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Gabry Ponte - reviewed on 11/23/02
Artist: GABRY PONTE
Label: 2002 BlissCorporation (Italy)
Index #: PROMO
PONTE. If you have been following The Italian dance scene, you
know that he is one of three guys that are part of successful commercial
project EIFFEL 65. This born in 1973 DJ, started his career
at 17 in his hometown: Torino where he played in local discotheque.
His fame really picked up when he started working with BLISS CORPORATION
in DABLITZ project. Several great highly NRGetic
tunes came from this group. Most recently he worked with EIFFEL
65 and now we have his solo album, simply entitled: "Gabry
Ponte". What a wonderful album it is. First of all, he departed
from the EIFFEL 65 highly commercial DANCE
style almost entirely. Secondly, I was stunned by the beauty of the
album. It is truly a laboratory of DANCE.
What he accomplished in this album is something almost impossible
to achieve. He made an album that you can dance to, but you can also
listen to. Both worlds are in perfect harmony. This album is an outstanding
contribution to the DANCE scene for anyone:
from common listener to connoisseur of DANCE
music. GABRY challenging you with full spectrum of "reincarnated"
sound from '30, '70s and 90's all in updated interpretation to fit
2002. The album starts with "The Man In
The Moon" a typical SYNTH-POP
tune with some KRAFTWERK strings with synths ingredients. Very cute
fare. "Geordie" brings together
classic EURO sound with TRANCE
elements topped with male and female vocals. Surely to pack the dance
floor! "Got To Get" represents
combination of HOUSE with some passionate
PROGRESSIVE bassline. Another kicker
to blow you away if you are into electronic sound! In similar mood
is "Sharm Café" with interesting
twist of characteristic sound from the WWII era. Unbelievable and
fascinating combination with very slick outcome! Next is "Time
To Rock" a TECHNO/HOUSE with
some TRANCE feel tune previously released
as a single. This is the most known fare from this album, featured
in many compilations recently released. "Always
On My Mind" caters to EPIC/VOCAL
TRANCE. Excellent, rousing party platter with driving synths
and haunting female vocals. Be prepared for the album enpowered by
the cutting-edge DANCE and ELECTRONIC
sound packed into one wonderful set! For your enjoyment, I have prepared
sound sampler featuring 8 tunes taken from this offering. Enjoy!
01. The Man In The Moon
Elements - reviewed on 11/23/02
Label: 2002 CNR Music (Belgium)
Index #: 714221 012460
project from Belgium that caters to TRANCE/DREAM
HOUSE influenced sound. You might remember group's first single
released back in 2000 "Struggle For Pleasure".
This particular track immediately jumped into top of Belgian Dance
charts and was featured in countless compilatons as well as was remixed
by others (i.e. Rob Searle). Group even recorded the video to this
tune with lava eruptions and streams (visit VIDEO
CLIPS Section to see fragment of it). There were several follow-ups
like "Twin Peaks Theme" and
"A Forest" with less pronounced
success but managed to be in top of club charts. "Close
Cover" is the group's newest single. This one is definately
cashing on "Struggle For Pleasure"
with very similar melodic line and heavy usage of piano section giving
it DREAM feel. All four titles are featured
in the album and some of them in two mixes like "Close
Cover" or "Struggle For Pleasure"
just to name the few. MINIMALISTIX also put their talent on
giving a new feel to one of ELECTRONIC
music classic "Magic Fly" with
high-flying synthesizers and a hard-charging, pulsating bottom. This
very specific sound combining big room orchestra with electronic marvels
dominates in entire album. WILLIAM ORBIT's "Adagio
For Strings" originally remixed by FERRY CORSTEN is here
as well. Truly EPIC TRANCE is passionately
executed. Sparkling production soaring on majestic synths to die for.
Simply beautiful! Female vocals of Jamie featured In "A
Forest", "Voices for Jana"
or "Breaking The Waves" is inspiring
and passionate. I recommend this album to all of you who like big
room TRANCE with more trancendental feeling.
