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Coctail E-Rotic - reviewed on 07/23/03
Label: 2003 Bros Music (Germany) /Avex (Japan)
Index #: AVCD-17285
Few months ago I presented
brand new album by E-ROTIC entitled "Total
Recall" featuring group's previous hits done in TRANCE
style. Few months later, we have just released yet another album from
this mega EURO group entitled: "Coctail
E-Rotic". I am sure, true fans of this group were
waiting impatiently for this release, because of the expectation of
having brand new material and material it is or... is it not? All
depends on the point of view. "Coctail
E-rotic" delivers characteristic for the group sound
and beat that is as closest to original EURODANCE
you can get. The music is uplifting and in most titles sexual innuendoes
remain an important part of the album. These days when true EURO
is very rare, this album shines. Fans of the group and BROS
team should be pretty much satisfied. If you are expecting something
dramatically new, you will not get it. I think, it is actually a plus.
E-ROTIC delivers the sound we know, we love, no surprising
experiments that could raise dissapointment. So how about the music
in some details? Album offers 16 tunes (13 original + 3 extended versions).
All the material is new, however some tunes are close to older songs.
For instance, "Rave Me Dave"
is very close if not almost identical to classic "Sex
On The Phone". Your memory of the past time is
being truly revived. The first song on the album "Lemmings
On The Run" is presented twice. As an album version it
is high-flying, hard-charged EURO with
class and panache, while Extended Version sports some club feel. The
best tune in my humble opinion is "Don't
You See The Light" that is incredibly powerful and superb
in every way. High flying synthesizers with Lydia's voice join forces
to turn this fare into most breath-takingly beautiful and exciting
dance experience. The album is literally flooded by melodic, simple-minded
tracks that are simply plain fun like NRGetic
"I Feel Your Heartbeat", "I'm
Over You" (also in two versions, truly mind blowing and
explosive EURODANCE), "Coctail
D'Erotique" (imagine BAD BOYS BLUE sound in E-ROTIC
interpretation, that what this tune reminds me of). "Is
That The Way You Are?" have some ABBA feel of "The
Winner Takes It All". Another stunning EURO I have to
admit! The album also sports some hot latino sound in "Latin
Lover". This is very cleverly done tune that actually
levered LATIN sound to a very interesting
DANCE powerhouse with EURODANCE
feel. Entire album is full of enery so there is only ONE slow tune:
"Bolero". It brings some passion
to really calm you down. A perfect ending for the album that kept
you on your feet. This CD is copy protected, however special player
for Windows system is provided that plays music at lower bitrate.
Also there was a multimedia track that should end-up with the album
but it didn't. It is 32 MB Micromedia
presentation with extended information on producers, group itself
and discography playable on Windows-based systems. A cool stuff. You
can download it from here
(move your mouse over the world "here", click your right
bottom and choose option "Save Target As ...). "Coctail
E-rotic" is released in Japan by AVEX and is only
available as an import. It will cost you more that $30.00 to get it
with Express Mail shipping included, but there is no price for priceless
material. Since virtually every fare in this album is good, I decided
to prepare the sound sampler with 8 tracks to spice your appetite.
