Earthbound ‎– Essence Of Life

Eve Nova ‎– EVE NOVA 003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
563 389-1 Earthbound Essence Of Life(12") Fluid Records 563 389-1 Sweden 1999 Sell This Version
563 389-2 Earthbound Essence Of Life(CD, Maxi) Fluid Records 563 389-2 Scandinavia 1999 Sell This Version
EVE NOVA 003 Earthbound Essence Of Life (Skynet UK Remix)(12", S/Sided, Etch, Promo) Eve Nova EVE NOVA 003 UK 1999 Sell This Version
EVENOVA003 Earthbound Essence Of Life(12", Promo, Sti) Eve Nova EVENOVA003 UK 1999 Sell This Version
563 388-2 Earthbound Essence Of Life(CD, Single) Fluid Records 563 388-2 Sweden 1999 Sell This Version


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August 7, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

As anyone who knows me would probably tell you, uplifting trance is hardly my favourite genre - anything I like which could be associated with the word "trance" usually involves hoovers or 303 sounds, i.e. it's generally a fair bit harder than this track. "Acid", "Techno" and perhaps "Jungle" are the most important words in my dance music vocabulary :)

However, even the genres I am not so keen on tend to occasionally throw up the occasional classic, or a tune which simply reminds me of particular moments in time.

This record is one of those, and is, for me, forever associated with one club: Submaniac at Imperial Gardens, London, a fairly small yet amazing club which existed around 1999-2002 (and beyond, but I'd left London by that time) where I was a regular, and also had a very minor role at their monthly parties. I was also given the opportunity to play an opening set on one occasion, but my DJing was getting worse by the week and I was not, unsurprisingly, asked back. No offence taken - at least I didn't get kicked off the decks by *Ting* as I once was at another London venue - which was totally deserved, by the way!

Unfortunately, my life was falling apart during that time, affecting everything including my DJing, and inevitably all good things come to an end: in my case, I couldn't take anything (not even raving) any more, and had to get out of the scene for a while. By the time I was able to return, it was pretty much all over, and I became only an occasional raver after that (as well as seeing the end of my DJing career). However, it's often the good memories which really last, and I still look back on that era fondly, because there were indeed so many good times - now, if only those good times could have taken place outside the rave as well...

I can't remember who played it most often, but the John '00' Mix one certainly got a few spins in the year or two following its release. I've never really listened to the Skynet mix (it's OK, but nothing special) but it did get played occasionally back in the day as well. But this release is really all about Side A, which is one of the best 10-minute trance journeys of its period. Unfortunately trance in all its forms took a severe turn for the worse a couple of years later, and listening to tracks like this makes it even more obvious. There aren't that many records, not even amongst my favourites, which give me that adrenaline rush even after all these years, but this is still one of them.

The '00' Fleming mix also made it onto one of Submaniac's promo tapes, which unfortunately I lost during one of my many house moves some years ago - even mp3 copies do not seem to exist online. If anyone happens to read this (unlikely!) and has a digital copy, could I have one please???

Easily a 5/5 record based on the A Side alone, but let down by a simply average Side B, so just about scraping a 4/5.