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posted a review of NuBreed - Y4K. over 11 years ago
Absolutely beautiful release.. Had to get used a bit at first but has been growing on me steadily.

I've heard Nubreed's older mixes and they always seemed just a bit too "song after song" but this one really flows and feels like it has a story to ... See full review
posted a review of Sven Väth - In The Mix - The Sound Of The Fourth Season. over 12 years ago
I'd go to say this is Sven's best (so far) in the Season series. A very diverse release, very forward looking and very consistent. A very mature step from the harder techno of the end of 90's - beginning of 2000's. A few years down the road and it ... See full review
posted a review of Chris Fortier - Balance 007. over 12 years ago
I don't know, I really tried to understand this CD, given that it's a Balance CD, but I still can't. It's just boring, liveless music without much variation in sound or build up. I really like techno, and I really like moody techno, but this ... See full review
posted a review of Sasha And John Digweed* - Northern Exposure 2. over 12 years ago
I would probably say that while NE1 is my favorite Sasha's half of the series, whilst this is my favorite Digweed part of the mix. Although Digweed's opening track is not as strong as the rest of the CD2, after it the mix blossoms into a hell of an ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Slater - Fear And Loathing 2. over 12 years ago
Very interesting mix from Mr. Slater. The first CD is an ambient selection of electro-like stuff with a touch of minimal at the end--and is one of the few combinations in the genre I can actually listen to :). The second CD is an electro/techno mix ... See full review
posted a review of DJ-sets.com. over 12 years ago
Could compete for the best techno series, I guess sort of the Global Underground of techno. Out of the releases I've heard, my favourites are (in no particular order) #4, #6 and #8. Everything from moody electro (well, maybe not *that much* electro) to ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Clarke - World Service 2. over 13 years ago
The techno CD is done to very good standards here, but I think the Electro mix is the gem. Full of moody glitchy breakbeat electro with lyrics that complete the album into quite a journey.

Vast improvement upon WS 1 in my opinion and a much more ... See full review
posted a review of James Zabiela - Utilities. over 13 years ago
I don't write reviews well and this album deserves a well-versed praise, but I'll try.

If this isn't the album of the decade, then what is? Tech house seems to be one of the 'it' genres and Zabiela is an 'it' DJ right now, but he takes this album ... See full review
posted a review of Sander Kleinenberg And Lee Burridge - This Is Everybody! On Tour. over 13 years ago
As much as I used to be Sander's fan for his Nubreed and older Everybody mixes, this one is an impersonal recreation that does not shine anywhere close to the other ones. Our house is very reminiscent of the way he started out his other mixes--soft ... See full review
posted a review of Adam Beyer - Essential Underground Vol. 09 - EU09: Stockholm. over 13 years ago
I would vote for this one to be the best in Essential Underground series, with Berlin/New York by Galluzi & Selway sharing first place. One techno CD, one electro (I guess that's sort of like Dave Clarke's World Service series, but only remotely) and ... See full review
posted a review of Tall Paul - Headliners: 01 - Live At The Gallery. over 13 years ago
Wow. I've never checked out Tall Paul until recently, but always sort of respected him because of the supposed 'awards' and all the hype generated about him. But give me a break! So much bs couldn't come out even out of a cow's arse! All these tunes ... See full review
posted a review of Evil Nine - Y4K. over 13 years ago
Personally, I am not into the whole hip hop thing in this album as much as Evil Nine do it here... although they do it mighty smooth I must say... But what a f*ing start and what a f*ing finish!!! they open up with a very bright and happy tune by False ... See full review
posted a review of James Zabiela. over 13 years ago
What strikes me about James's Mixes is not only their technical brilliancy but how unique the music is. Maybe I don't listen to enough tech house (which I guess is what you could classify his music). It's glitchy, it's breaky, it's solid beats, ... See full review
posted a review of Hybrid - Y4K. over 13 years ago
This is a masterpiece. Hybrid showed some balls and put out a mix that has some very old stuff (the FSOL track which is probably the highlight of the CD) and some new stuff, and some old-skool-like stuff, but together it's a new classic born. This is ... See full review
posted a review of North Atlantic - Lights Out. over 13 years ago
I don't know what the original mix sounds like, but the Lemon8 mix is one of my all-time progressive tunes by far. It's laid back but with energy, it's lightly percussive and building. The vocal is done exactly right, to add to the atmospheric/flowing ... See full review
posted a review of James Lavelle - Barcelona #023. over 13 years ago
Not sure whether it is because of a more 'alternative' James Lavelle sound, but I feel like music in this GU mix comes alive like in no other compilation. Regardless of whether it is UNKLE-like or not UNKLE-like, this is a brilliant flow of music from ... See full review
posted a review of Nick Warren - Shanghai #028. over 13 years ago
At first this release sounded cheesy but after a while it grows on you. Nick as usual great in choosing very personable, beautiful songs, yet staying with a nice groovy beat. This time he is a little better with his "middle of the mix" syndrome--with ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Tiësto. over 14 years ago
Alright, it looks is time to chime in again.

