Various Artists - Transmission Trance Anthems 2005, Mixed by DJ Wag & Nervous
Fri 29th Apr, 2005 Music Reviews 1283 viewsin
Tonight my object of envy is Sydney DJ and promoter guru Nervous. Organising the fabulously popular Transmission parties, and performing alongside some top international performers (A*S*Y*S*, Yoji Biomehanika, Scot Project, DuMonde, Kai Tracid et al), is bound to make others green around the gills.
I’m quite happy to admit I’m a Transmission junkie and waiting till 3 September, Transmission Superstar DJ Battle Experience 2, is going to be a tough 4 months. Fortunately, our mates at Transmission have released Trance Anthems 2005. This album should make that wait bearable. Actually I think it’s going to build the anticipation to excruciating heights until I’m begging for September to roll around.
There is nothing electrifyingly cutting-edge about this CD. It is, simply, a direct example of what aural pleasures await you at Transmission. Driving, upbeat, uplifting. It’s not designed to have you checking your musical fact file for that obscure sample. This is all about kicking the party. Put it on, imagine the State Sports Centre with its infamous steps, and be prepared.
CD 1 is by Transmission honcho himself, Nervous. He kicks off with the well-known, and may I say somewhat overplayed, Commander Tom ‘Attention’. The CD then flows into two massive tunes. Big wig Ferry Corsten’s remix of ‘Synaesthesia’, a trance classic, and UK DJ Technikal’s interesting remix of Masif DJ’s ‘Silence’ (itself a remake of the Delerium original). We get a taste of Signum’s ‘First Strike’ with its gorgeous echoing build-up mixed straight into ‘Intruder’. This tune is by the crème de la crème of trance – Armin Van Buuren vs M.I.K.E. With its head spinning high pitch beat, this one is sure to have you bouncing in ecstasy. Cosmic Gate’s remix of ‘Amun’ features a beautiful breakdown and the aptly named ‘The Flute’ by Avanto is introduced by an electronically enhanced flute sound. Topping off this CD are tunes by Alphazone, Dave202 meets DuMonde and Jesslyn. The last tune, Nervous’ own ‘Red Alert’, is a perfect uplifting anthem. Played at the end of a set I would hazard a guess it would bring the house down.
CD 2, by Transmission guest DJ Wag, kicks off where CD 1 ended. This time it’s a DJ Wag vs Yakooza remix of the Red Alert anthem. This CD is fair more driving and fast-paced than the first. The 3rd tune, Monocore’s ‘Mad’, is a crazy number that will have you wildly bouncing around in no time. DJ Wag’s ‘Getting High’ features a huge warping bass, jazzy beats and a guitar riff. Continuing the party vibe, Pro-Tech’s ‘Cosmic Vision’ introduces a slightly warped beat that will have you double-checking whether you left your brain at the door. ‘Born Slippy’ is an all-time favourite of mine and Yves De Ruyter delivers a tidy version of it here. DuMonde have a healthy showing with ‘Let Me Out’ and ‘Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’. The pumping sounds of Ampire’s ‘Afterglow’ are not to be missed and DJ Dean’s ‘Ballanation 4’ will keep you dancing until the end.
By the end of this musical excursion I am willing to bet you have September 3 booked. In the meantime, make sure you get your hands on this gem.