Please check out the sound sampler and get the album! Support ingenious
BROS team and the marvellous work done by them. For now enjoy the
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01. Lemmings On The Run
Universe (The 12th Album) - reviewed on 07/19/03
Artist: MODERN TALKING
Label: 2003 BMG Berlin Musik / Hansa (Germany)
Index #: 82876 50815 2
I am reviewing the 12th album of MODERN TALKING after several weeks of it's initial release. If you are hardcore fan of this mega German DANCE project of THOMAS ANDERS and DIETER BOHLEN, you know that MODERN TALKING is now history. Very sad indeed. Both guys stormed dance charts since 1985 and after decade of silence joined their forces together to call it a quit now. No matter what, MODERN TALKING became a CLASSIC of DANCE and as such will be cited in encyclopedias. So how is group's 12th and last album entitled "Universe". There was actually quite extensive discussion on our CHATBOARD regarding this album. Some people called it a joke and dissapointment, other were praising it. I personally found this album of extreme interest. Not only both guys once again shown genuine talent in performing but also music written by Dieter is brilliant. This album is truly special. It is diversified in terms of styles. Definately album to serve both your ears and your legs. It starts with "TV Makes The Superstar". A rather POP-ish, yet catchy tune. This style was sported by the project in few last albums. With "I'm No Rockefeller" we are getting into more DANCE climate with some FRENCH folk music elements. Very uplifting production with catchy melody. MODERN TALKING reached also to Spanish subculture. Good example is next tune "Mystery". Another example of uplifting NRG tune now with some corrida flavor. "Everybody Needs Somebody" is ingenious EURODANCE production. Great melody line and incredible catchy. Truly a trademark of MODERN TALKING at it's best. Hard-charged big room stomper "Who Will Be There" will satisfy hardcore fans as well. Spectacular tune that has it's own feel with hypnotically rhythmic rolling DISCO bottom and fierce vocals. There are more examples of revitilized EURO sound in tracks like "Should I, Would I, Could I" or "Nothing But The Truth". Both sounds very alike and provide galloping combo of EURO/NRG sound in classic MODERN TALKING style. There are also slower, more ballad like tunes that offer their own unique beauty such as "Heart Of An Angel" or very SOULish "Blackbird". Taken together this last MODERN TALKING should be part of your collection, not only because it is the last album from this legendary team, but because it is just simply very good! In sound sampler I featured 6 DANCE oriented tunes. Enjoy the music and buy the album as your personal tribute to the legend!
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01. TV Makes The Superstar
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The Stadium Techno Experience - reviewed on 07/19/03
Label: 2003 Sheffield Tunes/Edel Records (Germany)
Style: Techno / Hard Trance
Index #: 0147102 STU
Brand new album by German
mega TECHNO project SCOOTER is out
now for several weeks. This yet another legendary group with 15 albums
in their account not to mention many singles. Two titles from "The
Stadium Techno Experience" are out for a while: "Weekend"
and "The Night". (check VIDEO
SECTION for clips of both tunes). As usually H.P. BAXXTER dominates
entire album with his loud voice. The sound is interesting as well.
SCOOTER elected to do "own interpretations" of some
classic tunes. For instance mentioned above "The
Night" comes from ITALO-DISCO
era and was originally performed by VALERIE DORE.
If you know the original, you will have hard time to recognize the tune.
Not that much left off the original sound. The refrain has it, but the
vocal has been pitched and computerized. Generally it is hard pounding
TECHNO. Another "remake" of ITALO-DISCO
classic by HYPNOSIS but originally written by VANGELIS
is "Pulstar". As of "Roll
Baby Roll" I know it reminds me ABBA's "Arrival".
Was it originally by them I don't know. The outcome is brilliant TECHNO
tune with some heavy Scottish influence. "Liquid
is Liquid," is a cover of an old XL Records classic by
the same name. That original version was performed by a duo called LIQUID.
The track was a big sensation in the fall of 1992. Before "Liquid
is Liquid," LIQUID had produced the charming "Sweet
Harmony" for XL. The group was considered "AMBIENT
TECHNO"--until ORBITAL's serene brown album came out in
1993 and totally redefined our concept of gorgeous boom-boom music.
The album has some other surprises as well. Seems to me SCOOTER
give themselves also into TRANCE sound.
Great examples of quality tunes from this genre is instrumental
"Level One" fare gorgeous synths and defined bassline
with some "sound of nature" effects in the background. "Like
Hypa Said" is wicked fare. Hard to define as it gives TECHNO,
TRANCE, female vocals together a new definition and new heights.
