Category: CD Reviews

Sied van Riel presents Rielism Volume Four (2017)

Sied van Riel presents Rielism Volume Four (2017)

Sied van Riel presents Rielism Volume Four (2017)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Progressive Trance, Tech Trance, Trance
Release Year: 2017
CD Info: Sied van Riel presents Rielism Volume Four
CDs: 2 (two, mixed)
Length CDs: 02:26:44
Tracks: 39 (thirty-nine)
Label: Black Hole Recordings
Product Number: CD 160
Buy Here: Black Hole Recordings – Webstore
More Information: Sied van Riel – Facebook Fanpage

It’s not often that I’m amazed by something that you hear only short clips from. Sometimes you do get so extremely excited, you have to contain yourself and your happiness. In this case I’m talking about a highly anticipated album by the mighty Sied van Riel, and it’s his fourth instalment of his succesful ‘Rielism’ series. I’ve been pulled back into the Trance scene for a couple of months now, and when I was searching for excellent music on Soundcloud, I remembered the name, and searched for it (the name being Sied van Riel). I wasn’t disappointed, and when I scrolled through his Soundcloud page, it was a dream coming true!

His Soundcloud page was (and still is) filled with hours of music. From records released on his own label, to mixes, to livesets. I’ve been a fan of him for quite a while now: I stumbled across him by accident. But it was worth the stumble. His first album was ‘In Riel Time’, and it blew me away. The quality of the tunes were astonishing. It’s been played too many times, it has scratches so deep, I could fit my own hand nearly in it. It was time for me to purchase new music. I simply had to. But no online buying, that’s just insane. I’m an oldschool fan of CDs, and I like to have a physical copy in my hand.

For weeks I’ve been looking and listening to bits and bobs of the album, and I was touched by the quality of the music. According to Black Hole Recordings’ website, this album was a year overdue. A year? Yes, but it was bloody well worth it! When I got it yesterday, it made me smile, and secretly admitting to myself that this album has to be the best birthday present ever. But also the fact that Sied doesn’t hold back on quality, and it might take some time to find a jewel, but when he finds them, he signs them, and now they have appeared on this beautifully made album.

I love the fact that when music is good, it becomes emotional. And I’ve never had so many emotions running through my body like after hearing this album for the first time. It’s bloody good, I’ll tell you.

Let me show you the tracklist. And whilst you are looking at it, why not click on the link above, where you can purchase it?

tracklist TCD

Disc One 
01. T.F.F. & Steve Carniel – Cyclone
02. Eloquentia – Space Invader
03. RAMiNiO & Sam Laxton – Ximena
04. Sied van Riel – Rush (Sied van Riel Rielism Remix) 
05. Perrelli & Mankoff feat Sara Houston – Lingering Mind
06. Michael Kaelios – Just Another Story
07. Exouler – Changes
08. Nikolauss – Avalon
09. XiJaro & Pitch feat Artifi – Maple Valley
10. Global Mind – Close To The End
11. Garry Moon – Magna
12. Steve Dekay – Nyctophilia
13. Miroslav Vrlik – Impact
14. Omniks & Wonder Element – Elantria
15. Stream Noize & De Cima presents Forces – Blackout
16. Dark Fusion feat Amy Kirkpatrick – Be There For You
17. Bryan Summerville – Helios Exposure
18. Chris SX – Reflections
19. Sam Laxton – Product Of The Devil

Disc Two 
01. Sied van Riel & Leaving Atlantis – Solitaire
02. Andres Sanchez – El Ultimo Dia
03. Tasso – Break Down
04. James Kiedis – Here I Stand
05. Ryan K – Dihydrogen Monoxide
06. Robert Nickson – Heliopause
07. Alex van ReeVe – Full Speed Ahead
08. Para X – Steps Of Eternity
09. Jak Aggas & Matt Noland – Rejuvenation
10. The Avains & Fisical Project – El Collabro
11. Rene Ablaze feat Aylin – Break Away
12. Type 41 – Ascension
13. Sied van Riel feat Nicole McKenna – Stealing Time (Perrelli & Mankoff Remix) 
14. Fredd Moz – Broken World
15. Eryon Stocker & UP3 – Only You
16. Steve Dekay – Eros
17. Richard Durand & Sied van Riel – Rivella
18. Curtis Young – No Guts
19. Sied van Riel – Sirena (Mike Sanders Remix) 
20. Amine Maxwell – Her Soul

