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The Old Skool Masters
The Old Skool Masters

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN YOU FEEL IT!, 8 Oct 2003
This review is from: The Old Skool Masters (Audio CD)
I very rarely give an album 5 stars but in this case it would be a crime not to, simply because of the brilliance of the first CD.
Ratpack throw out all your bangin old skool favorites. From the sing along anthem 'searchin for my rizla' to my favorites 'Bouncer' and 'Don't Go'. The mixing is as awesome, as is expected from Mixmaster Mark, seamlessly throwing together a storming selection of tunes. The drops are astounding and bring back many a rave memory as Ratpack keep you shouting for more. As always Evansen Allen MCs over the top, but unlike many DnB MCs he opts for a more subtle approach without drowning out the music.
I love every second of this CD, every tune is a winner. Put this on at a party and you'll have any raver up and 'avin it large. I cannot find fault with this mix, IF YOU LIKE OLD SKOOL BUY THIS!
The second CD, mixed by the one and only Nicky Blackmarket, is slightly disappointing after the first CD. Although there are many quality, well known tunes (Renegade, Renegade Snares, Champion Sound, Lighter, Valley of the Shadows, Original Nuttah) I personally prefer the newer, more raucous DnB tunes played by the likes of Andy C. With that said this is still a good soundtrack to chill out to if you enjoy the more melow sounds of jungle, and thank god there is no MC ruining the tunes!

Flock of Bleeps
Flock of Bleeps
Price: 27.88

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quieter Sounds for the Day After, 8 Oct 2003
This review is from: Flock of Bleeps (Audio CD)
I have recently aquired a taste for Hard Trance and Pyschadelic Trance, since going to my first squat rave. This album is from the vein of the latter variety by the very same person who brought us Hallucinogen and Schpongle.
This geezer is the dude!
Flock of Bleeps lacks the hard driving melodies found in his heavier work under the alias of Hallucinogen, and is more like the quieter soothing sounds of Schpongle.
The beginning of this album is very ambient with sweeping synths, indian incantations and melow beats. Causing music induced rushes and euphoria. And the voices on this album are simply beautiful, allowing you to float away after enduring the pounding beats of a mad night. The music slowly progresses from it's ambient start onto funkier vibes with a climax of harder psy-trance.
I highly recommend this album to all, from experienced trance ravers to saturday night puff heads or to those who simply like to sit back and relax whilst listening to beautiful music.

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