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Richard Durand--In Search of Sunrise 8: South Africa: This is a fairly mellow progressive trance mix. It's the first In Search of Sunrise mix compilation not to be produced by Tiësto, who has parted ways with Songbird Records. Durand picks up nicely with a related, but clearly different, flavor. This mix feels significantly less club-oriented than the earlier releases in the series, except for maybe a few tracks around track 10 of CD2. There are lots of pianos, vocals, and strings throughout, and less untz than in most trance sets. The closest mix that comes to mind is CD1 of Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance 2006 compilation. An interesting highlight is Ben Preston's track "Pillars of the Earth", which riffs on a passage from the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, played with a swing. Yes, it's odd... it seems to work, though. Durand is a DJ to watch: he's new, and has something new and different to offer in a world where the few superstars have far too many imitators.
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