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2016 Archive
Title Tangerine Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Bardalimov
Comments Never heard of this artist before which is quite amazing bearing in mind he goes back to 2010. This is a nice sound, quite a different one as the tone is much deeper than normal. The slowdown stays with this, the build-up being somewhat in the background, but as this progresses the sounds become a lot more alive and prominent. When the melody starts, I have to say it's a really nice sound and feeling. It's not noisy with lots going on, but there is enough happening to make you listen. The flow is really nice, the track moves progressively along and towards the end you get some extra pianos thrown in. All in all, I wish I had found this artist before; so will be looking for other work.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released December 2016

Title Memory of You Extended Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Suncatcher & Exolight
Comments This is a typical Suncatcher tune, simple beats and lots of euphoric sounds. Strong start to a slow break, but in normal fashion you get lots of noise floating around in your head to keep you busy and entertained. When we get going the tune has a different tempo to before, which is nice and unexpected. You get a good happy plucky sound, with no real main noise. This comes a tad later and is very welcome and smooth on the ears. The whole sound here blends perfectly together (as you would expect) and as it progresses there is more added to freshen things up. It does need a killer moment, which is missing; but that's me being fussy about a very good tune.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released December 2016

Title In Her Eyes Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Eric Senn
Comments I like the start to this, you have a bit of acid and a nice twangy house sound; nice blend. The tune then goes a bit pop on you, in that it starts to sound a bit commercial. The slowdown then throws in some quite epic synths, very uplifting and then a woman wailing (best I can describe). The tune then has a nice bouncy melody, with all the elements of the slowdown; but now with a good solid beat. Whilst the melody doesn't change at all, the length is very good; which is good. Shame there were no tempo shifts or the introduction of a new sound as this could have been quite a bit better. Nice though.
Label Maraphobia : Released December 2016

Title Release Simon Bostock Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Solarstone
Comments Originally released in 2005, this is back with 3 n32 mixes; all of which are pretty good. I love Solarstone so am generally biased towards his work, but I just feel that his sound is so good, although familiar across many of his tunes. This has a great beat and the whoel feel to this is quite deep and mysterious, but once you get to the melody the familiar side comes to life. This does have a nice edge to it, it's not the full on you would expect, a tad more reserved. Some vocals here and there to add to the atmosphere and that's about it. You don't get any uplifts through the melody, but in this case it's not really needed as it just works. That said, towards the end you do get a change in the track, which was well received. Nice.
Label Armada Digital : Released December 2016

Title Last Travel new tune Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Patric Dreama
Comments This has an interesting sound to it. Quite deep, but there's something more that just makes it stand out a bit. It's not the fastest of starts I would add, in fact to some extent it's quite a dreary start. The slowdown is where things get interesting, particularly once the piano break kicks in. The whole feel to the tune changes, it becomes a lot more euphoric and trance like. The melody is simple not how the tune starts, it's a very floaty type track; makes you feel up in the air. It has a very distinct synth sound that I've not heard before and couple with the synths what you get is nice. The tune does stop, but it restarts which is great. A very pleasant rough diamond.
Label Blue Soho Recordings : Released December 2016

Title Nothing Can Come Between Us new tune Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist LTN
Comments Abora continue to distribute good quality trance. Good beat from the off and an interesting synth, bit samey; but nice nonetheless. I like the slowdown as you get some very unusual vocals (kind of) which add a very mysterious spin to things. The melody starts to drift back in, but now it sounds very different, a lot more powerful. The beat also gets an upgrade, lots more energy about it and coupled with the vocals and synths what you get is pretty damn good. The latter half gets a piano for good measure and the tune is pretty much complete. Feels quite slow, but is actually 138 BPM! Nice track.
Label Abora Recordings : Released December 2016

Title Fable Original Mix

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2/5 : OK

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Artist Mike van Fabio & Cherry
Comments A very mixed start, bit stop start and not really sure what's going on and then it's hit the slowdown. You get some nice echo'd vocals here, very effective; before the tune takes a much more trance feel to it. Again, it slows before picking up which I feel stutters the tune. The melody is full of energy, but initially quite flat in that not much else happens. This continues for a while longer and you do start to tire of things, until you get a piano break thrown in which does so much good to proceedings. If only this had happened sooner, but it saves the tune from the scrap heap.
Label Abora Recordings : Released November 2016

