Category: Trance

Anthems Trance (2013)

Anthems Trance (2013)

Anthems Trance (2013)

Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Progressive House
Release Year: 2013
Album Info: Anthems Tramce
CDs: 3 (three)
Length CDs: +/- 3 hours
Tracks: 60 (sixty)
Label: Ministry Of Sound
Product Number: MOSCD343
More Information: Ministry Of Sound – Official Website

I’m always on the hunt for new music, and sometimes I do find albums I should have bought when they were red hot. The album I’m about to review is already 3 years old, but Trance is ageless, so it doesn’t matter to be brutally honest if you buy it in 2016 or 3694. Trance has the power to unity not only people, but whole nations. It has done so much for us music lovers during the 90s and beginning of the 00s, and now it’s a well established music style that has many followers all over the world. A much loved scene, and I can say I was part of it during the 90s when it grew. Bought many albums and many singles, and they all made me a very happy Dutchman. The music in general has changed, but with an album like the one I bought the other day it will take me back to the good ol’ days when Trance was different, yet more appealing to me.

Ministry of Sound is know for releasing many albums. Do they still have a club in Elephant & Castle? They probably don’t need to anymore, seeing as they sell more CDs than ever before. Every week you will see and hear a brand new CD, and I reckon 82% of the albums you buy nowadays are released by MoS. A powerful label, with a majestic history. They dared to release this monster album, which takes us back to the glorious days of Trance music. 3 CDs of pure bliss. But is it worth it? Is it what you are looking for?

As I said, it’s 3 CDs jam packed with tunes. 60 tunes in total, can you handle that amount of pressure? 60 tunes, coming to you through your speakers!

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CD One 
01. Faithless – Insomnia (Monster Mix)
02. Paul van Dyk – For An Angel (E-Werk Club Mix) 
03. Delerium feat Sarah McLachlan – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix) 
04. Gouryella – Gouryella
05. Binary Finary – 1999
06. Tiësto – Adagio For Strings
07. Veracocha – Carte Blance
08. PPK – Resurrection
09. Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun
10. Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire
11. Art Of Trance – Madagascar (Ferry Corsten Remix) 
12. Armin van Buuren – Communication
13. System F – Out Of The Blue
14. Rank 1 – Airwave
15. Brainbug – Nightmare (Sinister Strings Mix) 
16. The Thrillseekers feat Sheryl Deane – Synaesthesia (Fly Away) (Paul van Dyk Dub Mix) 
17. Mauro Picotto – Lizard (Claxixx Mix) 
18. Push – Universal Nation
19. Blank & Jones – Cream
20. Solarstone – Seven Cities (Stones Atlantis Mix) 

CD Two 
01. Robert Miles – Children
02. ATB – 9PM (Till I Come)
03. Darude – Sandstorm
04. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
05. DJ Jean – The Launch
06. Warrior – Warrior
07. Storm – Time To Burn
08. Da Hool – Meet Her At The Love Parade (Nalin & Kane Mix) 
09. Three Drives – Greece 2000
10. Jurgen Vries – The Theme
11. Liquid Child – Diving Faces
12. Southside Spinners – Luvstruck
13. CRW – I Feel Love (R.A.F. Zone Remix) 
14. Chicane – Salt Water
15. Grace – Not Over Yet (Perfecto Mix) 
16. Nalin & Kane – Beachball
17. Matt Darey feat Marcella Woods – Liberation (Fly Like An Angel)
18. York – On The Beach (CRW Radio Edit) 
19. Lange feat Skye – Drifting Away
20. B.B.E. – Seven Days And One Week

