As of the 100th release in April 2004, Marc Johnson took over as A&R from Steve Hill who steered the label into Hard Trance territory since the end of 2001. Marc succeeded to inject a refreshing energy into the label with releases by a different breed of producers as well as bringing some of the Tripoli's old guard back into the fold, thus delivering the toughest sounds in Hard House & NRG once again.
At the end of 2005 Pure Groove made a decision to put Tripoli Trax on hold indefinitely, do away with Hard Dance sales at their stores and concentrate on a soaring Indie market. The label's hibernation lasted nearly two years when in 2007 Marc Johnson once again took charge of this classic imprint with the assistance of Chris Comben.
The label closed doors again for good in 2008 when Marc Johnson retired from Djing and producing.