Super Best Trance 09 – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on July 31, 2008

Super Best Trance 09Super Best Trance 09
Release Date: 8/6/08
Price: 1886 yen

Avex have updated the official Super Best Trance website with SBT 09 info. Samples are available here: http://www.avexnet.or.jp/SBT/disco/index.html.

“Tokyo, Go” is basically the same as before, except it has new percussion and the familiar “Viva la Revolution” sample that Shohei has used many times in the past. “Who Knew” sounds really good, though.

For more info on the release, check out my previous blog post:
http://www.dancemania-ex.com/blog/2008/07/16/super-best-trance-09-final/

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31Jul

Exit Trance presents CyberDrift – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on July 30, 2008

Cyber DriftExit Trance presents CyberDrift
Release Date: 8/20/08
Price: 1905 yen

A final track list has been announced for N.O.-SYO’s upcoming album. Even I’m surprised by how many new tracks there are, though it remains to be seen if the new remixes will actually be new.

Judging by the track lengths, this will be a nonstop mix, but expect full-length versions to be up on iTunes. The final list after the jump.

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30Jul

Exit Trance presents TranceMaster 2 – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on July 28, 2008

Delaction, DJ Kaya, DJ U*Hey?, DJ Uto, Nish, Remo-Con, and Yoji Biomehanika are all scheduled to appear on TranceMaster 2. There’s still no word on what tracks they may be doing.

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28Jul

Oriental Space Tribute Album ~Scorpion~ – Review

Posted by DanceMaster on July 26, 2008

Tribute Album ScorpionOriental Space Tribute Album ~Scorpion~
Release Date: 6/18/08
Price: 2476 yen

I was extremely excited when FARM Records first announced an Oriental Space tribute album. However, I was also a little worried the thing would end up being a distasteful, blatant cash grab. Sure, we’d be getting new remixes by some of Japan’s top trance DJ’s, but the thought of FARM profiting off DJ Kousuke’s death was a little disconcerting.

Thankfully, my fears were completely unfounded: A portion of the proceeds are going to Save the Children Japan. So, not only do we get incredible music, but we also get to help a great cause.

You can get the album in a few different ways. If you buy the CD version, you’ll get a nonstop mix of Oriental Space’s best tracks on disc 1, as well as edits of the new remixes on disc 2. Of course, you’ll also be helping out a great charity. Buying the CD is also the only way to get “I Think My Neet.” It is not available digitally.

If you’re interested in full versions, then most of the songs are available for purchase online at Music Master. Disc 1 songs can be found by searching for Oriental Space’s previous albums, though some songs, like “Friends,” aren’t available. The disc 2 remixes on Music Master are extended, in most cases about 2 minutes longer than the versions on the CD. The only problem is that I’m not entirely sure if those profits will be going to Save the Children.

The album is also on sale at the iTunes music store, but again, not all of the tracks are available. There are 19 tracks from disc 1 and 11 from disc 2 (“I Think My Neet” is again missing). The thing about iTunes is that it’s much more expensive that Music Master (200 yen per song instead of 158 yen), and the songs are not on iTunes Plus. That means you’d be paying for 128 kbps tracks with DRM. I’m not sure if the profits from iTunes sales will go to charity, either.

Finally, there are two different vinyls available that have the full-length, extended versions of eight of the new remixes:
Vinyl 1
Vinyl 2

Anyway, on to the review! I’ll only be reviewing the new remixes, but you should know that Disc 1 is an awesome nonstop mix by DJ U*Hey? The transitions are great, and the song selection, with the exception of “Alabasta,” is top notch.

01. Scorpion (DJ Ten Remix) / Oriental Space
DJ Ten and DJ Kousuke utilize similar synths, so it’s not surprising that DJ Ten’s remix of “Scorpion” sounds the same as the original. It’s not bad, but it’s not very original either. Do yourself a favor and grab the remix of “Scorpion” from P-Trance vol. 2 (available on Music Master). It’s a far more different, rockier take on the song.

02. Kimi o Nosete ~Laputa~ (DJ Uto Remix) / Oriental Space feat. Mayumi Morinaga
DJ Uto offers a soaring rendition of the anime theme. Mayumi’s vocals don’t add all that much to the song. Thankfully, they’re kept to a minimum, allowing DJ Uto’s synths to shine.

