A welcome return from Shropshire’s Peter Steele, this time with his take on a long forgotten gem by the late Jon Vesta, entitled Gull. As well as generating sparks of reminiscence amongst trance fans of a certain age, the melodies of Gull hark back to a time when trance records contained more than one part – and were constructed around something other than a mammoth breakdown. Sure, there is a break, but it serves a real purpose as opposed to being obligatory. Peter Steele’s interpretation of this glorious record certainly does Jon Vesta’s memory justice, all those wonderful string stabs are elegantly present, as are the feelings of pure, unbounced joy upon listening.
The Italian progressive master Gai Barone returns to Pure Progressive with another slab of succulent, meaty progressive. Programmed at a sultry 124bpm Lost In Music kicks off with one aim; to submerge the listener in it’s auditory waters. The arrangement takes a path through creeping filters, FM tones and (after a tense build) unleashes a beast of an arpeggiated, crushed lead. Majestic.
Second outing here from the buzzing production team of former Godskitchen resident Steve Arnold and respected producer Jamie Baggotts. Their debut Triangulum is still firmly lodged in the record boxes of some of the progressive scene’s main players and the duo have cemented their partnership with a series of club shows and mixes. The magic seems to be a combination of Arnold’s many years of experience at the front end of Dj-life via his residency at Godskitchen – learning the production tricks which lock a crowd onto the floor – together with Baggott’s obsession with Global Underground-inspired hypnotic progressive trance. Altair weaves together all these important aspects into a brooding, mammoth of a track.
Morning Sun is the first taster of Simon Templar (a.k.a. Winkee founder Jussi Paasonen’s) forthcoming debut album Balance. This single epitomizes the Templar sound; melodic and inspirational arpeggiator-led Pure Trance music with that very definite Finnish feel to it à la Orkidea, Lowland, Super 8 & Tab et al. Crisp, clean production, sultry chord progressions and intelligently thought-out arrangements serve to bolster Jussi’s reputation as one of the scene’s most reliable perveyors of genuinely underground trance music.