Trance Paradise 10th Anniversary – Trance Paradise 2

Posted by DanceMaster on September 3, 2014

Trance Paradise
Release Date: 3/2/04
Price: 1886 yen

Now this is where things start to get interesting. Six months after the first Trance Paradise, the sequel dropped and changed everything. EMI ditched the FARM collaboration (though DJ U*Hey? would continue mixing most of the series) and commissioned loads of new tracks from Japanese artists, many of whom created new aliases for this release.

Whereas the Dancemania remixes ruled the first album, I couldn’t help but be disappointed by the remixes here. The choice of “I Believe” to be given the remix treatment still puzzles me, and “Samba de Janeiro” received a much better trance remix years earlier (I want to say K-Groove did it, but I may be misremembering).

Where the album really shines is with the new output from Japanese producers. Shohei Matsumoto produced “Neraiuchi” under his new Dank-One identity, and it’s easily my favorite with its random whistles and “Hadouken” samples. DJ Kousuke (a.k.a. Oriental Space), Remo-Con and DJ Kaya also produced new tracks.

The selection of European trance is also much better than the first TP. Cascada’s best track ever is present, and I’m also quite fond of Mysterio’s “Everlasting Love” cover. Notably, Almighty’s appearances on this album would be the last on an EMI compilation for a while. And I don’t care if “Halfway Around the World” isn’t technically trance. It’s an amazing remix and I could listen to it all day.

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3Sep

Exit Tunes presents Vocalospace – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on September 3, 2014

Exit Tunes presents Vocalospace
Release Date: 9/3/14
Price: 2000 yen (CD Only) 3980 yen (CD + Art Book)

Thirteenth in the hit series of Vocaloid compilation albums, following Vocarhythm, Vocalostar, Vocalolegend, Vocalogenesis, Vocaloanthems, Vocalonexus, Vocalonation, Vocalocluster, Vocalodream, Vocaloconnection, Vocalosensation, and Vocalofuture. In addition to a CD only version, there’ll be a limited edition featuring a 150 page art book. Both versions come with a rubber strap and poster if you order early. There are also lots of retailer-exclusive bonuses, including can badges, lots of clear files, or a stationery set.

Visit the official website for samples and more info.

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