Reviews

Opsy - Haustor EP

Label: Soundmute Recordings
Format: WAV/MP3 EP
Country: Croatia
Release Date: Nov 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: Trance, Techno

    Track List:
  1. Date Expired
  2. Haustor
  3. Reactor 4

1. Date Expired
Start of the track indicates this is going to be deep and techy. Kick is very nice with fine produced hi-hats and vocal fx. I liked this small pause before the bass gets in, like "Stop, here comes the bass!". Bass is more like sub, just keep pumpin with no accent on it and it's really massive. Many sounds in background makes the atmosphere full and vocal that says electronic fits perfect. Its maybe a little bit louder then it should be, but thats just in my oppinion. Rhythm is full and technotic. Small break on 2:39 is just where it should be and pad that comes in makes the atmosphere full. Very nice drive till next break where the synth comes in. Notes on synth are very nice, like in old style techno. Very good filter on rhythm that fades in and again dj friendly end of track. Good job!

2. Haustor
Cool introduction, with filters and many fx elements. Nice little break and start of the kick. Deep drive with many elements and full rhythm. Like some machine, constantly grinding. Small break on 2:58 gives you time to stop a little. Reverse elements indicate end of the break and machine is grinding again. Very deep till the end of the track and it fades away for enough time, like other two tracks. Deep and dry!

3. Reaktor 4
I like the start of this track. Vocal fx is perfect! Bass is very massive and its constantly driving. Rhythm really full, with many hi-hats and other elements. Real techno style. Small break where pad comes in makes the real night atmosphere in this track. Second break is great, with filtered sounds. Continuing the drive, with vocal from some game I think. Great! Have a very safe an productive day. Nicely fits in, keeping you in focus. Wau, rides really fit in here, didnt hear them in other two tracks. Very good, love the rides, nicely produced. Deep drive and slow end of massive track. And Dj friendly end of track. Great track!


Soundmute Recordings continues with releases of fresh old sounds, as I like to say. Almost forgoten tech/trance is again knocking on the door. After few great projects like Alic, Cold Project and come back of Manibus, another must have EP is out. Maybe the best release from Opsy so far, especially the Reaktor 4. Good job and keep it on!

Lara

Vibrasphere - Lungs of Life

Label: Tribal Vision
Format: CD, Album
Country: Czech Republic
Release Date: Dec 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: Psy-Trance, Downtempo, Progressive Trance, Minimal

    Track List:
  1. Decade
  2. Breathing Place
  3. Ensueño (Morning Mix)
  4. Waveguide
  5. Analog Marinade
  6. Follow Me
  7. Dewdrops
  8. Erosion (Glenn Morrison & Bruce Aisher Remix)
  9. 102 Miles From Here (Solead Remix)

I remember my first time when i was listening this project on one festival. It was morning, about 8am. Sun, blue sky, sea & Vibrasphere live. I was amazed. One of the best mornings in my life partying. They are on the scene for a very long time and there is no need to present them in any prelude of review.
Beautiful morning sound with totally light and non cheezy melodies. Every theme in their track has so much emotions that they create big energy. Something magnificent. New album “Lungs of Life” just start in my CD player and I can't describe with words what I actually hear but for all of You that like to read my reviews I will try so hard to find right expression to make my feelings about new presentation of VIbrasphere visual to you.

1. Decade
From total quiet to big waves come up big pad like from paradise. Feels like sunrise presented thrue the sound. And it takes a long pad melody. It is very emotional introduction to new album. From the very beginning I was expecting lots of ambient style on this album.

2. Breathing Place
And its start with balad song. perfect string melody and like a sound of water in the background. Nice slow rhythm with lot of percussion on break. Of course they didn't miss old good laser effect in some parts of track. Really massive bassline that fills my soul with happiness. I just love big fat basslines with a bit distorzion. Acoustic guitar element is PERFECT!!!Playing melody with same instrument is also fantastic. I like, a lot, that acid lead which starts on main break of track. It fills track with great vibes. Very good, let's say, trick with not using same lead in the rest of track until the end part. And on that part that sound become much more twisted and You can't even recognize the melody you heard on beginning of the track. Beautiful.

