|Collective Unconscious EP|
M.I.K.E.’s Solar Factor guise contributed several top notch cuts on Progrez over the years with this one being the penultimate release back in 2004. Fashion Slam delivers a solid progressive workout with a tinge of tech thrown in, while on the flip we get a tasty Tribal Mix to deepen the groove even more.
Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave embarked on his new project Lolo in the early noughties, and to the delight of many of his fans he headed straight for the heart strings and produced some of the most memorable epic trance around. Extended Horizon was his second release under this guise and the track took us on a sublime journey deep into Trance where we got lost in beautifully crafted melodies and steady beats. On the flip we got Landscape which was a much more pacey groove with a fantastic uplifting quality. If you’ve not checked out Lolo yet then this is the perfect place to start.
This 2004 release from Primer aka Danjo & Styles was one of the best trance tracks of that year, and actually still is. A solid driving groove laid the foundation for the epic trance gates and swirling melodies to keep the floors burning and clubbers pumped. On the flip we were treated to a pumping remix from Fire & Ice who always knew how to work a track. The ultimate uplifting experience that still carries a lot of weight today.
Yves Deruyter’s Trance-Techno hybrid – Factor Y rocked many venues in 1999 with a pounding driving and relentless groove. A solid wall of beats led the way as quirky bleeps rang out giving the track a Techno edge. On the main break superb gated Trance synths take over and send the track into overdrive. One for the purists here who like it melodic with a rough edge.
J & S’s last outing in the Rebirth series came a part of the Da Grooveinaltrancentalphunk EP which also featured Gummiringe on the flip. The Final Rebirth definitely took a much more Progressive Trance orientated approach while still delivering quality grooves. You can hear the tracks origins creep in from time to time which brings a nostalgic feel to the sound. The end of a magical run of tracks which are laid down in history as some of the very best. Frank and David didn’t stop there though, they went on to score many more top notch tracks with Groove Connexion being another of their collaborations. Well worth checking out the other two tracks on this one to get a true insight into the sound these guys nurtured.
Coming out at the same time as The Third Rebirth, The Fourth Rebirth took the whole rave, hard trance thing and flipped it on its head and delivered one hell of a monster sound. The intro is sublime with those stabbing synths which lead up to a pitched down sample of Kariya’s Let Me Love You For Tonight which is suddenly pitched up to chipmunk range accompanied by a drum n bass pattern. A big melodic synth construction ensues as those tough beats pound out a solid groove. This one came in 2 parts with Part 2 blending techno, hard trance and drum n bass into a semaless stream of energetic grooves.
The Third Rebirth tuck true to its origins and delivered a full on energetic ride deep into melodic hard trance, but this time it got a bit more refined with lots more layers involved and even lowing the tempo just a bit. The melodies stand out beautifully and are matched with a tough edge in those pounding beats and rave like synths. The B-side came with a superb remix from Cortex Thrill who added their signature sound to the mix.