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posted a review of Shiloh - Mana. over 13 years ago
The Shiloh moniker seems to be synonymous with quality music, but I think "Mana" might be the Moreh brother's most substantial work to date. The original mix is an ethereal breaks track that simply oozes proggy melodic perfection. It has an almost ... See full review
posted a review of Nick Warren - Shanghai #028. over 13 years ago
GU025: Shanghai is Nick Warren's finest and most unique mix CD to date. What really sets this mix apart from Nick's previous mixes and pretty much every other mix CD on the market right now is that nobody else sounds like this. Whereas most DJs in 2005 ... See full review
posted a review of Sasha - Fundacion NYC. over 13 years ago
2004's Involver showed Sasha experimenting with new technology and redefining the way a DJ and music interact in the studio. The album received almost universal acclaim and this year's NYC Fundacion takes the experimentation further to a semi-live ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Chable Presents Quest - The Shepherd. over 13 years ago
Of the 70+ productions/remixes Luke Chable has given us in the last three years, this has got to rank in the top 5 for sheer quality and brilliance. Released under Luke's alias Quest, "The Shepherd" is just fantastic. The two minute intro is hazy and ... See full review
posted a review of Cass v Slide* - Diablo. over 14 years ago
Cass & Slide's first, and one of their best. Evolution's redub is irresistably bubbly and energetic. But don't neglect the flip! Cass and Slide's own Advocate Mix is great as well. It's electrifingly energetic, deep, melodic, complex, and not one bit ... See full review
posted a review of Pole Folder - Enter The Rhythm / Waxxx. over 14 years ago
Pole Folder's sophomore effort after the massively successful "Apollo Vibes" is an excellent foray into deep, atmospheric house. "Enter The Rhythm" is massive, and features all the signature Pole Folder elements: complexity, depth, atmospherics, and a ... See full review
posted a review of Parks & Wilson - Feel The Drums E.P.. over 14 years ago
Looking for some Tilt-esque progressive anthems? Look elsewhere. This is turn-of-the-millenium progressive house. It's deep, repetitive, minimal, and pretty freaking boring. Don't waste your time, unless you need a good yawn.
posted a review of Sasha - Cloud Cookoo / Bloodlock. over 14 years ago
The quintissential Luke Chable remix. Luke took the cold, brooding breakbeat original and transformed it into a massive, euphoric house anthem. Right out the gate, this beast is devastating. As the track progresses, the vacuum-esque bassline is ... See full review
posted a review of Steve May - Open Day. over 14 years ago
Steve May's "Open Day" ranks among the best releases of 2004. The original is a simple, uplifting piece that frames multiple looping melodies around a driving bassline. The track climaxes when all of the melodies are layered in a frenetic fusion of ... See full review
posted a review of Sasha - Global Underground 013: Ibiza. over 14 years ago
Sasha's Ibiza mix might as well be renamed to "The Greatest (and most timeless) Late 90's Progressive House/Trance Tunes (which doesn't mean anthemic cheese) mixed by Jesus and arranged by God". Only kidding ... but seriously, you'll be hard pressed to ... See full review
posted a review of Tilt - Explorer. over 14 years ago
Tilt's debut artist album functions more as a collection of individual tracks, than as a cohesive album. And while this isn't necessarily a bad thing, somehow you expected more from Tilt, the trance masters that gave us perennial classics like "I Dream" ... See full review
posted a review of Space Manoeuvres - Oid. over 14 years ago
Eleven years since he first began making waves in the electronic music industry with his progressive house classic "Twist & Shout", John "Quivver" Graham has finally released a full-fledged artist album. Well, that is, full fledged mini-album. Clocking ... See full review
posted a review of Blue Amazon - Star Of David / The Blessing. over 14 years ago
Blue Amazon's second release on Jackpot is another example of superb epic progressive house that sounds just as good now, as it did 10 years ago when it was originally released. Blue Amazon were definitely ahead of their time. "Star Of David" is an epic ... See full review
posted a review of Spooky - Schmoo. over 14 years ago
Like Spooky's other progressive house classic, "Little Bullet", "Schmoo" is absolutely irresistable. The infectious looping organ synth riff is instantly catchy, and will definitely get toes tapping wherever you play it. The two Underworld remixes are ... See full review
posted a review of LeftField - More Than I Know (Demixes). over 14 years ago
Absolutely haunting. A truely beautiful piece of music. Back when happy, over-the-top Italian house was dominating, here's comes Leftfield creating music that moved you on a whole different level. Although simplistic, and certainly of a different era, ... See full review
posted a review of Space Manoeuvres - Quadrant Four. over 14 years ago
Similar in style to last year’s 'Space Maneouvres Part 3', 'Quadrant Four' is just as engaging as the critically acclaimed Part 3, and definitely lives up the Space Manoeuvres name. The mix that really shines for me is the Sonorous remix. Sonorous ... See full review
posted a review of John Digweed & Nick Muir Present Bedrock - Set In Stone / Forbidden Zone. over 14 years ago
