ironphoenix (ironphoenix) wrote,

New Music

You might want to put your earplugs in...

  • Armin van Buuren (compiler/mixer)--A State of Trance 2006: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!1! Okay, you can take out the earplugs, I'm done. Well, almost. This, this is what I mean when I say that I like trance. And it's all stuff I haven't got elsewhere! Best album I've gotten this year. My favorite track on it is a trance remix of Niyaz's Dilruba by Junkie XL... Azam Ali's voice is quite distinctive and beautiful, and brings a warmth and richness uncommon in this kind of electronica. Disc 1 is titled "on the beach," and has a slightly more blissed-out, spacey feel which gains energy over the course of the disc; disc 2 is titled "in the club," and maintains a fairly high energy level throughout without being too "hard" for me.

  • Tim Binns (compiler/mixer)--Trance Anthems: The Best Uplifting and Hard Trance: Another good two-disc trance compilation, not as much to my taste as the previous one but still very good. CD1 is at about the same energy level as CD2 of the previous entry, and CD2 is the "hard" trance advertised, with a bit more of a driving, heavy electronic sound. CD2 in particular is a bit cold for me in parts.

  • SPG Music (no DJ credit)--Club Hits 2006: 28 essential tracks: Okay, this two-disc set is more dance than trance, and some of it is pretty cheesy. There are, however, some particular tracks and mixes I don't have (e.g. the Guetta and Garraud FMIF Remix of Deep Dish's Flashdance). If it had been expensive, I would've passed, but for $12, there's enough good stuff for me to hold my nose and pick it up used.

  • Bebel Gilberto--Bebel Gilberto Remixed: When this first came out, I wasn't all that interested, but even over the space of a year, my appreciation for bossa nova has increased, and this remix album is quite good. It keeps the mellowness and swing of the original while bringing in a bit more energy and modernity. Six Degrees Records has a knack for finding good music, as I've probably mentioned; I've listened to everything I could find on that label since I first encountered them a handful of years ago. This particular disc was a gift from DJ Neuron, possibly inspired by the stuff I've lent him.
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