You might not understand the strength of this tracklist, but the beauty is coming through your speakers once you’ve pressed play. The names are 99% unknown to me, but it’s nice to hear music coming from a different angle, not the commercial side of Trance. And it’s good that he balanced this album out beautifully: a few of his own stuff, but the majority records by others.

There are too many great anthems in here, from pure Trance records (just heavenly music without vocals) to beautifully vocal records. It must have been a daunting task for Sied to find the finest records, and make sure that there’s an ongoing flow, which causes emotional waterfalls. It simply keeps pouring on you, non stop. The music is so freakingly good, it’s makes you wonder so many things. Deep thoughts ponder, but the one that makes me stop and wonder is the fact that I wonder how music can touch someone so deeply, it becomes surreal?

Disc one and two are equal in strength. Equal when it comes to amazing records. On disc one you’ve got ‘Impact’, ‘Lingering Mind’, ‘Nyctophilia’, ‘Be There For You’, ‘Elantria’, and ‘Rush’, which stand out. On disc two you’ve got ‘Dihydrogen Monoxide’, ‘Here I Stand’, ‘Solitaire’, and of course the biggest anthem of them all ‘Rivella’. Fudge me, that bassline is filth. The drop immense. The build up astonishing. Breathtakingly beautiful. It hints back to the early years, around 2004-2005. And it does have a lot of other influences, but the main focus is Trance, and you do get exactly that!

This fourth instalment is pure genius. It’s so well balanced, well composed, well mixed together, and everything, and I do mean everything, is beautiful. Looking at the actual physical side of things it makes me smile. The colours are really beautiful. Not a lot of as we Dutch would say ‘poespas’. Sied in the middle, looking indeed like Ross from Friends, and on the back the tracklist. Pure and simple, but fuck me sideways, what an album!

I wish this mix would go on for hours on end, but sadly it’s only a CD length mix, times two. There’s a different version of this album available online, when you download it via several outlets (which I don’t have access to, because I’m oldschool). You can get the full length versions of this album including three continuous mixes. Full length stuff. Maybe one day when I’m fed up with the physical side I might decide to purchase things online, but for now I’m making sure that the copy I’ve got now gets scratches. That’s the best way to show your appreciation to Sied: show him that you love the music as much as he does.

Sied is the King of Trance. It’s time for you all to hear this album. And it’s a bold statement, but I’m saying this: this belongs in the music museum. To me this is the best mixed album EVER! It belong amongst albums like Goldie’s ‘Timeless’, ‘Mysteryland 1998 Outdoor’, The Prodigy’s ‘Weather Experience’… yep, a weird bunch of albums, but these are the greatest to me. And now I can add Sied’s latest album amongst them. Why? Because it’s the best of the best. The best Trance album ever made! And that’s bold, but oh so true!

Ps. check out Rielism Remixed, that’s coming out soon too!!!!

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M-Project – Weaponized Soul (2017)

M-Project - Weaponized Soul (2017)

M-Project – Weaponized Soul (2017)

Artists: M-Project & Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Powerstomp, Freeform
Release Year: 2017 (11-08-2017)
CD Info: M-Project – Weaponized Soul
CDs: 1 (one)
Length CD: 00:42:14
Tracks: 10 (ten)
Label: GUHROOVY / Terraform Music
Product Number: TFCD013
Buy Here: Weaponized Soul – GUHROOVY Website
More Information: M-Project – Facebook Fanpage

If you don’t know who M-Project is, you should be ashamed. You ain’t into UK Hardcore like the most of us, are you? No worries, it’s time for you to catch up, and know who he is. He’s by far the most succesful UK Hardcore/Powerstomp/Makina DJ/producer from Japan, and his name is known all across the globe. Famous not only for his music, but also for his outfit. You must have seen pictures of him doing weird things, like ironing the side of an escalator? Yep, that’s M-Project. Maybe a bit silly, but shouldn’t we all be a bit bonkers to get through life?

