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Godskitchen: Pure Trance Anthems 2011

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With huge old-skool riffs being used by everyone from boy bands JLS and the Wanted to indie outfits Bloc Party and Klaxons, the trance music scene has never been so ubiquitous or commercially successful. A perfect time then, for international super-club band Godskitchen to release their annual compilation, which cherrypicks the best floor-fillers from the past 12 months, as well as showcasing potential future dance anthems and revisiting some classic '90s tunes. While the likes of Swedish House Mafia's Top Ten hit "One," Deadmau5's hypnotic "Strobe," and Ali Wilson's native Indian-inspired "Pandora" remain intact, the majority of the three-CD, 60-track collection are given the extended remix treatment from the likes of influential DJs Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, and Tim Berg. Alongside the usual suspects, (BT, Above and Beyond), there are also some unlikely guest appearances from artists you wouldn't normally associate with the trance scene. Former BBMak heartthrob Christian Burns provides the brooding vocals for Richard Durand's haunting "Night and Day," and Nelly Furtado lends her dulcet tones to Tiësto's "Who Wants to Be Alone," featured here in the Andy Duguid remix, while Mansun's epic Brit-pop anthem "Wide Open Space" is given a euphoric synth-led makeover by Greg Downey. But despite its intriguing track list, and several flashes of inspiration, (Michael Woods' blissfully chilled-out remix of Way Out West's ethereal "The Gift," Marcus Schössow's techno-influenced statement of intent, "Genre This"), its tendency to focus on the progressive trance subgenre means the album very rarely shifts into the top gear usually associated with the brand. With a surprising lack of adrenaline-pumping tunes, Godskitchen: Pure Trance Anthems 2011 is a repetitive and often lackluster affair which fails to re-create the uplifting euphoria of its club nights.

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