Review: Guy J's progressive house roots shine through on this first contribution to the Balance series. It's not just the sound - occasionally downtempo, always atmospheric and sometimes deliciously dreamy - but also his choice of tunes; each of the 13 tracks has been reconstructed or re-edited by the experienced Israeli producer. While this would be seen as self-indulgence in others, it gives the mix a coherence and fluidity that's never less than attractive. Wisely, he mixes it up throughout, flitting between dreamy deepness (Juan Deminicis), trippy dancefloor intensity (his edit of Radio Slave's version of APM 001's "Migrants"), picturesque goodness (Nevar's "Phases of Grief") and darting, melodic techno (Echomen).
Review: The later half of 2012 has seen trance legend Solarstone really pick up the pace again. Pushing things forward with his label group, releasing some of his finest singles in recent times, and now this brilliant compilation to round things off perfectly. Compiled by the man himself with two discs (one mixed by Orkidea), 'Pure Trance' does what it says on the box, showcasing all corners of the genre. Highlights across the 30 tracks include; Temple One 'In Her Eyes', Ronski Speeds mix of 'Euphonia', and Michael Cassette's remix of Orkidea 'Sun Dow'. There is of course plenty of showings from Solarstone himself.. You need this in your life!
Review: You can always count on those folk at Armada Dutch HQ to deliver both quality and quantity without compromise, and they do just that with the latest Progressive House collection. 20 tracks packed full of the biggest producers around, such as; Andrew Bennet, TyDi, 16 Bit Lolitas, and Nash & Pepper. Highlights for us include; Tom Fall 'Stillness', Dakota 'Re-Swirl', and the super-hot Max Graham cut of 'Walking Strangers' from Tim Davison. If you need to pack out the wallet, then this is an essential.. But do be warned, you won't see much of the sunshine over the next couple of weeks.. Just the sight of your CDJs!