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2016 Archive
Title Firestorm Extended Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Alex van ReeVe
Comments Quite a hard hitting tune this. Starts strong and them struggles a bit in that the tune gets a bit stuck in a loop before the slowdown kicks into live which calms things nicely. I like the twangy synths and the build-up, which is quite long; but the main melody hits a really nice note. You get everything wrapped together in this, the beat drives nicely and the undertone give a much harder sound than you would probably like. It goes on for a while as well, which I always like; but there isn't anything new in the second part, which is a shame as whilst it doesn't need it would have been that extra touch to take the track to a different level. Good tune though.
Label Digital Society Recordings : Released March 2016

Title Dark Brotherhood Aldo Henrycho Remix

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2/5 : OK

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Artist Gateway 88
Comments Unusual, but likable tune this. Very dark tune, backed up by the monk voices (best I can describe), which then turns into a very unusual synth. The tune starts and again it's unusual, the weird sound continues with a beat and what you hear is well what you hear. It doesn't knock you for six, it's a steady flow of gothicness which as it continues you get the monks back. This all sounds good and very different, but it is missing an uplift or kick to really grab you. Different.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released March 2016

Title LEsperance Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Nick V
Comments This has all the makings of a great tune, the slowdown is really nice. The sounds just flow over you and it just sounds right. The beat comes in before the melody really launches which is something I really like, it warms you up nicely. When the melody does start you already have a feel for it, the rest is just all the sound coming together in a harmony. I like the washing sounds that lead into each section; although it really did need that extra kick whereas it just stops, No ease down, it just comes to an end; a real shame. Nice nonetheless.
Label Ennovate Recordings : Released March 2016

Title Origin Extended Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Suncatcher
Comments I associate this artist with mellow, but solid sounding tunes and this is no different. A methodical start with a similar slowdown, it does enough. The melody then starts and it surprisingly ups its game a bit. You get a good steady beat and a nice feeling of happiness, plus a piano to help ease the stresses of life. What doesn't happen is a change, the melody is consistent throughout. This is fine, but these days you need that extra hook to get you into a track and this doesn't have it. The melody is very long I would add, so from a continuation perspective (when mixing) it's really nice. This is an end of night tune.
Label Always Alive Recordings : Released March 2016

Title Tears of Hope Club Mix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Illitheas & Johannes Fischer
Comments Some really nice nixes of this, but opted for this one as it's a tad quicker to get going. This has a great feel when you get to the main melody. Some real nice highs and a great euphoric feeling to things. The second part gets a nice uplift which carries the tune a lot higher up and gives you a sense of real satisfaction. The melody goes on for a while as well, so you can really lose yourself in the sound. Not a lot wrong with this.
Label Abora Recordings : Released February 2016

Title Hadomi Physical Phase Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Kiyoi & Eky
Comments This is a superb track, as are the other mixes. A progressive trance tune that will just rock your house; over and over. The first half is full of energy and drive and you can sense that when this lets rip it will do just that; and it does. The melody starts to kick in and the beats and sounds start to build, the tension is right up there. The tune at times almost sounds of key, it's a bit stutter; but it holds itself together and just keeps going. It continually builds and it just gets better and better, the sound here is quite incredible. Oddly, I'm not sure everyone will like this; but for me this is a brilliant progressive tune.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released February 2016

Title Sounds Dub Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Attila Syah feat. Danny Claire
Comments This is a happy song. Very plucky synths with that somewhat cheesy drive behind it, but it does sound happily cheesy. The start gives you a good feel for what is going to happen and when the slowdown kicks in you get some lovely soothing noise. The melody launches and I feel it's a bit of a mixed bag. I like the slightly different direction the tune has gone in, but it does get a bit repetitive and it's this bit that annoys. You do get a slight uplift towards the end, which I wish had happened slightly sooner. I do like this tune; it could just have done things differently which in turn would have made such a big difference. Have a listen and judge for yourself.
Label Abora Recordings : Released February 2016

Title Crimea Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Nick V
Comments Pounding start to this and when the slowdown kicks in you get some nice ethereal vocals and some solid plucky synths. The melody is a nice affair, nice sound with a good underlying beat. I like the synths that jump around keeping the sound fresh, very upbeat and doesn't get overly emotional which is always good. The melody has a good length to it, the ethereal vocals drift in and out to pretty good effect. The thing that is missing is that little bit extra, that part of the tune that makes you listen and take notice. It's a minor criticism, you won't go too far wrong with his.
Label Abora Recordings : Released February 2016