This one is just like that. I prepared sound sampler featuring 8 tunes
taken from the album. This is just a sample, but trust me the album
is much more. I played it again and again and many of my friends that
were stopping by just loved the sound I am sure you will do as well.
01. Close Cover - 3:30
Album - reviewed on 11/12/02
Artist: 2 PM
Label: 2002 Tribe Records (Norway)
Style: OPERA/VOCAL TRANCE
Index #: TR 10018
Let me present you an album by less known to me Norwegian DANCE/TRANCE project 2 PM. They really scored with their single "Sonata" based on well known MOZART classic tune: "Sonata Nr. 11". This particular single stayed as Numero Uno for unprecedented long time on Norwegian Hit list. As a matter of fact it seems that group decided to cash on it's success. OPERA TRANCE is not exactly the novel style. It has been around for a long time, however it never kicked. I personally like the sound of the genre and 2PM did an excellent job with several tunes recorded in that style. The albums starts with dark "Messiah". Opera singer, male deep vocal, church bells and soaring synths made this tune a seductive beginning for the album. If you like updated EURODANCE style "facelifted" with modern synth work and wonderful female vocals "Open Your Mind" is for you (two versions: album and Extended are featured). Also in two versions is "Mountain King", yet another classic tune (based on EDVARD's GRIEG - "In The Hall Of Mountain King") that got TRANCEY treatment. "C'mon" is pure DANCE tune starting with some whistle action ala DJ ALIGATOR PROJECT but that's where similarity ends. What takes over is the high pace melodic line. incredibly potent rhythm and intensive electronic pandemonium. "Fantasy" is a sizzling and powerful EURO with shimmering, blue-eyed female vocal that takes over! YES! Of course, album couldn't miss pure VOCAL TRANCE (all inspired dance acts nowadays use that approach). Here it is in "Little Star". For a split second I thought that ALICE DEEJAY joined the crew. Similar in style though with very uncomplicated lyrics, and very dancable. Mostly instrumental "Last Dance" blasts off with incredibly catchy, synth and chant driven electronic sound. Basically the album is filled with infectious, dynamic dance music. We are quite lucky these days to get some good EURO alike album. Recently reviewed RIMINI PROJECT and DYNAMIC albums with this one, shows that dance music is still alive and kicking. I prepared sound sampler featuring 9 tunes taken from the album. Enjoy!
01. Messiah (1)
The Next Chapter - reviewed on 11/12/02
Artist: MARIO LOPEZ
Label: 2002 A45 Music (Germany)
Index #: 0140882A45
am late with the review of this album that was released back in August
of this year. I got it just few days ago. I am sure name of MARIO
LOPEZ (real name: THOMAS SCHATZ) is familiar to all of
you who like melodic and uplifting TRANCE
sound. This 33 years old DJ and producer has been successfully pursuing
DJ career but also became highly respected producer and remixer. His
debut album "Mother Earth"
back in January of 2001 brought some huge club anthems such as "Sound
Of Nature Part 1, Part2" and "Into
My Brain" to name the few. Since then, MARIO did
countless remixes for such project as CJ STONE, 666, GREEN COURT etc.
He also worked on his new album not to mention extensive DJing in
one of the most prestigious dance club in Hannover: "Fun 2000".
Since the debut album we had several good tunes by MARIO himself.
Absolutely stunning "Blind"
with big, glorious synths and a hot pounding bottom. This title in
CJ Stone & Mr. Phillips Video Edit is in the album that also contains
another 14 tunes and video clip to "Feel
so Good" as a bonus. So, how is music though. MARIO
remains faithful to TRANCE sound throughout
the album. Well... not exactly. It is also filled with some rather
rough, wild and PROGRESSIVE quasi HOUSE
tunes. Good example is the opening tune: "Feel
So Good". It gets all these elements plus some drum action
in SAFRI DUO-like style topped with sexy and sensual female
vocal giving this fare a VOCAL TRANCE
feel. "Missing 2000" is MARIO's
cover done in NRGetic HOUSE
style. Not to worry though, the NRG-TRANCE
is in there as well. Kinda cool kicker. ACID
sound with some hard-charging and galloping synths dominates in "Dance
Electric" also some electronically charged BREAK
BEATS are thrown here as well. If you like AIRWAVE you
will love "Free Your Mind".
