N-Trance ‎– Turn Up The Power

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All Around The World ‎– CD GLOBE 125, All Around The World ‎– cd globe 125
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℗ & © 1994 All Around The World

For the original UK pressing by PDO UK, see here Turn Up The Power

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 018524 073900
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5018524073900
  • Matrix / Runout: CDGLOBE125 10319341 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
74321 19203 2 N-Trance Turn Up The Power(CD, Maxi) RCA 74321 19203 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
12 globe 123 N-Trance Turn Up The Power(12") All Around The World 12 globe 123 UK 1994 Sell This Version
74321210582 N-Trance Turn Up The Power(CD, Single, Car) BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH 74321210582 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
74321 19203 1 N-Trance Turn Up The Power(12") BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH 74321 19203 1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
12 GLOBEX 123 DJ N-Trance Turn Up The Power(12", Promo) All Around The World 12 GLOBEX 123 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version

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adylee

adylee

September 22, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
turn up the power i first heard on vinyl well before re-release i tried everything to get hold of a copy although this track got slated here in the UK yet staying alive reached the charts?? why or why.....
Jarren

Jarren

April 6, 2011

Everyone knows n-trance for "Set You Free", and that's where most people's respect for n-trance ends.

Countless shit cover versions of disco songs may have lined the lad's pockets but it did nothing for their credibility.

That's why it's very important to check out "Turn Up The Power".

Released in '94, just before the massive reissue of Set You Free (which hit the top 10 thanks to the spectacular T.T.F. remix), Turn Up The Power is a brilliant Eurodance track that still manages to retain a UK personality.

The main synth riff is so good that the Italian act Jinny (U.S.U.R.A.) ripped it off wholesale for 1995's "Wanna Be With You". Rachel McFarlane's vocals hold power and drive the track along with ease. T-1 K's MC lines are intelligent, rhythmatic and never overpowering. All in all, this original mix is a definite classic.

Then you come to the remixes...

Motiv 8 delivers his usual clubby Euro sound, a million miles away from the dark aggression of the original. The sound is brought up into a hands-in-the-air anthem, less stern faced and more wide-eyed. It's not one of Motiv 8's best remixes, but it's still a great try.

n-trance deliver two remixes of their own on this CDM too. The Malfunktion mix is a rather trancey take, in fact it sounds quite ahead of its time. It could almost be mistaken for a 1997 Belgian trancer from Airscape, but with a bubbly electro bassline. It's good, but the treatment of Rachel McFarlane's vocals can get annoyingly repetitive.

The other n-trance mix, the Dark mix, is absolutely fantastic.

Starting off with a quiet pad it slowly builds with layers of mysterious synths until a voice hits in: "The earth is dying". It's obvious the voice is a sample of Steven Berkoff, who n-trance actually employed a few years later to front their "Mind Of The Machine" single where he actually repeated the line in amongst some pre-millennium psychosis. The Dark mix is very trancey, with a melody that for some reason reminds me of Visage's "Whispers". Easily one of n-trance's best works, and perhaps the best mix on this CDM.

Tom Wilson's Liberation remix is usable, but sadly much like most of Steppin' Out Records I find the production to be very amateurish. The ideas for a good remix are here, but they are executed in a fashion that even by 1994 standards sound weak.

Finally, it's the turn of Ian Bland under his Dream Frequency guise. By this point (1994), Dream Frequency had long outgrown their ravey piano moniker, and this remix actually sounds like a blueprint for Bland's 1999 Quake trance material. The acidic bassline is present, in fact it remained pretty much intact on Quake's remix of Armin - Communication. Also worth noting is the main melody used here, because Ian Bland basically reused it for his massive '99 hit Dejure - Sanctuary.

All in all, this is one hell of a release. The main track and Dark mix are n-trance at their best, there's a decent Motiv 8 remix and Dream Frequency's remix is at least 4 years ahead of its time.

Just don't mention Stayin' Alive...