03. Magical Express (Umi no Mierumachi) (Heavens Wire vs. Drumroller Remix) / Oriental Space
As I’ve mentioned before, “Magical Express” is the song that got me hooked on epic trance in the first place. Additionally, Shohei Matsumoto has always been one of my top 5 DJS, so having him remix one of my favorite tracks is a dream come true. This remix is similar to Heavens Wire’s version of “Laputa” in that it also features live (or possibly synthesized) instrumentation, this time in the form of flutes. It would’ve been nice to have a full orchestra like “Laputa” had, but the flutes still work remarkably well. Meanwhile, the synth work is also very reminiscent of Heavens Wire’s “Laputa.”

04. YaKuScha (DJ U*Hey? Remix) / Oriental Space
I’m not familiar with the original so I can’t make any comparisons. I do think the intro for this edit lasts a tad too long. It takes two minutes to get up to the main melody, though once it gets there it’s wildly enjoyable.

05. Alexandrite (DJ Tora + R-seq Remix) / Oriental Space
Shares some similarities with DJ Tora’s “Love Sunshine 2007.” I always enjoyed the original’s melody but didn’t quite like the synths. Thankfully, DJ Tora and R-seq have alleviated the only thing keeping me from loving this song.

06. All of Time (Delaction Remix) / Oriental Space
“This is a true love we’re making.” I swear I’ve heard these lyrics before in the song that plays during the London stage of Capcom vs. SNK 2. In fact, the vocalist even sounds the same. I’m not sure if DJ Kousuke sampled it or if the vocalist just happens to be based in Japan and was also hired by DJ Kousuke. Either way, it’s an awesome song. Delaction didn’t stray too far from the original melody, but the song admittedly sounds much better with Delaction’s trademark synths.

07. Coconuts (ZIP FM Remix) / Oriental Space
My absolute favorite song on the album, and I wasn’t even that fond of the original Coconuts! The best part? The second half of the song is a solo piano rendition. It’s amazing how great and surprisingly poignant the melody sounds on piano.

08. I Think My Neet (Y&Co. Neet Euro Remix) / Love Scandals
The credits do say that DJ Kousuke wrote this, so I’m assuming that it went unused until now. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from Y&Co., which is a good thing.

09. Greed Island (DJ Minagawa Remix) / Oriental Space
Another song that takes a while to get going. DJ Minagawa’s version is really quite good, but his collaboration with U*Hey? on Mega Trance 09 is even better. It uses slightly better synths and wastes less time with the build-up.

10. Last Ecstasy (DJ Ozawa Remix) / Oriental Space
I actually much prefer the original version. I kinda miss the guy talking over the song.

11. Platinum (Overhead Champion Remix) / Oriental Space
Piano trance! There was a period of time when all of OHC’s remixes sounded like “So So,” but he’s thankfully diversified a lot recently.

12. Just Do It (DJ Kaya Remix) / Oriental Space
Piano trance with a touch of jazz. Wonderfully euphoric yet touchingly peaceful. It’s a fantastic way to end the album and a fitting tribute to the late, great Kousuke Okamoto. R.I.P.

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26Jul

X-Treme is back!

Posted by DanceMaster on July 24, 2008

Spankox

Well, sort of. Agostino Carollo recently released an official Elvis remix album titled Elvis vs. Spankox – Re:Versions under his Spankox alias. Surprisingly, he revived his old Eyes Cream and X-Treme aliases for a few of the remix names.

01. Baby, Let’s Play House (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Radio Edit)
02. Don’t Be Cruel (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Radio Edit)
03. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Album Cut)
04. Jailhouse Rock (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Radio Edit)
05. All Shook Up (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Album Cut)
06. Blue Moon of Kentucky (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Album Cut)
07. Heartbreak Hotel (Spankox Re:Version – Ago Radio Edit)
08. Too Much (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Album Cut)
09. Just Because (Spankox Re:Version – Eyes Cream 3AM Short Mix)
10. You’re a Heartbreaker (Spankox Re:Version – Highpass Radio Edit)
11. That’s All Right (Spankox Re:Version – X-Treme Edit)

There are samples up at Elvis News. Some of the arrangements are catchy (and others less so), but the “X-Treme” track doesn’t sound anything like the old X-Treme style. 🙁

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24Jul

Captain Jack – Best of DVD

Posted by DanceMaster on July 22, 2008

Coming November 2008, presumably in Germany and other European territories. I remember that they originally wanted to release a DVD to coincide with the Greatest Hits album back in 2005, but nothing ever materialized. Maybe this time it’ll actually come out. It’d certainly be nice to have all of CJ’s videos in one place.

