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.
Those who are into the sound of the classics will bring forth a variety of reasons to justify their choice of music, from the sound, to the atmosphere and so on. For me, one of the most important aspects of a track is the way it builds, because I approach each production like a story, with its beginning, middle and end. Keen listeners will also notice that the older tracks are actually longer, giving the entire arrangement time to breathe, and fitting nicely with my ‘story’ metaphor. This week’s ReWind spotlight has been in the draft section for way too long, so I thought it was high time I finished it. As usual, let’s start off with a little back story.
Sakin Bozkurt, Torsten Stenzel and Janet Taylor (aka DJ Sakin & Friends) are the people responsible for the the original version of today’s track. Protect Your Mind was a trance adaptation of For The Love Of A Princess taken off the OST for Braveheart. The single was first released in 1997 under Planet Love Recordings then, two years later, included on DJ Sakin‘s debut album, Walk On Fire. Lange‘s rework was released under UK’s Positiva imprint, alongside the Suspicious remix, and I’m sure you’ve probably figured out by know that I have chosen the former to highlight in this post.
The Lange remix extends the entire listening experience to a very satisfying 9 minutes and a half, starting off with a thunderous set of kicks, a clear base line and short hi-hat and clap sequences. The rhythm progressively accelerates, but right around the 2:30 mark, the track starts winding down, presenting the listener with the first of two breakdowns. The initial bit is a dominated by a flute rendition of theme melody, joined not long after by the stunning chords and lead synth. About halfway thorough, base, kicks, and claps disappear, leaving room for just the filtered lead. Finally, around the 6:50 mark, the second breakdown gets revealed, focusing this time on a string-backed version of the theme melody, soon accompanied by the familiar sound of the lead and snare roll.
Do you know what the best thing about the rework is? The way it builds is absolutely epic, and you get to experience it not once, but twice.
Whether you’ve known about this track for ages, or are just now finding out about it, you’ll be pleased to know a sample awaits below. Enjoy. 🙂
Country: UK / Style: Trance / Year: 1999 / Label: Positiva
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