I saw him live in 2003, and while he may have made mistakes and played quite a few anthems, he *rocked* live. Very solid set. To be fair to Tiesto, many of his early works were gems in Dutch Trance and ... See full review
posted a review of Hernán Cattáneo - The Masters Series Part 6 Volume 2. over 14 years ago
Hernan Cattaneo departs from his signature tribal sound with some ethnic overtones and goes into more mainstream progressive sound. After a second listen, it's not that bad of a thing. His mixing is evermore so seamless--in fact, it flows so well you ... See full review
posted a review of Anthony Pappa - Balance 006. over 14 years ago
A very nice release from Anthony Pappa, and, I would say, very unique. The tracks work together to tell you a story and are not just 'nicely thrown together' to make a good progression. Disk 1 starts out with some beautiful dreamy breaks and then does ... See full review
posted a review of Dave Seaman - Renaissance: Awakening. over 14 years ago
CD 1 of this mix is what really finally drew me to Dave Seaman. Really nice dreamy beginning that draws into some thumping deep house and by the end of the CD into some really nice housey trance tunes (West on 27th, Love has come again). In my opinion ... See full review
posted a review of John Digweed - MMII. over 14 years ago
Just gave this album a thorough listen yesterday and it knocked my socks off. The mellow start provides such a build up by the time Flash Brothers and Te Quiero kick in that it just draws you in and makes you bang your head in an exctatic sort of way... ... See full review
posted a review of Blank & Jones - Watching The Waves. over 14 years ago
Out of all the B&J tracks I've heard this is definitely one of my favorites. Mostly rid of the typical cheesiness this is an honest laid back melodic trance piece that's just great to chill back to. A nice synth with an occasional female vocal ... See full review
posted a review of Heller & Farley - The Rising Sun. over 14 years ago
I have not heard any other versions other than the Bedrock Mix, but that's OK. I first heard it as part of a Digweed CD when it came out (2001ish) and ever since then I haven't listen to the track until 2005. It must be a hell of a track because all ... See full review
posted a review of Paul Oakenfold - Tranceport. over 14 years ago
I'm going to skip the discussion on whether this was a marketing effort, as for me this was one of the first introductions into electronic music (ironically, only later I found that this was more like the end of underground trance and the beginning of ... See full review
posted a review of Rae & Christian - Blazing The Crop. over 14 years ago
All my life as an electronic music fan I've wished to have a really good hip hop mix. I'm not a big hip hop fan, but occasionally I like some nice hiphop (especially instrumental hiphop) beats.

This is it, look no further. Rae & Christian produce a ... See full review
posted a review of Armin van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2004. over 14 years ago
Very mixed feelings about this album.

On one hand, these are all very quality melodic trance tunes, and superbly mixed.

On the other hand, this is not the Armin from Boundaries of Imagination or other older stuff. It's not that the album sounds ... See full review
posted a review of Paul van Dyk. over 14 years ago
I feel obliged to say something here since Paul has been one of my major influences and definitely my favorite producer/DJ for the last few years.