Wait until 2:30 minutes of the tune and then you will enter FERRY
CORSTEN's-alike big room, stunning and hypnotic TRANCE
marvel, however it has it's own style and of course H.P. BAXXTER
had to give his loud vocals for additional drama. I have fallen in love
with this beauty instantaneously. The album closes "Soul
Train". No ,it is not a SOUL
track but rather AMBIENT TECHNO/TRANCE
with angelic synths works for the ultimate floor experience. Taken together,
very well produced album with interesting selection of the music. With
this album SCOOTER proves again to stay in the cutting-edge of
electronic sound. In sound sampler I featured 8 tunes taken from this
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special thanks goes to KING PIGEON for his comment on "Liquid Is Liquid" tune
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We Love Italo Disco - reviewed on 06/06/03
Artist: MASTER BLASTER
Label: 2003 Clubland Records / Sony Music (Germany)
Index #: EPC 512369 2
I know there have been a lot of fans of this new German trio project of SASCHA VAN HOLT, RICO BASS and MIKE DE VILLE. Their first single "Hypnotic Tango" did very well all over the world. Further review of this album is done by Chris Sarris a Greek/Euro Dance DJ from Birmingham, AL. I do not necessary agree with all the points made in this review, but I have decided to give this unsolicited review a try, since you might be tired of my point of view. So here it is: "I am a relatively new fan of MASTER BLASTER. I have been playing some of MASTER BLASTER's singles in the clubs for the past few months now such as "How Old R U", "Hypnotic Tango", and "Another Life." MASTER BLASTER reminds me a lot of some of DJ BOBO's older stuff such as "Somebody Dance With Me", "Freedom", and "Let The Dream Come True." This CD is EURODANCE at it's finest and covers a lot of Italian dance covers. The CD starts out with an "Intro" getting you ready for the CD stealing snippets and melodies from the CD. The first real track is "How Old R U." This song is one of the best on the CD and has a great melody/chorus and sure to keep people on the dance floor. This song is slowly making it big all over the world right now and is very trancy for a euro dance track. It is a cover of song from MIKO MISSION. The next track is very similar to "How Old R U", but is probably the best track on the CD and it's called "Hypnotic Tango." It has a high voice singing the chorus much like what is heard in the songs by German techno group SCOOTER. The track is highly danceable and very catchy. It was originally by MY MINES. The next song is "Panama (Quima Ya)" and this song hard TECHNO/TRANCE and mostly and instrumental track. "Another Life" is another great DANCE track and sounds a lot like a track from the 80's or FREESTYLE. It has a DISCO feel to it and it is another track to keep people on the dance floor for the next year. This is one of my favorite tracks to play in the club because it's so easy to blend with many other songs. "Delerium Mind" is a good track, but it is mainly a listener track. It's got a good beat, but nothing spectacular. "The One" is a great track and sounds a lot like "How Old R U" when it gets to the chorus. It also has a great chorus. "Pay 4 Ur Life" has a very fast beat and it's a tough song to get people dancing to. I think this song makes for excellent driving music. "Get Closer" (originally by VALERIE DORE) is another one of those songs with which sounds to be an older track in the background and the music is blistering. It sounds operatic with a EURO beat and melody. I like this song. The final regular track on the CD is "Happy Children" (originally by P. LION). It is reminiscent of some of the other songs on the CD and seems to be more of a filler track. The "Italo Boot Mix" is awesome. It takes all the songs from the CD and mixes them together and makes one huge 11 minute track. This track sums up the CD and basically shows that MASTER BLASTER has a future with awesome dance tracks for the Euro crowd. The CD closes with a cool "Outro"! Enjoy!!" As a sound sampler I used track 11 "Italo Boot Mix". Please support this group and buy their product.