3. Ensueno (Morning mix)
At the first moment I thought that its about one more ambiental track, no matter of that tiny shots that I heard in the background, who play some kind of element for 4X4 rhythm. But, of course after few seconds everything was uncovered and track starts with fat progressive bassline. And no matter of that its still so ambiental. On part of track fascinate me a lot, and that is something like pitch band wheel mode on bassline. A little falsh that bass has on last note. Perfect trick. It reminds me a lot of old Ticon tracks that I love the most (from "Zero Six After" album). Melody which bells are making I just adore. On of the best sounds for describe morning atmosphere. Next lead which is so deep, its deep that much that can be bass in track, is really good idea. I like it to.Very atmospheric and deep track with lots of elements and each of them is on right place.

4. Waveguide
Wooooohoooohooo at the moment It looks like guys are bringing us combination of techno and trance. Actually they do, just in lighter way than I thought. Of course, no mater of groove track is Vibrasphere's style. 303 sound and every line rises up and up. After a bit calming down it start again with more pads. This track hold my tension on highest level. Rising all the time with new upcoming sounds. Real club supply! And the biggest story of this track is after main break, but not as usual. It comes in such different way, in few layers and with sudden bass-drum pumping, that makes that crazy moment much more euphoric than usual calm down, rising up and splashing rhythms recipes.
Very very innovative style of arranging.

5. Analog Marinade
It's really nice that I hear some techno elements here too. Very refreshing for this project. Rubber basslines and lot of rimshots. Rhythm is perfect. Nice way of reproducing main theme in track. I'm not possitively sure but I feel like bassline play main theme over pads from background. I usually don't like when bassline plays so much, I like more flat basses, but in this case this is perfectly done, I must admit.
Squiky led that follows rest of the track is a bit loud for my ears but of course that is a matter of my ears not a matter of production. In case of this project, production never misses.

6. Follow me
It is Disco that I hear? Real disco rhythm on the very beginning. So heavy and deep. UUuu acidness of bassline is my favourite. Here we have one pure progressive style with out of much techno elements like in 2 previous tracks. Sounds more like older style of Vibrasphere, but still with innovative elements in composition of this album. Vocal fits so perfectly!!! Very very sophisticated. In next part of track at one moment I feel that lot of elements are in one place but after while everything is set on right place. End of track is so DJ friendly.

7. Dewdrops (with Ticon)
Magnificent cooperation. I expected so much of this track, and they actually give more then I expected. Vibrasphere melodies and Ticon groove. A bit nice glitchy moments on some rhythm elements. Again great techno groove. Pure drive. AND THATS THE WAY IT IS!!! WOOOOW!!! I could cry because of that melody on main break. FANTASTIC!!! It so high and euphoric. I expected lot of spraying effect on lift up, but there wasn't so much and that shoved to be the good thing according that now days everybody puts so much od that effect on lift up moments and its kind of cheep. Thanks God those guys have feeling for using sfx's in music. WONDERFUL SONG!!!!

8. Erosion (Glenn Morrison & Bruce Alsher remix)
Very good remix of this amazing track by two of Canadian artists. Lots of Europian style of music in this track. Sooo progressive. To be honest I like it, just for my ears I would be even better If It was a bit more minimalistic. I can't find my self found of that much loud sounds together. But even considering that track is totally OK.

9. 102 Miles From Here (Solead Remix)
Cool techno start from this French remixer. I loooooove that deep basslines. Its so under the rhythm but on the other hand its in leading position. This track is very tech house stilly. It is a bit more energetic and fat then usual tech house tracks but its still tech House in my opinion. Lot of that elements that point on tech house. Amazing production in every way. Playing with vocal is fantastic. Really tropical as artist like to specify his music style.


After all I can say that album is really excellent without any doubt. Its much more club oriented then I expected drum this project, but still perfect. My earlier opinion was:"Vibrasphere music in club like bird in bird cage", but after this album they can perform, so to say free, anywhere. Awesome job from Vibrasphere and Tribal Vision. My pleasure to review some masterpiece like this album.

Keep us dancing!

Lara