And something else I never knew: Franky Gee wasn’t the original CJ. o_O According to the official website, he was preceded by a guy named James Durbin.

22Jul

Smile.dk – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on July 20, 2008

Smile.dk … remixed by Almighty!

http://www.smiledk-music.com/discography/party-around-the-world/

Bonus Heal My Broken Heart (Almighty Definitive Mix)

This is certainly exciting news, especially since Almighty will be using their energetic definitive style that worked so well for Scooch and A*Teens. I also think it’s great that they’re remixing one of their lesser-known tracks rather than “Butterfly” for the umpteenth time. DJ Slash did mention that entire remix album was in the works, so I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us!

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20Jul

Captain Jack is back!

Posted by DanceMaster on July 20, 2008

No, really, that’s actually the name of the album: Captain Jack Is Back. The new album comes out October 16, while a new single, Turkish Bazar, will come out on September 19. There’s a music video for the single at CJ’s official website:

http://www.captain-jack.de/

Uhh, okay. This is obviously not what the fans have been clamoring for. Unfortunately, Eurodance is no longer a viable genre, well, anywhere. Dancehall is what’s hot in Japan at the moment, so maybe that’s why CJ went down that route. Still, one has to wonder why they’re bothering at all. Can’t we just let CJ rest in peace?

20Jul

Exit Trance presents UmaUma Dekiru Trance wo Tsukutte Mita 2 – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on July 19, 2008

UmaUma Trance 2Exit Trance presents UmaUma Dekiru Trance wo Tsukutte Mita 2
Release Date: 8/20/08
Price: 1905 yen

UmaUma Dekiru Trance wo Tsukette Mita 2 (henceforth known as UmaUma Trance 2) is the sequel to the first UmaUma Trance. The series collects songs that have been popularized online through internet memes. The title of this series in particular comes from the chorus of Caramell’s “Caramelldansen.”

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19Jul

Exit Trance presents Gakkou Trance 2 Jigenme – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on July 19, 2008

Gakkou Trance 2Exit Trance presents Gakkou Trance 2 Jigenme
Release Date: 8/6/08
Price: 1905 yen

The title roughly translates to Exit Trance presents School Trance 2nd Period. This is the sequel to the first Gakkou Trance, which apparently featured songs that were commonly sung in schools.

If you live in Japan, you can send in a questionnaire included with the CD for a special karaoke CD present that includes the top 10 tracks as voted by fans.

Pardon my horrible romanizations. ^^;

01. [3:47] Tsubasa wo Kudasai / Maki
02. [4:45] Kokoro no Hitomi / Exit Gakuen Gasshou Bu
03. [2:38] Sawayaka 3 Kumi Theme / Maki
04. [3:11] Kikyuu ni Notte Dokomademo / Key Tack Boo
05. [2:32] Amaryllis / Maki
06. [3:09] Csikos Post / Key Tack Boo
07. [3:44] Seija no Koushin / Memories
08. [3:03] Kaijuu no Ballade / DJ Nit-Chock
09. [3:18] Toki no Tabibito / Exit Gakuen Gasshou Bu
10. [3:26] Ano Subarashii Ai wo Mou-ichido / Maki
11. [4:00] Yume no Sekai wo / Exit Gakuen Gasshou Bu
12. [3:49] Hana / Key Tack Boo
13. [4:29] Te no Hira wo Taiyou ni / Maki
14. [3:10] Condor wa Tonde Iku / DJ Nit-Chock
15. [3:26] Suika no Meisanchi / P.T.A
16. [2:30] Moeroyo Moero / Memories
17. [3:18] Taiyou ga Kureta Kisetsu / DJ Nit-Chock
18. [4:43] Cosmos / Exit Gakuen Gasshou Bu

Pre-order at CDJapan.

