Torontonian Tim Penner is not only the man behind Slideways Recordings, but also a purveyor of some mightily fine progressive tunage, notably on labels like Proton and Joof. Be Free, with a sophisticated Sasha-esque production that builds a tight, intricate groove before introducing a mutating and mesmerising arpeggiator which subsequently shatters into a spellbinding breakdown – complete with evocative dialogue samples. Beautiful.
The newly re-christened Artist-Formerly-Known-As Dimension gets his first release on Pure Trance, and what a release it is. Voorpret; meaning the sense of enjoyment felt before a party or event takes place is a track that makes you want to throw off the shackles of everyday existence, go out and dance. With a pristine production of huge riffs and soaring chords, it doesn’t get more joyful than this.
Andre Frauenstein a.k.a. Lostly is on fire at the moment, with a series of high profile releases on labels such as Outburst, Discover and Mental Asylum. By Morning opened up Sneijder’s disc of the recently released Pure Trance Vol. 5, and is only now available as a standalone Extended Mix. Layers of filtered arpeggiators and stabbed synths provide the pace and a goosebump raising keychange does the business at the breakdown. Smooth.
5 cuts from French producer Thomas Brosellier aka Tom Bro, his work has been supported on several Solarstone compilations from Electronic Architecture 3 to Pure Trance Vol. 5. This EP shows what his sound is all about, from the deeper sunrise sounds of ‘Sunburst’ to the faster, glittering vibes of ‘Barcelona’ and the two variations of ‘Timeless’. Also his cover of Nitrous Oxide’s ‘Morning Light’ is here. If you like sparse production & shimmering plucks look no further.