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Aerospace - Elevation

 ( Spintwist ,  Dec. 2006 )


1. Be Light 2. Free Fall 3. Vibe Rate 4. Air Bureau 5. Soundbite 6. War Zone 7. Elevation 8. Dat Tune (Remix) 9. Wanna Run (Remix) 10. Sitting On A Stone

This is the second of Guy Youngman under his alias Aerospace. A friend recommended Aerospace's debut album "Earth" to me, I bought it and I enjoy it a lot, always playing it on my parties and getting massive dance floor feedback. The logic step was to get this second album and check it, thatís what I did and here is my report. The album was released by Spin twist Records, and the cover is "sweet" and blue as well as the CD itself. It's funny to me.

I must make clear that I have a "love and hate" relationship with Aerospace's music, on one side I totally enjoy the melodies, the structure of the tracks, and the very characteristic and deep bass that always keep me moving. On the other hand I usually dislike the spoken samples that Guy uses so frequently, in fact they usually ruin the track to me, rendering it unplayable except for home listening in which case it is acceptable.


The album begins with Be Light (T1) a danceable track that uses melodies and effects to achieve a joyful atmosphere. However I don't like the samples, they sound kind of artificial to me. A nice opener that gives us a glimpse of what the album will be like. Free Fall (T2) arrives smoothly and slowly takes control of my feet and I'm just powerless in face of its charm. Incredible melodies, awesome and danceable bass lines, interesting track structure developing slowly and steady (137 bpm), all these elements together make this track one of my favorite here. Excellent job in assembling this real psy progressive tune, I tested it and the dance floor response was a handful of smiles...

Air Bureau (T4) is an OK track, nice flow and bass, overall a nice track, but far from being a stand out in my opinion. I found Soundbite (T5) a good track for home listening, and maybe it can be useful in the beginning of a progressive set, but I feel like it does not reaches its full potential or lacks a proper finalization. War Zone (T6) suffer similar deficiencies in my opinion, and maybe a little more tweaking or twisting could enhance the track, specially towards the end. OK, Elevation (T7) arrives the save the world with its groovy bass lines, psychedelic elements and winning melodies. Another exceptional psy progressive track, the breaks move the floor and tense atmosphere keeps the crowd waiting for more. One of the best tracks from Aerospace.

The always repeating samples of Vibe Rate (T3), Dat Tune rmx (T8) and the singing on Wanna Run rmx (T9) are not my taste and ruin these tracks to me. Other people may like them, so check them, but for me they add nothing but the repetition of naive words.

Closing the album with a similar vibe of his debut "Earth" Guy Shanti present us with Sitting on a Stone (T10), a reggae influenced tune, with lyrics and a story behind it. I like it a lot, relaxing, funky and funny, good track with a nice rhythm and flow.

This second release follows the same lines of the Aerospace's debut, a nice album, but I guess a lot of people have high expectations after the Earth album, including me. The album is consistent following a well defined sound line, it will do the trick at the dance floors and even has two top notch tunes, but I miss something... I thought it was because of the tracks with samples that don't fit my taste, but now I feel there's too many average tunes here...

Recomendation:  I recommend this release to everyone who liked the Aerospace debut and for the people who are seeking good psy progressive around 135 to 138 bpm. We have here 10 tracks totalizing almost 78 minutes of previously unreleased music. It has effective tracks for DJs and good flow for home listening. Checking the samples is highly recommended; if you like them don't hesitate and buy this one while it's still fresh.

Favorite tracks:2(!!), 5, 7(!!), 10.

Review by : full_on

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