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19Jul

Avex Group 20th Anniversary – The Legend of International Dance Trax – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on July 18, 2008

Avex 20th AnniversaryAvex Group 20th Anniversary – The Legend of International Dance Trax
Release Date: 7/23/08
Price: 2362 yen

“Night of Fire” on an Avex compilation?! Perish the thought! Avex appear to be using the broader definition of “dance,” so hip-hop and r&b songs are also appearing along with dance-pop, euro, techno, and trance. Still, unless there are some surprise new remixes, you’ve likely heard all of this before. In the case of “Night of Fire,” you’ve heard it many, many times.

Disc 1
01. Dragostea Din Tei / O-Zone
02. We Like to Party (The Vengabus) / Vengaboys
03. Saturday Night / Whigfield
04. Cafe / West 87
05. Chocolate (Choco Choco) / Soul Control
06. Back and Forth / Aaliyah
07. Higher / The Messengers feat. Lisa Millett
08. I May Be Single / Elisha La’Verne
09. You Gotta Be / 2 Worldz feat. Sherman
10. Be Faithful / Fatman Scoop
11. Stayin’ Alive / N-Trance feat. Ricardo da Force
12. How Gee / Black Machine
13. It Takes Two / Fatman Scoop and DJ Kool
14. Ring Ding Ding / L.O.C.
15. Summerlove / S-Connection feat. Anabelle
16. Breaking Away / Jaki Graham
17. Make It on My Own / Mylin
18. Through the Fire / GTS feat. Melodie Sexton
19. Free / Ultra Nate
20. Keep Love Together / Love to Infinity
21. Rich in Paradise / F.P.I. Project
22. Deep in My Heart / Club House
23. Heavenly Star / Genki Rockets
24. Sweetest Day of May / Joe T. Vannelli Project feat. Harambee
25. Got the Groove / SM-Trax
26. Whoomph! (There It Is) / Clock
27. Santa Maria / Tatjana
28. Total Eclipse of the Heart / Nicki French
29. Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You / Jon Otis
30. Let Me Love You / Da Buzz

Disc 2
01. Yesterday / Cherry
02. Try Me / Lolita
03. Hot Love & Emotion / Virginelle
04. Dark in the Night / Maio & Co.
05. The Final Countdown / Dave Rodgers
06. Night of Fire / Niko
07. Ganguro / Franz “Mad Cow” Tornado and the Yamanba-Gals
08. Mickey Mouse March / Domino
09. Mickey / Baby Mouse
10. Power / Go2
11. Zorro / DJ Zorro
12. Hyper Techno Mission / Mission One
13. Crazy Train / The Prophet
14. XXX Is Dead / L.A. Style
15. James Brown Is Dead / L.A. Style
16. Anasthasia / T99
17. Gonna Be Alright / 2nd Funktion
18. Tokyo, Go! / John Robinson
19. Twilight Zone / 2 Unlimited
20. Can’t Undo This!! / Maximizor
21. Can’t Undo This!! 2006 / Sham-Poo feat. Yinling of Joytoy
22. Beat! / Overhead Champion
23. Big Bad Love / Spring Break
24. Ass Up / Baracuda
25. I Wanna Dance with Somebody / Flip & Fill
26. The Drill / Dirt Devils
27. Infected / Barthezz
28. The Beauty of Silence / Svenson & Gielen
29. Out of the Blue / System F
30. Tenshi / Gouryella

Pre-order at CDJapan.

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18Jul

Smile.dk – Party Around the World

Posted by DanceMaster on July 17, 2008

Party Around the WorldParty Around the World
Release Date: 9/9/08
Price: $12.99

A partial track list for Smile.dk’s upcoming new album was recently unveiled on their official website. Samples of a few of the tracks are up at their official MySpace.

01. Doki Doki
02. Japanese Boy
03. Temptation Islands
04. Nothing’s Missing (For Once in My Life)
05. Koko Soko
06. Summer Party
07. It’s in Your Melody
08. Chick Tricks
09. Hummingbird
10. Paradise
11. Tomoe
12. Around the World
BONUS. ???????

I’m gonna guess that “Nothing’s Missing” will be the album’s requisite eurodance ballad 😛

Pre-order at Amazon or Target. No word yet on whether any Japanese label has picked the album up.

