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Land Of Chakrila - reviewed on 09/22/02
Label: 2002 Linus Entertainment (Canada) / Kyloe Music Production (Sweden)
Style: Euro Trance
Index #: PROMO
I am pleased to announced
that the best EUROTRANCE album of 2002
by new incoming project has just arrived! I am not sure how many of
you are familiar with DYNAMIC, but if you are not, you really
should. DYNAMIC comes from Göteborg in SWEDEN and consists
of ERIK SKÅPDAL, CHRISTIAN RÖHSS (part of another
Swedish project AURA) CLAES MÖLLER and NICOLA
MANIETTE (previously part of DYNAMO, yet another Swedish
project). DYNAMIC progressively walking their way to DANCE
stardom. Group's first single "La Marche
de la Lune" ranked at Number 1 for 8 consecutive weeks
on mp3.com. As a matter of fact. mp3.com
was the project's intitial way of exposing their music to the public.
Recently, Canadian label LINUS ENTERTAINMENT
signed the group and released their first album featuring 12 full
length tunes. They were previously available on mp3.com only. What
can I say? We have here quality uplifting and epic EURO/TRANCE
at it's best. Let not the age full you! This very talented group of
young fellows deliver mature dance sound. The quality that brings
them close to other TRANCE/TECHNO oriented
artist/projects such as DARUDE, PPK, ATB etc. Not only that.
The music DYNAMIC presents is not just TRANCE
but really a combination of EURODANCE
beat with TRANCE synth strings. When
I listened to this album it reminded me a bit of another dance project
from Sweden reviewed here few years ago: LA CREAM and more
recently Austrian RIMINI PROJECT (that from the EURO
side) and SYLVER or MILK INC (from TRANCE
side). The album starts with forementioned "La
Marche de la Lune" that was group's first single with
gorgeous fusion of PROGRESSIVE/TRANCE/DANCE.
Two versions are featured in the album (radio and extended). Such
tunes as "The Answer", "Make
You Believe", "Naked" are truly melodic and
bouncing. Please take your time and listen to this album. You will
love it! There are no fillers in this album. If you like melodic TRANCE,
you will like this album as well. Presented sound sampler featured
8 tunes from this offering. These are only the sampler though! You
cannot afford missing the real thing. Enjoy the sound for now.
01. La Marche De La Lune
Kameleon - reviewed on 09/22/02
Label: 2002 Hit'N'Hot Music (Poland)
Index #: H'n'H CD 0715046
Another release on similar
genre as above reviewed album, this time from Polish top DANCE
group: D-BOMB. I have already reviewed three of their previous
albums, now it's time for the fifth one entitled "Kameleon"
(engl. "Cameleon"). From
the original crew remained BARTEK now the new female vocalist,
cute long-legged BARBARA and another male member MICHAL.
The title of the fifth album represents changes in group (people joining
in, leaving, changes in haircuts, so anything related to changes). The
style also changed. The group was always recording in DANCE/POP
even RAP, but now they have decided to try new formula influence by
SYLVER, MILK INC., and other EURO/TRANCE
oriented acts. Well... they did a good job in achieving the sound. You
might get used that VOCAL TRANCE is presented
by female members of forementioned projects. Well... D-BOMB used
the male vocals to achieve thie goal. I have to admit, it didn't work.
I find the male vocals rather annoying. It's good for RAPPING,
POP but for VOCAL TRANCE...? Not
really! Not in this format at least. In spite that, entire album is
actually very good, probably one of the best ever released by this project.
Basically, group learned how to make the good DANCE
music. Very well done production with interestingly arranged synth works
that's bound to please the EURO/TRANCE
fans out there. These are strong elements . It's a slick, well produced
offering with DANCE undertone and good
melodies all over. There is a downside though. The market is already
flooded with similar sound in the same vein and not really a new ground
is broken here. I can only say without doubt, that you will enjoy the
album if you are fan of the style. It might be a little exotic to listen
lyrincs in unknown language to you, but heck... why not (there are though
two titles in English). Please listen to a sound sampler with 8 tunes
from the album. Enjoy!
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01. Kameleon (Cameleon)
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S4! SASH - reviewed on 09/15/02
Label: 2002 X-it Records (Germany)
Index #: PROMO
Finally the wait is almost
over. It took more than 2 years for SASH! to release
a brand new album. "S4! SASH"
fourth album in his discography will hit the streets in the end of
October 2002, so for now you have the rare opportunity to preview
what's coming. First single: "Ganbareh"
from this album was released back in June 2002. Track became an instant
hit, and obviously generated an interest of what the album might sound
like. In the beginning of October second track will be released as
single "Run". This on is done
with BOY GEORGE. Both singles are very different,
while "Ganbareh" offers good
electronic sound "Run" is rather
FUNKY POPster, but with good beat and
rhythm. So, it pretty much tells you what the album is about. SASH!
spent this "break" well and fruitful. The result is refreshing
with various style and interpretations that parts this release from
more and more generic electronic sound contaminating dance scene.
