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Strike !!! - reviewed on 12/15/01
Artist: GARY D
Label: 2001 DJ's Present / PIAS Recordings (Germany)
Index #: 556.2077.020
Finally the third album from this Hamburg-based DJ - GARY D. was released back in November 2001. He succesfully have been recording music for several years now with such titles as: "Ice Machine Head", "Kinetic Pressure", "Radium" and many others including two albums. This newest offering consists of two CDs. First let me warn you, the first CD CANNOT be played on your PC. Do not even try, your computer will freeze. There is actually a warning stating it! Not to worry though. Your regular PC will play the music without problems. As of music expect quality electronic adventure. The album starts with exciting "Intro/Strike Back" tune to put you into the mood. A wonderful introduction followed by such tunes as "My Houzze" or an GARY D anthem "Die Herdplatte 2000". Both tunes went high in TOP 30 of German Dance Hit lists. For some INDUSTRIAL/BREAK BEAT sound turn to "Welcome 2 Da Future". Even if the track starts as BREAK BEAT sort of fare, it turns to HARD TECHNO with some TRANCE strings at the end. Same goes to other tunes like "The Fly" or "Bang To The Beat". Both represents great combination of TECHNO and TRANCE sound. Speaking of TRANCE, GARY D. gave an example of HAMBURG-played tunes in this genre. Such tunes as "Energy", "Fantasy" or "The Navigator" are good examples! GARY D. also developed very specific electronic sound that is very characteristic of him. You can taste it in "Open Your Mind" or "To The Moon". The second (bonus) CD contains a video clip of "Die Herdplatte 2000" and three other tunes. Taken together this new offering from GARY D. is a good collection of club music. All of you who like electronic version of DANCE genre will have fun. In sound sampler I featured a mix of 6 tunes taken from the first CD. Enjoy the music and get the product.
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01. Intro/Strike Back - 1:16
02. Welcome 2 da Future - 7:09 (1)
03. My Houzze - 7:14 (2)
04. Here I Go - 6:39 (3)
05. Die Herdplatte 2000 - 3:40
06. Bang To The Beat - 6:21
07. The Fly - 8:24 (4)
08. To The Moon - 6:25 (5)
09. Fantasy - 7:29 (6)
10. The Navigator - 7:09
11. Rock Dat Sound - 5:46
12. Open Your Mind - 6:42
|( ) - number in parenthesis
indicates the order in sound sampler from this album
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Locomotion - reviewed on 12/15/01
Label: 2001 ZYX Records (Germany)
Index #: ZYX 20610-2
Few months ago we had
album "Fancy for Fans" and now
another album "Locomotion". While
FANCY remains in my heart as the one who made me love the HI-NRG
sound of the era when he came out with such beatiful tunes as "Bolero"
or "Flames Of Love" I hardly
can stay calm seeing his fall from the grace. For the new album (after
the flopped "FANCY For Fans")
I hoped that FANCY will utilize his ingenious talent and produce
some breathtaking tunes. My hopes were not met. The album is mediocre
at the best. While FANCY did deliver some new tunes such "A
Voice In The Dark" (this one have some resemblence to
his great production from the past) or "Die
For You" done in TANGO-style
(great for dancing gradmas), "Why Oh Why"
(actually good NRG tune with some drama
on the diet pill) to name the few, he failed to give the album we
actually would like remember. He did some remakes of his old tunes
such as "Fools Cry" or "All
My Loving" (THE BEATLES classic). He also went
for such classic as ROY ORBISON's "Pretty
Woman" or "Locomotion"
from KING & GOFFIN vault. I am not sure exactly who FANCY
is targetting with this album. I believe it has no chance among younger
crowd, the more mature audience might like it. I do not believe he
will capture attention of the generation that didn't know him from
his previous big beatiful songs. It's sad though. He still has a powerful
voice and musical talent. He just fails to manage it properly. I gather
FANCY is trying to catch the groud with various styles (like
his horrid interpretation of HIP-HOUSE
style he tried in "Fancy For Fans"
album). I still believe that his angelic voice cannot be used to just
sing ANYTHING. The color of his voice is so specific it has better
utility in the style he recorded in his past. Well... It is my opinion.
