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Title Vedantist Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Synthex
Comments 'The system of philosophy that further develops the implications in the Upanishads that all reality is a single principle'; that's what the title means. Synthex (aka Rod and Rik) have been sending me their tunes for a while and these guys really kick ass. I know it all starts in the bedroom, but these two have been punding away making some corking tunes. 'Fallen Angel' is a right screamer and this follows on nicely from that. The hard thumping beat delivers a really good club feel and the main tune is right in your face. Very anthem and very euphoric, this is the sort of tune that them hands will be flying around to. I particularly like the little rapid beat during one of the mian bits and the spin back at the end. This almost makes the 'stunner' grade; but I would prefer a less 'in your face' chorus. Don't get me wrong it's really good and will rock any decent club, but it's a little bit too screechy. That aside, these guys deserve a vinyl release. There's some real 'crap' out there which has made it and this deserves a chance. Do check out their site for more of their stuff, 'Atlantis; is way different to this one ! Keep at it guys, your time will come.
Label Synthex : Released December 2004

Title Mastermind Mike Koglin Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Wout
Comments Mike Koglin is a bit hit and miss, although his stuff is generally pretty good; hence why this interested me. This is a good tune, very trance like and high on the euphoric tip. Good solid beat, with a pounding bass line to match. The main chorus has a real catchy tune to it, that sounds very techno like. I was also very pleased that there was two helpings to this as it seemed it was going to run out of time. A simple, but effective tune that sounds good; all be it a bit samey.
Label Illusion : Released December 2004

Title Liberation 2004 Lys & Gigi S Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Matt Darey
Comments Everyone seems to be re-releasing old tunes, with Mr Darey following suit. The original of this was a really good tune and I'm not convinced this has helped the cause. I like the 'scratching? elements, which sound really cool and different. The tune itself is good, but does drag a bit. I think the vocals at times sound like they are slowing the tune down, which the original didn't. It's a good effort and a good tune, but it's not the original.
Label Darey Products : Released December 2004

Title Lost in You Tribal Sun Remix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Kenny Hayes
Comments For those of you who are regular readers of the site will know I am a great fan of Kenny Hayes. I like his sound and the way he compiles his tunes, they sound fresh and purposeful. This tune is a good tune, but it's not up there with some of them. I think this is very much like ?Ibiza Sky? and wouldn't be surprised to see this double A sided with the later. It's a happy tune with some nice sounds in it, especially the flute. Good beat as always make this a definite club hit.
Label White Label : Released December 2004

Title Welcome to Africa Technopunk Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Paffendorf
Comments This tries really hard to be a good tune and almost succeeds. This has got a really ear catching main tune, which is it's big plus point. The real downside is that it keeps stopping and starting and to make things worse there are vocals. They are very simple and it sounds so much like someone has tried to make them rhyme and it doesn't work. A good effort, but needs a good remix to sort out the vocals. It's also got nowt to do with Africa, not a tribal drum in sight.
Label Gang Go : Released December 2004

Title Step Back Blue Sky Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Silverblue
Comments I never thought the day would come when a Platipus tune didn't rock my world hard. Well, this just doesn't grab me really hard as I've come to expect (and love). 4 very average tunes and very short at that. For 4 tunes I would have expected at least one really good mix, but none of these really stand out, The one I've chosen is the only one with any real pace and feeling to it, but at under 6 minutes long it just isn't long enough. A real shame.
Label Platipus : Released December 2004

Title Zoomin' Original Mix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Dave Gardner
Comments There is something about this that grabbed my attention. I think it's very simple approach to music and the orchestral bits. Very similar to something that Paradise Soul would do. 132 BPM of strange music to be honest. The underlying sound which is best described as the noise and shook piece of metal would make, is really cool and adds a different dimension to the tune. If you fancy something different, listen to this.
Label Whoop! Records : Released December 2004