He’s released a brand new album only a week or 2 ago, which is called ‘Weaponized Soul’. A very serious album, if the title is that deep. And on this album he decided to go all the way, and work with the finest names in the industry. And probably the biggest UK Hardcore DJ/producer ever: Scott Brown. Let’s not underestimate the others like Synthwulf, Mitomoro, Relect, and of course S3RL. But Scott Brown! He’s the biggest legend coming out of Scotland, and he’s worked now with someone from thousands of miles away: Japan. Two worlds collided, and let up to this album.

You get this album via GUHROOVY, and only for 1.620 yen (which is around 12 euros), which is a bargain, if I might say so. 10 tracks, highly recommended by TCD (=me). Let me show you the tracklist, it’s a beauty!

tracklist TCD

01. Scott Brown & M-Project – The Revolution
02. MUZIK SERVANT & M-Project – Muzik For Da People
03. Mitomoro & M-Project – F#=k That Beat Up
04. Relect & M-Project – Nothing Makes Sense
05. S3RL vs M-Project feat Krystal – Heart Attack (Eufeion Remix) 
06. S-WORX & M-Project – Bass Cannon
07. Synthwulf & M-Project – Final Form
08. M-Project – The Way We Were
09. T4TSUYA & M-Project – Just Be Mine
10. Scott Brown & M-Project feat Krystal – The Spark

Now that’s a tracklist and a half! Bloody Nora, that’s a beauty! A lot of collaborations for mr M-Project. And as I said, working with the Brown man must have been a wish coming true! I’ve seen M-Project doing remixes for him, and also Dune, but to actually collaborate with him must have been truly astonishing. The result are 2 amazing tracks, and one of those tracks is with the talented female singer Krystal.

The music that you get is a wide range of music. A bit of UK Hardcore, a bit of Freeform, a bit of Powerstomp, a bit of Happy Hardcore, literally everything you want. And even though you might think it’s not going to work, M-Project has made it work. How he did it, I don’t know, but his album is a masterpiece. I like literally every track, even the one on which he collaborated with S3RL, who’s not my most favourite producer/DJ ever (his music is too cheesy). I even like that track.

I like the simple yet sufficient album cover, I like the length of the album, I like the way he composed the record, there’s basically nothing you can not like. Everything is just perfect. But what’s the best record? Oh, difficult. I like the Scott Brown record, on which he stays true to his late 90s/early 00s style, but the two which made me smile for miles the most are ‘Muzik For Da People’ and ‘Final Form’. These two records are so good, they made me iron an escalator. And when I say that, it’s a good thing!

A very mature album. I’m digging M-Project’s direction, the path he’s following. This is definately worth the yens, pounds, or euros. Or even dollars. Get this album now via GUHROOVY, this will be the highlight of this Summer. Is this the best album of 2017? Don’t know it yet, the year hasn’t ended. But for now it is!

Ps. here’s a teaser, if you want to get the album and you are interested….

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Ganar – Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] (2017)

Ganar - Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] (2017)

Ganar – Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] (2017)

DJ: Ganar
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, EDMCore
Mix Info: Nervous [Continuous Album Mix] Length Mix: 00:55:43
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE
File Size: unknown
File Type: unknown
Bitspeed: unknown
More Information: Ganar – Nervous (Buy Album Here)

Let me make one thing clear: I do support artists with upcoming albums. I’ve been receiving many in the past, but the one I’m about to talk about I found purely on Soundcloud. It got reposted and it grabbed my attention immediately. I was completely unaware of Ganar’s own album, but now I do support the reason behind the album even more. I’ll talk about that in a minute. But before we all get excited, this album mix is not for free, not downloadable from Soundcloud. You could get it for 12.99 pounds, but with that you get much more. And you support a very good cause!

