Few trance compilations get past the 2.5-hour barrier without a few duds, but this one does (from memory - maybe there's one or two, and a horrible mambo thing is coming into my mind for some reason).
It's melodic but not cheesy. It has a few girly voices (I like!) but they're not on helium gas. Tracks flow well - I'm usually a listener; not a dancer.
It kicks off with a big surprise - DJ Ben Lost (he owns Lost Language label?) sings a slow ballad which is a really good song / voice (slighty Costello-ish) that blends into a STORMING master melodic trance speaker blaster, then just keeps going and going with more and more good tracks. Before you know it, the two CDs are all over.
IYLT, you'll like this... If you liked the dark Green Gatecrasher 3xCD (one before last?) you'll def like this.
*Re Ben Lost - after I'd Googled him and his Young Parisians, I tracked down and bought the Lost Language - "Exhibition" 2 x CD which is also excellent. As it's a retrospective of the Lost Language label, some tracks are a little dated, even though good. They are all melodic and nothing too wacky. I can't wait for Exhibition 2. It's another double with an extra chill-out third CD. Now they are really spoiling us.
When i first bought this album i was thinking that i was going to get allot of the new type of poppy type trance which has been released recently with too much fluffy lyrics and all sounding very flat (see Armin Van Buurens new album for evidence), fortunately Scott Bond does not play this type of trance some Dj`s have been playing recently and opts for a techy upfront style. This makes the album very similar to previous Gatecrasher album releases that he compiled and mixed although with a modern fresh feel shedding some of the poor trance available on Vinyl at the moment. This album should serve as an excellent advert for the New club night Ahead opening in Sheffield in May as if it is as dynamic as this album it should be a blinder.
Out of the blue I hear you say? This is album is jam packed with dancefloor bombs just waiting to obliterate your home stereo and annoy your neighbours, in bomb terms its a gazillion lb dancefloor buster just waiting to be unleashed on your ears. Play this album and you really will be Ahead, lots of upfront remixes and a few surprises really make this album worth a listen. If you haven't bought it already what are you waiting for!!! Scott Bond delivers us an amazing mix on two cds of pure bliss. Dont hesitate just buy it!!! If you dont buy this your ears will never forgive you!!!! Buy it go on!!
Ahead is the new club night/brand created by ex Gatecrasher promoter Scott Bond and former Fantazia front man Andrew Gallagher, so you can be sure of quality to begin with. Excellent tracks from Ben Lost, Scott Bond vs. Solarstone, Corderoy, Robert Nickson & White Room make up for the one or two slightly more commercial tracks from Paul Van Dyk and Agnelli & Nelson resulting in a CD which truly is a pleasure to listen to again and again. The compilation is well packaged with striking artwork from The Designers Republic and definitely stands out, looking as good as it sounds. If you liked the Gatecrasher releases you'll like this, it full of the freshest dance music around and is better than their current release.