CD Three 
01. Tomcraft – Loneliness
02. Sash! – Encore Une Fois (Future Breeze Remix) 
03. Ferry Corsten – Punk
04. Above & Beyond feat Richard Bedford – Sun & Moon
05. David Guetta feat Sia – Titanium
06. Armin van Buuren feat Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
07. Swedish House Mafia feat John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
08. Avicii vs Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One (Nicktim Radio Edit) 
09. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash feat John Martin – Reload
10. Nicky Romero & NERVO – Like Home
11. Zedd feat Foxes – Clarity (Tiësto Remix) 
12. Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember
13. BURNS – Lies (Otto Knows Remix) 
14. OneRepublic feat Alesso – If I Lose Myself (Alesso vs OneRepublic) 
15. Tim Berg – Bromance (Avicii’s Arena Mix) 
16. Eric Prydz – Niton (The Reason)
17. Nadia Ali – Rapture (Avicii New Generation Radio Edit) 
18. Otto Knows – Million Voices
19. Porter Robinson – Language
20. Sander van Doorn – Neon

We can safely say that they’ve tried to jam pack as much as they could, and there are quite a lot of amazing tracks on this album, but sadly it’s a mixed album. And sometimes I wonder if that’s really necessary: I am a mix fan, but when it comes to Trance a DJ friendly album is more my thing.

They’ve tried, and boy there are a few amazing tracks on here. True classics, many will know them and many will love them. Art of Trance, Cosmic Gate, Mauro Picotto, Three Drives, Tiësto and more. But, I wonder, where did it go wrong? I thought this album was focussed on Trance specificly, and not other styles aswel. There are Trance anthems on here, but I would say that at least 50% of the tunes can not even be categorised in the same genre. Trance is unique, and many tracks have been made over the years, and they all sound like Trance. The tunes selected by MoS aren’t really Trance, more House, Club, Electro and more. It’s disappointing to buy an album which should have been focussed on Trance, but clearly hasn’t. Not the first MoS album I bought and was disappointed about.

I can name the anthems everyone knows and loves, but to buy the album specifically for them is a waste of money. I bought this at Asda for only a fiver, but this isn’t the album I was after. Trance album should ONLY have Trance anthems on it, and no Club, EDM, Electro, House or any other style on it. Why do big companies do make this mistake? Arcade did it in the 90s, Sony during the 00s, and now Ministry Of Sound.

Waste of a fiver. But I like the graphics. Nice and green.

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Marco V – Live At Innercity 2000

Marco V - Live At Innercity 2000

Marco V – Live At Innercity 2000

Artist: Various Artists
Mixed By: Marco V
Genre/Style: Progressive Trance
Release Year: 2001
Album Info: Marco V – Live At Innercity 2000
CDs: 1 (one) + VHS
Length CD: 01:13:31
Tracks: 15 (fifteen)
Label: ID&T
Product Number: 7003642
More Information: ID&T – Official Website / Marco V – Facebook Fanpage

Every day, when I drive with my car to work, I am on a mission. A mission to go through my whole collection and hear those long lost CDs. The other day I found a wonderful CDs which I haven’t forgotten about, but simply haven’t played in a very long while. Innercity 2000 was for me an amazing event, went there with a friend, and left stunned. This was truly an amazing night, and one I will never ever forget. The flying glowsticks, the screaming-his-lungs-out Green Velvet, the maze, everything was just superb. But the one thing that blew us all away was Marco V’s set. Tiësto’s set was excellent too, if you managed to get in, because the room was crammed.

This CD is 15 years old, still to me one of the most played CDs of all time. Marco V selected the finest tracks, and they are truly astonishing. Still gives me the vibes, and when I’m driving, it makes me put my foot down hard on the accelerator. Thank God I’ve saved a copy, because I’ve had three copies of these, but 2 were damaged beyond belief.Scratches made it impossible to listen to it. The album had, if I’m correct, a VHS with it, with the actual event. As a bonus, underneath this review you can find the original VHS, and the vibes will come straight towards you through the screen. The opening moment when thousands of ravers scream ‘music’ out loud, nothing can beat that. And after that you see several areas which made Innercity a memorable event, and also short interviews with artists such as Jean, Sven Väth, Green Velvet, Marco V, and more.