It's large room, majestic EPIC TRANCE
released also as single back in the end of April 2002. "Future
Trance" and "Eternally"
are done in the same category but with more aggressive keyboard and
synth action in the first one and angelic female vocals haunting the
second one. Both very interesting. Truly PROGRESSIVE
style in this album is represented by "Reincarnation
2002". Also "The Sun Always
Shines on TV" back from 2001 is here as well. There is
even almost classic DREAM sound ala ROBERT
MILES in "The Answer Is You".
So taken together, we have a full-throttle dance album you should
enjoy. For now check the sound sampler featuring 9 tunes taken from
this release. Enjoy!
01. Intro - 1:10
Heartbeats - reviewed on 11/02/02
Artist: RIMINI PROJECT
Label: 2002 Sony Music (Austria)
Index #: COL 5100412
remember, when last year I reviewed "Dance Balance", the
debut album from this Austrian project of multinational origin (SCANDINAVIA
- Anna Louise Molander from Sweden, SAMMY B and his sister
SARAH K from France) I was quite ecstatic! Now more than year
later the group is back with their second album after celebrating
the success of their two recent singles: "No
More Goodbye" and "To Be Or
Not To Be". Expect highly energetic EURO
sound heavily influenced by TRANCE synths.
Groups is already enjoying worldwide success including US market through
their US promoters: DANCE
ZONE PRODUCTION. Similar to their first album, their second
one is loaded with some great dance tunes. Definately "No
More Goodbye" is one of the strongest, contemporary EURO-TRANCE
hit to die for. The album starts with yet another potential smash
hit: "Scream My Name". This
tune delivers happy EURO sound with fired-up
synths and some bassline from 2 UNLIMITED school. Speaking
of some classic EURO. I mentioned previously
that SAMMY B. does very good RAPPING
in best EURO style available around,
bringing back memory of ICE MC. Indeed the group delivered
lucious remake of ICE MC's "Think
About The Way". Speaking of remakes, they also add some
new twist to REAL McCOY classic "Another
Night". Swaggering vocals sizzle here with masculine prowess,
backed up impressively by the muscle of some hard-charging, floor-packing
synthesizers. Excellent tune! Actually the album is filled with high
quality dance tunes. For instance "I Call
The Sun" is truly high-flying, absolutely gorgeous and
dazzling top-notch EURO/TRANCE production
topped with pounding, hypnotic bottom and lotsa pulsating riffs. A
riveting dance stomper. From their debut album comes group's original
hit "Moving Around" in DOME
Edit. The version they performed on video (included in the album).
Taken together well produced album to satisfy all of you savvy for
good dance. For now enjoy the sound sampler featuring 8 tunes taken
from this album. Enjoy!
01. Scream My Name (1)
The Beauty Of Silence - reviewed on 10/06/02
Artist: SVENSON & GIELEN
Label: 2002 Avex Trax (Japan)
Style: Euro Trance
Index #: AVCD-17137
If you are TRANCE
fan you should be familiar with such names as JOHAN GIELEN
and DJ SVENSON (SVEN MAES). Both guys released under AIRSCAPE
TRANCE monster "L'Esperanza".
The incredible success of this tune opened this duo of DJs and producers
doors to clubs all over the world. GIELEN & SVENSON released
also other TRANCE marvels such "The
Beauty Of Silence", "Twisted" or most recently
"We Know What You Did". They
also produced and released stuff under other names such as SVENSON
& DJ JON, BOCCACCIO LIFE (1998 "Time
- There's No Way", 1999 "Angels")
or BODY HEAT (1997, "Gonna Make
You Feel", 1998 "T-Fobia")
and others like BALEARIC BILL, ABNEA or DES MITCHELL
to name the few. Now under SVENSON & GIELEN, we finally
have their album out. It has been released in the end of August in
... JAPAN. GIELEN has many supporters in that country, served
on many occasions as resident DJ there, so no wonder why AVEX
took the initiative and both guys released there "The
Beauty Of Silence". The title tune recorded back in 2000
was another breakthrough in their carrier and had a huge play in Japan.