It starts with big room "Overture".
Beautiful female vocals with mesmerizing melodic line. I couldn't
resist, and put that track in sound sampler. The next one is "Ganbareh"
presented in Extended version. By now you were exposed to this tune
ad libitum. Very good and meldic tune, showing how much SASH
enjoy exotic cultures. When I made the sound sampler (featuring 10
tunes) I focused mostly in truly TRANCE/TECHNO/DANCE
oriented tunes. So you will find here "Sunset",
yet another magnificent vocal TRANCE
uplifting masterpiece, deliciously turbulent "Nessum
Dorma" with uplifting synthline, "Habibi"
big room TECHNO with pounding beat for
massive club play. Among other interesting tunes that I featured in
sound sampler are also: "Baila Loca",
rather generic but melodic tune, "S4! Sash"
dark, gloroiusly ambient tune however with some energy built in, and
several others. I am sure you will find this release interesting and
worth of spending money. Hardcore fans of SASH! should have a blast!
For now enjoy the sound of sound sampler featuring 10 tunes from this
quite original release!
01. Ouverture - 01:22
Cold Blood - reviewed on 09/15/02
Artist: VOODOO AND SERANO
Label: 2002 Radical Records (US)
Style: Hard Trance/Techno
Index #: PROMO
WOWSER! Very impressive
movement from US-based label RADIKAL
RECORDS that gathered some hot European dance projects
in their portfolio (ATB, KLUBBHEADS, BLANK AND JONES, BROOKLYN
BOUNCE to name the few). This time they are bringing the
worldwide debut album from two IBIZA-based DJs VOODOO and
SERANO before it is being released in Europe (very similar
case to new album from DJ SAMMY). No wonder why though. Their 2001
single "Blood is Pumpin'" became
massive club tune played in many US and European club. Next single
"Slide To Vibe/This Is Acid"
(double tune release) received heavy rotation as well. RADIKAL is
cashing on duo's club popularity. VOODOO and SERANO
are not new on the dance scene. This duo is gaining more and more
popularity in Europe. With two mentioned singles and several remixes
for such projects as IAN VAN DAHL, N-TRANCE, JT COMPANY, HAMPENBERG,
FUTURE BREEZE just to name the few, this project is one hot
cookie! Now you can listen to their debut album that delivers 12 mostly
highly charged and pumped HARD TRANCE/TECHNO
and PROGRESSIVE sound. All three previously
released tunes are here, and another 9 (including intro) are brand
new. No surprise in terms of the style dominating this release. VOODOO
and SERANO sticked to their formula. There is however some
a bit of soft, AMBIENT mixed with TRIBAL
sound like one present in "Particular Beach"
for instance. If you are into speed and psychedelic TECHNO,
try "When I Rock", if you would
like some heavy drums, don't look further. "Stay
Awake" is for you! For HARD TRANCE fans they offer "Loss
Of Innocence". So taken together hard core electronic lovers
will have some fun. If you like previous tunes from this project,
you would like the album. For now enjoy the sound sampler featuring
6 tunes from this quite original release!
01. Slice (Intro)
Club Space - reviewed on 09/15/02
Label: 2002 CP Music (Estonia)
Index #: CPCD 0009
year I introduced you to this Estonian project with their "King
Size" album. As a reminder, the project started
about 5 years and was established by two producers and deejays: KALLE
KUKK (28) and MARKKU TIIDUMAA (28) both born in Tallinn.
The name of the project in Estonian language stands for a "speedboat".
CAATER themselves described their music as mix of TRANCE
and EURODISCO with ingredients of HOUSE
and TECHNO. While it might be true in
terms of their previous releases, their newest album presented today
is rather strictly hardcore TECHNO and
dark TRANCE. Presented album was released
in Estonia, however there is traditionally scandinavian edition with
a little bit different track listing. No matter which album you will
get, the music is similar. Album starts with CAATER's
interpretation of classic DEPECHE MODE's "Enjoy
The Silence". This tune is featured twice. The album version
is rather uplifting TECHNO with distinct
TRANCE elements, while Bostix Remix has
rather big room TRANCE flavor. Both are
indeed great dance interpretations. "Master
Tune" reminds me BROOKLYN BOUNCE. Recorded
in less progressive style that BROOKLYN BOUNCE, yet
the similarities are quite obvious. Probably female vocals and characteristic
melodic line gives that impression. One of my personal favorite tunes
is "Somebody". Again tune featured
twice. This one is getting as close it can be to nowadays populer
VOCAL TRANCE. With high-flying synth
line and female vocals tune serves as good example of this particular
style. "Friday" follows into
TRANCE style as well though. Another
uplifting tune. After this tune, style shifts more into TECHNO
style with such examples as "Foam"
or "Ultra Light". So taken
together, an interesting follow up to their last year album. Check
the sound sampler featuring 6 tunes from this album! Enjoy!