It’s all about the music, and the tracks you hear in this video are actually on the CD too. Not all of them, which is a pity (really wanted to hear ‘Da Goose’s track, which you can hear during Luke Slater’s moment). But you can catch the vibes, and it’s quality over quantity. Long tracks, no short radio edits, all selected and carefully mixed by Marco V.

What’s the one thing which could have made this the best CD ever? Maybe if they added the audience screaming and shouting, it would have made it even more special.

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01. 3 Phase – Der Klang Der Familie (Ian Wilkie Remix) 
02. Electrique Boutique – Revelation
03. Steve Porter – The Catch
04. Blaze – My Beat (AMbassador Remix) 
05. X-Press 2 – AC/DC (Gangbanger Mix) 
06. Chab – Matica (Moogwai Mix) 
07. Futureshock – Sparc
08. Fred Numf vs 5 Point 0 – Globalisation
09. DJ Nukem vs Chab – Shaiva
10. Chris Cowie – Therapy (Part One)
11. Resistance D – You Were There (Thomas P. Heckmann Remix) 
12. Marco V – In Charge
13. Marco V – Recovered
14. Marco V – Indicator
15. Ural 13 Diktators – Total Destruction (Johannes Heil Remix) 

Watch the video, and after that you should purchase the album. I don’t know where you can get one, probably from Ebay or Amazon or Marktplaats, but this is definately one of the best albums of all time, from one of the best events ever organised. Been twice to Innercity (2000 and 2002) and both times I fell in love with it.

Marco V is a legend, and was a legend back in 2000. His set is memorable, and if you want to relive this memorable set, you should get the album. Don’t ask me for a copy, because you ain’t getting one. This is mine, and this goes with me into my grave. Probably be played at my funeral. I’ve never listened to an album as much as this one.

Best track on this album? Well, ‘In Charge’ is amazing, ‘Globalisation’ is awesome, but the one truly amazing ‘Recovered’ gets all the credits it deserves. Maybe an underrated track, haven’t heard it anywhere else since 2001, which is a shame.

A truly wonderful album, a true masterpiece made by Marco V.

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Paul Van Dyk – 60 Minute Mix (1999)

Paul Van Dyk - 60 Minute Mix

Artist: Various Artists
Mixed By: Paul Van Dyk
Genre/Style: Trance
Release Year: 1999
Info: Free Mix CD added to the May 1999 issue of Muzik Magazine
CD: 1 (one)
Length CD: 01:02:46
Tracks: 11 (eleven)
Label: Muzik Magazine
Product Number: MUZIK SI 99/5
Listen (via Mixcloud): LISTEN HERE
More Information: Paul Van Dyk – Facebook Fanpage

Back in the 90s, when you purchased a music magazine, it was normal that you would get a free CD, or free posters/flyers. Times have changed, not many people read magazines anymore, nor are there free CDs in them anymore. The 90s were good, because we didn’t have Soundcloud or Mixcloud. We had to sit and wait for albums and mixes to be released. Imagine that nowadays, waiting for something to be released? You just wait until you get a message on your phone saying that something has been released, you press a button and you have a complete album or mix in a split second. You don’t need to leave the house for good music. Is that an advantage? Yes and no. I loved being in a record store with single minded people, listening to brand new music, and sharing our love and passion for it. For me, towards the end of the 90s, I fell in love with Trance, and lost interest in Hardcore/Gabber, like many of us did. And one name appeared time and time again, Paul Van Dyk.. who was already a legend back in the 90s.

Paul Van Dyk, a man with a rich history. Started back in 1991, and still dominates the world of Dance music. If you look at his back catalogue, it’s quite impressive. So many albums have been released since 1993, and the amount of tracks he has produced or remixed are.. well, let’s put it this way: his Discogs page is long, very long. Not only is he a succesful producer, he’s also a well established name in the Dance industry, and back in 2005 he became the world’s number 1 DJ. Basically, this man needs no introduction, so if you are interested in who he is, why don’t you do your own research?

