After the brilliant Godskitchen Direct and an even more brilliant tracklisting for this one I had really high expectations for this album. However, listening to it I was a little disappointed as what could have been a brilliant album somehow doesn’t quite work as well as it should have.
Maybe I’m being too fussy but there are some major flaws with the way the first two discs have been put together. Whereas the 1st disc is supposed to represent earlier sets played in the club and cd2 the peak time floorfillers, both discs on this album are virtually identical with the second half of cd1 containing songs which should really be on cd2 and as a result all played too slow and the first half of cd2 containing songs which would be better off on cd1. CD2 opens with a more progressive feel and Plastic Boy’s fantastic new track is virtually killed by being played too slow. Tracks from Solid Globe, Motorcycle and Matt Cassar, as good as they are, are way too mellow for peak time material and things don’t pick up until track 6.
Though it would be wise not to blame John ‘00’ Fleming for this who, despite the above - probably a record company decision to give both discs a more balanced sound, has done a good job mixing the tracks (oh - except for cd1, track 11 where the sound level suddenly jumps just before the next mix is about to begin, oops.)
Cd3 also takes a slightly different approach from previous GK albums as this time round it has been mixed by DJ Montana and so the first half is mainly deep/tech house and the second half the usual combination of techno and hard trance with exclusives from Marco V and Ricky Fobis.
Despite the downsides this is still a pretty descent album and is a natural update to your trance collection if you already own Gatecrasher Resident Transmission 2.