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Trance Nation - Future
Trance Nation - Future
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.43

2.0 out of 5 stars Very Little Actual Trance, 2 May 2013
This review is from: Trance Nation - Future (Audio CD)
CD 1 is crammed full of fake trance. Cheesy, watered down Trance with females vocals. I readily enjoy female vocals, but this is a bad representation of it. CD 2 is a bit better, with some actual trance. However it isn't the best collection of trance out there


The No.1 Trance Album
The No.1 Trance Album
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 6.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 May 2013
This review is from: The No.1 Trance Album (Audio CD)
There a range of classics like "Touch Me", "Don't give up" and "Greece 2000". There are also some newer tracks like "Destination" and some Anjunabeats tracks such as "Alba" "Alt F4" & "Falling Tides". However there is some, what I would refer to as "fake trance". There are some stupid tracks, like "Operation Blade & "How U Like Bass"

However I would say that this is the album that got me into trance. It's also extremely cheap, so you can't loose anything


Nothing But the Beat Ultimate
Nothing But the Beat Ultimate
Price: 5.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Worst Electronic Albums Ever To Be Released, 2 May 2013
David first caught my ears when I heard "Love Is Gone", which is an uplifting high energy dance track with a sick Electro lead. I checked out his other tracks on "Pop Life", which is a funky and accessible representation of house music

However, onwards from Sexy Chick I have NEVER liked a single track he has put out. This is proof that R&B and Dance Music CANNOT mix. There isn't a single track on hear that I can listen to, it's all absolute rubbish, with rappers talking about their sex life. Pretty much the whole album uses the same VST preset, and exactly the same drum sounds and melodies.

Do NOT buy this album


Above and Beyond - Anjunabeats 100
Above and Beyond - Anjunabeats 100
Price: 10.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Mix From A Flawless Label, 2 May 2013
This is THE best anjunabeats CD out there, and possibly the best Electronic Music compilation ever released. As with my other Anjunabeats reviews, there isn't anything else to say except that every track is flawless, as is the mixing. Superb vocals are used effectively where they are present. If you want to get into Anjunabeats, buy this first, it showcases the very best of the worlds greatest label


Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
Offered by westworld-
Price: 8.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Producers Out There...., 2 May 2013
Eric Prydz has not been swamped up by the american EDM craze. He keeps his sound truly faithful to what he does best; a mish mash of Progressive House, Trance & Techno. Highly recommended. However, where is "Every Day", his remix of M83 and "Deeper Still?. Also I would have enjoyed a few more vocals here and there


Discovery
Discovery
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 7.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat funky French House, 2 May 2013
This review is from: Discovery (Audio CD)
Every track is unbelievably funky. This is quite possibly the best dance album of all time, containing some of the best dance singles of all time [Digital Love, One More Time, Aerodynamic. What a shame that they couldn't keep this up; Human After All sucked massively


TRI STATE
TRI STATE
Price: 9.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Trance Album Ever, 2 May 2013
This review is from: TRI STATE (Audio CD)
Above & beyond truly are the gods of Trance. Every track is full of emotion and amazing vocals are present. Does not feel cheesy, boring or cliched at any point. This along with Discovery by Daft Punk is an album I can keep listening too for the whole of eternity.

Tri State- 9/10
Stealing Time- 8/10
World's On Fire- 10/10
Air For Life- 10/10
Can't Sleep- 10/10
Hope- 9/10
Liquid Love- 8/10
In The Past- 7/10
Alone Tonight- 10/10
Good For Me- 10/10
For All I Care- 10/10
Indonesia- 8/10
Home- 10/10


Trouble
Trouble
Price: 6.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, a truly influential electronic producer., 1 May 2013
This review is from: Trouble (Audio CD)
Orlando has refined the current UK Deep House sound, splashed it with Indie influences and added truly unique vocals. Every track is a roller coaster, with interesting progression, unexpected build ups and through provoking and flowing vocals. Even as a massive Trance fan, I think this album is the future and represents the next truly masterful U.K Electronic Music producer. Buy this!


ANJUNABEATS VOLUME 1
ANJUNABEATS VOLUME 1
Price: 7.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless. A&B at their absolute best., 1 May 2013
This review is from: ANJUNABEATS VOLUME 1 (Audio CD)
Here it is, the first edition of the game-changing Anjunabeats Volume series; comprising 13 unforgettable Trance monsters from the worlds most innovative producers, both old and new.

To start us off, is the superb Above & Beyond remix of What It Feels Like from Madonna, so much so that the singer herself chose to score her video to the remix; distinctive Above & Beyond style plucks dominate the track, whilst tweakin' acid baselines and Madonna's seductive vocal drives the track into new heights. The trio's best remix, and as Paavo quite rightly said, when they got the call from Madonna, they knew "something crazy was going to happen".

