2016 Apr 25     
2 Bit Thugs

Good vocal trance is a rare commodity these days, but there are two great mixes here

For some reason, I don't seem to come across much good vocal trance these days. So finding Ripples in my inbox was a bit of a shock, as not only is it pretty good, there are two full vocal mixes of it to choose from.

First up is the Original Mix, which starts with a kickdrum and a rubbery bassline and quickly develops into a full-on uplifting trancer with quirky percussion and risers that take you to the vocal. The latter reminds me ever so slightly of Bjork’s singing style, which is certainly no bad thing. The Skyline Remix is more of a progressive trancer, with the vocal cut-up and used throughout the mix alongside the full vocal, which here is matched up with some empathic chords very eloquently. There's a piano-led breakdown, and for some reason this version actually marries the vocal up better with the backbeat than the Original.

This release is a breath of fresh air, and really makes me miss the days when quality vocal trance was the norm and not the rare treat it seems to be today - and that both mixes of this track are!

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 25 April (Beatport) / 9 May (general release)


Review Score: 8




Tags: trance, Derek Ryan, Redux Recordings, Melissa R Kaplan