(No, this is not Happy Hardcore you candy kid. But you might want to listen to this album on a E-trip or something)
For those who don't know Armada, let me give you a quick description : it's mostly a commercial trance label that regroups artists such as Armin Van Buuren, Sean Tyas, M.I.K.E., Oceanlab and many other big names.
I know I just lost 3 or 4 trance-haters here but DON'T LEAVE yet. I'm not done =P
Ok well, as an ex-trance-head, I definitvely can't stand Trance anymore. But aas I was searching on Trackitdown for songs, I came up on track #4 of this compilation. My eyes lighten up as I listened and I wanted more, surprised by Armin's skills in Lounge music.
Then came up a whole session of 5 listenings of this CD in one night...I became addicted to it =).
Ok here we go.
This compilation regroups different downtempo remix of reknown songs like "For a lifetime" or "Touched by the sun" along some new tracks never heard before.
The CD is divised in different moods that changes progressively to another one.
Track #1 to #4 : Uplifting, lil' bit of vocals
#5 to #7 : Vocals, loads of 'em
Wait...I stop there for a second : WTF is song #7????? We have some guy whining some incomprehensible words with some orchestra behind..I always skip that one.
Track #8 : Trippy fucked up lounge music as I like, featuring some oldschool internet connection sound...yeah, that noisy sound when your modem was connecting back in 1997 =)
Track #9 : Coming back with some commercial acoustic version..of one of Armin's commercial song 8-) Tiesto-style bitches (but yet, I'm surprised by Armin's skills in downtempo, he's more of a musician that any other top #10 DJs)
Track #10-#11 : Sounds like Trancey lounge with loads of pads. At least, these are instrumentals.
Track #12-#14 : Vocals...again -_-
Track #13-#15 to #17 : More beats than the other tracks.
My favorite ones are Track #1 to #4, #8, #13 and #15 to #17.
In conclusion, for a Trance label, Armada delivers good Lounge tracks to kick back and relax. This is a great album to listen during the summer, while walking on a beach during a sunset or other dreamy clichés like this.
1. Sunlounger feat. Zara - Crawling
2. Arnej - People Come, People Go (ChillOut Mix)
3. Ascescion - For a Lifetime (Chillout Mix)
4. Jan Vayne - Fruits & Passion (Armin van Buuren’s Downtempo Mix)
5. Kirstie Hawskaw meets Tenishia - Reason To Forgive (Piano Mix)
6. Dash Berlin - Till The Sky Falls Down (Monokini Beach Mix)
7. Public Symphony - Wings
8. Klems - A Night in Pars
9. Armin van Buuren & DJ Shah feat. Chris Jones - Going Wrong (Acoustic Mix)
10. Gaillard Clement - Electro Team
11. Robert Nickson - Spiral (Chillout Mix)
12. Sunlounger - In & Out
13. Ohmna - The Sun will shine (Bali Ambient Mix)
14. DJ Shah - Over & Over (Acoustic Mix)
15. Solid Sessions - Janeiro (Chiller Twist Blue Line Remix)
16. Jerome Isma-AE - Underwater Love
17. Envio - Touched By The Sun (Rusch & Elusive’s Chill Out Mix)