Here's the disc I didn't buy (with preview links for the tracks I liked!):
Air--Late Night Tales: This is a compilation with a few tracks I actively dislike (there's a certain kind of Paris house that rubs me the wrong way), a bunch of downtempo tracks that are okay, and a few offbeat gems. The gems, which are worth chasing down on their own, are:
- Tan Dun--"For the World" (from the Hero soundtrack),
- Sebastien Tellier--"Le long de la rivière tendre",
- Nino Rota--"O' Venezia, Venaga, Venusia", and
- Ravel--"Pavane pour une infante défunte" (performed by the Cleveland Orchestra).
The two I bought are rather harder:
Ferry Corsten--L.E.F. (American edition): "L.E.F." stands for "Loud, Electronic, Ferocious" and it fits. This is unabashedly very electronic trance, by and large. I picked it out because a while back, I went to hear his set at Surface, and enjoyed the evening; like many DJ's, he's now striking out and doing more original work. This disc has some hits and a few tracks that are, in my view, a bit much. The bonus track on the American edition, "Prison Break Theme" (Breakout Mix) (with Ramin Djawad) (you can hear the whole thing: track 13 in the linked page), has found its way into a mix project I'm working on (I remixed it to extend the duration, because the original is less than 4 minutes long); "Galaxia" is probably the best track on the disc.
ATB--The DJ: In The Mix 3: An excellent two-disc set at a very good price. This guy gets trance, as his ranking shows; surprisingly, this is the first mix CD of his I find. Full, spacious sounds with lots of nice melodic lines and substantial variety through the mix. My favorite new track is (as is so often the case) the last one on disc 2: Funabashi's "Daylight" (you can hear the whole track).