I do have this album and I will buy next one, regardless what it will
be in there. FANCY is a legend and as such will never die!
I created a sound sampler with 6 tunes from this offering. Enjoy the
music and wait is not over yet (I hope).
01. A Voice In The Dark
- 4:01 (1)
Thanks to Sara Valdemarin
from United Music who sent me this CD I am able to review finally
released and highly anticipated album by DJ VISAGE entitled:
This is the debut album from DJ VISAGE, however singles from
this project are circulating for several years now and all of them
are present in this album containing all together 18 tunes. Fortunately
we also have great new material here that makes this album an important
part of the DJ VISAGE discography. All the tracks were written
by NORBERT REICHART and others. NORBERT is also producer
of this project as well as other projects like immortal IMPERIO
or PIZZA BOYS to name the few. I am not going to discuss tracks
you should alredy know but I will focus on new material. One of my
most favorite tunes in this album is "Eternal
Dreams". If you loved IMPERIO tunes or "The
Return", one of DJ VISAGE previous singles, you
will love this one as well. Angelic voice provided by SARA
and the DREAM flavor with intense TRANCE
synth backbone makes this a breathtaking offering. You will be exctatic!
I guarantee it! If you like the drama in truly DJ VISAGE style
you should listen to "Thunder"
that is soon to be released as a single. This tune has something from
"Star Wars" filled
with more PROGRESSIVE strings and interesting
RAP by MC WILL BURN. This is a
interesting combination, surely making this fare a new club hit DJ
VISAGE is bringing to a dance floor. You also cannot miss "Sueno
Futuro". The wonderful sound with great synth lines and
mysterious dark voice right from the beginning. This one combines
TRANCE sound with Italian DANCE
elements, yet another gorgeous combination. Do you remember "Formula"
the track DJ VISAGE started with. Hey! You have on this album
a new interpretation: "Formula 2002".
This one is your foretaste of the official Formula
1 2001. Similar to the original version you will hear in
the background engine noise and the words spoken by the German F1
anchor HEIKO WASSER. This tune is also planned to be released
as a single. I
also would like to draw your attention to AMBIENT tune "Monophonia".
Truly beautiful mind buggling tune to listen and relax to. Fascinating.
Taken together this is very good album. It's true we had to wait for
it for a long time, but the final product is simply great. Great music
and powerful melodies in entire album. This one is not to be missed
not only by fans of DJ VISAGE but also by fans of hot TECHNO
sound. In the the sound sampler I presenting mix of 6 brand new tunes
from DJ VISAGE featured in this album. Enjoy!
01. Intro - 0:49
Intuition - reviewed on 11/24/01
Artist: DJ ENCORE feat. Engelina
Label: 2001 Universal (Denmark)
Index #: 014 453-2
After giving the review
of brand new album by a Danish project HAMPENBERG, I had to
look into a debut album from yet another project from this Scandinavian
country. So, let me present you "Intuition"
by DJ ENCORE feat. ENGELINA. As a matter of fact I had so many
requests to review this album than I had no choice but try to get
it. So here it is. Many of you by now should be familiar with Danish
dance floor (not only because of AQUA but other dance projects
this country is keep bringing in). So few words about the project.
