Review: Trym aka Martin Lermurier kick-starts Involve's new digital series with a four-tracker that's inspired by 90s trance. The title track sees him drop an epic synth melody and ghoulish vocal samples before a pounding, pummelling kick drum takes hold. On "Polar Aura", the sound veers towards the 303-madness of Emmanuel Top - who is also a big influence for label owner Regal - as an insistent acid line and a vocal sample that claims 'it has always been about house music' bring the listener to trance nirvana. "Transition" is even more intense, with bleak synth lines and 303s spiralling out of control, while "Melodic Flirt" closes out the release with a gnarly acid workout.
Various - "Magik Four" (continuous DJ mix by DJ Tiesto) - (1:13:43) 136 BPM
Review: These days when you see Tiesto and Magik Muzik on the same sleeve, you know it's going to be something special, and here they dig out the classic Magik Four 'A New Adventure' compilation from the Black Hole vaults. 16 timeless anthems from the golden era of trance, handpicked and mixed by the original superstar DJ on the label he made his name. Featuring amongst others; 'Your Own Acid' by Kai Tracid, Armin 'Communication' and the Cygnus X remix of Art of Trance 'Easter Island'. At just L9.49 it is an essential moment in history that needs to be in your collection.
Review: The third instalment of Hotflush's compilation series drops and it's a seven year flashback to the label's most fractured, far-minded roots as Scuba's label explores their foundations on the fringes of bass and left sided echelons of dubstep. Cuts like Jamie Vex'd's almost p-funk level of bullishness on "Twitch", the loose jazz drums of Elemental's "Sparkle", even looser jazz horns of Jazzsteppa's still-filthy "Two" and Si Begg's baggy, bulbous rhythm on "Angel" represent Hotflush's consistent surges past the very forefront of the once-burgeoning genre, joining the dots and helping make sense of the stern techno cityscapes the label constructs today.
Review: We once again unearth some golden treasure from amongst the mound of musical gems on JunoDownload, with this impressive four track EP from Japanese producer Hiroyuki Ona. After hearing these you will be in agreement what an overlooked talent he is. Having had much support over the years from the likes of Armin Van Buuren he combines influences from progressive and psy, whilst penning awe-inspiring melodies. 'Green Light' is an instant favourite that carries emotion, energy, and is instantly memorable. 'Revive' is equally as big.. in-fact, get your ears and hearts round all of them, as it's one of the most impressive EP's we have heard this year!!