Trevor Rockcliffe

Influence

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Most Americans' reference point for Trevor Radcliff will always be his work as co-resident and occasional touring partner for superstar DJ Carl Cox. While relationships like this often find the giant DJ supporting an old friend or drug buddy whose skills compliment but certainly never exceed their own, anyone who gives it a good listen will find Rockliffe to be the better DJ of the two, and Influence is definitely the proof. Not bothering with the calculated sheen of most commercially available mix CDs, Influence has the over-excited feel of a live DJ set, complete with over-driving kick drums and hard rushing energy swells. The mix builds quickly yet comfortably from the get go, moving to the melodic vocals of Rockliffe's own "Visions of You" before jumping off the edge completely into the realm of hyperactive conga lines and overwhelming 4/4 kicks. The whole thing peaks at Maeto Murphy's "The First Impression," which runs the risk of hitting the audio limitations head-on. That natural distortion giving it a right there at the speaker feel. Rockliffe still isn't done, reminding us that while his mixing style is founded in the seamless blend, he still has the savvy to jump-start your adrenaline gland, dropping a brilliantly placed "work that body!" as "Check the M..." makes way into "Tribal Cuts." The only shortcoming of this mix comes at the end, where the letdown is a bit abrupt. While the pace slows slightly for the final track, it still produces some whiplash when the silence follows. One more track could have made the landing much smoother.

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