DJ ENCORE and ENGELINA are: ANDREAS B. HEMMETH and
ENGELINA LARSEN, both in their early twenties. They have debuted
this year with single "I See Right Through
To You" a theme to "BIG
BROTHER" TV Show. People watching this TV show were
flabbergasted with the theme and wanted to know who was behind the
music. That really helped to push the single out and reached immediately
double platinum status. Actually ANDREAS met ENGELINA
when he was writing the music to this theme, the voice of ENGELINA
perfectly fit with the music that's how they did an amazing duo. After
the success of this single on October 1st, 2001 group released presented
album "Intuition" with
17 tunes recorded in various dance genres. Even if the styles varies
the synth work is present in virtually all of them. Basically project
achieved to bridge TRANCE and other styles
into one solid production. All lyrics were written by ENGELINA
and music was composed by ANDREAS. If
you would try to compare their music the closes would be SYLVER
meets FRAGMA, yet it's just a comparison. DJ ENCORE
project has it's own unique flavor! Album starts with cosmic "Intro"
featuring sound of drops and rising beach mood. Perfect slower beginning
to dynamic content of the album. This Intro seamlessly moves to "Open
Your Eyes", a beauty EURO-TRANCE
fare you cannot pass. ENGELINA's voice perfectly fits the mood.
Next comes the "I See You Right Through
To You" tune, so if you didn't hear it before, here is
your chance. "High On Life"
starts as slow CHILL OUT tune but not
for a long time, it blasts into stunning EURO-TRANCE
marvel. In similar mood is "Talk To Me".
This is NRG-etic TRANCE
with prominet vocal sections provided by ENGELINA. Another
dance gem! The title song "Intuition"
is a very slow, ENYA-type fare enhanced with violin section.
"You'Ve Got A Way" follows
presenting turbo-charged POP-ish tune
with great kicking synth bottom. "Walking
In The Sky" starts as slow tune that blooming into intense
big room fare aimed at the hottest TRANCE
floors. Next come one of my favorite "Chemistry"
a true EURO-sounding gem. Extraordinary
powerful synth lines, epic IBIZA-like
breaks and a bottom line that will knock you down. Taken together
very interesting album that I recommend to all of you who enjoy sensual
electronica sound topped with female vocals. For the sound sampler
I prepared the mix containing 6 tunes. Enjoy!
01. Intro - 1:48
Duck Off - reviewed on 11/23/01
Label: 2001 Polydor (Denmark)
Index #: 549 698-2
Back in 1999 I reviewed
the debut album "Hampenberg"
by this project. Album reached platinum status and was sold in 60000
copies with several singles released like "Grab
That Thing", "Last Night", "With Some Class".
To introduce "Duck Off"
album (official release November 26) group released first single "Salsation"
followed by soon to surface "Duck Toy"
. Behind HAMPENBERG is MORTEN HAMPENBERG joined by THOMAS
SALING (he co-authored most of the songs) and female singer. This
new album is a bit different compare to their debut release. First
of all, the featured sound is not just TECHNO/TRANCE
but rather more PROGRESSIVE. Not only
that, you will find tunes that are far from these dance styles. For
instance "Sex On The Beach"
is a JAZZY-HOUSE, "Been
There Done That" is a very slow after hour instrumental
tune. This one should cool you down. More POP-oriented,
rich in guitar instrumentation "Smile It's
A Wonderful Feeling" closes this album. Let's get back
to the mainstream style featured in this album. It starts with "Duck
Toy", fast, PROGRESSIVE/HOUSE
tune falling into ACID sound. Impossible
to resist when dancing in the club. My favorite track from this album
is the second tune: "Take Control".
Dark, driving and seductive EURO TRANCE
marvel. It starts with fast synth work followed by a seductive female
vocal and exquisite synth-driven heavenly melody and intoxicating
beat. Truly a beautiful tune. "Salsation"
is also a TRANCE tune with some SALSA
elements built in. Imagine SALSA and
TRANCE in one pot! Who would think of
that. Female vocals adds additional excitement here. "Don't
Lie To Me" is another example of galloping EURO-TRANCE
reminding a bit of SYLVER. What you will love about this tune
is growing drama and vocal foundation creating truly cutting edge
stomper. Wonderful! Taken
together a very interesting new offering from this Dannish project.
After all Denmark is not just a BUBBLE GUM.
For the sound sampler I prepared the mix featuring 6 faster TRANCE/TECHNO
tunes. Enjoy the sound!