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More Than Alive - reviewed on 06/06/03
Artist: DA BUZZ
Label: 2003 Edel Records AB (Sweden)
Index #: PROMO
Just few days ago third
album by Swedish project of ANNIKA THÖRNQUIST, PER LINDÉN
and PIER SCHMID was released. I remember their first album
"Da Sound" released back in 2000. At
that time it was quite sensational among all of us who followed the
DANCE scene. Two years later group released
"Wanna Be With Me",
their second album. Now we have their third offering "More
Than Alive". I liked the group, so I have waited with
anticipation what this new album will bring. Listening to it for the
first time was a disspointment for me. Group really shifted to more
POP sound and I was expecting pure DANCE.
There are some really great DANCE tunes
though. "Alive" is an excellent
example where the group combined catchy melodic line with rhythmic
beat. This particular song released as the first signle from the album
is already in Scandinavian Dance charts and climbing (#1 in Sweden).
It's on the way to become a global smash. "Can
You Feel The Same Way Too" moved more into POP
side, yet it retains terrific vocal, melodies and production within
the DANCE genre. "Cause
I Need Your Love" has some similarities with ABBA
sound if you will. It's POP/DANCE in
more commercial venue. This is in fact a powerful fare, brilliantly
done. You will like it. "Stop Look Listen"
is almost plain DISCO sound taken from
80's. Nothing to brag about, but I found interesting that group actually
decided to give that sound a shot. "Heaven"
starts almost as a ROCK tune, but it
raises into spectacular EURO/NRG with
hard-charging synth lines and a great blue eye vocals. I have to admit
this one was also a surprise to me, because it take a skill and creative
mind to be able to modernizing this sound to a very well rounded and
crafted fare. "I'll Give You All The Love"
is yet another example of energized POP.
This is also strong production showing group's versatility. "U
and I" is also a nice DANCE
sound with Spanish elements. It's a gloriously glitzy and melodic.
This pretty much wraps the DANCE side
of this album, everything else is rather POP
sound. "Wanna Love You Forever"
is actually happy fare for the summer. Not gonna make a club monster,
but will have fans to dance it to. It has potentials to become a hit!
Another tune that has potential is "Tonight
Is The Night". The way it's done now it has limited drama,
but remixed could be a material for single and you will fall in love
with it. So taken together, the album has to be listen to it. Some
of you will like it, some of you won't. All is subject of opinion.
I can tell that group matured over the years and is capable of producing
almost any type of sound. In sound sampler I am featuring 7 tunes
taken from this album. Enjoy!
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01. Alive (1)
Believe - reviewed on 05/13/03
Artist: 4 STRINGS
Label: 2003 Spinnin' Records (Holland) / Ultra Records (US)
Index #: UL1164-2
We in US are priviledged
to be the first to hear the debut album by the Dutch project of
CARLO RESOORT: 4 STRINGS. CARLO is not new to a
TRANCE scene. As a matter of fact he
has been producing club music for last 9 years. He scored several
major clubhits under other names. For instance as CARLOS he
had a worldwide club hit "The Silmarilla"
back in 1998. His other projects include ALENA ("Turn
It Around") or MADELENE ("Beautiful
Child", "A Deeper Love"). The first 4 STRINGS'
single was released back in 2000 "Day Time".
It was a massive club hit played worldwide. Next was instrumental
"Into The Night" that received
major play as well. The demand was rising for this tune, but as you
all know instrumental versions are not exactly radio DJ-friendly.
It was logical choice to add vocals and that is how "Take
Me Away (Into The Night)" was born. 4 STRINGS later
released follow up fare "Diving"
and most recently "Let It Rain".
The female vocalist is 22 years old VANESSA van HEMERT who
previously worked with ... ALICE DEEJAY. "Believe"
album features all mentioned above titles and new material. Among
new tunes are "Revelation".
It is uplifting TRANCE with lotsa NRG
built in further enriched with bright, galloping synths and extra
catchy melody. VANESSA sounds wonderful, sexy and shimmering.
"Let It Rain" is featured here
as Interlude and Album Version. This fare has celtic feeling that
transforms into beautiful TRANCE marvel
with giddy, galloping synths and bright, deceptively uplifting melody.
