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The 1993 release of Jones & Stephenson’s – The First Rebirth, physically shook the whole dance music scene to its core, in particular the Hard Trance scene where this track rests comfortably. This track still commands a lot of respect and has been the topic of much musical debate among a vast array of different people with different tastes. Some call it chaotic confusion, others call it sublime melodic trance, but no-one can deny that this piece strikes the balance between pumping hardcore beats and energetic melody driven trance. Its creators, Frank Sels aka Franky Jones and David Brants aka Axel Stephenson, had unleashed a masterpiece that propelled not only their own profiles but that of Bonzai as well. Head over to the flip and have your mind blown with the fully immersive, ambient Life Of Flow which carries an urbanised narrative, almost the complete opposite of its A-side sibling. The First Rebirth went on to spawn numerous re-releases and remixes and still gets a visit from many longstanding and new fans alike.
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.
The Second Rebirth took its cue from its predecessor and led us into another melodic fuelled pumping groove that would destroy many floors around the world. A track of two halves with the first half setting out the melodies while the second half added the harder edge crunch that kept you raving all night long. On the flip we were met with the hard techno beat of Electromanation From “Da” Underground complete with Chuck Roberts belting out his immortal “let there be house…” and “this is my house…”chants.