[Look Back] Album of the Year: Mysterious Places

Another day, another award to give out. Album of the Year is yet another one of those massive titles which, if distilled to its core, comes down to this: has the LP been compelling enough to prompt repeated (often daily) plays? A shallow reason maybe, until you realize these repeated plays have nothing to do with setting some…

Monsieur Pourquoi – Décadence EP

Given everything that is and will be going on in your day to day life, a spot of luxurious self-indulgence every now and then wouldn’t hurt. That said, I’m not sure it’s the same kind of decadence the Research & Development Records crew had in mind when they put together their latest EP, courtesy of Monsieur Pourquoui.…

Para X – World Of Illusion

The greatest aspect of Trance is no doubt its sheer variety. Regardless of mood, there’s going to be a track to fit with it, be it Psy,  Progressive or Uplifting. For those of you in need of something epic or euphoric, the folks at Discover have got just the thing. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?…

3 Access & You with Ovnimoon ft. Aerotek – Machine EP

When you see 3 Access & You, Ovnimoon, and Lost Language in the same sentence, you know you’ve struck gold. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find the 3A&U crew is joined by fellow Chilean producer Aerotek on the assembly line. And because Christmas has a habit of coming early, Pure Trance regular Peter Steele is on hand to supply his tweaked take on the…

Huminal – Pocket Universe (You Are My Salvation Remix)

I’m one of those weird people who get tremendous enjoyment out of observing how a track builds up. Luckily, Swedish production whiz You Are My Salvation has a little treat for us all, as he takes on Huminal‘s Pocket Universe. A closer look is in order, don’t you agree? First released in March of last year under Proton Music’s Particles imprint, Pocket Universe joined Horizontal…

Dulcet – The End EP

Via the steadily growing catalogue, we’ve gotten a nice glimpse at the Research & Development modus operandi. As you may know, the usual constraints of genre or style vanish in the face of R&D’s ultimate goal, which is to promote quality music. You needn’t search for proof too long, as Dulcet‘s label debut will provide all the evidence…

Magnus – Sonder

When it comes to Psy Trance, few have as unique a take on it as Seattle-based Magnus. On this occasion, he makes a triumphant return to Komplex Sounds’ Critical Overload with yet another fantastic production. I think a closer look is in order. According to people who are better with words than yours truly, Sonder is the realization that every…

[RWD] Carbon Based Lifeforms – Neurotransmitter

The ReWind series exists as merely an aid in the discovery (or rather, rediscovery) of the unintentionally forgotten, or the often overlooked tracks of yesteryear. When this series first started, I wasn’t sure what’ll come out of it. I had no idea it would in fact, 2 (plus) years later, reach the 100 post milestone. The…

Chris Voro – A Universe Inside You EP

The Research & Development laboratories are a constant source of wonderment, buzzing with activity late into the night. Every now and again, us folk are allowed to peek behind the curtain, to observe the results of R&D’s latest experiment. Such is the case now, as label favourite Chris Voro makes a long awaited return with a stunning slice of…