Very uplifting is also "Summer Sun".
It is combination of IBIZA-style TECHNO/TRANCE
with velvet voice and blasting synths that are taking over while the
tune progresses. "Beside Us"
brings up to light yet another stumper with distant female vocals
in a lively, invigorating production ripe. The music is wonderfully
composed. It is amazing how it begins to rise to a mesmerizing, full
blown TRANCE gem. Truly a lucious and
intoxicating production. Of course I cannot miss the title song "Believe".
I hope it will be released as a single. This is very silky EURO-TRANCE
with sparkling synths with meaningful lyrics. A fantastic, full blown
track to give you goosebumps. You will love the texture of this one.
Trust me! Taken together very well crafted album with 18 tracks that
surely will stimulate your mind. The album offers you also video clip
to "Take Me Away" as a bonus.
I recommend this album as a valued addendum to your dance collection.
Not to mention you should support this sound by buying this release.
I think it is very important that you will do that, so American labels
will get more and more European releases. After all for industry,
it is just money, for us is definately something we want to live for.
For now enjoy sound sampler featuring 9 tunes representing
mostly new material since I am sure you are already aware of project's
previous songs. Enjoy!
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Critical Path - reviewed on 05/13/03
Artist: CRITICAL 7
Label: 2003 Port One Studios (Canada)
Index #: PROMO
I rememember, it was
in late 80's when for the first time I heard ENIGMA in a local DJ
store. Nobody paid attention to it, resident DJs called it boring
and not worth to pick it up. I had different prospective and said
this is going to be huge. Well... I have proven to be right. Why am
I saying it? I have recently received this album from a Canadian indie
group that is trying to break to dance industry. These days electronic
sound is focusing on TECHNO and TRANCE
and as we all know it is starting wearing off, is very repetitive
and predictible. It became a very challenging task to create something
new using the electronic instruments. Well... CRITICAL 7 seems
to be in a good path to achieve the new dimension of the electronic
sound. To create their unique sound, CRITICAL 7 reached for
elements taken from POP, ALTERNATIVE, CLASSIC,
OPERA even LATINO sound. One might
see, that such combination could create pandemonic cacophony. Trust
me, in contrary the outcome is very inspirational and timeless. The
featured music has a deeper meaning. Each track on this album follows
a chronological order and was designed to specifically represents
the emotions experienced along the way. As group describes it: "The
music in "Critical Path"
has some uplifting moments, which are intentionally restrained. The
lyrics, content and textures are purposely dark." The group refuses
to be classified by genre and I have to agree. The richness of this
album in sound and emotions can be hardly classified and matched by
others. The electronica is enhanced by female vocal provided by PATRICIA
BELMONTE . Her voice is very unique. It's not classical angelic
sound you used to hear in popular these days VOCAL
TRANCE but rather rough, textured voice with very unique feel.
All these ingredients come together to a solid release. From epic
big room marvels with sweeping synth lines and thounderous bass to
delicate, romantic NRG sound. You have
it all. I am sure DANCE fanatics will
fall for instrumental "Libera Me".
A darkly intense and edgy DREAM/TRANCE
pounder. "Trancendental Shutdown"
is a GOA TRANCE fare full of whickedly
hypnotic snares and synth lines with compelling distant bits of female
vocals. This one is intense! "Emotional
Suicide" delivers a technoid ballad with deep lyrics.
And so on, so on! I am not going to describe every title from this
album. As I said: Each and every of them have a special feel and meaning.
You have to experience it all by yourself to understand how wonderful
it is. I am providing you with the sound sampler containing 7
tunes from this album, but it is just a fraction of what you encounter.
I recommend this release, not only because of it's beauty, but also
because it is rare to have so devoted project, going thru so much
to achieve the success. No matter how they will do, I know that what
they delivered is finally something new, something surprising and
entartaining my mind and hopefully yours! Enjoy the music and buy
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