very pleasant tune indeed. The start is a tad on the cheese side, bit too soft in my opinion. The slowdown continues this, with the intro of a (very nice) guitar; it's very much on the chilled tip at this point. This is deceiving, so keep with it. Quite soon you get some nice trance sounds kicking in and then the beat really does let loose. Very much a different tune and in hindsight having such a difference works really well. You still get the guitar to keep some consistency, but the beat is driven by the trance synths and what sounds like some vocals of sort in the background. The good bit is that it starts to wind down, but gives you another helping of sound; nice.
Label Vital Soho : Released June 2014

Title A Thousand Pieces Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Farhad Mahdavi & Tiff Lacey
Comments Vocal alert, but not too bad. Great powerful feel for this, the beat really drives hard and changes around a bit as well, you get a twang now and then. The vocals don't really offer much, but oddly the tune sounds better with them, but there is a dub if desperate. The slowdown is when the vocals kick in and they don't offend or inspire me, so I have left alone. I like it when the melody kicks in as you get that moment of vocals in harmony, nice; but doesn't last for long. The melody launches and it's no real surprise, but the sound is really nice. The beat continues to drive and the melodies are all in harmony and the general feeling of euphoria is a nice one. It does lift a bit, but it probably needed the vocals back to really make the big difference. You can just hear some vocals in the background, but they are very quiet. It doesn't last too long, which is what lets things down. Good whilst it lasted.
Label Abora Recordings : Released May 2014

Title Flying Higher Duduk Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Soundlift
Comments Unusual tune this. It has all the usual melodies you'd expect from the artist, but this mix has an oboe type tune that adds a whole different dimension. It sounds odd at first, but persevere with it; it will grow on you. The build-up is quite frantic and you're left wondering which way the tune is going. The main melody is full of passion and is a very uplifting orchestral tune and when the oboe comes back in you will hear it very differently, it harmonises with the rest of the tune very nicely. It needed more at the end as things come to a somewhat abrupt end, but this hits all the right notes.
Label Abora Skies (Promo) : Released May 2014

Title Beyond the Sense of Life Mark Horner Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Shayan Badri
Comments This has a very tribal feel to things, the beat is very unusual; but pleasant on the ears. The tune then slows down with a cool twangy synth and some drumming in the background, this builds a very tense and melodic atmosphere. When things get going, I like what I'm hearing as there's not a lot of sound; so you can listen to what you have. The tune keeps launching itself, but there is something missing that doesn't make this complete. All the right elements are here, but there's not a driving melody in the middle. I thought late on this was going to happen, but it was closing out. Nice tune though.
Label Equinox Recordings : Released May 2014

Title So Close Frank Dattilo Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Ferkan Senol
Comments This tune starts off rather oddly and then comes back together. The beat is solid and the initial melody is a strange sound, but catchy with it. It takes a while to get going, but once it does you are in classic trance territory. The sound is hard, the beat is solid and you have that epic trance synth driving proceedings. I like the sound that, but it needed some extra uplifting melodies to make it different from the rest. The general production is very good and the sound is very epic, although it feels a bit flat in places. Have a listen.
Label Ternary Recordings : Released May 2014

Title Indiana New World Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Witness45 & Poonyk
Comments This is a solid summer tune, with some lovely melodies and uplifting tunes. Whilst what you are hearing isn't anything new, I do like the beat and the way it runs in harmony with the rest of the tune. Lots of passion and energy here, with each section of the melody having a little difference to it; just to lift things up. The main melody is a good length as well, so lots of time to really immerse yourself in the music. I do wish it ended differently, all a bit sudden whereas I could have been brought down more gently. That aside, wonderful tune.
Label Abora Recordings : Released May 2014

Title Slumber John Sunlight Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Ihor Mihal
Comments This is a really hard driving sound, quite different for Pulsar; but very welcome. I like both versions of this, but this dancier version just gets the nod. I get the feeling of this in line with sleeping, actually hits the spot very well. The piano synth in conjunction with some reverbed vocals sounds really nice and some soothing background noises just add to the moment. You then get a melody start to build and you know it's just going to work. Bang. Lots of energy and sound in the chorus, very much progressive in the way it builds up and it sounds really good. Not too much going on, but all the backgrounds blend really well and to top it you get a second chance where there are some extra subtle melodies adding to your listening pleasure. Coupled with the other version, this is awesome.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released May 2014

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