01. Duck Toy (5)
Some Things - reviewed on 11/23/01
Label: 2001 Antler-Subway (Belgium)
Index #: AS 5980 / 7243 537 309 2 5
Few weeks ago I posted
the video clip to "Something"
tune by LASGO. By that time this song was storming the dance
floor in Europe and actually won BEST SINGLE category in Belgian 2001
TMF Award. Fare done very similar to SYLVER style, caught immediate
attention all of you who likes EURO-TRANCE
with haunting female vocals. Well, no wonder why. Both SYLVER
and LASGO projects are coming from Belgium. LASGO consists
of PETER LUTS, DAVID VERVOOT and EVY GOFFIN who provides
the angelic voice to the project. You should be already familiar with
PETER LUTS who not only produces LASGO, but also authored
some wonderful remixes such as "Close My
Eyes" by ASTROLINE, "Castles
In The Sky" by IAN VAN DAHL feat. MARSHA or "Horizons"
with JIMMY GOLDSCHMITZ to name the few. Presented debut album
"Some Things" released
on November 19, 2001 contains not only "Something"
tune, but also their new smash hit "Alone"
in two versions: Album and special IAN VAN DAHL remix. Let's
talk about the other tunes featured in the album. First of all do
not expect EURO-TRANCE album per se.
True several tunes fall into this category but there are more variations
sported. For instance "Heaven"
that still have some interesting TRANCE
synth work falls more into fast POP/NRG
tune in general. This combination still delivers a powerful and entertaining
offering. "Follow You" just
reminds me more SYNTHPOP than anything
else, yet the EVY's gorgeous and sensual vocal adds to the
drama. If you are into slower tunes you will cherish "Cry".
Truly a beautifully crafted fare, with intense backbone and excitingly
sensual vocals. You should also check mostly instrumental tune "Cloud
Surfers" with the background of playing children and synths
out of the space to cause goose bumps . Same goes to "Feeling".
Great tunes in great music line. Taken together yet another interesting
release from Belgium to fulfill the desire for quality EURO-TRANCE
sound. In extended sound sampler I featured mix of 6
tunes, but again it should only give you an idea what the album is
all about. Enjoy the music and remember. SUPPORT THE ARTIST by buying
Euro IV Ever - reviewed on 11/19/01
Label: 2001 Stockholm Records (Sweden)
Index #: 016355-2
It has been a long time
since E-TYPE last album "Last
Man Standing". Well... E-TYPE is not only still
standing but as a matter of fact is glowing bright! This brand new
full album to be released on November 21, 2001 is exactly what all
EURODANCE fans were waiting for. The
name of the album "Euro IV Ever"
points to what the style of the album is indeed. MARTIN ERIKSSON
(the man behind the name of the project) proved to be a King of Scandinavian
dance. This album once again showed that this title is well deserved.
You will find here several slamming EURO
tunes to die for. Of course "Life"
is here. This particular title was just released on single (November
12) and immediately climbed on highest positions in Scandinavian charts
and surely will be hitting Pan-European charts as well. Typical E-TYPE
style with big room instrumentation and smashing rhythm. He is accompanied
with beatiful, made for EURO sound female
vocalist NANA. No doubt a chart crasher! Well... there are
more EURO tunes to die for. This album
contains several fares that surely are to be my favorite EURO
cuts these days. One of them is "Time"
(with NANA again). This marvel clearly reminds such hits as "Angels
Crying" or "Here I Go".
Simply priceless for EURO lovers. This
tune is hypnotic, filled with intense synth work. There are indeed
many other tunes that are worth to be mention like "Africa"
or "When I Close My Eyes" (another
intoxicating EURO to cause pandemonium
on the dancefloor!). Not only fast tempo songs are featured in this
album. You will find many slower one and some of them are actually
in different styles. In these songs E-TYPE used multinational
flavors. For instance in "Banca Banca"
he fallen for some SALSA sound. In "Arabian
Style" you will find oriental elements (very exotic and
fascinating track at low BPM). In "Borschstjii"
you will hear elements of Russian folk music. Don't be mislead though,
still at high BPM and in good EURO style.