Moving on is an original production from the boys, and their first under the Above & Beyond alias, entitled Far From In Love. Beautiful piano chords, and a magnificent soaring vocal, together oozing more Soul-Pop than Trance, soon give way to a now famous, Above & Beyond style baseline. Such a change in style, maintains maximum attention throughout the track, proving that this track is anything but distant.

Proving that the trio do Progressive as well as they do vocal, is the self-remixed Razorfish. In true Progressive style, a simple, yet constantly effective melody is supplemented by an evolving, majestic padline and drumline, which gives a thrill-a-minute style rush, until the final kickdrum comes crashing in.

Next up, is the first real clubby track of compilation; the Super 8 Vs. Orkedia Mix of Rush by Aalto. A spine tingling melody dominates which is accompanied by subtle vocal stutters and fused together by piano chords . Whilst this exact style may define an average Uplifting Trance track, the producers involved here display snappy and concise production techniques, that single handedly rival over 95% of 2003's Trance productions.

Above & Beyond too challenge the age old Club-Trance formula, in the form of remixing Epic by Rusch & Murray, an otherwise dreamy and laid back number. Although, it does indeed work on a Club level, and was no doubt one of 2003's best tracks, the rework fails to provide the same sky high standards of roominess and exhilaration found in the original.

Whilst breaking traditional Trance moulds has bought new variations of the genre such as more deep and techy influenced productions, Above & Beyond demonstrate that the short lived Opera Trance movement should be forgotten Their Opera Remix of Albinoni by Rollerball proves that this female vocalist is one step too etheral, even for the boundary breaking trio.

Continuing Anjunabeats apparent early obsession with twinkly pianos is Remember (Summer Sun) by P.O.S, better known as one third of Above & Beyond. Though this time, the piano is clearly second, with a pulsating and rougher sounding baseline coming first, which unsurprisingly is a match made in heaven.

Old school and new school sounds combine in the Anjunadeep remix of Volume One by Anjunabeats, another Above & Beyond alias. Hypnotic sounds dominate; Acid-Techno baslines and swirly pads, ripped straight from Sven Vath's DJ set's are all here, which co-incidentally, have been toughened with harder hitting beats for the modern dancefloor. Above & Beyond seem to be going nu-skool- by going old-skool.

Trance legend Armin Van Buuren provides his take on Sky Falls Down by Oceanlab. An old school chuggy baseline and drums dominate proceedings, whilst Justine's vocals float on top. Despite Armin's stellar contribution, Anjunabeats unique melodic elements still shines through, showing that even the master has had his throne challenged.

In stark contrast to the previously melodic and relatively clean productions, is the Seraque Remix of Time To Die by Nitromethane, which is the edgiest track on the compilation and alone rivals 98-02's dominance of phat, laser-kissed Trance anthems.

Far from the clubs of Gatecrasher and Godskitchen, Above & Beyond also seem to be gaining exposure in more Oriential setting through their remix of M by Ayu. Similar to their other pop remixes, this turns radio-friendly track into a fiery club hit, ready for repeated club play on both sides of the Pacific.

To round things of is the Signum Remix of Beautiful Together by Oceanlab. In a similar vein to Coming On Strong it consists of a harder-techy influenced take on the original, complete with a Hard House inspired sample from the original vocal providing additional variation in the baseline. However, it is a little underwhelming as the original is still superior, but variation is often needed to a bring a lasting impression of a DJ mix.

It is undeniable, to say the least, that Above & Beyond have completely re-written the rules of the Trance songbook. Hear an Anjunabeats track in a peak time Trance set, and instantly notice the difference, watch Above & Beyond's DJ Set's in the midst of a Trance festival, and instantly notice the increase in quality of tracks; so much so that it's almost impossible to listen to anything on any other label. If you've become sick of listening to 97-02's Trance Classics, and refuse to listen to anything beyond this period, then this is the album for you.

FINAL SCORE: 93/100


Above & Beyond Presents Anjunabeats Vol. 7
Above & Beyond Presents Anjunabeats Vol. 7
Price: 12.68

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing....., 1 May 2013
Both CD 1 and CD 2 are pretty average. CD 1 has some good tracks; the above & beyond remix of "Tonight" by Dirty Vegas is excellent, as is "Safe" by Velvetine. However, it is filled by some boring, uninspired tracks that really hurt the mix. CD 2 has compulsory Anjunabeats staples; Super 8 & Tab & Daniel Kandi are both present. However, their good tracks are overshadowed by tracks with boring Electro drops, namely Mat Zo, Sunny LAX & Mike Shiver. Overall, this is one of the poorer anjunabeats compilations.


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