ALBUM REVIEW: Trance Nation (Mixed By Cosmic Gate)

So, you’re not in touch with the trance community?

Your iTunes is dominated with Swedish anthems, wobbly electro, dub step or all of thee above.

Trance Nation mixed by Cosmic Gate might be your starter kit to enter to the exclusive society that is the trance family.

Not just relevant for trance fans, but relevant for any house music lover. It’s difficult to find a good CD (let alone a physical, tangible CD) these days, but Trance Nation is more than good, it’s fantastic. It’s filled to the brim with some of the best and most creative dance music heard in many moons.

Cosmic Gate’s mix is the latest in the legendary series that is Trance Nation. Previous mixers include trance title holders Above & Beyond, Andy Moor and Rank 1.

The genre of trance is a mysterious one. It used to be, either you like it or don’t. Now there’s wiggle room. There is a progressive and electro feel to some tracks. There is festival-qualities to others. Some songs might even sneak into sets of DJs outside the genre.

The trance world’s fearless leader may have abandoned the genre, but to be apart of the trance community now is to be apart apart of the progressive community in 2007. The music is at it’s highest quality, arguably, ever. Far away from the thumping, million beats per minute era casual fans might associate it with.

Trance Nation is a splendid starting point for beginners and a snobby talking point for vets. Some tracks were more relevant during the late fall and early winter, but Cosmic Gate’s selection isn’t with out it’s exclusives.

It isn’t without it’s flaws either. The mixing is not the best in the beginning part of the first CD. It could be chalked up to it being separate tracks on a CD or it could be just a complete difference of how music is mixed compared to progressive sets. It does pick up, especially in the second CD, but the ill-fated blends do stand out.

The track selection is excellent. Some will not have cross-over appeal, but entry into the trance family isn’t made to be easy. You have to earn these drops. After thoroughly listening you might have new respect for some of the deeper trance that Cosmic Gate mixed in. You’ll almost certainty have respect for the landscapes built within each production.

Overall, the album is a success. A house fan who has gone trance-less in his or her journey could take away upward of 10 tracks from this two-disc compilation. A member of the trance family could salute the brick by brick composition Cosmic Gate built up over 28 tracks and nod approval of the latest installment of the legendary series.

Trance might not be all the rage. It might be in the shadows of the Swedish dance music towers, but is relevant and crying to be discovered by new listeners. This is your chance.

Click read more for full track listing and top track picks

Tracklisting
CD1

1. Cosmic Gate & Andrew Bayer – Nothing Ever Lasts (Extended Intro Mix)
2. Jerome Isma-Ae – Speed
3. Nic Chagall & Duderstadt – Alone With You
4. Cosmic Gate – Crushed
5. Boom Jinx feat. Justine Suissa -Phoenix From The Flames (Maor Levi Remix)
6. Sunleed – Rasalhague (Original Mix)
7. Temple One feat. Neev Kennedy – Love The Fear (Tom Fall Remix)
8. Mat Zo – Bipolar
9. Emma Hewitt – Colours (Cosmic Gate Remix)
10. LTN – Ordinary People (Anhken Remix)
11. Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic – Always Exotic
12. Alex Kunnari feat. Ben Andreas – Taste The Sun (Tom Fall – Instrumental)
13. Space Rockerz feat. Ellie Lawson – So Out Of Reach (Original Mix)
14. Matt Davey – Castaway (Daniel Haiston Remix)

CD2

1. Cosmic Gate with Myon & Shane 54 and Aruna – All Around You (Extended Intro Mix)
2. Ost & Meyer – Scarlett Heaven (Dan Stone Remix)
3. Ummet Ozcan – Cocoon (Original Mix)
4. Tiesto – Flight 643 (Nash & Pepper Remix)
5. Cosmic Gate & Arnej – Sometimes They Come Back For More (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
6. Above & Beyond – Formula Rossa (Nitrous Oxide Remix)
7. Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt – Be Your Sound (Extended Mix)
8. Cosmic Gate – The Theme (Original Mix)
9. Kyau & Albert – Are You Fine (Arty Remix)
10. Sander van Doorn, Adrian Lux – Eagles (Album Mix)
11. Cold Blue – Coconut
12. Gareth Emery – Tokyo
13. Marcel Woods – Accelerate (Chris Schweizer Big Room Mix)
14. Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire (Cosmic Gate’s Back 2 The Future Remix)

TOP TRACKS:
Cosmic Gate & Andrew Bayer – Nothing Ever Lasts (Extended Intro Mix)
Nic Chagall & Duderstadt – Alone With You
Mat Zo – Bipolar
Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic – Always Exotic
Space Rockerz feat. Ellie Lawson – So Out Of Reach (Original Mix)
Cosmic Gate with Myon & Shane 54 and Aruna – All Around You
Ost & Meyer – Scarlett Heaven (Dan Stone Remix)
Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt – Be Your Sound (Extended Mix)
Gareth Emery – Tokyo

Available Feb. 21 via Ministry of Sound.

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