Ganar’s cause is St Margaret’s Hospice. I don’t know the full story behind it, but they’ve helped Ganar’s mum a lot for a couple of months, and when you read what they do, it gives you a unpleasant feeling on the inside: they help people at the end of life stages. And they are a self funded organisation, which makes it even harder. If you are going through such a thing, and you donate the money you make from your own artist album to this charity, you are a super hero to me. Obviously he has other things on his mind, but bless Ganar for making the time to please us fans, and also making sure that the organisation gets some funding from the UK Hardcore fans.

This has seriously touched me a lot, and I’m pushing this album forward. This is a must have album for many reasons, and they are all legitimate reasons. This is no bollocks story, this is an album with a deeper meaning.

Let me show you what you can hear in this album mix.

tracklist

01. Ganar – True (2017 Update) 
02. Ganar – For The Sky
03. Ganar – Crazy
04. Ganar – Nervous
05. Ganar – Listen
06. Ganar & Noizee One – Shelter
07. Ganar – Young & Free
08. Ganar – Another Way (Nervous Update) 
09. Ganar – I Want You (2017 Update) 
10. Ganar & Adam Malone – Cut & Paste
11. Ganar feat Ceci – Through The Storm
12. Ganar & Galaxy Kid – Sing For You
13. Ganar – No Stopping Us
14. Ganar – Breaking You Down
15. Ganar feat Allison – Who Do You Think You Are (2017 Update) 

Now you get all these tracks on the actual album, which is a digital album. It’s only 12.99 and it’s for a bloody good cause! You spent more on Comic Relief or Sport Relief, but why not on this? This supports a good cause too, and it’s an album filled with our favourite sound: UK Hardcore! What else do you want?

I’ve really enjoyed this album mix! I like Ganar’s way of producing UK Hardcore tunes. It’s got that feeling I’ve been missing a lot lately. It’s too much focussed on the EDM side of life, and I don’t want that. It has become too cheesy, and Ganar’s tracks are more UK Hardcore than most UK Hardcore tunes produced by the big names. To me Ganar is bigger than Gammer or Darren Styles, producing wise. F**k the haters, do they know what music is?

Yes, it might be influenced by other styles, but the focus is UK Hardcore. Not a sellout artist. I love the way he gets beautiful vocals for his tracks, and they make the track even bigger. It’s got so many great vocal bits in here, they made me sing out loud at work, and I looked like a complete tool. But it’s worth it. Can you sit still when ‘Shelter’ is blasting through your speakers/headset?

This album contains a whole heap of quality tunes, worth your pennies. Check out this mix, go to the ‘buy album here’ link, and support a good cause. You will be raving in your house and donating money at the same time. Please, do it. You know it makes sense.

Best record? ‘Shelter’ is banging. ‘I Want You’ epic, ‘Through The Storm’ touching, but ‘Another Way’ is beyond epic!

An album definately worth checking out. To me the best album of 2017. Ganar, you rock sir! Quality tunes from the start.

Ps I can’t share the Soundcloud player on here, you can only check it out on Soundcloud: GO HERE:
https://soundcloud.com/ganardj/nervous-continuous-album-mix-unmixed-album-available-now-click-buy 

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Now That’s What I Call Music! 96 (2017)

Now That's What I Call Music! 96 (2017)

Now That’s What I Call Music! 96 (2017)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Pop
Release Year: 2017
CD Info: Now That’s What I Call Music! 96
CDs: 2 (two, unmixed)
Length CDs: 01:17:42 + 01:18:44
Tracks: 43 (fourty-three)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Product Number: 889854202026
Buy Here: NOW Music – Webstore
More Information: NOW Music – Official Website

I have to come clean, I never listen to Pop music. Since the last 90s Pop has changed into this multi million industry, and sadly the majority of the tunes haven’t made me move since 1999. But for whatever reason, I was walking with the missus through Sainsbury’s yesterday and we saw an advert on their televisions, and I was intrigued: the short bits and bobs they played during the advert sounded good. Yes, I do hear the tunes every so often, when they are on telly or when the missus listens to those radio stations, but I wouldn’t buy those tunes… until yesterday.