Title Attention F&W Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Commander Tom
Comments Hhhmmm, this suffers from an awful beginning; but finishes quite strong. Very hard beginning with a rattling hum and sampled vocals. To be honest, it sounds like something that came out 10 years ago when hard house started. Very disjointed and I only kept listening because of the artist. Once this gets past the crap, it turns into a half decent tune that sounds OK. Expect to hear this in the harder clubs for all you hard heads, not my cup of tea really.
Label Data Records : Released December 2004

Title Sunset Highway Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Salt Lake
Comments I like this. Very chilled out, but runs at an amazing 138 BPM; trust me it sounds much slower. Has a really nice Ibiza feel to this with some lovely smooth piano work. There's a nice haunting melody in the background, which as odd as it sounds is always in the foreground; you just hear it. If you like stuff by Chicane and you fancy something ?funky chilled?, then definitely have a look at this one.
Label Dedicated : Released December 2004

Title Freeze the Moment Michael Parsberg Remix

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2/5 : Not Bad
Artist Miro
Comments Heard a lot about this tune and I just don't see it. I like the idea of the talking over the minimal beat, very similar to an old Madonna record. It the tries to be clever by funking it up without a beat and it sounds a bit naff. Once it's moving this is an OK tune, but nothing more. I like the beat and the noises that go on behind it, but it just doesn't do anything really. I've never been a real fan of Miro and this hasn't changed my mind .
Label Traveller : Released December 2004

Title The Secret Garden Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Yamakasi
Comments I actually heard this and was thrilled when I got my hands on a copy. Has a bit of an Oriental feel to this. The melody is very simple, but with the hard beat it sounds really cool. Moves nicely along with a an anthem type feel to the whole thing. The best nit is that just when you think you've heard it, the beat changes ever so alightly and keeps going with a better sound. This I really like as it chops up the tune and makes it more interesting. Even the pauses in this work as they keep the sound going, all be it at a 'slower? rate. This is a really good tune, worth buying.
Label Banshee Worx : Released December 2004

Title Happy To Be Sad Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Derek Howell
Comments This is a really nice and relaxed tune, way good for that early morning drive to work. This is just so simple. A very easy 128 BPM, with a nice little drum machine percussion and some nothing fancy synth work. This is very refreshing and a nice downstep from the usual harder stuff. Don't expect to hear this in your normal clubs, this will be for the more refined moments. I like my chillout and this is a very worthy addition to your collection.
Label Bedrock : Released December 2004

Title Drowning in Dreams Arksun Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Terradia
Comments Ignore the first 4 minutes of this track as it is very very so so. I nearly didn't bother with this, but persevered through to the end and am very glad I did. For a vocal this works really well. The beat and synths complement the voice well and they aren't overly complicated, which I like. Even listening to this as I write it's making the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and that doesn't happen too often. Don't like the Ozgur Can mix, but this one kicks big time ass. Never heard of this producer before and there isn't much out there on him, but I am looking forward to his next one.
Label MPFS Records : Released December 2004

Title Andromeda Heights Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee
Artist Apollonia
Comments A quality tune on a quality label. A real bouncy beat that pounds along really well. There's a good piano break in the middle which seems to be a fave amongst a lot of artists now. Although there is quite a break in the middle, the beat keeps going which keeps the tune alive. This is something that so many artists don't do, which sometimes works; but generally doesn't. This is a really nice tune that just delivers a good sounding trance tune.
Label A State of Trance : Released December 2004

Title Radiance Original Mix

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3/5 : Good
Artist Carl B
Comments Somatic Sense are fast emerging as one of my favourite labels as generally all the releases are quality ones. This is no exception. A classy sounding trance tune this that draws from all what makes a tune a tune. Good solid beat and that anthem type noise that is very prominent and in your thoughts for a while after hearing. This is a fairly simple sound in that apart from the beat there's not much else, allowing you to hear what the artist has done. The downside is that the main elements don't last long enough, so you just have to listen to it again !
Label Somatic Sense : Released December 2004

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