Title Essence of Life Etasonic Club Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist SoundLift
Comments You know what to expect from this artist, it will edge on being cheesy; but deliver a really nice and crisp sound. No change with this one then. You get all that and if I am honest it's similar to a lot of their other stuff. The slowdown is nothing special, but once the tune cuts in you do get that crisp sound I mentioned earlier. I like the blend of beat and synths, this is a really uplifting tune and does a lot to those hairs on the back of your neck. What also helps is that the melody is a long one, so you can fully absorb yourself in what is happening, which is always good. Does end a tad abruptly, but not a real big moan on that front. A nice tune, a very nice tune.
Label Abora Recordings : Released November 2016

Title Kimi R3dub Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Danny Zero
Comments I've had a fair few promos from this label and this is one of the first I've liked. They are quite an alternative sound, ranges from quite hard tech to the more subtle trance; so the diversity is good. This has a hard edge to it, but it's fairly contained so has a nice sound that I liked from the off. The slowdown is very brief, before the nard bassline kicks in with an equally hard trance synth. This sounds harder than it is, but it's quite an intense sound. No high synths or loops here, just plain old fashioned slam away and it many respects it works quite well. Not a dreadful tune, just more for those heavy sessions.
Label Maraphobia : Released November 2016

Title Full of Nature Dreamy Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Michael Flint
Comments Had lots of tune from Dreamy lately, with this being one of the better; all be it on remix duty. Strong sound to this, with a nice twangy under feeling; a vibe I like. You get a lot of feeling before the slowdown, it gets quite manic to some extent; but that's part of the tune. The tune kicks into life with a really epic feeling to it. The beat is solid and the synths move in an unexpected way, adding a different feel to this. As I always like, it's a good length as well. You get littles uplifts here and there to keep things fresh and then lots of time to hear it and digest. Quite an epic track.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released November 2016

Title City Lights Fredrik Miller Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Night Sky
Comments The artist is fairly new to me, but I do like the remixer on duty here. The tune doesn't start with a bang, it's quite slow and not what I was expecting. The slowdown does exactly that and does the usual intro to the sounds that are come, which works OK. When the melody starts it again doesn't quite blow me away or at least grab me round the throat. It's a nice steady sound, the synths are plucky and the beat and ensemble are well thought through. It's missing that killer ingredient in my opinion and also has another stop towards the end, which kills the momentum. A good tune, but not what I was expecting.
Label Abora Recordings : Released November 2016

Title Flux Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Second Reason
Comments I love the way this starts. Good solid beat and the synths take you an immediate journey of sound, very powerful start. The slowdown builds upon, adding noise here and there to keep the anticipation going. It overdoes it a bit in my opinion and should have gone for the jugular a lot sooner. When it does this is not the sound at the beginning, it's a lot harder and deeper than before, which isn't what should have happened. It does sound good, pace works well and the feel will have your head taping in appreciation. The beginning is a tease for something that doesn't materialise, which is an absolute shame as this could have been very special indeed.
Label Maraphobia : Released November 2016

Title Empyrean Original Mix

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2/5 : OK

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Artist Protoculture
Comments This is a slight change in direction for this artist, one who I really like. It doesn't have that typical sound you would expect, but has the overall feel to a Protoculture tune. It starts well, but then it does start to get a bit samey and I find the synth a bit on the screechy side; not smooth flowing. This continues into the melody, it just doesn't flow well for me. There's a synth every 4 beats that sounds out of place and throws it. I do like what has tried to be done here and I think it just needs a few tweaks to iron the track out. A tad disappointing if I am honest.
Label Armind : Released November 2016

Title You & Me new tune Extended Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Daniel Kandi & Miroslav Vrlik
Comments One of my favourite artist combinations in 2016 and this continues that. This has a great euphoria feel to it from the very beginning which you great a great feel for in the build-up to the melody. It feels this comes into play quite early, but that's because you do kind of loose yourself a bit in the sound. The melody is fantastic, it's a culmination of a great beat and beautiful melodies. Very uplifting sound, very euphoric and will me you feel happy. It moves along at a nice pace and just does enough to take you there and slowly bring you back down to earth. I love this tune.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released November 2016

Title Himba Ikerya Project & Maratone Remix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Ahmed Romel
Comments This has a very middle east feel to it, it's a sound I haven't heard for a while and I must say I like it. Th slowdown adds a new dimension with a harp type sound, sticking with the overall feel; so works well. The main melody isn't earth shattering, but it moves really well and has a great feel to it. I love the beat and undertones and listen carefully to the subtle sounds in the background. It does end a bit too quick for my liking and the melody does need a bit more to make it stand out. It's a good tune and the style is the most pleasing bit, but falls slightly short.
Label Abora Ole : Released October 2016

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