have to give it to nukleuz, this is a very good release. They have changed to a 2 cd format for their latest sessions cd without compromising on quality.
CD1 is well mixed by 'Nukleuz DJs' and is a mixture of uplifting/tech and harder styled trance. Much of it is upfront and fresh, the majority being exclusive to this album. It is a very good mix with a number of tracks from people you may not have heard of yet but are bound to make a splash in the future. Along with the new names are stalwarts in the scene such as styles & breeze and remixes from mauro picotto and alphazone.
CD2 is the debut mix(as far as i know)from pierre pienaar. This mix is extremly energetic and leans towards the harder end of the trance spectrum. A number of Pierre's own productions and remixes are included and each is great to listen to, not too disimilar to the likes of S.H.O.K.K. and alphazone. Other highlights include Sassot's 'Suddenly'and a surprisingly good update of Rob Miles' 'Children' from Tyas & Tatana. It really is refreshing that Nukleuz have released an album that has this many exclusive tracks on it.
Downers- As you can see from the fact I only gave this album 4 stars, there is a down point. The effect of having so many exclusives is eclipsed to some extent by the inexplicable inclusion of some very old tracks, which just don't seem to fit with the overall fresh feel of the cd. Examples are the Sherry remix of '7 days & 1 week' which is actually dated '2006'. This seems odd on an album released mid way through 2007. In addition, the first track, 'Moonlight Party' is also over a year old and the last track, BK's Revolution feels like it has featured on every Nukleuz album for the past 6 years! The alphazone remix has once again been used. It is disappointing that Nukleuz didn't try to get hold of some of Alphazone's newer stuff, which will feature on their artist album later this year, rather than plump for one of their oldest and most played remixes. They also could have tried to showcase some of BK's newer stuff, given he has just released a highly acclaimed new album, packed full of newer and fresher sounds.
Despite these issues, all the tunes selected are top quality and the problems with the selection of 2 or 3 dated tracks will fade after a couple of years, when i'm sure I will still be giving this cd a lot of listening!