The first release from The Blackmaster was this 1998 cut entitled Faith Forever on Axma. A dark progressive trancer, this one rocked out many venues and would stand out even today with its deep grooving bassline and acid laced hooks. Dark vocals overlay the trance sound perfectly and the main riff will send you high in the sky. The flip featured the equally impressive Trippz which is another fine example of the M.I.K.E./Push universal sound, the guy is simply a genius!
Insider – Boots On The Run (Original Release 1998/1999 Bonzai Records UK/Bonzai Records Cat No. BRUK01/BR99142)
Kris Vanderheyden was responsible for many projects over the years and Insider was one of his most popular. After a string of hits since the early nineties Insider delivered Boots On The Run in 1998 appearing first on our Bonzai Records UK label before showing up on the main label the following year. Check out the Fire & Ice remix of this one for some trancetastic moments.
Christophe Vervroegen, David Brants, Gregory Dewindt and Peter Schiettekatte teamed up and created Blue Alphabet in 1994. Their debut track Cybertrance quickly rose to become one of the most iconic nu energy trance cuts. The whole track is wrapped up in an infectious groove and always hits the spot wherever it gets played.
Cortex Thrill is the brainchild of Croatian artist Ivo Toplovcan and later joined by Sven Gleda. They kicked off their Bonzai Records journey with this Hard Trance effort, Innerspace, originally titled Intro. A hugely popular sound back then, these guys hit the nail on the head and continued Bonzai’s dominance in the harder scene. Big bassdrums, squelchy acid lines and electrifying synths all made for an energetic ride. On the flip we got the equally frantic Sleepwalker.
Magic Melody appeared as an exclusive on the 2008 compilation Retro Jumpclassics. Its origins remain unknown but creator Robert Steenbeek was known as a top jock around the Dutch scene. This one carries a minimal “jumps” vibe with pounding beats and piercing percussions over some cool vocals, well worth checking out.
Probably one of the most instantly recognisable vocal samples in the world of trance music and beyond provides the intro to Yves’ 1997 smash hit – The Rebel. With a sample from Public Enemy’s Rebel Without A Pause and a hands in the air trance hook on the break, this one definitely ranks very highly among many. Quite simply, a track you have got to have in your arsenal.