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2016 Archive
Title Titanfall Extended Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Driftmoon & Ferry Tayle
Comments Two solid producers of music and this is pretty good. Strong start with lots of purpose and sound, you sense this will be quite special at this stage. Things don't really change and I found the next 3 mins a but cumbersome, not a lot going on. The melody then springs to life and whilst you get that strong sound, again not a lot changes as the track progresses. I do like the deep hard edge to this and that the melody runs for quite a while, continuing with that pounding sound. It's like something was forgotten, it needed a killer uplift in the melody to really let the sound rip. Solid.
Label FSOE Recordings : Released August 2016

Title Emerald Original Mix

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2/5 : OK

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Artist Dimension & Radion6
Comments This is a very short tune at under 5mins, so one to be aware of. I had to listen o this a few times as I wasn't wholly sure of it and to some degree I'm still not. I do love the melody though, got some really nice deep synths and sounds and it just has a real energetic feel to it. The second half does uplift a bit and again, this helps make the sound enjoyable. The shortness of the track is where I struggle as it's over before it has started, which is a shame and I'm not sure why the artists have done this. Due to this, this is OK and also better than the more recent Robert Nickson remix.
Label Flashover Recordings : Released August 2016

Title Aquis Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Type 41
Comments Really upbeat tune this, all be it a relatively short one. Good strong beat from the off, with some noises wrapped around to give you a feel for the track. I love the main synth sound, it's classic, but nice and fresh and to the point. The melody does come to play a bit early on, before things pause; which is nice (but can be dangerous). Things then drift back to normality, in a nice way and what you have is a very pleasing sound on your ears. I would class this as club trance, it hits all the right buttons at the right time; it just simply works. Not a lot more really, the second half gets a nice piano and tempo uplift to keep things interesting and apart from that it drives a good tune. I like this.
Label Abora Recordings : Released July 2016

Title Pulser Manuel Rocca Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist The Cloudy Day
Comments Great start with this one. Good beat and a nice intro to the synths and melodies to come. The tune on the other hand is a tad slow to get going or it certainly feels it. The slowdown is just that, but to be honest once the beat comes in you start to get that good feeling. When things do get going you have a very decent trance tune. The pace is good and the simple synths come across well. There's not a lot else going on, you can hear what the artist is trying to do and I like the little jump beat between melodies. The later part of the tune gets a good uplift, which is really nice all be it short lived. This is one of them tunes that I will drift in and out of, for now it's an in.
Label Ennovate Recordings : Released June 2016

Title Ethereal Mhammed El Alami Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Aziz Aouane & Jeitam Osheen
Comments Fastly becoming a fave artist of mine is Mhammed el Alami and this track is no different all be it on remix duty. Great start with a nice bouncy beat and enough trance noises to really get your ears twitching. The slowdown introduces the most random piano break before getting back to business, it's alternate. The melody brings in a whole different sound, very upbeat and euphoric; quite different to the start. It builds and then in the second phase you get a little bit more which just lifts the tune up nicely. The changes are quite subtle, but enough to notice and one of the synths is very different indeed. Where this falls short is that it's not that long, but park that because it's still a great tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released May 2016

Title Reborn Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist SinSonic
Comments This has a very distinct sound and feel to it, that's all I can say/ The beginning is simply nice because it's a very different approach and the slowdown continues this as well. You get a haunting melody here, which if played loud enough can be quite moving. The beat starts and all the melodies with it and then launches into the main melody. Again, it's quite weird from the normal which I think is what is appealing. The beat is a bit dampened, but the main synth helps drive things along. It's quite plucky and short, but there's enough that you will want to keep listening. Things then change with the synth going in a different direction, which is actually a nice way to slow things down, but they don't it's just an elongated melody. Not a stunner, but definitely a great tune for its uniqueness.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released May 2016

Title Lost Without You Original Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Delta IV
Comments This is a smooth and mellow tune, although packs a nice beat; but it's the atmosphere in this tune that will grab you. The slowdown introduces you to a wonderful sound and this continues into the melody. The tune basically will lift you up into the sky and blow you away with a sensual sound. This is such a great track, it reminds me of so many things in life; it just resonates in your head and makes you feel happy. It keeps going as well, sticks to the tried and tested and by the end of this you will feel utterly invigorated and refreshed. Superb tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released April 2016