Great combination and masterfully done fusion. From truly slow tunes
I recommend "Star". It's a
beatiful LOVE song to dance in two with bodies tight to each other.
In album you also find "Campione 2000"
an anthem of Soccer game in 2000. Taken together this album is a true
dance masterpiece that will bring emotions to your heart and unstoppable
desire to dance. I would like to congratulate E-TYPE and Stockholm
Records for delivering such a gem. I strongly plead to all of you,
to get this album and support such a fine production. We all should
make sure that albums like that could surface. However, only good
selling points can help. So do EURO community
and yourself a favor. Buy this album when it is available!
For time being enjoy the sound sampler containing 6 EURO
tunes from this album, but keep in mind it is just a top of the iceberg!
It cannot replace the real experience after you have the album in
Album soon available from EuropeMusic
01. Norby 4 Ever (Live
Sex Generation - reviewed on 11/09/01
Label: 2001 Avex Trax (Japanese Edition / 2001 EPark (German Edition)
Index #: AVCD-17012 (Japan) / 367.3012.2 (Germany)
New full album from this
truly EURODANCE group that still records
in this genre. I lost count which album it is, but looks to me it's
13th (counting all albums I have in my collection). If you know E-ROTIC
and their sound, the album will not really be a surprise! "Sex
Generation" was released 2 DAYS AGO and again
in JAPAN, followed by it's German edition later to be out later this
year. "King Kong" was released
as a first single from this album. Team of writers and producers remains
unchaged (of course). So most tracks were written by DAVID BRANDES,
JOHN O'FLYNN, JANE TEMPES. Again CHRIS NORMAN contributed
as well in
REGGAE oriented tune "Untouchable
Feeling". DAVID BRANDES and FELIX J. GAUDER
produced the tracks with help of DOMENICO LABARILE. The album
features 15 tunes and extra treat, an animated video to "Billy
Juve (with Willy's Wife)", featuring BILLY the condom
reuniting with WILLY the banana. Well for more story you have to get
the CD since inlet features a cartoon story of mad Professor that
goes by Dwight E. Dicky (how original) who's mission is to destroy
the most immoral symbol of lust with special forces targeted to terminate
BILLY BOY. Oh well... you really have to follow entire E-ROTIC
story to get an idea what's this is all about. Nevermind though, let's
talk about the music. In general it is classic EURO
sound characteristic for E-ROTIC, featuring upbeat music and
simple lyrics focusing or various sexual issues, but rather in a funny
way, not provocative. American audience might find them lame but again,
take it easy. It's just funny way to talk about sex. Among tunes that
are copy-cat's of their previous releases are "Rock
Me Baby", "Bad Boy", It's
Just A Little Flirt" or "Billy
Jive", but there are also slower tunes that are quite
exciting. For example "Cry Like A Child"
is rather slow POP-oriented tune or very
ABBA-sque sounding "The Story Is Over"
(sound's quite similar to "The Winner Takes
It All", but BROS team already showed their compassion
for ABBA legacy). From the slower tracks I particularly like "Skin
to Skin". Starts as very slow tune but picks up later
to a down tempo EURO marvel. Female vocal
by YASMINE a new vocalist (originally from DAS MODUL)
is exciting and quite similar to the voice of LYANE LEIGH an
original E-ROTIC vocalist. Another interesting thing is that
this time most tracks extensively use male rapping that was really
only minimally present in recent E-ROTIC releases. Taken together,
nice album but nothing novel that will throw you on your knees. I
personally would like to have also some more modern-sound EURO
with some synth works like was actually done in Extended version of
"Billy Jive". I think you should
look for singles, I hope they might feature this kinda TRANCEY
EURO sound. As a matter of fact "Billy
Jive" is being released as a single in Japan as well.
For time being enjoy the sound sampler from this album containing
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01. Billy Jive (With Willy's
Wife) - 3:39
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