Forerunners revisits his Prism bearing all the hallmarks of the smooth, precise and clean production which is responsible for creating such a stir amongst the more discerning progressive house clique. Hypnotic drones and entrancing sequences set the scene for this masterful 9 minute excursion.
Finnish producer Anssi Hohti aka Allende has been beavering away on his unique blend of trance and progressive for many years, with a string of beautiful tracks to his bow. This EP announces a major return to the scene. Leading the charge is 10 Minutes to Infinity with fluttery acid, incessant lead riff and lush instrumentation. Lost My Way pleases with a neat portamento synth line, warm pads and crisp percussion. Completing the set is Time & Again which ratchets things up a notch with a huge FM lead line and clean, precise and polished programming.
Rather than labour on predictably about the symbolic significance of a collaboration between these two Artists – both intrinsically important to the evolution and resurgence of modern trance, let’s just discuss the music. Hemispheres digs deep – subwoofer-rattling deep. The arrangement ploughs the furrows of hypnotic, immersive club music; filters radiate, expand & contract; shards of rhythm shatter and re-assemble. Most importantly, the melody possesses a claw-like hook which buries itself under the skin throughout this 11 minute odyssey.
Tapio Hakanen aka Orkidea – Finland’s No. 1 DJ – returns to Pure Progressive with Epicentre. Constructed around a growling, filtered groove, Epicentre moodily sways and struts, a pair incessant vocal components emerge & dissipate, rich throaty acid punctuates the groove whilst a glossy glockenspiel charms the ear. Enchanting.
The marriage of Eco’s edgy and rugged production with Driftmoon’s orchestral scoring is something very special, and Cold Blue’s rework of Trust adds a neat twist to the story. Cold Blue is building something of a reputation for solid, dramatic peak-time trance music and his take on Trust shows those skills off very nicely.