2016 Mar 11     
2 Bit Thugs

The title may be simple, but the album itself is a complex experience that's well worth checking, says Danny Slade

I've said it many times before and will say it again - good trance is all about the journey. Its all about the twists and turns, the beats and melodies, the highs and lows. This compilation is a perfect example. It starts with a simple music box sample, then weaves its way through beautiful soundscapes, navigates through futuristic mindscapes and sails through seas of tranquility in your mind's eye.

There are 15 tracks in total featured on the compilation, starting with Airbase's own Lachrymose and going on take in cuts from the likes of Max Graham, Bart Claessen and Flashover boss Ferry Corsten. Airbase’s skills as a DJ are really put to the test, as it's a midtempo affair which means he can't simply rely on the fast pace to keep the mix driving ever-forward. So it's the choice of tracks and the points where he mixes them in that make this album so enthralling.

Most of the time you don't even notice the mixing and as I said, it's all about the journey. There are, of course, some excellent productions featured on this release, but from a listener's perspective, it doesn't really matter what tracks he uses; it's more about the way he uses them, with a true ear for music and an ability to keep you guessing throughout.

An engaging, scintillating release that definitely gets the Slade seal of approval!

Words: Danny Slade



Review Score: 9




Tags: Trance, Flashover Recordings, Airbase