Title Frail Devotion Dennis Pedersen Remix

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5/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Tuneflux
Comments This starts really well, deep beat and a kind of grungy feel to it. The synths drift in and straight away you know that this should turn out OK. The slowdown brings us a piano break, again sounds good. When things get going, you are already hooked through the slowdown; which basically continues, but with tempo. This builds up, quite progressive in some respects and the artist throws in a few extra synths to keep things fresh and this works a treat. The melody is a really good length, lots of time to soak it all up. This isn't an epic tune, but what you get is a smooth and crisp sound. I like this a lot.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released February 2016

Title Starkness Mostfa & Mostfa Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Andy Groove
Comments Nice start, with an equally nice slowdown full of nice synths and some ethereal vocals. Things soon pick up with some nice plucky synths giving you a strong indication of what is coming up. The melody launches and it's as anticipated, strong beat and those nice plucky synths on top driving things along. The second half gets that little tempo uplift, it's subtle; but you hear it and appreciate it accordingly. Towards the end there is a piano thrown in, which doesn't do too much more; but just sounds nice and allows the melody to end with a bit of style. Nice.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released February 2016

Title Retrograde Motion Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Myk Bee & Guy Alexander
Comments This has vocals that echo in and out which I really like, especially if not overdone. The slowdown has a really good feel, with noises floating in and out alongside a very nice synth. The tune starts a bit lethargic, almost progressive in its feel so you are left hoping for greater things. It doesn't really happen, which is annoying as the tune was crying out for it. You do get a strong and steady tune here, but it doesn't have that spark for 20 secs that just make it so much better. Really disappointing as this has potential.
Label Redux 138 : Released February 2016

Title Ultrafoxx new tune Airwave Remix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Art of Trance
Comments I do love Art of Trance and have listened to them since way back in the days. Their style has changed quite a lot over the years, but keep that underlying deep trance feel. I haven't liked all the recent stuff, but this has got something about it. Lots of sounds of yesteryear in the breakdown, I really like that. The beat is quite twangy, has a good flow to it and is very much on the deeper sound of trance; a bit psy in some respects. The ending is where it all comes together with the tune bringing all the sounds on top and what you get is a fantastic old school trance track. I don't see why this wouldn't appeal to new AoT fans over old as the production is just a great sound. Lots of great memories come flooding back with this one.
Label Platipus Music : Released February 2016

Title We Were Brothers Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Night Sky
Comments I love the way this starts. The beat is solid and it has just enough synth work going on that really does perk your interest. You also get a nice insight look at what is coming, with a nice uplift before the slowdown. I'm not a fan of the slowdown, whilst it's on the emotional tip and it does approach it very differently; it sounds like it's from a war film. It's different, so will leave there. The melody swings into life and it's a happy happy tune, keeps going from where it left off. It does have a bit of a flatness to it in that it a bit samey, but it actually works really well. The way the tune starts is a definite bonus and it ends in a very similar way. A good long melody with some nice high and lows. Worth a listen.
Label Abora Recordings : Released January 2016

Title The 3rd Chapter Original Mix

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3/5 : Good

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Artist Xijaro & Pitch
Comments This is quite a heavy sounding tune with a heavy slowdown, emotional with drums. This has a catchy tune to it and the synths are full on and loud. The tune itself is a bit too heavy for me, I do like the baseline and the sound that this track generates; but it's just a bit too much. Good direction with the main synth, but the stop and start aspects don't work too well for me. This will appeal to others and it is a good tune and sound, just not what I usually go for. Try for yourself.
Label Digital Euphoria Recordings : Released January 2016

Title Only Heaven Original Mix

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4/5 niiiccceeeee

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Artist Delta IV
Comments Very upbeat and emotional, but the slush actually sounds really good. Takes a while to get going, but bear with it. Once you get there, you have a really nice melody and feel, the synths work nicely and the beat is simple and effective. As the tune progresses it changes the tone, so you get feeling that something different has happened. The actual sound doesn't change too much, but in this case it doesn't need to. I feel like I'm properly full after this tune, nice and slushy.
Label Pulsar Recordings : Released January 2016

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