Back in may 1999, when you bought a copy of Muzik Magazine, there was a free CD added, and on it were 11 tracks, mixed and selected by Paul Van Dyk. Some say it’s the best Trance CD ever, and some tracks that appeared on this mix CD became huge anthems a year later. The mix can be found on Mixcloud, not downloadable obviously, but is it worth your precious time? Is it worth a go? Well, let’s look at the tracklist, and see for yourself.

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01. Starecase – First Floor Deadlock
02. X-Trax – Plan 94 (The Voyager)
03. Des Mitchell – Welcome To The Dance
04. Nylon – If You Love Me
05. Mauro Picotto – Iguana
06. Jose Amnesia – The Eternal (Life On Mars Remix) 
07. Paul Van Dyk – Avenue
08. Victoria Newton – Martha’s Harbour (Floor Play Remix) 
09. The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia
10. Ernst & Ben – Outpost
11. Planet Perfecto – Bullit In The Gun (Edit) 

It does look good, doesn’t it? It’s good that someone uploaded this mix onto Mixcloud, seeing as I’ve never heard of Muzik Magazine before, so therefore never had a copy in my hands and never knew PVD released this mix CD.

This mix has got everything! Seriously, if you are an oldskool Trance fan, this is a must have CD. I don’t know if there are actual copies around, I don’t know if anyone is selling their copy, I reckon they aren’t. This is a monster CD, carefully mixed by Paul Van Dyk. The track he selected back in 1999 were all slammers, and this mix contains those tracks that made me fall in love with Trance. Euphoric music from start to finish.

Best track? Pff, there are many. ‘Iguana’ is good, but to me the non vocal version of ‘Bullit In The Gun’ is excellent. The vocal version was okay, not excellent, but I never knew that the non vocal version was so much better!?

Also, if you are unaware of it: the tracks are full lengthed track. So no 3 minute tracks, some are 4 minutes long, but some 8 to 9 minutes long! Awesome! Find another mix CD with track that long! Fantastic stuff.

Paul Van Dyk, a legend back in the 90s, and still to this day a legend. If you are a fan, you should look out and find a copy, and if there aren’t, bookmark this mix, and play it again and again. Excellent Trance mix! That’s why he’s one of the greatest DJs of all time!

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Paul Van Dyk – 60 Minute Mix (1999) by Rhybooze on Mixcloud

The Best Of Pulsar 2014

The Best Of Pulsar 2014

Artist: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance
CD Info: The Best Of Pulsar 2014 Mix
Length CD: 02:34:32
Tracks: 24 (twenty-four)
Download/Listen (via Pulsar’s Website): DOWNLOAD HERE
File Size: 457 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Pulsar Recordings – Facebook Fanpage

At the end of each year. many artists and many labels release mix after mix, showcasing the awesome year they had, and most artists upload a short mix, or in some cases, an hour long mix. Not Pulsar Recordings, they decided to upload a free mix CD, containing two discs with 24 tracks. A free double mix CD? Not one DJ or label does that, as far as I know. Or I haven’t looked properly on the internet. But Pulsar Recordings’ Facebook message took me by surprise, and I immediately went on their website, and gave them all the details they required. You have to fill in your mail address and something else (which I have forgotten), in order to get the whole album for free. Well, they simply want to know who wanted it, and where they are from.

After you’ve filled in all the required details you get the album on your computer, all for nothing. And if I’m completely honest, it’s worth the wait. It’s quite the package, it’s got two mixes, a booklet, a video.. 457 MB of Pulsar Recording stuff, who doesn’t want that? The packagae will be the highlight of your day, because this is what we were waiting for. An awesome mix album, with 24 of the finest tunes out there. Trance music has always been my cup of tea, I grew up listening to it, and it has made me buy tickets to the biggest Trance events in history. Hours of fun I had back in the early 00s, and this album will take you back to the golden days of Trance. We should embrace what Pulsar has done, and acknowledge their strength as Serbia’s number 1 Trance record label.