That is probably the reason why it was used to title this album. So
how about the music in this offering? You have here all the singles
released by this duo under SVENSON & GIELEN: "The
Beauty Of Silence", "Twisted" and "We
Know What You Did". All of them featured twice in various
mixes. In sound sampler I focused in general on new tunes. So you
have here beautifully crafted EUROTRANCE
"Unknown Pleasure" with angelic
vocal provided by SIMI NAH. High flying synth and DREAM
melodic line makes this offering truly a chilling experience. You
will love those hooks, turns and surprises. Truly charged tune, SIMI
NAH also provided vocals to "Evol in
Love". Another outstanding, smashing EUROTRANCE.
I know that hardline TRANCE fans will
call this cheesy tune, but hey... who said it has to be UNDERGROUND-oriented
album in the first place. It's gorgeous, dancable tune. Enjoy the
sound for now.
"Fujirama" is very elegant,
powerful and hard-galloping tune that gracefully slows down in the
middle to give transcendental feel. "Answer The Question"
is also energetic tune but rather on the dark side of TRANCE. Once
again the incredible synth work dominates the main theme. The presence
of masculine male vocals adds the mystery to this tune. Sounds kinda
russian to me though. You will appreciate truly incredible thrusting
synth lines that are both mesmerizing and seductive. This one is hot.
So taken together, you gotta get this one if you can. For the sound
sampler I have chosen 7 tunes (mostly new one). Enjoy the sound!
01. The Beauty Of Silence
Face The Future - reviewed on 10/06/02
Artist: RICHI M
Label: 2002 Stockholm Records (Sweden)
Style: Trance/Goa Trance/Techno/Progressive
Index #: 016 370-2
When I first heard RICHI's
M music back in 1998 I simply have fallen in love with his sound.
I was so flabbergasted that I also created his first home page here
on EuroDancehits.com. Now, 5 years later I am still impressed by his
music. Today I am presenting you THIRD
album in his discography. Album was released few months ago, but I finally
received it just yesterday. All of you who like variety of TECHNO-oriented
tunes should be pleased. This offering brings more sophisticated sound
that is not restricted to just one genre. As a matter of fact RICHI
M explores not only TECHNO or GOA
TRANCE he is very well known of, but also get into more PROGRESSIVE
side. Not only that. RICHI M incorporated in his album something
that is becoming very trendy these days in electronic music. It's MIDDLE
EAST TRIBAL with some AFRICAN ingredients sound built into blasting
TRANCE. There are several examples of this
approach like "United Colours"
or closing tune "Sons Of Heaven"
to give you examples. "Progressive"
gives as the title suggests PROGRESSIVE
feel. There is also what I consider classic RICHI M sound from
"Perfect World" era of 98. Such
tracks "Live In A Dream", "Face
The Future" or "El Ritmo"
deliver big, beautiful synthesizers and production that's bound to please
fans of this talented artist. Slammin', hard-edged TRANCE
tunes. As I mentioned before RICHI M does also some GOA
TRANCE like in "Aramandori".
Very ASTRAL PROJECTION-like tune. So taken together very good
release. For sound sampler I picked up 8 tunes so you can get better
feeling what's the album is all about! Enjoy the sound!
For more info about the group, please visit my Richi M page or his official page at
|01. Ancient Sumeria - 02:01
02. Face The Future - 03:07 (1)
03. Get Kinky - 07:03 (2)
04. Inside Of Me (Radio Version) - 03:27
05. Live In A Dream - 03:20 (3)
06. Progressive - 08:53
07. Lily's Back - 03:05 (4)
08. Aramandori - 07:43
09. El Ritmo - 03:10 (5)
10. United Colours - 06:27 (7)
11. Inside Of Me 1.0 - 04:05
12. Inside Of Me 2.0 - 04:45 (6)
13. Sons Of Heaven - 09:13 (8)
( ) - number in parenthesis indicates the order in sound sampler from this album
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