I still won’t listen to the commercial side of music, but I had to buy this album. The tunes have become a bit more quality instead of quantity, and sometimes you hear good tunes in commercials, and you wonder who made them, because they seem to sound perfect. I basically had to buy this album. Come on, couldn’t resist an album with Daft Punk records on it, could I?

You can hear a distinctive sound throughout 80% of the records, focussed on EDM. But some records are unique and fresh, for example Stormzy, who dominates the Grime scene.

The tracks on this album, 80% are unknown records to me, but I only bought it for the 20% I knew. Again, Daft Punk can’t do anything wrong, eh?

tracklist

CD 1 
01. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
02. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
03. Little Mix – Touch
04. The Weeknd feat Daft Punk – Starboy
05. The Chainsmokers – Paris
06. Starley – Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) 
07. Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
08. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
09. Zara Larsson – I Would Like
10. Katy Perry feat Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm
11. Sean Paul feat Dua Lipa – No Lie
12. Martin Jensen – Solo Dance
13. Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay
14. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe
15. Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
16. Dua Lipa – Be The One
17. Jonas Blue feat RAYE – By Your Side
18. Coldplay – Hypnotised
19. John Legend – Love Me Now
20. Robbie Williams – Love Of My Life
21. George Michael – Fastlove, Pt. 1

CD 2 
01. Jax Jones feat RAYE – You Don’t Know Me
02. The Weeknd feat Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming
03. Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – Scared To Be Lonely
04. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me
05. Rae Sremmurd feat Gucci Mane – Black Beatles
06. Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – Bad Things
07. Sage The Gemini – Now And Later
08. Tinie Tempah feat Tinashe – Text From Your Ex
09. Stormzy – Big For Your Boots
10. Tom Zanetti feat Sadie Ama – You Want Me
11. Martin Solveig feat Ina Wroldsen – Places
12. Robin Schulz & David Guetta & Cheat Codes – Shed A Light
13. M.O feat Kent Jones – Not In Love
14. Rag’n’Bone Man – Skin
15. Train – Play That Song
16. The Vamps & Matoma – All Night
17. Ariana Grande feat Future – Everyday
18. Major Lazer feat PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj – Run Up
19. Post Malone feat Quavo – Congratulations
20. Julia Michaels – Issues
21. Lorde – Green Light
22. Calvin Harris feat Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide

There are 43 records, and they are all radio edits. Sadly not long enough for me, but it’s hot today, and it’s acceptable today. The Sun is shining, the temperature is going towards 30 degrees Celsius, and the only thing I want to hear today are Summer anthems. And yes, there are a few on here.

Daft Punk’s records do lift the Summer level way up! They can’t do anything wrong. Even Katy Perry’s song is amazing. And Little Mix, I wouldn’t say I’m a fan, because I know nothing about them, but they seem to make tunes so catchy, it’s unbelievable.

Rag’n’Bone Man, Robbie Williams, Stormzy, etc. Quite a nice album, good tunes. Sadly the majority all sound the same, and are maybe good for a day or two, but they aren’t timeless classics. The biggest tune of them all, which is some kind of tribute to the late and great George Michael, is a timeless classic. The majority of the other tunes are good for 2017, but they don’t have the strength to stay powerful 10 years from now.

I liked the album, because it brings me in a good mood. But it reminds me that the quality might be a bit better, they are not timeless, like the tunes from the 90s, how cheesy they might sound.

I wouldn’t give it a bad score, because it does contain nice anthems, but only slightly a good score. Maybe I should not buy anything pop related for at least 10 years. Maybe Katy Perry’s album, or Little Mix’s album…. I’m not a fan though haha.

It’s Sunday, chillax and enjoy the weather. Press play and let the tunes from 2017 guide you through this heatwave!

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