A classic late 90's progressive trance tune that still sounds great. 'Set in Stone' is as epic and melodic as Digweed & Muir have ever sounded. Clocking in at just over 11 minutes, this song takes you on a journey through twisting synth dub like no ... See full review
posted a review of Leftfield - Song Of Life. over 14 years ago
Of all the versions of Leftism's 'Song Of Life' that are out there, Underworld's Steppin Razor mix would probably get my vote for the best of the bunch. In my opinion, it is the most timeless and progressive sounding of any mix (though, I still love the ... See full review
posted a review of Leftfield - Song Of Life. over 14 years ago
Those familiar with Leftfield's classic album Leftism, will find that the original 'Song Of Life' featured here, and the version featured on the Leftism album are much different. The original 'Song Of Life' (circa 1992) is upbeat, with a chunky bouncing ... See full review
posted a review of John Digweed - MMII. over 14 years ago
Normally, when one thinks of John Digweed, one thinks of deep, banging progressive house. Not here. This is Digweed's most somber mix yet, sounding more akin to a Northern Exposure release than any of his Global Underground releases. Digger does pick ... See full review
posted a review of Apollo 440 - Liquid Cool. over 14 years ago
The second CD in Apollo 440's two CD 'Liquid Cool' single release is just as excellent as the first disc, if not better. One of my favorite tracks of all time is Deep Forest's Ice Cold @ Equator remix of 'Liquid Cool' (which was used on Sasha & ... See full review
posted a review of Quivver - Saxy Lady. over 14 years ago
'Saxy Lady' was Quivver's first tune, and while it didn't turn out to be a classic like Quivver's other A & M records release, 'Twist & Shout', it's still an enjoyable listen. Released in '94, 'Saxy Lady's' sound is firmly planted in house territority, ... See full review
posted a review of Breeder - Rockstone. over 14 years ago
'Rockstone' is my favorite Breeder production, though from the looks of it, many DJs were not in agreement with me at the time of it's release. 'Rockstone' only appeared on one DJ mix album that I know of (Northern Exposure Expeditions), whereas 'Twilo ... See full review
posted a review of Leftfield - Open Up / Cut For Life. over 14 years ago
'Cut For Life' is an excellent alternate mix of the Leftism version of 'Song Of Life'. The song starts off similarly to the original Leftism mix with the dubby down-tempo reggae beat, but around the two minute mark, the song suddenly shifts gears, ... See full review
posted a review of Quivver - Believe In Me. over 14 years ago
I love early Quivver (and Tilt) tunes! Bright, over-the-top synth arpeggios coupled with thick, chunky basslines and Quivver's own upbeat vocals make for perfect mid-90's progressive house work-outs. "Believe In Me" was an Oakenfold favorite and it's ... See full review
posted a review of Stoneproof - Everything's Not You. over 14 years ago
John Graham's conventional pop song attempt (under alias Stoneproof) is decent, though the reason to buy this release is for the classic Quivver mix. He transforms the moody R&B into a spacey, deep progressive house track with excellent moody vocals ... See full review
posted a review of Space Manoeuvres - Stage One. over 14 years ago
The absolute best track John "Quivver" Graham has ever written. Deep, melodic, trippy, original, and endlessly interesting, "Stage One" is a progressive trance classic of endless appeal. This release includes both the Separation mix and the Total ... See full review
posted a review of Rabbit In The Moon - Deeper / Dusk. over 14 years ago
"Deeper" and "Dusk" are classic heady breakbeat numbers, and two of Rabbit in the Moon's best productions. "Deeper" is the more somber of the two featuring melancholic chanting and atmospheric synths before picking up the beat midway and dropping some ... See full review
posted a review of Nick Warren - Back To Mine. over 14 years ago
Although a trance DJ/producer primarily, Nick Warren also has excellent taste in electronica's more down-tempo genres as displayed in his excellent Reykjavik compilation, and here, his entry in the Back To Mine series. Here, Warren effortlessly floats ... See full review
posted a review of Breeder. over 14 years ago
An amazing production and remix duo that defined the harder progressive trance genre of the late 90's/early 2000's: wicked acid bass lines, relentless thumping drums, and melodic synth lines that are always inventive, never formulaic, and certainly never ... See full review
posted a review of Lost Tribe - The Distant Voices EP. over 14 years ago
Matt Darey's "Distant Voices EP" under the alias Lost Tribe is a staple release of the late 90's trance movement producing two of the biggest hits of the era. "Angel", which was featured on Sasha & John Digweed's Northern Exposure 2, is a soaring ... See full review
posted a review of Spooky - Little Bullet. over 14 years ago
Spooky's "Little Bullet" is a classic progressive house song that remains as engaging and amazing today as it did over a decade ago when it was originally released. The single release includes the original Gargantuan LP release (listed as "Little ... See full review
posted a review of Quivver - She Does. over 14 years ago
"She Does" is Quivver's melodic progressive trance masterpiece! This comes close to the best thing John Graham has ever produced (falling only behind "Stage One" under his Space Manoeuvres alias). The infectious bassline and melody get me moving almost ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Seaman - Renaissance America - Volume One. over 14 years ago
