Stephen J. Kroos ‎– Phantazmz / Optimistick E.P.

Anjunabeats ‎– ANJ-024
Vinyl, 12", EP

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A Phantazmz 8:46
B Optimistick
Written-By, Producer – D. Alfarez*

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Published by Corbeau Music Publishing / Feeling Delicious Music (Strenghold Music Group)

℗ & © 2004 Anjunabeats

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  • Barcode: 503906001241 3
  • Matrix / Runout: EURODISC MPO ANJ 024 A1
  • Matrix / Runout: MPO ANJ 024 B1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ANJ-024 Stephen J. Kroos Phantazmz / Optimistick E.P.(2xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Anjunabeats ANJ-024 UK 2004
none Stephen J Kroos* Phantazmz E.P(CDr, EP) Anjunabeats none UK 2005 Sell This Version
ACD-024 Stephen J Kroos* Phantazmz / Optimistick E.P.(CDr, Single, EP) Anjunabeats ACD-024 UK 2006 Sell This Version
ANJ024 Stephen J Kroos* Phantazmz / Optimistick E.P.(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl, Sti) Anjunabeats ANJ024 UK 2004 Sell This Version


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August 8, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Stephen J. Kroos introduces himself to the Anjunabeats audience with two productions markedly different in terms of sound to the releases one has become accustomed to from the label.

A-Side ‘Phantazmz’ is a pumping, relentless amalgamation of a diverse range of sonic influences. An incendiary mix of trance, techno and progressive, Kroos gently stirs into the mix an assortment of far more subtle sounds to captivate the listener further once the hypnotic grooves and percussion have taken hold. Indeed, the breakdown is perhaps the best example of this, as the percussion fades to the back and the glistening keys and swirling effects come (albeit briefly) to the fore alongside some rather abrasive synths.

‘Optimistick’ is an altogether different proposition, the rapier as opposed to ‘Phantazmz’s’ sledgehammer sound. Using elements of tech alongside a deep, infectious groove, Kroos gradually builds momentum into the track and the aforementioned breaks (in the form of crisp ‘claps’ and dramatic, punchy drum rolls) fragment the opening sections of the production before the build-up to the main chorus. As the track progresses further, the techier elements are permitted to take the lead alongside the catchy choruses, and it winds down towards the end in a haze of techy atmospheres and speedy bass loops. Even if you own Kroos’ ‘Tecktonick’ album, the strength of ‘Optimistick’ alone makes this an essential purchase and it is particularly interesting to listen to the tracks back-to-back, which serves to demonstrate the versatile skills of a highly talented producer, one I hope we hear a lot more from.


March 26, 2004

Optimistick is a great mellow trancer with a smooth beat and great synth overlayed; builds up nicely, with a little breaks coming in at times and some fantastic rifting! Definaly one for the collection!