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17Jul

Super Best Trance 09 – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on July 16, 2008

Super Best Trance 09Super Best Trance 09
Release Date: 8/6/08
Price: 1886 yen

“Heavenly Star” and “And She Said” again?! Granted, they’re remixes that have yet to appear on SBT, but surely they could’ve chosen new songs to remix instead.

The lineup really wouldn’t have looked that bad … six months ago. As it stands, I’m really only looking forward to the new OHC remix and possibly the “remix” of “Tokyo, Go!”

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16Jul

iTunes Japan

Posted by DanceMaster on July 15, 2008

The Japanese iTunes music store is a veritable treasure trove of trance. Quake have their entire catalogue up on it, and Avex also have a few trance and eurobeat releases up. The only problem is that people outside of Japan normally can’t buy songs from iTunes Japan. That’s where iTunes gift cards come in. There are various places to purchase cards online, and you’re usually e-mailed the code and instructions on setting up your account pretty quickly. Here are just some of the sites where you can get a card:

Gateway to Japan
JBOX
JPopMp3s

The only one I’ve tried so far is Gateway to Japan because, quite frankly, they’ve got the cheapest prices. They’re also extremely fast. The last time I bought a card I got the code within 5 hours.

Now, the normal priced for single songs on iTunes Japan ranges from 150-200 yen, which is a bit steep compared to the US. However, you can buy entire Quake albums for 1200-1800 yen, which drastically lowers the per-song price. Most of Quake’s iTunes releases feature full-length tracks, so if you’re really interested in the nonstop mix then you’ll have to buy the CD. Same goes for Avex.

Keep in mind that Avex do not use iTunes Plus, which means you’ll get 128 kbps files that are copy protected. All of Quake’s albums, however, are free of DRM and are 256 kbps. Please don’t force Quake to start using DRM 😉

For those wondering, EMI Music Japan only have a limited presence on iTunes at the moment. The Misa albums and singles are up, as is the Wookie Wookie single, but there’s very little otherwise in the way of Dancemania or Trance Paradise. In fact, the only albums up right now are the two Anime Speeds, both of which are the nonstop mixes and not full versions >_<

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15Jul

Hime Trance Speed – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on July 15, 2008

Hime Trance SpeedHime Trance Speed
Release Date: 7/30/08
Price: 1886 yen

Official site updated!

Final list with remix names and track lengths:

01. [3:22] Ima Kono Toki Dake / Shin Yoshimune Soundtrack
02. [4:35] Prologue (Spacey vs. garamonn Remix) / Tsukasa
03. [4:01] God Knows… / Kei
04. [4:22] Sorairo Days / Delaction feat. Chika
05. [2:39] All Around the World (E=MC2 Mix) / Zippers
06. [1:55] Butterfly (Upswing Mix) / Smile.dk
07. [1:45] I Do I Do I Do (KCP Remix) / Creamy
08. [4:15] Cartoon Heroes (Speedy Mix) / Barbie Young
09. [3:51] Robin Robin Hood (Speed Version) / Jenny Rom
10. [2:55] Motteke! Sailor Fuku / Vacuum
11. [2:39] Max Don’t Have Sex with Your Ex (Grandale Mix) / E-Rotic
12. [3:47] Girlfriend (Speedy Mix) / Hanna
13. [2:24] Paya Paya (Redalice Mix) / Dank-One feat. ari
14. [2:43] Heaven Is a Place on Earth / Wildside
15. [2:53] Sky High (Speed Remix) / DJ Miko
16. [3:42] D.O.U.B.T!!! ~Ai no Kakehiki wa DA*U*TO*~ (kors k vs. Omega Force Remix) / 4 Skips vs. Floorbreaker
17. [3:54] Sousei no Aquarion (DJ 92 Mix) / Dank-One feat. ari
18. [4:39] Sound of My Dream / DJ 92
19. [3:24] Senorita (Speedy Mix) / Jenny Rom
20. [3:13] Zankoku na Tenshi no These (Quiqman Mix) / Nuts
Bonus Track
21. [3:27] Realize / SP Show*Hey? feat. Ichiko

Well, the Saifam songs got longer edits, but the KCP remixes unfortunately did not. The new tracks are quite lengthy, though.

Please, if you have any interest in seeing the Speed series continue, pre-order your copy today!

HMV

15Jul