An excellent single CD mix album from Dave Seaman that is on par with any of his previous Renaissance or Global Underground releases. Track highlights include Hybrid's remix of BT's "Godspeed", Brother Brown's beautiful "Under The Water", Highland's ... See full review
posted a review of Sasha And John Digweed* - Northern Exposure 2. over 14 years ago
While this statement may go against popular belief, Northern Exposure 2 is superior to the original Northern Exposure. While neither mix on NE2 quite matches the majestic quality of CD1 of NE1 (but then again, what does?), both mixes are classics in ... See full review
posted a review of Young American Primitive - Young American Primitive. over 14 years ago
Released over a decade ago, Young American Primitive's first and only (released) album is a superb example of timeless early 90's ambient house. The intro (a sample taken from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Rope") perfectly sets the mood for the dark ... See full review
posted a review of Tilt - Children. over 14 years ago
Robert Miles' "Children" was a trance anthem built on a simple piano melody, and simple trance beats. The result was surprisingly catchy, but it's certainly a track of it's time sounding extremely dated and trite only several years after it's original ... See full review
posted a review of Spooky - Bamboo. over 14 years ago
"Bamboo" was an interesting tune on Spooky's extremely experimental second LP, Found Sound, and we are presented here with the original and two remixes. The real reason to buy this single though, is for the absolutely superb live version of "Little ... See full review
posted a review of Humate - 3 & The Remixes. over 14 years ago
A superb collection featuring the original and four remixes of Humate's trance classic "3". The original is actually a three part 22 minute epic. "3.1" is classic German trance with a thumping 4/4 beat and a strong, rhythmic synth line. "3.2" is the ... See full review
posted a review of Tilt - The World Doesn't Know. over 14 years ago
Trance masters, Tilt, show they have no less production power in 2004 with a new line-up including apparent song-writing prodigy Andy Moor than they did during the mid to late 90's with now ex-member John "Quivver" Graham. "The World Doesn't Know" is a ... See full review
posted a review of FSOL* - Lifeforms. over 14 years ago
FSOL certainly don't just throw singles together with several remixes and release them as mini-compilations. They create mini-epics that stand on their own as individual works instead of just a small sample of a larger whole. "Lifeforms" was one of the ... See full review
posted a review of Humate And Rabbit In The Moon - East Remixes. over 14 years ago
While Humate's remix is okay, it's Rabbit in the Moon's Opium Den mix that really shines. RITM turn the song into a stomping progressive house monster complete with Lisa Gerrard sample and a RITM style lunatic breakdown. This is the version featured on ... See full review
posted a review of Humate - The Best Of Humate. over 14 years ago
Can't complain here ... a collection of all of the best early Humate singles and remixes. Of course, there's the classic trance opus: Paul van Dyk's "Love Simulation" Love mix. Then there's Humate's brilliant collaboration with Rabbit in the Moon: ... See full review
posted a review of BT - 今 Ima. over 14 years ago
If your looking for a text book definition of what quality, uplifting, melodic trance sounds like, look no further. Classics like "Embracing the Sunshine", "Embracing the Future", "Quark", and "Loving You More" are effortlessly upbeat and happy, where ... See full review
posted a review of Apollo 440 - Millennium Fever. over 14 years ago
I checked this out after hearing Deep Forest's absolutely phenomenal remix of "Liquid Cool" on Sasha & John Digweed's Northern Exposure. Apollo 440 is a 90's techno act through and through, but create a little variety with their judicious infusion of ... See full review
posted a review of Taylor And Jimmy Van M - Trance Nation America. over 14 years ago
This is not your typical Trance Nation CD! Normally I can't stand any release from Ministry of Sound, DJ Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, etc. It's not my style of electronic music. I like something more subdued, more clever, something a little ... See full review
posted a review of Chicane - Behind The Sun. over 14 years ago
I picked this excellent album up after hearing "Saltwater" on a compilation album. I instantly fell in love with this gorgeous number, and had to hear more of Chicane. While this is trance through and through, the mood is considerably more somber than ... See full review
posted a review of Blue Amazon - Javelin. over 14 years ago
I heard "4 Seasons, and "No Other Love" on John Digweed's Renaissance Mix Collection Part 2, and had to hear more. Blue Amazon have created a classic progressive house sound that perfectly combines a thumping bass line and 4/4 beat with perfectly ... See full review
posted a review of Banco De Gaia - You Are Here. over 14 years ago
Banco de Gaia's sixth studio is different than any of his previous releases. The difference is a focus on more upfront melody, and structured pop songs vice the ethnic ambience featured on previous efforts. The results are mixed. The outstanding opener, ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Seaman & Phil K - Renaissance Presents The Therapy Sessions. over 14 years ago
This album obviously has very high expectations containing, first off, a mix by Dave Seaman, a DJ who refuses to release anything less than great DJ mixes. Secondly, it's from Renaissance, the label that revolutionized the DJ mix album, and also refuses ... See full review