His sets are still great--they are now even better flowing, better beat, better timing... The music he ... See full review
posted a review of John Digweed - Fabric 20. over 14 years ago
This is by far one of my favorite mixes ever. I've been hooked to it since hearing it for the first time. The CD starts out dreamy-melodic and then Digweed really makes you sweat. The tracks range from funky-jazzy to some trippy house tracks to the ... See full review
posted a review of Starecase - First Floor. over 14 years ago
Not a bad release by Starecase. Mostly breakbeat, starts out to the uplifting Faith, which is very commercial, but very nice nontheless. The rest of the album is nothing like the single, some brooding progressive breakbeat with haunting vocal samples. ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Dan - Loose Caboose. over 14 years ago
I'm surprised that I'm the first to write about this mix. Ironically, I bought this CD around its release, but returned it because I didn't like it. When I grew up a bit I got another copy and ever since then it was one of my favorites of all time. ... See full review
posted a review of Paul van Dyk - 45 RPM. over 14 years ago
The album is genius early PvD overall, but my ultimate all-time favorite on this album is Emergency! with the guitars added for this album version. Some people might not like the screaming synths reminding of ambulance sirens at the end, but I think ... See full review
posted a review of Paul van Dyk Feat. Saint Etienne - Tell Me Why (The Riddle). over 14 years ago
One of PVD's finest moments, and, in my opinion one of his last (he has had good releases after this one, but not quite as good). The main synthline, present on pretty much all the remixes gives a nostalgic and emotional effect. In my opinion, Original ... See full review
posted a review of Infected Mushroom / Yahel - Tsunami Sampler 2. over 14 years ago
This is one of Yahel's treasures before he went to his softer progressive sound. A blend of energetic club and psy-trance and a slight hint of tribal in the beginning.
posted a review of Nathan Fake - Outhouse. over 14 years ago
I first heard this on James Holden's Balance mix and I must say, it is one of the highest points on the mix. I would have to disagree with damnage, the Fluffy Mix is definitely a winner, even if not a banging tune. Composed with outstanding musical ... See full review
posted a review of Carl Cox - Sound Of Ibiza 2004. over 14 years ago
This is a d-lightful mix from Carl Cox! Great mixing, even better track selection. It's slightly softer and more uplifting than most of other Carl's stuff I heard, but works really well. Carl opens with a very catchy funky mix of Blackwater which sets ... See full review
posted a review of James Holden - Fear Of A Silver Planet. over 14 years ago
Never mind that the notes say that this is a retrospective. Never mind that many of these songs have James's credits on them. The man put the 'o' in groove. The CD starts out as a fairly minimal build up with a slight subtaste of techno which blows up ... See full review
posted a review of Mad Dogs - Better Make Room (Remixes). over 14 years ago
One of the finest productions Timo Maas has been involved in. James Holden provides a great melodic house remix with a heavy throbbing bass. Not to miss.
posted a review of Nick Warren - Global Underground 011: Budapest. over 14 years ago
I definitely agree with Emerald's point. I must add though, Nick does an awesome job of building up second CD up to the pulsating trancer I Want You by Z2, which really takes off the mix. Overall some interesting selections such as Armin's Virgo, ... See full review
posted a review of Tiësto* - Just Be. over 14 years ago
I'm surprised I'm first here. An excellent new release from Tiesto. I haven't quite broken into Traffic and Love Comes Again yet, but the rest is just magic. Most songs here are vocal but that doesn't ruin the album at all--despite some cheesy lyrics ... See full review
posted a review of Sven Väth - Face It. over 14 years ago
This is definitely one of my Sven's favorites, if not all-time favorites. In my opinion, this is what Sven does best, a seemingly relaxed tune that just throws you into a fiery frenzy with a weird druggy-psycho feel.
posted a review of Paul Oakenfold. over 14 years ago
The best Oakey stuff are his Oslo and New York Global Underground Mixes, those were quality mix of trance, breakbeat and melodic drum and base. He has some really quality live sets circulating around on MP3's --one of the best being his Ibiza set. ... See full review
posted a review of Way Out West - Don't Look Now. over 14 years ago
Ran and got this CD as soon as I learned it came out. While the CD is definitely great, what you really want is the "bonus" Mix CD. A genius mix combination of low-key progressive house/break beat, has a great airy and 'northern' feel to it. Overall a ... See full review
posted a review of Tiësto* - Nyana. over 14 years ago
It's been a while since the set was released, but I'm still compelled to write about. It's definitely one of the most mature and daring Tiesto releases up to date. The first CD starts up with techno and finishes up with intense moody trance that nicely ... See full review
posted a review of DJ John Kelley* - FunkyDesertBreaks. over 14 years ago
Hopefully this mix will not become part of the graveyard of forgotten releases. John Kelley was simply ahead of his time. The mix is a spiritual adventure which still sounds fresh in 2004, an intense 60 min build up of trip hop and early trance/break ... See full review
posted a review of Paul van Dyk - Vandit: The Sessions Volume 03 (The Ibiza Session). over 14 years ago
WOW! I can't stop listening to this album. Too bad many people won't get to hear this compilation since it is a fairly low-key release. Even though all songs are from the VANDIT label, this release a very well balanced mix. Melodic yet rhythmic ... See full review
posted a review of Ferry Corsten - Infinite Euphoria. over 14 years ago
A very fresh and ground breaking effort (do not want to call it a compilation) by Ferry. A more mellow but also more diverse album than his previous CD's, this is a collection of old and new favorites and everything Ferry tries here is simply beautiful. ... See full review
posted a review of Frequency 8 Records. over 15 years ago
Most of these are very energetic, innocent, melodic, cheesy yet catchy and not without beauty, up-in-the-air (with some darker melodies) trance tunes so popular at the Bay Area (San Francisco) rave scene. Although a lot of these sound a bit outdated, ... See full review
posted a review of Planet Funk - Chase The Sun. over 15 years ago
I have to disagree with Mr. Franklin--this record is not one of those to become a monumental hit, yet it's a great song to lighten up your set. Tongie makes great use of it on his Essential Collection. It was originally released around 2000-2001
posted a review of Pete Tong. over 15 years ago
People might say he lacks style, but this is the man to get you dancing. Saw him opening for Chemical Brothers and Oakey at Cow Palace in SF in 2002 and he got my feet moving. Kinda on the dark funky side at first and then he made us explode with ... See full review