Transwave ‎– Datura

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Datura 14:28
Unmooged 13:22
Bluewave 11:28

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VOL 077 Transwave Datura(12") Trans'Pact Productions VOL 077 France 1994 Sell This Version
VOL 077 Transwave Datura(12", W/Lbl, Promo) Trans'Pact Productions VOL 077 France 1994 Sell This Version

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maroko

maroko

May 3, 2010
referencing Datura, 12", VOL 077

This is a very interesting, yet atipically sounding early Transwave release. More on the hard trance tip, with pumping bass lines, percussion banging at the speed and tempo of a machine gun, but even this early on there are goa-ish melodies and acid lines dropped in for good measure. Long and hypnotic, I could say dreamy melodic sequences, are layed over beats which might come across as too fast and "banging" for the usual goa trance crowd and the common Transwave follower.
The title track has all the juicy Transwave ingredients: a great lead, a dance floor shaking bass line, a few other background layers to keep things interesting, a break or two, and great use of the TB303. But the overall pace at which the track moves might turn off the average old school goa trance head.
Unmooged is even better. Still as fast, but the acid is more intricate, and the music just keeps on building and pushing forward until this grand break around the five minute mark. All beats are retracted, and these cherubic vocals dominate the track for a while, then the acid slowly crawls back in, and when the percussion is brought back, the track develops into a beautiful old school hard trance ride - positive melodies and piercing acid synths. The music breaks down once again around the eight minute mark, picking up with the acid one more time, and then for the last four minute it's all crazy melodies and great, entrancing acid!
The last track is along the lines of the previous two. Basically, this whole 12" is very worth owning if you are a Transwave fan. However, comparisons with any of their three highly acclaimed albums ("Hypnorhythm" - ok a mini album, "Helium", "Phototropic") are mainly futile. As fine as "Datura" sounds, it hasn't aged well compared to most of their other material, which, despite being very old school, still sounds great, to me at least.
My advice would be to try and get this only, but only after you've managed to track down their other output. The reason I say this is because the vast majority of Transwave's back catalogue is elusive and hard to come by nowadays, so purchasing "Datura" isn't really a necessity, since it is about as hard to find as all the remaining Transwave vinyls.
Final verdict: buy only if you are THE die hard Transwave fan who has learned by heart every single piece of music they have ever recorded. For an ouverture, "Datura" does impress, nonetheless, readers of this review should know that this duo has only gotten better from here on, and for that full, glorious Transwave experience, may I suggest starting with "Helium". This particular piece of vinyl is acquired taste, and will cost a lot, rest assured, so do make sure you know what you will be buying before you unload your retirement savings!