I never knew that Trance music was big in Serbia, but it’s fair to say that Trance has dominated the world for many years, and will remain one of the most rated music styles in the world. With Trance music you can’t go wrong, you can’t do any harm. People do embrace the music for its purity and its strength. The music Pulsar has been releasing for many years has been supported by artists such as Armin van Buuren, Aly & Fila, Paul van Dyk, M.O.R.P.H, and many more. So it’s not just another label, it’s a label you should look out for, if you want quality music.

Pulsar Recordings have been there for the fans, and to show their love to the fans this album has been uploaded onto the world wide web, for us all to download and listen to. Pulsar are known for being ‘The Gatekeepers of Trance’, but is that true? Is the album really that good? Let’s look at the tracklist, see what you are going to download within a minute after reading the tracklist.

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Part One: 
01. Skysha – Reason To Forgive (Original Mix) 
02. Triplane feat Juli – Fade Away (Danny Chen Remix) 
03. Robert Vadney – Nevermore (Original Mix) 
04. Stephane Badey – Mars (Original Mix) 
05. Aleksandar Radicevic – Proton (Original Mix) 
06. Raytheon – Caldera (Farzam Remix) 
07. C-Project – Angel Of The South (Ilya ViG Remix) 
08. Sound Apparel – The Red Baron (Original Mix) 
09. SoundGate – Time For Changes (Original Mix) 
10. M.E.D.O. – Burning (Eddie Lung Remix) 
11. Skyscape – In Memory Of Sunland (Original Mix) 
12. Aeden – In The Universe (Original Mix) 

Part Two: 
01. Farzam – Narnia (Ellez Ria Remix) 
02. Raytheon – Caldera (Ahmed Romel Remix) 
03. Ascania – Vortex (Original Mix) 
04. Leenoox – Euphoria (Original Mix) 
05. Ascania – How Fragile Our Lives Are (Original Mix) 
06. John Sunlight – Tear Oneself Away (Original Mix) 
07. Aust Mora – Inner World (Farzam Remix) 
08. PLH feat Gen L – Liberty (Farzam Remix) 
09. Alex Wackii – Ode To Felix (Ikerya Project Remix) 
10. SoundGate – Migration (Original Mix) 
11. Aftermorning – Superlative (Dave Cold Remix) 
12. Sound Apparel – Dream (Original Mix) 

This tracklist does look amazing, even though I’ve never heard any of these artists before. It’s never too late to learn new names, eh?

Discovering new talent is what the world wide web was made for, and with this album you will increase your knowledge just a little bit more, and I urge you to give this album a go, and also to like Pulsar Recordings on Facebook, this is a label you should look out for. If this is the standard level of quality they deliver, it’s exactly what I have been looking for the last 10 years! Pure Trance music, no nonsense, just pure Trance music.

The album has got a lot of amazing tracks, and each and every one of them do take me back to the early 00s, when I was raving the night away at events such as Sensation and Trance Energy. These tunes have got an oldskool feeling to it, I simply can’t describe it in any other terms. The track that stood out from the rest (well, for me) was ‘Vortex’ by Ascania. Fantastic track, beautifully composed, perfect track from the start. Not saying that the other 23 tracks are rubbish, they are solid too, but ‘Vortex’ makes me loose my mind just a tad more.

Pulsar’s ‘Best Of 2014′ is an amazing album. Who would have thought that there are still labels out there, who focus on what the fans want, instead of increasing their bank account? Labels who do everything to share their passion and enthusiasm for the music? Pulsar’s album is a must have to all those who appreciate Trance music, most of them are known as Trance-lovers.

I normally would write something down, a flaw or an error, but I simply couldn’t find one. This is just too darn perfect.

Pulsar Recordings, ‘The Gatekeepers of Trance’. Yes, they are!

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