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A gorgeous dark trance pizza without the cheesey topping
on 17 December 2000
If what you're after is a deep, dark journey through the world known as trance music, then this is the CD for you.
As Pappa himself says, the first CD is a funky and housey twist on the trance genre, providing the listener with wicked beats, giving the collection a real percussive feel. The highlight of the first CD for me has to be the Timo Maas remix of 'Are U Tranqualized' by Pascal F.E.O.S., which winds its way through a definite trance overlay, without the cheesey melody. Innovative and refreshing is the best way to describe this tune, as well as the entire first CD. If you have not heard 'Roaches' by Trancesetters, then it is worth buying the compilation just to get a squizz at the darkness of this tune.
The second CD starts off less dark than the first, but this is just a subtle disguise in order to draw the listener in. The mix reaches it's high point with the acid grooves of 'Heavy Water' by ASAP, but it only seems so good because of the way Pappa has worked up to it. If a fright is what you need, listen carefully to the 'Blair Witch' style grooves in the sparkling 'Lydian & The Dinosaur' by Hi-Fi Bugs, at the climax of CD Two.
Overall, a fantastic compilation and I recommend it to anyone with a slight taste for deep and percussive music, without the detraction of cliches.