Title Lionheart Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Manuel Rocca
Comments Strong start, pounding beats and a nice piano thrown in for good measure. Slowdown is exactly that, quite slow although there is a nice happy undertone and a nice plucky build-up. The beat comes in a bit early, which is odd; but actually, quite effective. The tune then gets going and to be honest it doesn't go at the pace I thought it might. It's upbeat and fresh, but initially there's not much. The tune then changes tempo a bit, but not enough and when it does it starts to end. What you have works OK, it's a nice crisp sound so have a listen.
Label Abora Recordings : Released April 2016

Title Behind these Walls Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Syntouch feat. Aylin
Comments This gets down to business very quickly, with a good feel for things early on. Perhaps not a full on sound, nut enough to know this should be good. The slowdown is exactly that, although you get an orchestral feel which is actually quite, almost like an oboe. Melody gets going, simple and to the point. Sound beat with a synth driving the main melody, not too much else. Again, like so many others this just needs ore to make it extra special rather than extra normal. Shame (again).
Label Abora Ascend : Released April 2016

Title Para Siempre Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist tranzLift feat. Imperfect Hope
Comments Unusual sound for this artist, very much an anthem with the pounding beats and a somewhat cheesy slowdown. When the melody starts, this also has a whiff of cheese, but I suppose it should have bearing in mind it's a 100 release. I do like it though, it's very screechy and in your ears and face; but it's got a good happy sound. It also just keeps going, may not change a lot; but it just manages to hit the right notes. Not everyone will like this, but for me there is something here that I like.
Label Beyond the Stars Recordings : Released April 2016

Title Sector 7 Extended Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Daniel Kandi & Zack Mia
Comments I like the start of this, solid and has a feel to it; interesting. There are some nice sounds in here, quite different in places; but you get that classic wash over sound and feeling in the slowdown. Then there is a very in your face sound, quite out of context; but works a treat as it leads you to the melody. This then starts and it sounds really crisp and to the point, a nice sound with not too much noise around the edges so you can listen long and hard. Second half gets a tempo change by way of some extra melodies, works a treat and is always well liked in my books. This is just a track of sound, it doesn't pretend to be anything else and I like it.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released April 2016

Title Pickles Extended Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Dennis Pedersen
Comments Loving the name of this. Got a very strong techno edge to this at the beginning and the slowdown has quite a sinister feel to it. I do like the synth that comes in, quite plucky; but ear piercing to some degree; it's effective. When the melody starts you have a deep progressive tune, it's not what I would call classic trance. It does have a good driving undertone and is quite deep, but not overly so. I can't quite make this out, but what makes it for me is the long melody. It doesn't do a lot, but it knocks out a hard sound that is great when played loud. Different, but a good different.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released April 2016

Title Flay Away Extended Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Miroslav Vrlik
Comments This has quite a different edge to things when it starts, based on previous outings for the artist. The slowdown brings in more familiar sounds and it's here that you hear where this tune is going and it sounds real good. I like it when you are teased with sounds and this works as an absolute treat. The tune comes to life and lights up your ears, this has an amazing uplifting sound; one that I could listen to over and over. This hits all the right notes, with the extra noises being added towards the end, but by then you are lost in the sound. Just to top it off, it doesn't end that early so just as you are getting down and dirty it simply keeps going. Sublime and beautiful.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released April 2016

Title Halcyon Extended Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Alex van ReeVe
Comments This is one of them tunes that simply teases you. Right from the off you have a pounding beat and a bit of a synth, but not enough to really decide on what's coming. Can be frustrating, can be titillating. The slowdown doesn't really do that, it's an acapella synth which sounds really good. That said, once the beat comes into play you would think you have the whole tune, which is almost correct. Things do spice up a bit, the tempo changes slightly and the whole feel is a bit more punchy. This continues for a few bars, bit stop and start in places; but then it kicks back in with a new emphasis; all be it subtle, but it's heard and effective. Another tune that I like all be it a bit juddery in places.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released April 2016

Title Suncatcher Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Phil Dinner
Comments So all the versions of this are good, I've listened to them all several times; so a very good EP on that front. You do need to keep with the tune though as the beginning doesn't necessarily grab you, once you get to the slowdown the harder beat comes into play which cranks it up. Then you have a fairly flat sound, but it's one that just drives along with a nice accompaniment in the background. It doesn't change that much and there is no uplift midway, the beat just keeps going. It's a good tune to play with as it sounds really deep and where it's a tad flat you can bring some more emotional tune on top. Scores for all the good mixes.
Label TFB Records : Released April 2016

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