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2001 A New Beginning

2001 has brought fans of electronic dance music in the progressive trance/house style a veritable embarrassment of riches, particularly from relatively low-profile American dj's. While many devotees of progressive have waited with bated breath for the "big" releases from the likes of John Digweed, Dave Seaman, and Seb Fontaine, terrific mixes from guys like John Debo, Liam Kennedy, Jerry Bonham, Wendel, and Max English have made 2001 perhaps the best year ever for "progressive."

Packaged with a curious "Red Cross" pattern across the outer cover, DJ Hardware's new two cd mix of hard-driving progressive tunes adds yet another fine release to my growing stack of "gotta listen to it again" recent discs. Hardware has titled his package "2001: A New Beginning." Perhaps this refers to a shift in his own musical style away from tweaky-ravey material (as in his previous mix, "DJ Hardware: The Trance Edition.") His decision to embrace a "new beginning" is a fortuitous one, indeed, as he has selected twenty fine tracks this time around and his sequenced and mixed them nicely.

There are a few tunes included that will be familiar to those of us who follow the progressive releases and buy a lot of dj mixes in this style. DJ Nukem vs. Chab's "Shiva," Mara's, "Fall From Grace," and Soul Mekanik with Jam D.'s "Diskostatic" are terrific tracks that have been used a lot in recent mixes. However, the vast majority of DJ Hardware's material is fresh and new, and this makes the package overall an attractive one for progressive fans. Some of the producers' names featured prominently include Steve Porter, Natious, Christian West, Moogai, Pappa & Gilbey, and Chab. The sound here is uptempo and high-energy, yet definitely complex, percussive, and progressive.

If you enjoy the high energy type of progressive trance and progressive house, you'll likely find this release a fine one and a bargain, to boot.


— Douglas A. Greenberg, amazon

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