01. Enjoy The Silence
Vision - reviewed on 09/15/02
Artist: MARIO PIÚ
Label: 2002 Edel / Media Records (Germany)
Index #: 0141322CLU
PIU is unquestionable icon of Italian TECHNO
scene. He was one of the pioneers of this sound in Italy. Well regarded
producer and DJ with appearances in many clubs all over the world
and 12 years in music industry. You are probably familiar with many
tracks produced by himself or in collaboration with another well regarded
writer, producer and Italian DJ MAURO PICOTTO. Such
tunes as "Techno Harmony", "Dedicated",
"Arabian Pleasure" became huge hits in TECHNO
scene. His most recent single "Love Game"
(in collaboration with PRINCIPE MAURICE) is already storming clubs.
Check the VIDEO
section for some of the clips featuring these titles. Presented album
most of previously released single and some new material as well.
If you didn't have a chance to check MARIO's music,
here is your chance. Among new titles you are getting "Chemic",
more into AMBIENT site of TECHNO
with HOUSE feel, "Twister"
with deliciously turbulent synth lines, the soaring epic TECHNO/TRANCE
fare "Sensation" or dark TECHNO
sound with ethereal synth lines in "Unicorn".
Check the sound sampler featuring 6 tunes from this album! Enjoy!
01. Wind - 1:02
Heaven - reviewed on 08/30/02
Artist: DJ SAMMY
Label: 2002 Robbins Entertainment (US)
Index #: 76869-75031-2
Very, very unusual to
have DANCE album by well regarded European
DJ being released FIRST in the US. Robbins Entertainment has been
promoting DJ SAMMY for almost a year with an enormous
success of DJ SAMMY/YANOU single "Heaven".
No wonder why the album is entitled simply like that. Speaking of
DJ SAMMY, I already reviewed several of his releases
in past few years. DJ SAMMY was born in Mallorca
(Spain) back in 1969 and is probably currently one of the most known
Spanish DJs. You probably know his project LOONA
that features his partner of many years: MARIE JOSÉ.
She is also featured in several songs in this finally released album.
DJ SAMMY is a very productive DJs with almost 200
gigs a year (imagine that!), so he has no or little time to spend
time on his own music. Well... Maybe it took a while, but we finally
have his new album that was just released. Album features 13 songs
and they are recorded in several flavors of DANCE
style. Not only original songs are here but also some "remakes"
or even "own interpretations" of the classic songs or melodies.
For instance, he brings big room TRANCE
sound to now classic "California Dreamin'".
Sizziling production topped with LOONA happy vocals.
Of course "Heaven" single is
here as well. This song became a huge hit all over the Europe and
here in the US. The female vocals belong to DO. The
album features two versions and one of them: Candlelight Mix is actually
very slow, ballad like. It's OK though, because this version closes
the album. TRIBAL/TRADITIONAL sound of
"El Condor Pasa" has been violated
by powerful TRANCE strings. There are
more cool "remakes" in DANCE
style such as "The Boys Of Summer"
that starts ala-FRAGMA and actually stays that way
throughout. LOONA and MEL give the
vocal part. You probably want to know what's original and new. You
should not be dissapointed. There are few. For instnace "Beautiful
Smile" that is truly uplifting EURODANCE/TRANCE
tune with LOONA's vocal as well or magnificent "Vive
El Presente" with male vocals provided by DICAPRIO.
While many tunes are infact energetic dance, there are also slower
one like "Sunlight". So taken
together an interesting offering. I am glad we are priviledged here
in America to have this album first. I am just curious how European
release will differ. :-) Enjoy sound sampler featuring 6 tunes taken
from this album.
01. California Dreamin'
No 2 - reviewed on 08/30/02
Artist: MARSZALEK BAND
Label: 2002 Media Sound (US)
Index #: 00001 54548 5
For Eastern/Middle European
immigrants here in the US I have this album. It has been released
by Polish formation MARSZALEK BAND based in Chicago.
They already gained reputation of being Chicago's STACHURSKY-like,
a well known Polish DANCE project. The
group is lead by PIOTR MARSZALEK, known locally showman.
He received his musical education back in Poland. Presented album
is their's second one. MARSZALEK BAND does do DANCE
music, however they do not limit themselves to just one style. As
a matter of fact they offer much wider choices of styles. The album
proves it very well. Among some good DANCE
tunes are very catchy TRANCEY/NRG "Jestes
piekna jak milion dolarow". Good melodic line.
If you are not Polish, you obviously will not understand the lyrics.
However, they usually bring some deeper thoughts. That can be only
appreciated by native speakers of the language. But what the heck
music itself will give you an idea. Other very dancable tunes are
"Byc Dla Ciebie" ,"Cadillaki
Elvisa" or "To Be All For You".
All these songs are fast NRG oriented
tunes very close to EURODANCE sound.
On the other hand you have some more POP/REGGAE
oriented tune such as "Pierwszy Dzien"
or rather dark HOUSEY/TECHNO tune with
strong RAP component "Przy-rap-slowia".
You should enjoy the album. It's different, it might be naive for
some of you, but if you like simple dance, you might have your lottery
ticket right here. Listen to a sound sampler featuring 6 tunes taken
from this album. Enjoy!
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Armin Van Buuren 004 - Transparance - reviewed on 08/09/02
Artist: ARMIN VAN BUUREN
Label: 2002 United Recordings (Holland)
Index #: UTD 8001
Getting back with reviews,
let me present quite delayed review of brand new album/compilation
from this well recognized Dutch DJ and producer. Even if the review
is in late, the release is still available from from US-based Euromusic
World internet music store, so you still can be lucky to get
one. "Armin Van Buuren 004- Transparance"
is fourth full-length release by ARMIN eho along with DJ
TIËSTO, FERRY CORSTEN and other DJs represent the main TRANCE/PROGRESSIVE
force in Holland. You should be prepare for a surprise. You might
recall ARMIN playing good melodic TRANCE
in his settings but this offering is different. While you still have
upbeat TRANCE tunes here and there, ARMIN
focused more on the climate he wanted to create, the karma of relentless
sound to keep your mind stimulating. The job was perfectly done, and
I am sure you will certainly value it, but some of you might get dissapointed
and even find this offering a boring one. Well... The nusic does the
justice and you really have to listen to entire CD to appreciate the
quality of the music. So, ad rem. I prepared a sound sampler with
10 tunes taken from both CDs. Be warned though, that these are only
examples, the real thing is what you should get to make up your mind!
As always enjoy the music and borderless sound.
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01. SARAH MCLACHLAN - Fear (Hybrid's Super Collider Mix)
02. WAY OUT WEST feat. TRICIA LEE KELSHALL - Mindcircus (DJ Dazzle's Royal Air Force Mix)
03. BUSY BOYS feat. NAT - Flow Emotion (Galea And Lush Mix)
04. VIRIDIAN - Sunhump (Classified Project Remix #2) (2)
05. JOKER JAM - Innocence (Paul Van Dyk TPOD Remix)
06. WEEKEND PLAYERS - Into The Sun (Riva Remix) (3)
07. SPACE LOVERS - Spacelover (Daniele Tino Space Dark Mix)
08. KONKRETE - Law Unto Myself (Dub Version)
09. ALPHA BREED - Beyond The Moon (Freejack's Energy Mix) (4)
10. ROBERT & JARON - Walls Of Indonesia (5)
11. AQUANUTS - Deep Sea
12. TASTE EXPERIENCE - Highlander (Ralphie B's Massive Mix)
13. SHANE - Too Late To Turn (Armin Van Buuren Remix) (1)
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Substance (2CDs Limited Edition) - reviewed on 05/05/02
Artist: BLANK & JONES
Label: 2002 Gang Go Music / Edel Records (Germany)
Index #: 013904-2 GAG
BLANK & JONES
are back with brand new full length album "Subtance".
This album is so special by so many means. First of all, the album
is actually mixed. Secondly it is double CD set, thirdly ... it is
just beautiful! Ditto to both guys for delivering such marvellous
offering. First CD serves as journey through the TRANCE
sound. Journey that is very interactive with your senses. It starts
with rather ambient intro "Substance".
Very passionate beginning with some mysterious hooks and beats even
enriched by some NEW AGE, trancendental
sound pouring drop by drop into the pot of marvellous TRANCE
abyss. The next is "Desire".
This one is very BLANK & JONES in style well reminding
their previous fares. Predominantly instrumental powerful production
with female vocal touch! The outcome is exploding! It is followed
by TECHNO/TRANCE thunderous "Watching
The Wave". Next tune "Coming
To Life" delivers dazzling synths and powerful riffs all
over! You will be mesmerized by it's brilliant music line and beautifully
crafted electronic sound. Even more explosive is "Elve's
Cry". Another beautiful high flying and passionate TRANCE
fare. BREAK & BEATS fans should check
"Suburban Hell". While the
tune falls into this style, it still has a lot of more PROGRESSIVE/TECHNO
touch! Well... there are truly many more tunes to check n the first
CD, but trust me, the music presented here is of outstanding quality.
Second CD features 5 tunes and they are simply hard to get mixes of
previously known tunes. Taken together, truly an outstanding album
with marvellous music to cherish! Please take your time and listen
to the sound sampler that features 7 tunes from this double CD album!
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